Rustie - Glass Swords

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There are prog rock synths and occasionally guitar noises all over this. But then there are prog rock synths over a lot of music I like from the last few years.

Sugar rush obviousness can be nerdy as well in its own right, especially given that most of this record sounds like an overdriven Nintendo soundtrack. I'm not even saying it's bad - it's very stupid, very enjoyable, ridiculously nerdy.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

nakhchivan, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think it's a bit of both. There's something really studied about those ravey builds and rush-ups. There's quite a lot of music coming out at the moment (some of Bass Clef's work is another example) that explores a kind of poignant nostalgia for what rave could have been. I guess it's not far removed from what people like Luke Vibert were doing 10-15 years ago, but these are "children of rave", i.e. they probably grew up hearing Tricky Disco and Charly Says on the radio and somehow feel that world needs a deeper excavation with more advanced technology.

dog latin, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is that Rustie? Christ, he looks about 15. To him early dance music must sound like what Led Zepp sounds like to me....

dog latin, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Someone's stolen his umbrella

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 28 October 2011 11:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

nerdy ? funkless ? dorky ? you haven't confused Rustie with Reso in power extreme mode have you ?

I'm just not getting the prog rock thing. At least not in a way i do from something like lol - me me, which along with this, is shaping up to be among my top picks of the year.

meat to pleased you (flame grilled meat), Friday, 28 October 2011 11:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rustie is definitely a big prog fan, as is Hudson Mohawke

Number None, Friday, 28 October 2011 12:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/features/300374-rustie_appliance_science

Glass Swords is also informed by music that pre-dates, and in many cases directly influences, hip-hop and techno. Rustie cites prog-rock pioneers Yes and the jazz fusion of Allan Holdsworth as pivotal (you can hear the latter's imprint all over the album’s titular opening track, an intoxicating perfume of flutes and chopped choral vocals that swirl around a naïvely epic, pedal-heavy guitar solo), as well as the pejoratively titled genre of 'yacht rock', as Rustie puts it – a "sort of smooth, sort of jazzy sort of rock from the 80s" – of which Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers were prolific practitioners

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Friday, 28 October 2011 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Im hearing Vince Clarke and Trevor Horn in Rusties sound palette more than anything. That'll be where the Clarke/YES thing comes in i suppose, combined with the ethos of Horn's collab with Malcolm Mclaren on Duck Rock. But the mish mash pastiche of reappropriated sounds reminds me most of Tim Simenon's breakthough with Beat Dis albeit with analogue patches rather than samples.

you want fries with that (flame grilled meat), Saturday, 29 October 2011 10:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is that Rustie? Christ, he looks about 15.

He looks like an exuberant Pokemon.

Matt DC, Saturday, 29 October 2011 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

This album has been occupying my thoughts quite a lot recently. I had a very mixed reaction to it initially – I found the relentless maximalism and OTT-ness of it and the garish sounds and textures offputting and attention-grabbing at the same time - but I’ve come to get over most of my irritation with it and have been giving it a lot of play.
Matt, I’d have to disagree with you slightly about the undanceability of it. What you say about ‘standing in the middle of the dancefloor making manic largin' it hand gestures rather than actually dancing’ applies pretty perfectly to a tune like Ultra Thizz for sure, and then there’s tunes like the title track andIce Tunnel which are beatless, but – going off the top of my head here – Flash Back, Surph, After Light and City Star are all tunes with more consistent beats to them that I can imagine people doing something closer to conventional dancing to. I think the influence from crunk and Southern rap club-bangers that’s always been a part of his sound is part of what gives his tunes a degree of forward momentum.
Someone on dissensus was saying that it’s all the little moments and little details in the production that make this album for him, and that’s def a part of it – you can listen it many times over and notice a cool new detail each time. But on the other hand it’s an album full of big melodies and HOOKS that reach out and grab you straight away. It’s also relentlessly ‘up’ in terms of its mood, which I find kind of endearing, it almost has an innocence to it.

Mr Andy M, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 12:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I finally made peace with my not being able to get into this! I'm just on the wrong side of Lex & Tim's sonic nerd vs rhythm nerd dichotomy. This is a total sonic nerd album where the beats are kind of an afterthought to all the bright synths and I'm one a rhythm nerd, so of course Lex loves it and it leaves me indifferent.

The Reverend, Thursday, 19 January 2012 07:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess this was kind of hashed out upthread. Matt DC otm

The Reverend, Thursday, 19 January 2012 07:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

this stuff is very impressive but does nothing for me.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

totally

The Reverend, Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

relistening now and it still puts as massive a grin on my face as when i first heard it. so many hooks! so many amazing noises!

irina-camelia begu (lex pretend), Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

impossible not to move to it

irina-camelia begu (lex pretend), Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

My kids like putting on 'Ultra Thizz' and running round the kitchen table having pretend lazer fights.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like to do that too.

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is a total sonic nerd album where the beats are kind of an afterthought to all the bright synths and I'm one a rhythm nerd, so of course Lex loves it and it leaves me indifferent.

totally disagree, this is a super rhythm nerd record. so many of the tracks are based on a clever rhythmic hook or idea, they sound like a drummer wrote them.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure if i'd use the word clever.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

admittedly, i just don't get this record tho.

