Trembling Blue Stars: C/D, S/D?

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I can't believe there isn't a thread about them yet. Don't they deserve one? Anyway, just got a super expensive LTM reissue of "Lips That Taste Of Tears" about a week ago. I liked the St. Etienne-ish "Rainbow" but the rest of the album bored me a little. So what else should I get? Looking for the more poppy upbeat stuff. And let's not forget: C/D? Twee haters, please abstain.

daavid, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:25 (fourteen years ago) link

For my money, pick up Her Handwriting and stop there. Maybe the singles comp, A Certain Evening Light if you really dig them. The first two albums were good albums with great singles. Everything since then has been dull albums with good singles. After The Seven Autumn Flowers I said to myself "no more" so I haven't heard the latest one.

I could see an argument for all their albums being equally good and my tastes being what changed though.

f. hazel, Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:07 (fourteen years ago) link

I gave up on TBS around "Alive to every smile", bought the occasional single since, then picked up last year's album and was surprised at how good it was. I'd agree that the best bets are "Her handwriting" and the singles comp.

Rob M v2, Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:22 (fourteen years ago) link

And if you want poppier, more upbeat than Lips That Taste of Tears you want The Field Mice. I don't think albumwise that TBS get any more poppier or upbeat than that.

f. hazel, Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:30 (fourteen years ago) link

good! that's easy, thanks hazel, rob

daavid, Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Broken by Whispers and Alive to every smile are both dead underrated. I have given up on them more or less, now though.

flowersdie, Thursday, 14 February 2008 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

as with Field Mice:

miserable Wratten = good music
happy Wratten = boring music

henry s, Thursday, 14 February 2008 13:27 (fourteen years ago) link

alive to every smile was the best one though. i like all of their albums. there isn't a lot of variety but they have tried a few new things on the most recent one and it's better than the previous one. i'd say 'broken by whispers' is the one to avoid although the eps that came out around it were great.

ranking-alive, her handwriting, last holy writer, lips that taste of tears, seven autumn flowers, broken by whispers

keythkeyth, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i sort of know tbs via proxy but i'm not completely familiar with their music other than what my gf has played for me. good stuff!

omar little, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I bought an album by them once. It was the worst decision of my life, by quite some way.

But "Abba on the Jukebox" is still a thing of wonder. In many ways, it's the apotheosis of its genre, the final confirmation of all those early Reynoldsisms about tweepop as rebellion into the old world: all those references to the forgotten fringes of this country, that very specific sense of desperately unhip and unconsumerised places, everything rock culture cringes at, has almost squeezed out of existence. Really, it defines the territory so much that it had nowhere left to go and the rest of us had nothing left to say about it: in fact I'm not even sure you need anything else.

February Callendar, Friday, 15 February 2008 01:09 (fourteen years ago) link

what is it about tweepop that draws these dismissive replies? almost as if someone is forced to reaffirm something lest they be accused of lacking it. i have not quite ever seen the overarching appeal of abba on the jukebox, it is likable enough but there are several much better songs from the album which it came.

keythkeyth, Friday, 15 February 2008 02:42 (fourteen years ago) link

heaven knows

abba.. is very far from my favourite TBS. her handwriting is probably the best album overall but i think last holy writer and the two EPs released in the last few years are some of his strongest TBS moments. helen reddy and idyllwild are in wratten's top ten songs as far as i'm concerned

electricsound, Friday, 15 February 2008 03:01 (fourteen years ago) link

also <3 beth arzy's voice

electricsound, Friday, 15 February 2008 03:03 (fourteen years ago) link

on the other side of the wratten coin, i've been listening to quite a bit of northern picture library lately, particularly alaska, and while it's all very pretty and dreamy it's also dull as dishwater. and to think at the time i was baffled why sarah didn't want to release their stuff..

electricsound, Friday, 15 February 2008 03:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I like "All Eternal Things"

Curt1s Stephens, Friday, 15 February 2008 03:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I bought a bunch of their albums thinking it would be a good investment for whenever i got dumped. unfortunately, i haven't been dumped yet, and it all rings hollow. a waste.

