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Time for a thread about these guys (though I did consider posting this on the YMO thread and seeing where things went, as dedicated single artist threads tend to die on the vine here lately). Probably like a lot of you, I loved Spencer D's Fairlights, Mallets & Bamboo mix from a few years ago (and didn't realize there were three sequels until I read the recent Pitchfork thing, linked below), but I'm really enjoying the new Visible Cloaks album, Reassemblage. In fact, despite being increasingly less of a vinyl guy every day, I splurged for the LP because it comes with an exclusive mix via cassette.

This is the place to discuss Visible Cloaks (is their first album worth hearing?), Spencer D's mixes, and this unique style of--active ambient? Fourth world new age?--in general.

Wimmels, Monday, 27 February 2017 19:00 (two years ago) Permalink

absolutely love this

flopson, Monday, 27 February 2017 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

if u like this check out the georgia album 'all kind music' on palto flats

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Monday, 27 February 2017 19:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Their RA podcast from last week went all over the place musically and had minimal interest in the dancefloor but was sublime in several places.

Matt DC, Monday, 27 February 2017 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

hipster level: above 9000!!

the late great, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:32 (two years ago) Permalink

fyi i bought one of the first 100 "fairlights mallets and bamboo" when it came out so i'm not judging

the late great, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I know. I usually feel immune, even a little hostile to this level of relative hype and more often check such stuff out so I can say "har har har, 'great' you say? Haaaardly, posers," or something. But this really got to me. Even a stopped hipster clock is correct twice a day, etc (see also: Boards of Canada)

Wimmels, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I need to check out the other three mixes.

Wimmels, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah me too ... the interni italiani one in particular sounds great

i haven't heard this album yet but i ordered it so should be able to share my observations soon

the late great, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

I love this hipster shit

flopson, Monday, 27 February 2017 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

If hipsters aren't going to innovate who is?

Evan, Monday, 27 February 2017 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

ILX all acting like this is Salem or some shit

Wimmels, Monday, 27 February 2017 21:29 (two years ago) Permalink

so far it seems like an arty version of the music they play when you're getting a massage

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 27 February 2017 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Better be fretless bass here

a but (brimstead), Monday, 27 February 2017 22:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Is it one for ye olde sadly neglected knew-age thraed?

a but (brimstead), Monday, 27 February 2017 22:52 (two years ago) Permalink

If such a thread exists, yes absolutely

Wimmels, Monday, 27 February 2017 23:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i like the first VC lp more than the new one; hoping it grows on me.

nerve_pylon, Monday, 27 February 2017 23:31 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i'm finding this is pretty boring tbh but maybe i'm not in the right head space for it today

some nice sounds though

the late great, Sunday, 2 April 2017 19:46 (two years ago) Permalink

nah it is boring, in one ear and out the other unfortunately, no compositional chops in this age of gearhead tweakers. that's what sets 0PN apart imo. my friend otm "sounds like video game loading music"

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Monday, 3 April 2017 13:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure why listening to this reminds me of listening to High Places for the first time...

Evan, Monday, 3 April 2017 14:33 (two years ago) Permalink

This Motion Graphics track (as well as the whole Lifted "1" record that him and Max D et al collab'ed on) is one of the things under this general aesthetic sensibility that I keep coming back to, fwiw (and yes, as noted above a few of the Georgia NYC tracks have stood out to me, too):

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Monday, 3 April 2017 19:26 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

this new one sounds pretty good on paper but so did the last one and i hardly ever want to listen to it

anyone heard it?

the late great, Saturday, 9 December 2017 23:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Visible Cloaks and Yoshio Ojima! Already got this on pre-order.

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

cool cover

yoshio who?

the late great, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:20 (three months ago) Permalink

i was thinking of starting a rolling 4th world thread

the late great, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:20 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Missed this thread somehow. 'Stratum' came up on my release radar, this is really gorgeous.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:29 (two months ago) Permalink

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