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this song is a couple years old but i heard this song on the bjork fact mix last year. apparently he has a new album out this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a4N_lOAieA

flopson, Saturday, 3 March 2018 08:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

He's great live, same kind of "Stone Island"-era egregious-sampling-of-classical-classics, truly great

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 3 March 2018 08:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Serpentwithfeet is by far my favorite new music of the last several years (and there's been a lot of new music I've liked the last couple years, especially coming from R&B roots). Can't wait for what he'll do next.

I did this mix as an odd sort of tribute to his sound-world and the excitement I felt in hearing him for the first time:

Nocturnes (1969-2017)

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/nocturnes_v01a.jpg?w=800


Various – ‘Nocturnes‘
(A Tribute to Serpentwithfeet | 1969-2017)

(Note: track start times are approximate)

[00:00]

Arca – “Piel” (2017)
Neil Young – “Guitar Solo 1” (1996)
Jon Hassell – “Blues Nile” (1977)

[03:55]

FKA Twigs – “Kicks” (2014)
J.S. Bach – “Cello Suite No. 2, BWV 1008, Sarbande” (1723)
Burning Star Core – “The Universe Is Designed To Break Your Mind” (2007)

[09:30]

Big Star – “Holocaust (Demo)” (1976)
Peter Gabriel – “At Night” (1986)
Bhutan Tibetan Monks – “Tibetan Shawms” (1971)
Biota – “Astray” (1987)

[13:00]

Scott Walker – “Rosary” (1995)
Michael Nyman – “1-100” (1975)

[15:40]

Paul Buchanan – “After Dark” (2012)
The Haxan Cloak – “Mara” (2013)

[19:00]

Nina Simone – “Dambalaa” (1974)
David Sylvian – “Approaching Silence” (1999)

[25:00]

Bjork & The Brodsky Quartet – “The Anchor Song” (2000)

[28:50]

Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir – “Poleganala e Todora” (1975)
Rachel’s – “Full On Night” (1995)

[32:25]

Gigi Masin – “Consequences of Goodbyes” (1986)
Floating Points – “Elaenia” (2015)

[36:10]

Buffy Sainte-Marie – “Poppies” (1969)
Michael Brook & Brian Eno – “Pond Life” (1985)

[38:55]

Low – “Lift” (1997)
Jon Hopkins – “Abandon Window” (2013)

[44:15]

Serpentwithfeet – “Blisters” (2016)
Arvo Part – “Tabula Rasa 1 – Ludus” (1977)

[Total Time: 52:40]

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

He's been teasing a new release (I think/hope) the last couple days:

may you knock on my door again , please ? pic.twitter.com/SYuGamfJNG

— serpentwithfeet (@serpentwithfeet) March 1, 2018

bring your lil blanket.
i wanna tell you this story. pic.twitter.com/GPT79iMI6G

— serpentwithfeet (@serpentwithfeet) March 1, 2018

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

Quite a great musician, definitely. Regret not seeing the show last year that he did with Perfume Genius.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

missing him by a day in london next month unfortunately. Quite like the EP even if it does remind me a lot of Antony

akm, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

He reminded me of Antony/Anhoni, but, I have to say. . . like as a major upgrade. The music is much more interesting in terms of production and arrangement, and I find his voice and vocal approach (with the avowed Gospel background) much more compelling. Antony/Anhoni was always someone I wanted to like, more than I actually liked, especially with the Lou Reed/Bjork seals of approval. Serpentwithfeet was instant head-over-heels "yes".

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

Love Four Ethers and his Bjork remix, keep meaning to listen to more (or I'm sure I have and it just hasn't stuck with me as much).

Is it a big obvious classical sample in Four Ethers?