Alive to Every Smile did have some classic tunes though.

Gukbe, Friday, 15 February 2008 21:24 (fourteen years ago) link

haha

i've never really been able to relate to wratten's tales of heartbreak. dude is clearly way more capable of obsessing over lost love than i ever will be. lucky he writes decent tunes then eh

electricsound, Saturday, 16 February 2008 00:25 (fourteen years ago) link

keythkeyth: I think tweepop rubs off against middle-class guilt. it reminds a certain set of people of what they're on the run from every moment of their lives, what they cannot face in their own past. that is a very specifically British sociocultural process, and one which I don't think can be fully understood by those who don't know Britain: the genre inspires the level of antagonism it does because it's reminding followers of other popcults of where they came from.

and, as I said, it's never a genre I felt greatly determined to explore. I tried once and got my fingers burnt: a kneejerk reaction, maybe, but there always seemed so much else out there. that one single seemed to go beyond its confines, which is why it still stands out for this outsider.

February Callendar, Saturday, 16 February 2008 02:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I sold Broken by whispers because I found it too depressing.

God, Trembling Blue Stars, now theres a band I've neglected over the last few years. I guess you have to be picky and choosy, but theres some real gems there, so says I who loves most any melancholic music.

mehlt, Saturday, 16 February 2008 04:27 (fourteen years ago) link

The song 'Headlights' off of.. Lips that Taste of Tears? is really wonderful.

derrrick, Saturday, 16 February 2008 07:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I've never come across anything they've done as good as "Ghost of an Unkissed Kiss".

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 16 February 2008 10:48 (fourteen years ago) link

See, that's the point where I turned off them actually.

Rob M v2, Saturday, 16 February 2008 11:01 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

1st quick pass listen to the new album, no departure, a good solid effort, lovely production

not in love with cath carroll's guest spot, would rather beth sing it tbqh

pies madness (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:13 (eleven years ago) link

so is this just the last TBS album or is bobby quitting music?

pies madness (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

was the last one really five years ago? he's looking not great these days. maybe he needs a burger.

keythhtyek, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:57 (eleven years ago) link

TLHW was '07

pies madness (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:58 (eleven years ago) link

yeah perhaps a happy life is making him ill

pies madness (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 02:59 (eleven years ago) link

not that he ever looked particularly robust

pies madness (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 03:00 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

so is this just the last TBS album or is bobby quitting music?

still not sure about this. ending with 'no more sad songs' is pretty telling..

eddy current facebook friends status updates (electricsound), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

they're going chill wave.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:30 (eleven years ago) link

it's "chillwave", one word. show some respect.

heard they are gonna do a '77 punk revival thing. bobby rotten.

dude (del), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:40 (eleven years ago) link

i'm pretty sure the canonical spelling of chill wave is illegible, since it originally appeared on a polaroid taken in 1977 and left on the beach for 30 years.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:01 (eleven years ago) link

hmm another EP is coming out after the album so clearly not a complete retirement i guess

Sniiiiip! (electricsound), Monday, 1 November 2010 04:18 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

i've decided "fast trains" is their best album since the debut

whole lotta cocorosie (electricsound), Friday, 21 January 2011 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

correspondence ep is rather 'experimental'

swagenda (electricsound), Monday, 30 May 2011 03:19 (eleven years ago) link

i hope it doesn't mean more occasional keepers stuff, that stuff wasn't good at all

swagenda (electricsound), Monday, 30 May 2011 03:20 (eleven years ago) link

this is always a band i think i like but dont

ILX WORST POSTER → (Lamp), Monday, 30 May 2011 03:25 (eleven years ago) link

ok

swagenda (electricsound), Monday, 30 May 2011 03:35 (eleven years ago) link

well i mean

ILX WORST POSTER → (Lamp), Monday, 30 May 2011 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

i still haven't listened all of the way through the last record. maybe i will now since i don't need to get up for work tomorrow, but then it is kind of long. when's the keris howard solo stuff come out anyways? i didn't like occasional keepers at all either. too ponderous when the wake people took over. first two songs are great:)

keythhtyek, Monday, 30 May 2011 04:47 (eleven years ago) link

hen's the keris howard solo stuff come out anyways?

