patricia taxxon is a musician and youtuber who has released 43 albums
last month she released a jawdropping microtonal pop single
and followed it up with a video explaining how and why she made it
then followed that up with a cyberstep banger, a truly wild pitchshifting stevie wonder cover and one of the best piano ballads I've heard in years
then proceeded to release a trilogy of albums (containing all of the above) over the course of 3 days, with an overarching concept drawn from oskar schlemmer's triadische ballett. these are her 5th, 6th and 7th albums of 2020 so far. they're absolutely phenomenal pop, techno, classical and whatever else she's chosen to throw in there. above all there is a love of melody and the possibilities of melody, and everything is so confidently realised
patty taxxon is 20
― imago, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 21:49 (two years ago) link
I listened to your first five links--faves: How & Why Made, "Pretty," also Gelb. So far, I like her music better when she's the one singing, the less processing of her voice the better, also liked the brief instrumental-only passages of Gelb. Will listen to more albums later this week, thanks for posting.
― dow, Thursday, 2 July 2020 02:36 (two years ago) link
there is so much amazing music, this for instance is just incredible
doraemon/foley artist/pix & bit would seem to be the big 2019 trilogy, if you can just ignore her other 7 albums of last year alone (and i'll surely get around to them)
― imago, Sunday, 5 July 2020 02:20 (one year ago) link
ilm is good again. maybe this hasn't been a waste of twenty years!
― lukas, Sunday, 5 July 2020 03:20 (one year ago) link
Pix & Bit has a fiddle track
― lukas, Sunday, 5 July 2020 03:25 (one year ago) link
just because you CAN release records doesn't mean you SHOULD release records
― j., Sunday, 5 July 2020 03:32 (one year ago) link
The basic compositional idea in "Spiral Staircase" is really interesting and I think the composition could work (but lol "pop song"). The electronic timbres are not very interesting imo, though, and I feel like the idea might come across stronger with a more accurate singer - assuming that I understand it correctly: the first half of the first verse is in 12tet in C and then she modulates to B half-flat for the second half but the melody here is still essentially supposed to be in 12tet, just a quarter-tone flat? Because if that's correct (and the musical setting and her description suggest this), I think she's singing a bit out of tune, especially when she has to leap, such that her G half flat veers near F natural and her C half sharp gets close to C natural territory. If she is actually trying to hit these quarter-tones, then cool but that seems like it would be a pretty different idea.
― Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 July 2020 04:55 (one year ago) link
Alternatively, maybe if the whole thing were done with acoustic or amplified instruments with imperfect intonation and she sang it all in her offhand way, that might also work?
― Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 July 2020 05:33 (one year ago) link
Sorry, I meant G half sharp veers near G natural, iirc.
― Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 5 July 2020 05:39 (one year ago) link
it's a pretty good effort considering she's never touched microtones before! we all have to start somewhere. i quite like her singing voice (some don't) but yeah trying to sing accurately in quartertones is a pretty herculean task
j. playing grinch up there. why not create? she's even said on Twitter that she hopes to slow down and spend longer on projects, this is basically all practice and training at this point. the fact that so many of the results are so great already is kind of astonishing
― imago, Sunday, 5 July 2020 09:47 (one year ago) link
the subjective fact, according to me, that is (she has a video about the impossibility of objective truth)
― imago, Sunday, 5 July 2020 09:59 (one year ago) link
Spiral Staircase is really interesting, particularly in conjunction with the visuals, until the precise point when it becomes a song. Would pay for an instrumental.
― Matt DC, Sunday, 5 July 2020 10:47 (one year ago) link
Just started listening to Schwarz, I am a huge sucker for gorgeous synths set against harsh granular shit. Her stuff sounds so fresh to me. That feeling is why I started listening to electronic music in the first place.
― lukas, Monday, 6 July 2020 17:49 (one year ago) link
i love spiral staircase until the dry vocal comes in
― here 1st (roxymuzak), Monday, 6 July 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link
it'll grow on you!
'pix & bit' is an absolute start-to-finish knockout of a record, it is up there with 'gelb' and 'rosa' and maybe more weirdly consistent than either despite being 71 minutes long. i've hardly been able to listen to any other artist for a week
― imago, Monday, 6 July 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link
there's a lot to dig through, but so far the hyperpop of Beauty is the one for me.
― fffv, Friday, 10 July 2020 01:18 (one year ago) link
feel like a track like Moons would hit harder if it had been mastered properly, but if she paid to get things mastered we wouldn't get an album a day, so
― lukas, Saturday, 11 July 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link
― lukas, Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:54 (one year ago) link
Jyväskylä is very good, maybe my favorite so far.
― lukas, Friday, 17 July 2020 02:48 (one year ago) link
she ranked it first of all her albums on twitter a while back - it isn't my favourite but then i definitely skew towards her ultramelodic stuff
opening track of Victory Lap ('Hello, I Ruined Music') is possibly the best mash-up i've ever heard, and i've heard everything Cicierega has ever done in that field: https://patriciataxxon.bandcamp.com/album/victory-lap
& seeing as Pix & Bit is still the best album, here's its Neocities page: https://pixandbit.neocities.org/
― imago, Friday, 17 July 2020 23:05 (one year ago) link
'best mbv cover' might have a new winner folx
― imago, Monday, 16 November 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link
Hm, what is it that clicks with you about this cover? I'm not really sold on the rapping - is this sampled? Do like "Spiral Staircase" quite a bit.
― I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Monday, 16 November 2020 17:39 (one year ago) link
just love the actually-very-convincing schnaussian electrogaze meets high energy shout-rap thing, it's bracing and odd and it works imo
― imago, Monday, 16 November 2020 23:23 (one year ago) link
now with added Backxwash
― imago, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link
her 'mainstream pop album' and accompanying longform youtube video about pop music are coming tomorrow. it might well be that my favourite pop record of 2020 isn't out yet
― imago, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 18:58 (one year ago) link
she's done an ambient instrumental album and it's kind of incredible (if not THAT ambient at points, more a sort of chilled classical thing)
― imago, Sunday, 7 February 2021 15:51 (one year ago) link
Fabulous stuff, this.
― A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:35 (one year ago) link
crocus 3-6 is a genuinely stellar run of music
― imago, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:37 (one year ago) link
It is! The whole thing is straight-up gorgeous though. I like how she varies and steers it towards neo-classical, though only in a nuanced way. It's playful but within a pretty clearly defined space.
― A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:46 (one year ago) link
Her new one is particularly good imo. By her own admission, went binging on Autechre then wrote an EDM pop album
― imago, Monday, 16 August 2021 19:21 (ten months ago) link
This is fantastic. Some sounds maybe too directly autechre-influenced (not that that's a crime or anything) but not all, way more kinetic than lots of recent ae and huge fat tunes on top.
― dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Friday, 17 June 2022 14:27 (two weeks ago) link
sean booth's repping pays off :D
it's amazing yes, welcome aboard
― imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:30 (two weeks ago) link
whole album's great but 'her bed' is pretty safely the most successful autechre-but-not-autechre i've ever heard
― imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:31 (two weeks ago) link
Ahhhhh, this is wonderful. She releases a bit too much for me to keep up but so glad I caught this one.
― emil.y, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:04 (two weeks ago) link
the only record i find myself returning to is 'endless' but this is right up there
― nxd, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:37 (two weeks ago) link