MADRES de Sofia Kourtesis

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literally just hit play on this but I have high hopes

rob, Friday, 27 October 2023 13:42 (eight months ago) link

losing my mind during "How Music Makes You Feel Better"

AOTY

rob, Friday, 27 October 2023 13:55 (eight months ago) link

i am also enjoying!

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 27 October 2023 14:00 (eight months ago) link

Funkhaus is a journey

I believe this is exceeding my high hopes

rob, Friday, 27 October 2023 14:05 (eight months ago) link

final verdict: fantastic album. "Moving Houses" puts the brakes on a little, but not fatally so and maybe you need a breather after "Funkhaus"

I'm going to take a walk and look at the fall colours and listen to this again later XD

also, s/o ilm since I first heard SK on one of the eoy polls

rob, Friday, 27 October 2023 14:37 (eight months ago) link

I get Enigma´s "return to innocence" vibes

/asarco (AcnalbasacNoom), Friday, 27 October 2023 16:43 (eight months ago) link

Loved this. Reminded me a lot of Four Tet but whereas his albums are often deliberately narrow, she's painting with lots of different colors. First two tracks and "Funkhaus" were the standouts.

Indexed, Friday, 27 October 2023 17:51 (eight months ago) link

yeah I hear lots of continuity with elegant 00s/10s stuff like Four Tet, Caribou, Pantha du Prince, etc. (I don't really hear Enigma tbh), but I agree about the expanded palette. Plus for me there's real affective rush to it that I don't really get from those records—that could be a first impression sugar rush but we'll see

rob, Friday, 27 October 2023 18:00 (eight months ago) link

Good to excellent. Very welcoming, easy to get lost in, slowly undulating, slightly psychedelic, though I hear a lot of classic house behind it and the identity of each song could get a little muddled in similar piano / voices / effects (a minor complaint actually). Funkhaus and Si te portas bonito are A+.

Nabozo, Friday, 27 October 2023 19:38 (eight months ago) link

i loved suddenly hearing her singing (is it her singing?) "deep inside" by hardrive. i think i'm predisposed to love "covers" of house and techno, even just in bits and pieces. people should do it more. i guess there are rights headaches tho probably? bleh

Tracer Hand, Friday, 27 October 2023 20:18 (eight months ago) link

This is fabulous. I wasn’t sure about the inclusion of singing at first but it’s growing on me.

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 27 October 2023 20:59 (eight months ago) link

She makes me think of Ela Minor in ways I can’t fully articulate right now

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 27 October 2023 21:30 (eight months ago) link

losing my mind during "How Music Makes You Feel Better"

otm

Roz, Saturday, 28 October 2023 06:29 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

listened to this album bc i saw it on a year-end list. blown away. baffled i hadn't seen the entirety of ilm rally around it. but then i found this thread!!!! not too late, rest of ilm!!!!

ivy., Wednesday, 13 December 2023 22:33 (six months ago) link

I think it might’ve come out too close to the end of the year for it to blow up here.

I rarely read full Pitchfork reviews these days but the site’s take on Madres made me roll the dice, and quickly I was enraptured. It’s in my top 10.

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 13 December 2023 22:42 (six months ago) link

god it was even BNM'd! i had a really busy october lol

ivy., Wednesday, 13 December 2023 22:43 (six months ago) link

haha I feel you, I missed some amazing stuff by being super busy in the fall that I only caught on eoy lists (e.g., Corinne Bailey Rae)

I was also a bit surprised at the muted response bc as noted I learned about SK from ILM, but otoh I am not personally that great at talking about this kind of music.

at any rate, my update: this album is still a total rush

rob, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 22:51 (six months ago) link

Her music has been high on my radar with every EP and single. She played at Portola in SF last year and was incredible. Madres will be very high on my list.

octobeard, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 23:06 (six months ago) link

Top 5 of the year for me, I find it to be extremely moving in parts

monotony, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 23:25 (six months ago) link

yes! I said "affective rush" upthread, and I think that's accurate in terms of its more ineffable qualities, but it's also a deliberately emotional album. "Vajkoczy" is this wonderful dreamy mix of melancholy and joy that hits me harder than some more explicitly sad music

rob, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 23:35 (six months ago) link

Longshot here, but does anyone know where I could find where the samples on Madres are from?

Mr. Manicotti, Thursday, 21 December 2023 17:56 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Just been given this on CD for my birthday (he's been doing his research!), so it's blasting out right now and WOW. Like others have said upthread, "Funkhaus" is an instant standout, and the sampling throughout the album is just stunning. Now I get why ILM voted it #2 AOTY. Good work, ILM.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 17 February 2024 12:37 (four months ago) link

Christ, even the Manu Chao track is great, and I can't fucking stand Manu Chao!

mike t-diva, Saturday, 17 February 2024 12:38 (four months ago) link

Thanks for reminding me - I want to get a CD copy of this!

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 17 February 2024 13:12 (four months ago) link

Yeah, it really comes into its own at proper volume through proper speakers, when you can immerse yourself in the details. What she’s done is just phenomenal.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 17 February 2024 17:24 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

I want to get a CD copy of this!

Worth it. You get an extra minute on the start of "Madres" before the vocal sample comes in. lol. This appears to be the only timing difference across the formats.

Anyone like the vinyl? I could not mess with it for the totally different track order, not to mention 4 sides for 47 minutes.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 28 May 2024 11:44 (one month ago) link

I really dislike it when an album is split into 4 sides lasting less than 12 mins a side. If your record is shorter than 50 mins it should always be on one record. Is inner groove distortion that rough on sides lasting 15-23 mins?

octobeard, Tuesday, 28 May 2024 19:13 (one month ago) link

Thanks for the reminder to get the CD!

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 28 May 2024 19:28 (one month ago) link

I’m assuming the sides are 45rpm

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 May 2024 19:43 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

her RA mix this week goes unbelievably fucking hard oh my god

Murgatroid, Monday, 1 July 2024 05:26 (one week ago) link

do we know when the Daphni collaboration that opens the mix is coming out because I need to be able to play that on a loop incessantly, pronto

monotony, Monday, 1 July 2024 12:44 (one week ago) link

xp thanks for posting this. Absolute smash.

Indexed, Monday, 1 July 2024 16:39 (one week ago) link

That's a big ol' tune

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Monday, 1 July 2024 23:10 (one week ago) link

My 3 year old daughter went crazy, dancing and jumping around with the opening track. Can confirm it’s a banger.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 1 July 2024 23:20 (one week ago) link

What a mix, LOVE IT.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 2 July 2024 09:23 (one week ago) link

oooooooooooooo

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 2 July 2024 13:40 (one week ago) link


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