Let's anticipate Blondes' debut LP

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the fact mix is huge

try again, fascist (Matt P), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

love "you mean so much to me" from Touched. "pleasure" is the favourite from the new stuff i've heard.

when's the album out?

misty sensorium (Plasmon), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

feb 7th. the wine/water 12" is amazing. i was a huge fan of the ep on merock but i kinda slept on the stuff on rvng so ive only picked it up recently but 'wine' is just a jammmm

# (Lamp), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think the best blondes track is still 'you mean so much to me' tho

# (Lamp), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://soundcloud.com/feelmybicep/blondes-water-bicep-remix

A++ epic sound

misty sensorium (Plasmon), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 07:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anticipating! Was listening to Touched again yesterday actually, fabulous record.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 07:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

def. looking forward to this

dmr, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

saw them saturday night @ the MOMA. sound system could have been a little better but it pretty mesmerizing hearing them loud anyway.

the panning. THE PANNING!!!

cutty, Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, wondering now if i should take a train ride to London to see them next month.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just noticed this after posted the Wine clip to hipster house thread, but was unsure if it belonged there. I like the new single and the Bicep remix, the FACT mix is pretty great in terms of mapping out their sound and some influences.

There's a chance to see them in a couple of weeks here, I'm going to try and check them out. I suspect they might make quite a bit of sense live.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

so its just a rerelease of all the rvng singles?

flopson, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

the remixes seem pretty intriguing actually

cuteforce, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ first sentence

⚓ (gr8080), Sunday, 5 February 2012 07:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

didnt realize the remixes were coming all together on a 2nd disc:

01. Lover (A JD Twitch Optimo Mix)
02. Lover (Dungeon Acid Remix)
03. Hater (SFV Acid's Encino Oaks Remix)
04. Business (John Roberts Remix)
05. Pleasure (Andy Stott Remix)
06. Wine (Teengirl Fantasy Remix)
07. Water (Bicep Remix)
08. Gold (One Blonde Strange Idea by Traxx)
09. Gold (Laurel Halo Chains Remix)
10. Amber (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell)

⚓ (gr8080), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 07:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

loving. Can't wait to get onto the remixes. The Bicep remix is FMB right? awesome.

owenf, Friday, 17 February 2012 02:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ the digital version of the remix package coming with a robert miles remix

psychgawsple, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

this album rules btw idk why i never noticed this thread

psychgawsple, Friday, 17 February 2012 07:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

really great gig in london last night in a not very dancey venue - i'd love to see these guys play a club show

jabba hands, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol @ the digital version of the remix package coming with a robert miles remix

haha i posted about this on another thread but its really really good!

99x (Lamp), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

these guys were awesome last night but was the standard shacklewell arms snoozy indie crowd. Determined to get them to a proper party

straightola, Friday, 17 February 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why did they leave the Robert Miles mix off the CD?? It's the best remix!

mmmm, Friday, 17 February 2012 17:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

MikoMcha, Sunday, 19 February 2012 10:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

This album is fabulous. Some of the percussion lines are just classic.

Tim F, Sunday, 19 February 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's great. Been jamming to this all day. Some of the track I hadn't heard before. Love the fireworks crackling explosions on Amber.

Haven't made it to the remix disk yet, other than the Robert Miles track above, which I honestly had much higher hopes for.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Business/Pleasure pairing is absolutely perfect, and the rest is really solid too. Haven't got round to all the remix disc but I'm totally feeling the Bicep remix.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 19 February 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is officially the least stealable band name ever. They couldn't have made it any harder to find if they'd called themselves Paris Hilton Sex Tape.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 19 February 2012 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

This albums! So sweeping, so brooding! It strikes me as an odd coincidence that this and the Talabot album have come out at the same time because they both are like extended paeans to the build.

I think it's on "Pleasure" (though I may be wrong) where about halfway through this gorgeous piano riffing section emerges... while we're not in Marshall Jefferson territory by any stretch it still feels like this massive moment of rightness, like the entire universe has deemed this moment mandatory.

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

This albums!

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lover is a great song, but Pleasure is where it really starts kicking off.