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think if you're responding to "Four Ethers," I can't imagine you wouldn't be wowed by the whole EP. So--go listen, don't wait! : )

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

I will do that today. :)

New song btw!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7VtBSanueQ

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 17:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is it a big obvious classical sample in Four Ethers?

berlioz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTVzRdV0RD4

new song is cool! guess i started this thread at the right time :)

flopson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thank you! As is typical for me, I just figured he made that using some cracked Hollywood orchestra plugins. :)

Interesting that the new track is apparently the album closer.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 March 2018 02:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYt-eYCDmps

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:49 (five months ago) Permalink

prefer this one to the previous one! his production and arrangements are amazing

imago, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Co-produced by Katie Gately & mmph

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:48 (five months ago) Permalink

oh right ah that would explain it

getting gately in is a cool and brilliant choice. could so easily have just gone with modish arca

imago, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Ha I'm guessing it's not that easy to get Arca these days? But KG is great.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:15 (five months ago) Permalink

New album's good stuff -- a bit consistent to a fault across a full-length sonically, but I can't wait for the live show next month.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh man Ned, so jealous you've heard it! Can't wait to see him.

Soundslike, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Along with the new single, to hold us all over till the shows/album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRrFU-4ohhA

Soundslike, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:53 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

CD of the new album arrived a couple days early, about to listen for the first time and I'm so excited!

Anyone seen him on his current tour? Going to see him on the 27th in Boston and I cannot wait. . .

Soundslike, Friday, 8 June 2018 00:46 (four months ago) Permalink

I will be seeing him live in San Francisco on the 19th! I'm so stoked

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 8 June 2018 01:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Ooh, this is out today? About to get into it.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 June 2018 18:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Wowowow so far this is exactly the album I want to hear in 2018

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:02 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I hope you all have been catching him on tour. Just really truly special. I wasn't sure how he could capture what he's doing live--but he does, but adds an intimacy and warmth (and humor and kindness) that can't really come across on the records. He turned a noisy typical hipster bar in Boston last night--replete with dudes talking and drinking loudly through the opener--into a black/white/gay/straight choir and it seemed to happen without overt invitation. He is spellbinding but with-the-audience not above them, and it allowed him to explore whispers to walls of sound (and conversation, and readings of black women writers). I envied folks who saw him in churches before the show, but he brought that special feeling of a place of attentiveness with him. He's really doing something complex and unique but without any of the strains of most "experimental" work, because it's clear he's just using his real voice naturally--and it just happens to be a voice that requires multi-hyphenate descriptors to approximately describe. But the voice (literal and artistic) is the point, far easier and better to experience than to define.

Soundslike, Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Saw Washington Post critic rave on twitter about his DC show. My admittedly quick listen to his latest recording has not yet won me over to thinking that his gospel meets Antony and Sam Smith approach is as great as some think, but I will listen more.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Several of my favorite writers like it. I don't. I'm getting ANOHNI vibes: well-meant tunelessness with a few good beats.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:47 (three months ago) Permalink

huh i remember enjoying the ep but the album is i guess not for me

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:02 (three months ago) Permalink

album kinda washed over me but I'm kicking myself that I missed out on the chance to see him at a tiny venue here, I bet that was special

Simon H., Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:04 (three months ago) Permalink

'Blisters' was definitely more immediately arresting to me, but 'Soil' is definitely a slow-burner. Seeing him perform the album songs live revealed new aspects and made it make more sense to me. He's definitely a singular talent with so much more to come. (And for my taste, a much much more appealing voice than Anhoni).

Soundslike, Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:51 (three months ago) Permalink

We’re seeing him in a couple of weeks — had wanted to catch him last year opening for Perfume Genius but no luck. I take Alfred’s ANOHNI comparison on board but I think swf is sharper in comparison.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Definitely wouldn't call the new album 'tuneless'.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:58 (three months ago) Permalink

HIs melodies meander? Does that make more sense? I'd love to see him live to note the contrasts.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah I know what you're saying, there are some hooks in there too though (like 'cherubim'). It feels like the kind of record that washes over me at first but makes me want to listen again, and gets catchier with familiarity rather than having instant hooks (kinda like the Moses Sumney record).

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink


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