The Studio - West Coast

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Anyone heard this? Scott Pl got me onto it, and it's astonishing. "Out There" is one of the best things I've heard in forever, a longform post-punk dub disco masterpiece which manages to be dreamy and wistful and eerie and slightly forlorn all at once. All the influences you'd expect - Arthur Russell most of all, but also Eno, Talking Heads, and then this superbly glistening eighties art-rock sheen, like maybe they've also been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Starts off stiff-jointed and bouncy, and then moves into seas of undulating deepness and glittering guitar solos. It's totally balearic.

Imagine Arthur Russell's "In The Light Of The Miracle" meets Kate Bush's "Nocturn" meets Jesse Rose and Henrik Schwarz's "Stop, Look & Listen" meets LCD Soundsystem's "45:33" - and not coincidentally these have all been major musical obsessions of mine over the past twelve months.

This album really needs a track-by-track though as there is just too too too too much awesomeness to take in!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"West Coast" is like The Cure's "A Forest" being fought over by Smith & Mighty circa Bass Is Maternal and Piano Magic circa Low Birth Weight! It's overblown and torturous and beautiful.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Origin is a "throwaway" piece (well, when you compare its 2 minutes to "Out There"'s 16 minute extravagance) that is nonetheless totally compelling, buzzy rock bass stomp topped by spiderweb guitar and a storm of echoey effects - elegantly dirty, and sounding nothing like the tracks which precede it.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Life's A Beach" is another epic, a slightly seasick feeling number of moody synths and chimes that slowly swirls into melancholy psychedelic ethno-disco, distracted sparkles of guitar drifting uneasily over restless percussion.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Self Service" is simultaneously their most straightforward post-punk-ish pop song (albeit over eight minutes long) and their most discoid Arthur Russell moment: clattering surround sound drum hits and squiggly keyboard patterns, its deliriously depressive, and then it goes all out tribal groove, growing ever more cavernous until it's over too quickly.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Closer "Indo" verges on ambient, its muted guitar whines sounding like they're recorded at the bottom of the ocean, supported by the insistent ring of tambourines. It's very emotional.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Tonight this seems like the best album in the world.

apparently it's a limited vinyl release from last year, with an expanded CD now available. Shame I've blown my credit card limit!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i know someone's been talking about that album here, cuz i've clicked that link before. maybe on the noize board.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

love the samples. very cool. the guitars especially are heavenly.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

tim, you should post on the noize listening threads:


scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Out There" is quite a tune, but I think they play it too safe to be really good. All the right influences at the right moment. Perhaps I only want them to be more berlin school than britpop. Oh well.. Saw them at Black Lodge in Stockholm, and they had really nice lowbudget lighting; strobes and projections etc. Art-students think of everything.

jon person (jon person), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Where's the britpop? Someone in that noize thread mentions The Happy Mondays, which I can sort of see, but otherwise...

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah, i wrote about it on the noise board

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink


cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i ordered the cd they have on their website, has different versions of songs on "west coast" and "no comply" 12"s. it has yet to arrive but i will report back.

spoke to magnus from the studio and am trying to get him to NYC.

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Okay listening to the new CD album Yearbook 1, I'm actually not certain I like the single "No Comply" (bad singing), but it brings into focus the reference point I strangely had not mentioned: Disco Inferno!

And not just the Disco Inferno of the EPs but also those early percussive efforts on In Debt. "No Comply" though is all weird overlapping keyboard and piano melodies, kinda Reichian sample-pop.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 8 February 2007 13:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

more happy mondays singing

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 8 February 2007 14:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Slowly slowly starting to see more talk about this. Still perhaps my favourite album of the year, interchanging with Panda Bear. Not surprisingly, the remixes floating around are great - I love how Todd Terje's remix of "Life's a Beach" starts out funky and very very slowly gets all moody like the original, and it's got such a wet aqueous groove too. And the Brennan Green remix of "West Side" is like a really sensitive dub version, moving around some parts, cutting out the vocals and adding some morose bleepy keyboards but otherwise preserving everything loveable about the original.

Also really really liking Studio's remix/remake of The Shout Out Loud's "Impossible", which is bright shiny pop by their standards - The Cure's "In Between Days" meets Disco Inferno's "The Athiest's Burden" meets... I'm not sure.

