Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (Coming March 18, 2016)

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Because I don't want this to be confined to the bottom of a classic or dud thread!

Some samples here:
http://www.underworldlive.com/news/2015/11/shiningfuture/

Tracklisting:
1. I Exhale
2. If Rah
3. Low Burn
4. Santiago Cuatro
5. Motorhome
6. Ova Nova
7. Nylon Strung

Who's excited??

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

i cannot wait

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

the preview they released sounds really different for them https://soundcloud.com/underworld/underworld-shining-future-part-1

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:54 (one year ago) Permalink

any eno influence?

akm, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

The entire process was Eno influenced. This quote from Karl basically sounds like a deck of Oblique Strategies.

"Deliberately I’d sometimes load the car up with instruments, but with guitars and string instruments that were not my favorites to start off with. They’d be things that were either difficult to play or I’d think, “There is no way this guitar could possibly make it to an Underworld record. I’ll take that one then,” or, “I’ll start working with that one because it’ll make me play differently.” Everything I did was to trip myself up and stop me thinking about anything we’d done before or anything that was appropriate for an Underworld record."

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/6785862/underworld-new-album-barbara-we-face-a-shining-future-interview

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 01:31 (one year ago) Permalink

gave it a listen, sounds like... well like a more underworld-y version of the eno/hyde records. pretty good, anticipating. (I like the eno/hyde records a ton)

akm, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 01:36 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

some discussion about this in another thread

here's the video - not recommended for epileptics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4izZYfo58-E

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYSUltr5R7Y

groovypanda, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 14:04 (one year ago) Permalink

there was a second preview up on Spotify, but it looks like it's been taken down, for now...

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 14:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I am unreasonably happy about them putting out an album that sounds like they're covering Stereo MCs

its subtle brume (DJP), Friday, 19 February 2016 14:10 (one year ago) Permalink

they played most of the album at the 6 Music festival which streamed on the BBC's website. I've avoided it thus far but several long-time fans have said the new stuff is good

pretty excited by these previews. they sound like a totally different band.

frogbs, Friday, 19 February 2016 14:30 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM3nOeRyshs

groovypanda, Friday, 26 February 2016 18:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Listening to this now. (It's out there.) So far it's...not what I listen to Underworld for. The first two tracks sound like that Von Südenfed album Mark E. Smith did with the Mouse on Mars guys - random wordspew atop uninteresting electronics. The rest is mostly wispy half-ambient stuff. On first listen I'm not a fan. But I'll give it another chance; maybe it'll sound better on the train in the morning.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 28 February 2016 17:10 (one year ago) Permalink

A friend has just texted me to tell me that "I Exhale" sounds like "Hit the North".

djh, Saturday, 5 March 2016 21:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Whoa that was my impression too, I'm getting serious Fall vibes from this record, Code: Selfish or Marshall Suite

Brakhage, Sunday, 6 March 2016 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I love it, great record.

akm, Sunday, 6 March 2016 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

They do sound like a totally different band.

(My predictive text responded 'They do sound like' with 'Morrissey', um, no.)

Mark G, Monday, 7 March 2016 20:58 (one year ago) Permalink

I have been listening to their back catalogue all day AND i just found out they are playing in NYC next month and my dude and I are gonna go and I am already FLIPPING OUT

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:26 (one year ago) Permalink

they are ILL live

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:26 (one year ago) Permalink

I maintain that the main thing that ruined 2nd Toughest... for me was first encountering the material via blindly going to a concert with a friend's friend; those live versions were much more immediate, impressive and vital than the experience of listening to the album afterward.

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:28 (one year ago) Permalink

my friend and I saw Caribiou a few yrs ago and at one point I remember turning to him and being like "I guess this is the closest I'll ever get to seeing Underworld live" BUT NOT ANYMORE

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i think if you approach STITI as a sort of a cold and icy and more removed endeavor then it opens up. karl hyde is obv doing far less ranting shouty preacher rave stuff here, he's pretty quiet and cool w/the exception of pearls girl.

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

haha it's telling that "Pearls Girl" is the only song on the album that I listen to, given that advice

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

i've been trying with you for a DECADE on this album iirc

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I've said this before, but I love how quiet Second Toughest In The Infants is in terms of its mastering. It really blossoms when it's cranked up.