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

is it strange that i agree with nearly everything in this thread? this is catchy but not, in your face but not, rhythmic but not, interesting but not. It's like, I can listen to and enjoy it maybe three times and then I'm tired of it I guess. I'd like it to be a little MORE overall.

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really, this is a good tide-over until Girl Unit release an album and blow us all away.

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Everything Girl Unit has put his hand to that hasn't been on the Wut EP has been pretty shonky.

Matt DC, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think 'after light' is a pretty smart idea (how he combines that classic rave dotted 8th note line with the half-time beat), well-executed.

but not quite as clever as the main beat in hudmo's 'thunder bay':

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like it to be a little MORE overall.

more?!

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Half-step beats pretty much code as "no interest in groove" to me by this point.

Matt DC, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can't even

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

backbeats are america

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

America has generally done more interesting things with them then yr current post-dubstep diaspora has managed.

Matt DC, Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like it to be a little MORE overall.

more?!

― the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:30 (11 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Sure. I'm not saying it should go into full-on brostep - that would be horrible - but the alternative seems to fall somewhere in the middle with Rustie. It's a fun album, but is it THAT much fun? It's dancey, but when it came to the crunch I decided to pull it from my dance set on NYE. It's rhythmically interesting, but is it pushing the envelope a bit or a lot? It seems to only just about reach the top of the hill, but never quite pushes itself over the edge.And I want more - just a bit more.

I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

perhaps you are saying you do not want a mind trip, but a body journey

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

whoa this mix

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xpost) mind you, that Thunder Bay beat's great neanderthal insistence owes more than a wee bit to this old grime number....

bingo dabber acid, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

kinda weird that Pitchfork reviewed it

Number None, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i thought it must have gotten a physical release or something

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

rev you so crazy

how you say the rhythm here is an afterthought

the late great, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean on a conceptual level it sounds to me like a basic crunk / southern rap beat (admittedly i'm not a big expert on those genres) w/ crazy-ass synth work on top BUT i think it's an extremely competent and well-crafted basic beat and not at all an afterthought or half-assed beatwork

the late great, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually "extremely competent" is probably an oxymoron, maybe i just mean "completely competent"

the late great, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's my favorite track of glass swords BTW

the late great, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think the "maximalism" of rustie is somewhat overstated

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 01:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

on the essential mix last saturday -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01f15yf

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

was listening to the essential mix today and it seemed like he's a huge chick corea fan

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like rustie, for whatever reason I'm not angry when I listen to whatever shit of his I've heard, think he's kind of boring to me in an overall musician way but still it's not the worst

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apparently he's been approached to work with Justin Bieber and Shakira. He wisely said no. I can't see how that would have worked.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hudson Mohawke appears to be making that move

Number None, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

was listening to the essential mix today and it seemed like he's a huge chick corea fan

hahahaha this is like the most predictable thing ever. can't wait for the bela fleck collabo.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

people say a lot of ott things about how much is going on in rustie tracks

to me rustie basically sounds like hip hop jacking IDM of yore, except updated to reflect the cadences of 00s rap tunes and ukg / grime and really creative / cheesy / goofy synth textures

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i definitely agree with that. although i think those write-ups are mostly trying to call attention to his aesthetic/attitude, i.e. going big rather than creating an atmosphere.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty much.

MikoMcha, Monday, 25 August 2014 19:20 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

feels like a bit like offcuts from the first album, all the sounds are there but the impact is not. "velcro" is alright and so is the d double e one; danny brown sounds weird like he's half putting on a british grime mc's accent. pretty blah album tbh

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 15:58 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Rapture is cool, I especially like the first four tracks. Then it goes a bit off the rails and never really recovers.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

ha, i felt the opposite - first half was most disappointing, got slightly better once it hit the rap tracks but never really hit the heights

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:15 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

just started playing glass swords again and while i mostly like it, it really is not the sort of thing i can listen to for very long

snd are similar in this respect

Nothing less than the Spirit of the Age (nakhchivan), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:26 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i used to like the early rustie eps from years ago, ep is probably the ideal format for him

Nothing less than the Spirit of the Age (nakhchivan), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:26 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i decided i only like the rap tracks

the late great, Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:03 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

like almost all the vocal tracks on this, esp the danny brown one, but i think the instrumentals are easy to underrate. definitely more subdued than GS, and less ambitious, and sometimes just a bit deficient (ie the total opposite of GS where nothing could be seen as being deficient), but they still sound like no one else. i think he was thinking more melodically on this album. maybe its him trying to get more producer work, or do something 'proper' rather than weird/funny like the last one, not sure, but its still good. hopefully he hasnt gotten too self conscious.

StillAdvance, Friday, 29 August 2014 10:25 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Some parts of this album give me instant nostalgia for 80s arcade game soundtracks - I think its the general midi sounding slap bass noise he uses occasionally - but it takes me back to listening to this as an 8 year old: http://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/6_Amazing_Coin-Op_Soundtracks_from_Virgin_Games

Willl, Friday, 29 August 2014 10:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm quite sure that's intentional

Number None, Friday, 29 August 2014 16:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink


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