A thread for HOWIE LEE's sublime, genre-spanning Chinese folk/prog/jazz/Balearic/grime opus 'BIRDY ISLAND'

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There's a lot going on here, but it never feels busy or like it's trying too hard.
Some hark-backs to Cornelius's "Point" album and maybe even Tortoise's "Standards", but it sounds like it couldn't have come out at an earlier time than this year

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 12:38 (one week ago) link

Yes! Haven't gotten a chance to fully get into this one but his 7 Weapons Series was one of my favorites last year.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 14:56 (one week ago) link

I haven't heard the earlier stuff but it's meant to be quite different from this

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 15:06 (one week ago) link

Yeah, this is lovely but definitely different than I expected. Like, I was expecting a pretty electronic album compared to the club tracks on the last one, but not all the live (?) instruments and folk/prog elements.

It reminds me of a lot of things but especially Scott Herren/Savath y Savalas right now.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 15:27 (one week ago) link

while we're here: it really fucks me off that the first Savath & Savalas album isn't on Spotify. Puts a gaping hole of desire in a lot of my instrumentals playlists

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

This album is blowing my mind right now, thanks for the heads up! Truly worldbuilding stuff. I'm going to have to really dive into this person's work.

OneSecondBefore, Thursday, 29 April 2021 02:52 (one week ago) link

Yeah I love this album.

Tim F, Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:43 (one week ago) link

this is fantastic morning fun

nxd, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 09:33 (one week ago) link

loving these soundscapes and vibes so far

the name sounded familiar: he was one of Lafawndah’s collaborators on the Ancestor Boy II remix album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLNiDxO-QDM
Lafawndah • JOSEPH X HOWIE LEE REWORK

(second time I namechecked that album this week, what are the odds)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 11:01 (one week ago) link

This is so great, it really did work as a weekend morning record (and my partner usually has me turn off anything with a hint of loopy repetitiveness, which speaks to this record's constantly shifting musicality).

I'd love to know how he recorded certain tracks, or what the mixture of samples to recorded parts is. Also really need to go check out his earlier records.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 10 May 2021 21:27 (yesterday) link


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