// 166,000 W A N K E R S // LOVE (Turrican), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

finally an album of "bruce lee"s

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:42 (one year ago) Permalink

What the world has been waiting for.

Tim F, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:46 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm kidding but not. anyway i love "motorhome" sooooooo much

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:46 (one year ago) Permalink

"low burn" and "ova nova" are very og underworld while the rest is verrrryyyy different

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:48 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm unfortunately super inclined, only after one listen, to call this their best since ______, even as a huge fan of barking. it's been a while since i intentionally listened to a hundred days off, so i'll report back

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm still gonna wait for my copy to arrive but looking back I'm leaning towards Oblivion With Bells being their best? I wasn't a fan on first listen, mostly because it didn't have any epics or bangers, but listening to it now I'm kinda floored by it, the level of detail on some of the tracks is insane, and I really think the last 15 minutes is some of the best music they ever put out.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 13:34 (one year ago) Permalink

agree re: Oblivion With Bells. That's a great album. I play Faxed Invitation and Best Mamgu Ever a bunch. Peach Tree too, but that was a non-album track.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

for me "JAL to Tokyo", "Food a Ready/Back in the Fears", "Parc", and pretty much the whole Big Sister EP are non-album favorites. that was a pretty awesome period for them. don't get me wrong I thought Barking was plenty great but lately I've really appreciated this group more when they don't try to sound like themselves. which I guess bodes well for this new one.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'd add the Breaking and Entering soundtrack on there as well. I love that album. They were extremely creative between AHDO and Barking.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 16:22 (one year ago) Permalink

the last three tracks on this is one of the best runs of their career

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:15 (one year ago) Permalink

i also really love oblivion with bells (and the surrounding eps) but there are parts of that record that i lose track of. my favorite underworld record is either second toughest or beaucoup fish depending on the day

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:17 (one year ago) Permalink

beaucoup fish is pretty underrated in a lot of ways, in some respects its sound is my ideal underworld sound, even though it's not my favorite (it's probably my #2 after STITI)

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I think their most satisfying albums are Beaucoup Fish, A Hundred Days Off and Barking. However, my single favorite song of theirs is still "Dirty Epic".

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

It had never occurred to me that Beaucoup Fish was particularly underrated especially within the context of other Underworld albums. TBH it's the only one (other than Everything Everything) that I ever want to play in its entirety.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

i guess think it's only underrated compared to the first two, i don't think it's ever regarded as being on par with them but i think it is.

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

btw NPR is offering "Ova Nova" up as a streamable song and it's kind of incredible

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/07/468737177/songs-we-love-underworld-ova-nova

Between this and "I Exhale", I feel like they've finally hit upon an iteration of the "Bruce Lee"/"Ring Road" template that works extremely well for me rather than making me want to die.

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

i want more sola sistim/jumbo kinda shit from them

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

hard to promise that there's anything like "jumbo" on here but there are many gorgeous moments, among them "ova nova"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm also revisiting i'm a big sister today and what a gorgeous collection of music

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:27 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to fall asleep to the second half of that almost every day. It's really really good.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 19:18 (one year ago) Permalink

the new one is their shortest record so it feels weird for me to say i like it more than a hundred days off, which sort of takes its time doing everything at once, or oblivion with bells, which is maybe their most interior record and, of all their albums, the one i keep discovering new things in.

but i do :D

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

barbara also feels more like underworld than barking did, which imo barking very deliberately doesn't feel like underworld and is instead a kind of experiment in maximalism that is perfectly suited for spring/early summer weather so i've been jamming it a ton

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Barking was full of bullshit collaborators. It wasn't really an Underworld album.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

luna luna luna luna
luna luna luna luna

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 2 February 2017 20:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'm just now getting around to the DJ Koze mix of "I Exhale" and I don't know if it's right place, right time or I'm just in a MOOD but srsly at this very moment this is the best fucking thing in the world

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 17:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

wait there's a what

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol at the chanty chorus sounding like a group of background singers chiming in

mh 😏, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

also loving herbert's dub of "if rah"

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

luna luna luna luna....YEAH!

