Rustie - Glass Swords

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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

yeah his music is kinda loud, those gloopy shiny synths really "fill up" the, uh, psychoacoustic space or whatever you want to call it.

i'm kinda referring to things like that quote from the pfork EM review where the writer says something like "five simultaneous melodies going on at once" ... uh, no. there's not five melodies going on at once, there's usually one melody with lots of pitchbending and fx (not much more intricate than a typical modern acid house track) and one bassline and some random embellishments (definitely not intricate compared to the DSP fuckery in most idm tracks)

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't get me wrong i LOVE rustie and hudson mohawke it's just i think the praise they get is kinda ill-informed and misses what's great about them

fwiw i also think hudson mohawke's production and drum programming is much more "intricate" although definitely not "better" because of it

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:10 (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, April 24, 2012 7:03 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark

i don't see why someone wouldn't just try this. the worst that happens is that nothing good comes of it and that's that.

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

he's holding out for lil wayne

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

fwiw i also think hudson mohawke's production and drum programming is much more "intricate" although definitely not "better" because of it.

totally. i agree that rustie's thing isn't about a ton of sounds and parts, it's about huge sounds so that he can base a track around ONE part that still sounds pretty overwhelming.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry for repeating myself but this is all I could think of when listening to the essential mix

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

yup

Warp Record guest Rustie delves into the diversity of his own tastes with a special selection including: Boards of Canada, Allan Holdsworth, Yes, Return to Forever & Weather Report.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

he should've totally taken bieber and shakira up ffs

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean you can totally imagine shakira doing a vocal along the lines of nightwave's on "surph" and fleshing the song out a bit

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

please apologize for linking to a site w/ a picture of rustie

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was originally meant to go to Rihanna

Number None, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha xp

return to forever is totally in these days, just look at that thundercat record.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

wtf r u talking abt when was RTF ever not cool?

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

rustie looks like he could be on wdyll

allan holdsworth is a pretty deep pick

the late great, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

"nice keebaab?"
"it....it was a burrito actually"

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha i was obsessed with that stuff when i was a teenager, but you have to admit that they have the worst rep out of all the big fusion bands (for the usual jazz crimes - cheesy/overblown/soulless etc.).

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah his music is kinda loud, those gloopy shiny synths really "fill up" the, uh, psychoacoustic space or whatever you want to call it.

i think this is my actual biggest problem with the record. most of the synth sounds he uses are just loud and shrill to me and drive me nuts

hologram ned raggett (The Reverend), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 08:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

rustie is shrill

but he is also shrewd, and chill

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

are people still into glass swords ?

the late great, Thursday, 2 May 2013 18:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Funny you should mention this. I was just listening to this today. I love this album (been listening to it since it came out, as well).

c21m50nh3x460n, Friday, 3 May 2013 01:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

the best album of 2011 for me

"slasherr" from this year is decent as well

monotony, Friday, 3 May 2013 03:04 (1 year ago) Permalink


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