Do agree with this from the first post though:

But their best work is still "Moondance" from 2010

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think the Blondes-Talabot link is so clear, they're very similar albums texturally as well as structurally.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, yea i was surprised at how well that robert miles remix turned out but i def wouldn't say it's my favorite of the bunch. the teengirl fantasy mix is p striking, and i'm also really feeling stirmonster's remix of "lover" that plays the melody from don cherry's "brown rice" against the original song's meredith monk sample.

this is definitely one of my favorite releases of the year so far, along with the talabot disc. i don't remember "pleasure" for the piano lines per se but more because of the somewhat unexpected lissvik-style balearic synth-guitar flourishes that pop up and make me sad that this is probably the closest we will ever come to another "life's a beach". tho that sadness quickly dissipates because it's an incredible track in it's own right

psychgawsple, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

this album is LOVELY.

i have no idea how i hadn't even heard of them until yesterday when a friend recommended them in response to a "where is all the decent music this year" whinge - though a search did reveal that i'd just ignored the press email and d/l links a few months ago, presumably due to the boring name or maybe the douchey press release. this is so much more anonymous than i'd have thought and all the better for it

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

finally listened to this all the way through (via trans-pacific flight). It's really really nice, but I kind of wish it was a little more of a continuos, monolithic thing (instead of 8 separate tracks) it's like, so close. def one of the best things I've heard all year though.

gotta dip in to the remixes next.

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do check out Touched if you haven't heard it yet!

http://open.spotify.com/album/7v19RUyMR3I1J2wOFsXZ0p

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great music, awful name

Alexandre Dumbass (dog latin), Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

still need to hear the album in full. will rectify this today.

Alexandre Dumbass (dog latin), Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think "Gold" is my favourite track at the moment but they are all so so so good. Just marvelous.

Tim F, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think it's a great name and also cannot recommend the live show enough, it was awesome

jabba hands, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually maybe I mean "Wine".

Tim F, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

they all sound pretty much the same so you probably mean both

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

In fact I just checked and I do!

Tim F, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Absolute top tier: "Business", "Pleasure", "Wine", "Gold".

So close as to barely matter: everything else.

Tim F, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Wine is my fave.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Absolute top tier: "Business", "Pleasure", "Wine", "Gold"

Do they have other tunes called 'Yachts', 'Cocaine' and 'Secretaries'?

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually, each of the original 12" gathered together in the album was arranged by a ying/yang theme: lover/hater, business/pleasure, water/wine, gold/amber.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

^gets the concept

⚓ (gr8080), Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

cocaine/secretaries

flopson, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's something about these guys that reminds me of one of Lex's posts from last year where he was wishing for a dancier version of Emeralds. They don't quite have that depth or complexity to their sound (and heck, no Mark McGuire in the band either), but maybe this is a manifestation of that sort of way of thinking?

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Friday, 2 March 2012 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Picked this up last night.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 2 March 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

it took me a while to work out why this album massively impressed, but seemed like a bit of a drag.. it's because the second half is so much better than the first, so takes a while to get going. I only really listen from Wine onwards n/days

merked, Friday, 2 March 2012 13:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's because the second half is so much better than the first, so takes a while to get going

^ this is definitely true - think the record is possibly arranged in chronological order???

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Friday, 2 March 2012 13:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

y'all don't like "lover"?

psychgawsple, Friday, 2 March 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

and starting the record after "pleasure"... hrm. you guys must get something completely different out of this than i do, that is far and away my favorite track

psychgawsple, Friday, 2 March 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

the sounds on this album are just dazzling...like that moment when you're momentarily blinded by the sun shining off water or glass

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I keep revisiting this album, or at least have been in a constant visit since seeing them live back in June. It translated well to a live act.

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Uh actually I guess that isn't any sort of exclusive, it's all on Youtube:

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Awesome!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Excellent.

This is sounding very deep and lustrous on first listen (big surprise I know).

Tim F, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is sounding pretty amazing guys.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Enjoyed it a lot. There's maybe a bit of a change in tone from the last one iirc in that a couple of tracks on this one seem a bit more *serious face*, but if anything that just adds to the journey. Good record!

