really digging the two albums i've heard on Fat Cat. 24 Postcards In Full Colour and The Blue Notebooks. So beautiful. minimal/ambient/mod classical people would like them a bunch. but so would, i dunno, durutti column fans or people who like that sorta sad 4AD instrumental vibe. shit, i don't even know if that is true. whatever. I like these CDs a bunch. there is definitely some glass/eno/budd/part/etc thing going on. very warm and rich too. maybe too warm and rich for people who like to get itchy with their mod sounds.
never heard his stuff with future sound of london or roni size. i kinda feel like i don't have to. didn't hear the vashti bunyan album he produced. never heard his previous group Piano Circus. might be interested in hearing some of that stuff. he produced an album for the lead singer of the sneaker pimps in 2008! i definitely want to hear his other solo CDs, memoryhouse and songs from before.
the two i have heard are just really really well-made mood music albums. and i mean that in the best possible way.
i take it back about durutti column. stoner satie fans would like these albums a bunch.
he studied with berio. eluvium fans would dig these.
― scott seward, Monday, 5 July 2010 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
some of his music was in shutter island.
wife made me turn it off once, said it was the saddest thing she ever heard or something close to that.
― ••• ▄█▀ █▄ █▄█ ▀█▀ ▄█▀ ••• (m bison), Monday, 5 July 2010 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
according to wiki, the same song, "on the nature of daylight", was used in shutter island and stranger than fiction, the will ferrell movie.
― scott seward, Monday, 5 July 2010 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
check out the soundtrack to waltz with bashir....and the film if you've not seen. so good.
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Monday, 5 July 2010 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Monday, 5 July 2010 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
― scott seward, Monday, 5 July 2010 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
he definitely gets his Glass on in a big way at times, but that's cool with me.
― scott seward, Monday, 5 July 2010 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
The Blue Notebooks cropped up in a couple of end-of-decade albums lists and I noted it down as something to check out but I still haven't got around to actually buying or hearing it. I don't have a clue about modern classical/experimental stuff really but Durutti Column, Satie, sounds good to me.
― Gavin in Leeds, Monday, 5 July 2010 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
it's definitely not experimental fwiw.
i like the blue notebooks ok, it's just fine. hated the record he did with robert wyatt though.
― jed_, Monday, 5 July 2010 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
new album sounds really good. the description does. haven't heard it yet.
― scott seward, Monday, 12 July 2010 01:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
<3 this guy. 24 Postcards is great
― MAX From Halifax (admrl), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:10 (2 years ago) Permalink
24 postcards is good. i like how some of it sounds like it should be soundtracking an o2 advert or something
― 不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
i think "stoner satie" is an excellent description
― 不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
― orchestral manure in the dark (corey), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
With regards to Piano Circus (the 6 keyb ensemble MR headed), I'm quite fond of their recording of Riley's In C b/w Reich's Six Marimbas. It's not startling or textural, but the small ensemble size (synth piano, rhodes, harpsichords, marimba or maybe xylophone as I recall), dry soundstage and short 20 min length highlights the composition and construction more than the dozen+ large ensemble CD length renditions do. It would be my pick for the Riley recording in a minimalism survey course.
― ὑστέρησις (Sanpaku), Monday, 12 July 2010 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
i agree tho i thought more an ad for a cancer charity...(tho o2's usual feel on their ads is weirdly medical)
― I see what this is (Local Garda), Wednesday, 14 July 2010 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink
the waltz with bashir soundtrack is great though I think thats really how the guys music works best. Saw him a few years ago at some big do at the barbican (possibly that big all dat vashti bunyan love in) and thought he was dull dull dull, spare piano over trip hop presets. Though maybe it was because of all that freaky deeky folk framing it.
― straightola, Thursday, 15 July 2010 09:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
pretty sure infra is my most-listened-to album of the year, so great
― christopher dullan (Tape Store), Monday, 9 August 2010 09:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
24 Postcards and The Blue Notebooks are aces.
― nothingleft (gravydan), Monday, 9 August 2010 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
Maybe you know this but the tracks on that album were designed to be ringtones.
― Number None, Monday, 9 August 2010 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
Memoryhouse, the first album reissued a while back, is pretty great, too.
24 Postcards is nice, but there's not enough room to enjoy each track before the next begins.
― the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 9 August 2010 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
this is consistently one of my favourite pieces of music...amazing. just so utterly understated and beautiful, it just unfolds.
― Ask Nult What Your Country Can Do For You (Local Garda), Monday, 14 March 2011 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
That damn crow gets me every time
― Number None, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
One of the wnyc djs is a big champion of him. I especially like On the Nature of Daylight, November, and Autumn 1 & 2.
― Virginia Plain, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 02:51 (2 years ago) Permalink
so glad I stayed to see his set last night (the show was running over by nearly 2 hours by that point). The strings sounded beautiful.
does anyone know if it is always the same bunch of musicians who play with him.
― jellybean (back again) (Jill), Monday, 9 May 2011 07:51 (2 years ago) Permalink
No, they were a string quartet brought in for the event specifically.
― THE Alan Moulder?!? (Ówen P.), Monday, 9 May 2011 08:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
i wish i could like this dude but i just find his stuff so nice i can't stand it-- it brings out all my latent middle-aged-classical-music snob tendencies, i start thinking pejoratively about film soundtracks. there never seems to be anything difficult in it that you could get your teeth into, it is all terribly sad strings being very efficiently emotive.
― górecki's zygotic mynci (c sharp major), Monday, 9 May 2011 09:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
Even 'The Blue Notebooks'? That doesn't sound like a particularly nice record to me; hence, it's also my favourite. It's dark and has got rough edges. I do know what you mean thoughg, his work after TBN became more 'nice'.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 May 2011 09:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
mind you istr that the last time i saw him he was also using recordings of people talking about their memories of something or other over sobby strings and perhaps also a beat, so i'm glad that extra layer of ~evocative~ effect has been sloughed off.
― górecki's zygotic mynci (c sharp major), Monday, 9 May 2011 09:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
even the rough edges sound 'nice' to me, is the thing! i mean, i also do not like tone poems particularly: there is a certain aesthetic that they share that i find unsatisfying.
― górecki's zygotic mynci (c sharp major), Monday, 9 May 2011 09:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
I understand what you mean, in that on his work after The Blue Notebooks it all sounds very 'clean', as an 'emotive schtick'. I've never seen Max Richter live and regardless of what I've read about it, I would go in an instant just to experience it, but it's a shame even his live performances aren't a bit more 'adventurous'.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 9 May 2011 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
i agree he's pretty easy-going and easy to like—doesn't mean Infra wasn't one of the best damn things i heard last year. also played Songs from Before the other day and it held up nicely.
― ilxor running, w/ laptop in hand, checking ILX as he sprints (ilxor), Monday, 9 May 2011 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm listening to Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi's Four Seasons and I think I love it. It's very Max Richter-y, that's for sure.
― carl agatha, Monday, 22 October 2012 14:51 (7 months ago) Permalink