Tim F, Monday, 9 July 2007 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've fallen in love with this band, but have only heard 2 songs (Origin & Life's a Beach). would love to hear a full length. i bought the remix 12" of Life's a Beach and was terribly dissapointed. i didn't realize it was only remixes and not the original version. and the remixes just sounded like mellow house tracks to me. lost most of the live instruments that i liked about it to begin with and returned it the next day.

jaxon, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

also, how come the mp3s i've gotten are listed as "A Studio"? not The Studio or just Studio?

jaxon, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

i can't believe you returned that 12"

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

also one of my favorites this year, yearbook 1

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

also, uh, jaxon, there's a link to their west coast 12" in a thread linked to in this thread

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

i highly recommend strategy's "future rock" for anyone who is feeling studio

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

i agree about the vocal songs.. pretty shit.. but lifes a beach? jesus.. really nice.. this is one of the best produced records (yearbook 1) ive heard in a long time.

the vocals on the strategy album are a total bummer. whats going on here?

nikbozic, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

maybe you just don't like vocals

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm waiting for my yearbook CD after really enjoying the remixes 12", the Todd Terje is fantastic, pitched on the edge of being, like the record shop label said, 'chilled out bar groove', I'm amazed they get something so great out of these rainforest and hippy signifiers. Certain points in that track, a bit more colour is gradually added and it feels like a huge psychedelic build, but still fairly restrained and smooth overall.

Alex xy, Monday, 9 July 2007 19:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

'west coast' is amazing

lex pretend, Monday, 9 July 2007 20:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

hang on, no, i mean 'out there'

lex pretend, Monday, 9 July 2007 20:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think the terje remix is anything but chilled out, but that's a minor quibble as it's one of my favorite remixes in a year that has been jammed with them. i haven't heard the album yet. can't believe i missed this thread the first time around.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 02:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a great disc. Those upthread who drew comparisons between this and The Cure are OTM.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

maybe i should try to download the 2 Life's a Beach remixes and actually, you know, like listen to them. i just figured it wasn't something i'd ever play out (like that happens so often), so i didn't need to own the vinyl

jaxon, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was really surprised to read your comment upthread! the bassline in the terje is just too boogie to be house. it reminds me of the mary jane girls. so there's the rick james thing and on top of it there is cure (meets basic channel) san francisco summer beach atmospherics. and then fat techno claps and cowbells and a sense of humor. i am so smitten by this song.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

What the where the who. This all sounds potentially interesting.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

i love how enigmatic the band name and album title are. cover art is great too.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

jaxon - for some reason when i ripped the promo CD i got, iTunes listed the artist as "A Studio" so I would guess your rip came from that as well...

BATTAGS, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 07:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

you know, you fellas are right! this is great! agree w/ all the aforementioned reference points, but would add in the mood of all those great Associates 12"s w/ the cool b-sides. and special commendation for the exquisite guitar. thank you ilx!

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 03:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ned I sincerely believe you will love them.

It's kinda of odd how similar the Prins Thomas and Todd Terje remixes of "Life's a Beach" are - both have the funky bassline, the endless layering of effects, the faithful redeployment of the guitar. The Terje remix is slightly more brisk and uptempo, and I slightly prefer it, but they're both great.

Tim F, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cutty those Strategy samples are excellent. Will have to track that album down.

Tim F, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

fwiw, Out There is my least favorite track.

now to track down the remixes...

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 13:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

^ sooo good.

jaxon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

i downloaded Life's a Beach remixes. eh. prins thomas remix is cool. kinda spaced out, but i still stand by what i said. it lost the balearic rock edge that i liked and just became sorta "dance music". no need to keep 12"

jaxon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

"West Side" does = the Balearic Cure. Out've the forest and onto the beach.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 22:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

this has been repressed. hooray!

haitch, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

That Yearbook cover art is fantastic.

admrl, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Has Spencer seen it or heard this, I wonder?

admrl, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cutty! That Strategy album is like... Luomo making a post-rock record? Or a post-rock group making a Luomo record? Whatever, if I had a Microsoft Wizard program that made albums for me at least one of them would probably turn out like this. Not sure if I love love love it yet but will def. keep listening.

2007 is so the year I became a corny balearic fuxx.

Tim F, Thursday, 12 July 2007 22:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think balearic is one of those words like minimal. it has meaning that is more like residue. i like a lot of recent music like this because it is musical as opposed to most of the contemporary dance music i immerse myself in which is music that for most of the 00s has been design-obsessed (similar to a lot of contemporary pop and hip hop and even alterna-rock). it's just tiring after awhile.

tricky, Friday, 13 July 2007 04:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

tim have you heard kuniyuki takahashi?

tricky, Friday, 13 July 2007 04:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

N was the high point for me iirc

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 10 June 2016 19:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying this. He sounds like he's on autopilot. That's ok, though

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 10 June 2016 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

autopilot isn't really satisfying

felt a bit like terje's also autopilot, also unsatisfying album

the hallouminati (lex pretend), Friday, 10 June 2016 20:46 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

new atelje record this year?