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Reminding me a lot of Selected Ambient Works 85-92 on first listen - or the long-form deep trance version of same (whereas Actress' R.I.P. was like the skittery sketches version).

Tim F, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'll need some time with it obviously, but my impressions are that it's all really cut from the same sonic palette, even more than the last record.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Would make sense as the last one was a collection of 12"s

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

My understanding is that they're a live act in significant ways as well, so they must have a fairly circumscribed kit.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Awesome, briefly anticipating this.

Bought the digital download, zip file downloaded twice gives me "decompression failed" errors on multiple attempts with different unzip programs.

Plasmon, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

The last track Elise has some great balearic vibes.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

gorgeous on one listen

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 07:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

OH MY GOD, ELISE

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah it's actually insane how good this is. I love that they have seamlessly transitioned from deep (tech)house to proper deep techno whilst retaining everything that was amazing from last time.

Tim F, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah Elise is just omg omg omg

uberweiss, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

I had no idea this was even coming, but it makes me very happy.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 22:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh well this is lovely

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

working from home today and listening to this at high volume on good speakers (((((@_@)))))

even with youtube-stream-quality audio it sounds pretty great. between this and the new Kolsch full-length I'm loving life.

dmr, Friday, 28 June 2013 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

the digital release is out now if you want an upgrade from youtube quality http://igetrvng.com/shop/swisher-blondes/

eris bueller (lukas), Friday, 28 June 2013 16:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Elise" is gorgeous, especially at the 4:30 mark.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 28 June 2013 16:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'll probably order the vinyl ... Elise isn't on it though?! Ends with a different track called "Clasp" ...

dmr, Friday, 28 June 2013 16:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Clasp is on the vinyl tracklist twice. Maybe it's a mistake?

Filk Hollins (NickB), Friday, 28 June 2013 16:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

playing elise @ 33 1/2 rpm *_____*

moullet, Friday, 28 June 2013 16:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Download finally worked. This is great. "Andrew" is my favorite so far.

Plasmon, Friday, 28 June 2013 17:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Clasp is on the vinyl tracklist twice. Maybe it's a mistake?

ah didn't notice that. you're probably right.

dmr, Friday, 28 June 2013 18:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I emailed the label and they said that it was definitely a typ & fixed it. also MAN what a great closing track.

a duiving caTCH, a stuolllen bayeeeess (jamescobo), Monday, 1 July 2013 06:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

I am really not feeling this new one at all. Andrew and Elise are great but taken as a whole it all feels kind of mongy - like its primary purpose is for people to sit around and smoke to rather than dance.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

sit w us

moullet, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

its primary purpose is for people to sit around and smoke to rather than dance.

no more or less than the debut

lex pretend, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Should check out the Blondes RA podcast the dancefloor tip: http://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?id=375. Maybe not quite as good as the FACT mix from last year, but Bora Bora and Swisher sound great here. They also unlock the power of Stellar Om Source and Laurel Halo for a club set.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 18:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Hmm... Just arrived at the Amsterdam show, stoked to see them play live.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 7 September 2013 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Awesome!

forevermore (a maven) (Matt P), Saturday, 7 September 2013 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, so they were really great. Oceanic. Like Arthur Russell, 90's trance ('taking you on a journey') mixes, Porter Ricks...

Played versions of stuff from the albums along with more open-ended jams. Elise was an obvious highlight.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 8 September 2013 10:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Would have liked to hear them tackle Wine, but no dice.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 8 September 2013 10:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

starting to think Swisher is the best thing they've done. picked up the vinyl + digital over the weekend. it really is deep ... Porter Ricks reference is otm but they bring melody into it too.

on track 2 when it gets into that high shrieky buildup of static toward the last third of the track ... wow.

dmr, Monday, 9 September 2013 16:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah that's amazing. I think the album is better the more stentorian it gets, even if it's just because it's difficult to top the debut in the melancholic sweeping grandeur stakes.

Tim F, Tuesday, 10 September 2013 01:27 (1 year ago) Permalink


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