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

luna luna luna

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

in love with

nomar, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

there's a possible fourth jpg but i won't do it

nomar, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

You don't look so normal
People struggle
sug

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

there's a possible fourth jpg but i won't do it

http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/sailormoon/images/b/b2/Lunadraw.jpg

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Everything DJ Koze touches turns to gold.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 20:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

there's a possible fourth jpg but i won't do it

― nomar, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:35 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 21:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Can't get into this on the whole, but Motorhome is lovely, and a bit... Beatlesy?

chap, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:34 (five months ago) Permalink

I don't know about Beatlesy, but I really love how that track develops.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 5 June 2017 18:45 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So, the NYT has an interview up with a dude named Jad Abumrad. I'd never heard of him before, but apparently he's a big deal in US media circles because of something called 'Radiolab'.
The following exchange caught on my attention:

What were you listening to when you started at Oberlin?
Bad techno. My musical taste goes high and low. I was into, like, Underworld’s “Rez.” It’s like the best techno song ever made, still. It’s horrible music, but legitimately an amazing song.

Can anyone parse this strange statement for me?

Vast Halo, Friday, 30 June 2017 18:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Musical self-loathing snobbery?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 30 June 2017 19:04 (four months ago) Permalink

where can I pillory this man

mh, Friday, 30 June 2017 20:14 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

was under the impression from earlier in this thread that they were doing more straightforward sets these days but they're doing a facebook livestream right now from amsterdam and it feels basically as improvisational as everything everything—already heard radically different versions of "between stars" and "bruce lee" feeding into each other

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe not this thread actually, but one of them

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:14 (one month ago) Permalink

(They have basically done straightforward track pause track pause track sets for quite a few years tho. Would be great if they go back to the improv continuous mix days)

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:27 (one month ago) Permalink

I would be delighted to know that Underworld are a great live act again! Someone on the Underworld forum said they were recording the set, hope it ends up somewhere accessible.

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

so far this show has been extremely continuous

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder if they've ever played a set where they haven't done Rez/Cowgirl?

Still sounds amazing mind

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok. This is fantastic

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:45 (one month ago) Permalink

wish i were there

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

oh well i'll settle for a desk rave

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I think the recent ones are relatively continuous but don't vary much? As in, they have a little leeway, but two sets of equal length will have the same songs in the same order, with the mix being about the same

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

ah yeah that's prob what's happening here

whatever this song they're currently playing is is wonderful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I should be listening to that stream but instead I'm cherrypicking my favorites across the albums and grinning like a madman

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:12 (one month ago) Permalink

oh it was "air towel"!!!! wow

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink

the live arrangement of "low burn" is improbably beautiful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:21 (one month ago) Permalink

stream died in the midst of "king of snake," rip

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:34 (one month ago) Permalink

sssssssnaaaake

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:40 (one month ago) Permalink

more like "sssssssnaaa-"

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:43 (one month ago) Permalink

twenty four hours

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

A recording of the Amsterdam show can now be found at your favourite file sharing sites

groovypanda, Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it has been on mixcloud all this time btw - and they've given us King Of Snake without the cut too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvMqR4X3TQI

StanM, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just wanted to share that my sons were running around the house last night shouting "LUNA LUNA LUNA LUNA/I LOVE THIS" completely unprompted

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think I can call it a day on this parenting thing, clearly I've succeeded.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wow, this is absolutely killer - haven't heard them do this sort of improv in a long long time

the fact that these guys only have two official live albums (counting the impossible-to-get Tokyo '05 set) is criminal

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time searching for a working torrent of tokyo ‘05

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if you're on slsk I can zip it to ya

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Great work, DJP.

Nice to see them back to mixing things up more in live sets. I was at the Tokyo show in '05 - catching the Amsterdam stream was like a flashback.

I listened to Barbara Barbara again the other day. I can't fathom how they remain this great. This is my favourite work of theirs since the Riverrun EP's (I liked everything in between as well, including side projects)

BRAVO

maffew12, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time searching for a working torrent of tokyo ‘05

It's very easy to find on soulseek

20+ people sharing right now

groovypanda, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(duh - that link I found is only for premium users, isn't it? sorry) :(

StanM, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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