puredazzle, Friday, 1 July 2016 13:07 (one year ago) Permalink

#atelje #lp #2016

van smack, Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Smalltown Supersound sent a slipmat with my Midnight LP. Really appreciated it after complaining about the cost of the LP on pre-order. It's not a great album but it's good enough.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

No telling how many copies of either in stock, but "7 Trx + Intermission" and "Meditation" are back in Lissvik's ATELJE shop (along with some t-shirts evidently sewn by Rumpelstiltskin):

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Saturday, 17 September 2016 14:36 (one year ago) Permalink

New Lissvik track "Backside" up on soundcloud

mizzell, Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks sombrero

skip, Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Looks like Backside is a 7" release, can't see where to order it yet.

plazzTT, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Shop's got a a few Studio relative rareities back in-stock (including a vinyl copy of West Coast (2nd Edition) housed in a dinged-up sleeve).

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Saturday, 5 November 2016 21:02 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes... - the label which Lissvik is a part of.

puredazzle, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Neat! Is there more info about it elsewhere?

Evan, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah, pretty weird there is no info about future release, buying etc...

skip, Monday, 9 January 2017 03:27 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

bump, yearbook 1 is the best album

nomar, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 06:38 (one year ago) Permalink

This thread is now ten years old :-(

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 07:32 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

new Atelje track "50/50" up on soundcloud and it's a pop song with vocals. pretty nice.

mizzell, Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh wow this feels more like "west coast" than almost anything he's done since

gr8080, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink


skip, Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

50/50 out today digitally, vinyl ep coming in August.

mizzell, Thursday, 1 June 2017 13:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Is the Lissvik Archive available anywhere to download?

plazzTT, Saturday, 24 June 2017 19:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

there's way more than that

brimstead, Saturday, 24 June 2017 19:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

hold on

brimstead, Saturday, 24 June 2017 19:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

brimstead, Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

there are 50 tracks there, doesn't have all the ones listed on that discogs entry

brimstead, Saturday, 24 June 2017 20:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

thx brimstead

sleeve, Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

thanks a lot brimstead

plazzTT, Sunday, 25 June 2017 14:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Kind of psyched that Lissvik wrote back to me on instagram, but disappointed at his answer:

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ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

Well that didn't work. I just commented that 50/50 was a fantastic summer jam and asked if an album was in the works.

atelje_@ryno_ocl thanks a lot! -yup, that was the plan, but then we had kid no2. Lp2 within the next 10yrs 🙃 or so, promise! 💪🏽 Ep out in late August!

ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

thx brimstead! mediafire still working! wooooow

moullet, Monday, 17 July 2017 13:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Atelje - 50/50 Ep
Vinyl Ep Ltd. 300

Soundcloud :
Spotify :

Tracklist :
Side A
Aah (1.00)
50/50 (3.33)

Side B
Zephyr (11.13)

45 Rpm / Stereo / 15-16 min

mizzell, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

available now

mizzell, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

One of the better 15-16 minutes I've had today.

nashwan, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 15:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

on Spotify in the US!

this is sweet, love the A-side, can't wait to hear the long track

sleeve, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

(thx for headsup to ILX user seandalai, who I follow)

sleeve, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

ohhhh yeahhh

"Zephyr" lives up to its name

sleeve, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

Woah love this! Just yesterday I was listening to Yearbook 1 and missing this sound.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

mickcsmith (micarl), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

Love this - it's the most Studio-est thing that Lissvik has done in ages (unless I missed something)

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

i just realized that atelje means studio in swedish

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Monday, 15 January 2018 18:40 (three months ago) Permalink

that explains so much about the lampshades and high heels ive been getting with my saved search on eBay for "atelje"

gr8080, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:03 (three months ago) Permalink

I knew atelje was studio but somehow have always been blind to the fact that that comes from 'atelier'.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:08 (three months ago) Permalink

oh doy of course

gr8080, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:13 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Lissvik's been adding new and back catalog items to his Bandcamp: (including that deleted archive, but here, in hi-fi)

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Saturday, 31 March 2018 23:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

damn, i have the 50 tracks that brimstead posted upthread. this has 50 more!
will i spend $60 on this? maybe...

mizzell, Monday, 2 April 2018 18:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink


brimstead, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 19:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

While we've been debating whether or not to make the investment, Herr Lissvik's gone ahead & trimmed 15 dollars off the Archive's price.

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 18:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

are people still not big on Midnight? I listen to that record all the time. it's great.

mizzell, Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Playing Midnight right now!

Archive just popped up on Spotify—all 100 tracks.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 5 April 2018 13:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

100 songs, 4 hr 32 min. guess I don't need to worry about what the rest of my work soundtrack will be for the day.

fffv, Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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