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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

flopson, Saturday, 3 March 2018 08:45 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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)

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

(Note: track start times are approximate)


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

[Total Time: 52:40]

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:17 (three years ago) link

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

may you knock on my door again , please ?

— serpentwithfeet (@serpentwithfeet) March 1, 2018

bring your lil blanket.
i wanna tell you this story.

— serpentwithfeet (@serpentwithfeet) March 1, 2018

Soundslike, Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:23 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

I will do that today. :)

New song btw!

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 17:03 (two years ago) link

Is it a big obvious classical sample in Four Ethers?


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

flopson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:29 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

so good

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:49 (two years ago) link

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

imago, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:04 (two years ago) link

Co-produced by Katie Gately & mmph

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:48 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

Soundslike, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:51 (two years ago) link

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

Soundslike, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:53 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 8 June 2018 01:07 (two years ago) link

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

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 June 2018 18:39 (two years ago) link

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

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 June 2018 19:02 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

'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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:58 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

now here's an interesting development

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 30 June 2019 15:44 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

"A Comma" acts as the first taste of serpentwithfeet's new EP, Apparition, due in late April, and produced entirely by Wynne Bennett (Janelle Monae, Tayla Parx, Twin Shadow). While crafting the EP serpentwithfeet asked himself one question: "What ghosts am I welcoming into my house?"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:01 (eleven months ago) link

Janelle Monae tweeted out a Pitchfork article about the new EP... Is it possible someone as sui generis as serpentwithfeet could get "big"?

I would be thrilled to see it.

Soundslike, Monday, 6 April 2020 04:18 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

New album in March, new song/video now! It rules.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 25 January 2021 19:38 (one month ago) link

so good!

winters (josh), Monday, 25 January 2021 19:45 (one month ago) link

fuck yes!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 25 January 2021 20:00 (one month ago) link

Positive vibes :)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 25 January 2021 20:58 (one month ago) link

That's just glorious. The dramatic, baroque darkness of the first EP consumed me when--but it's honestly just thrilling to see serpentwithfeet leave that behind and embrace this sort of radiant warmth. It's honestly a bold shift, given darkness is an easier sell in the slightly-underground-music world I think he still operates within. I love it and cannot wait for this new album.

Soundslike, Monday, 25 January 2021 21:14 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

A blissed-out serpentwithfeet album of joy... Circa 'Blisters' and how in love with its darkness, I couldn't have known by Feb 2021, there's nothing I'd need more...

Soundslike, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

this guy is fucking great

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

Love it. Although I was reaaally hoping that a real trumpet was going to come in doubling the mouth trumpet part.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:22 (two weeks ago) link

(only because it would be a good joke, it seems like one of those classic 'meant to be replaced later' parts that gets left in, and it would be funny if they got real horns but still left it in)

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:24 (two weeks ago) link

love this. sleeping time on serpentwithfeet is over!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

everything I've heard is fucking great

anatol_merklich, Friday, 19 February 2021 22:12 (one week ago) link

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