was unaware this was happening, those last couple of interviews made it seem like he was quitting music too

swagenda (electricsound), Monday, 30 May 2011 04:53 (eleven years ago) link

What's wrong with occasional keepers? 'Factory Records' is a marvel, very beautiful. I can't fault Trembling Blue Stars, since first finding the Field Mice in high school, I have always followed them. The new TBS is ace, though I like him best when he's channeling Robert Smith.

JacobSanders, Monday, 30 May 2011 05:33 (eleven years ago) link

i thought i remember reading in a matinee records update sometime after the last harper lee release that keris howard was going new order like on hal and was doing solo stuff. of course this was a long time ago. maybe he has changed his mind.

keythhtyek, Monday, 30 May 2011 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

What's wrong with occasional keepers?

ok well i've only heard the first album but imo it's the most boring thing either of them have been involved in, just never warmed to it at all. perhaps i should check out the second one

swagenda (electricsound), Monday, 30 May 2011 05:51 (eleven years ago) link

The second occasional keepers is better than the first. I remember the first hardly existing, kind of pretty, but I can't remember anything but faint ambient sounds. The second one I've played a lot.

JacobSanders, Monday, 30 May 2011 06:01 (eleven years ago) link

i can't work out if the backing vocal on the kidney bingos cover is david feck or caesar

buttwalk (electricsound), Monday, 6 June 2011 03:18 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Only just recently discovered them. 'Her Handwriting' is fantastic. Could listen to 'What Can I Say To Change Your Heart' on repeat for way longer than would be good for me.

Which album do I need to check out next?

I for one am (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

i would rate em

her handwriting > fast trains & telegraph wires > seven autumn flowers > last holy writer > lips that taste of tears = broken by whispers = alive to every smile

not that there's much to separate any of them, but i do find the shinkansen period (save for HH) hard going at times.

Who? Well, I've never heard of Mogwai. (electricsound), Thursday, 28 July 2011 22:48 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks man, will follow you rating of the albums!

I for one am (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 28 July 2011 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

I only ever had HH, Lips, Broken, and Alive. I've obviously missed out on a lot of their better stuff.

Gukbe, Thursday, 28 July 2011 22:54 (eleven years ago) link

ppl in this thread hating on broken by whispers make me sad, it's a great record

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:26 (six years ago) link

Oh man, I love Broken by Whispers. It's got 'Fragile' on it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s79dt5wKtdg

But this is all coming from a guy who thinks Wratten's never written a bad, let made a whole bad album. So, grains of salt and whathaveyou.

Austin, Monday, 9 November 2015 04:33 (six years ago) link

*bad song, let alone

Austin, Monday, 9 November 2015 04:34 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=833SYSEz4ZU

JacobSanders, Monday, 9 November 2015 05:39 (six years ago) link

I love those Occasional Keepers records! Really like the Future Conditional features that Bob did as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S43taUHWrI

Austin, Monday, 9 November 2015 05:44 (six years ago) link

The last song from that Future Conditional record called Your Love Leaves Me Colder is really nice. I still need to pick up Luxembourg Signal record.

JacobSanders, Monday, 9 November 2015 05:51 (six years ago) link

Jeez, I didn't even know about that one. Thanks for the heads up!

Austin, Monday, 9 November 2015 06:04 (six years ago) link

Those first two albums. . . Damn.

Northern Picture Library were better, and we need more discussion on that era, but. . . Damn. Those first two TBS albums are un-mess-with-able.

I care about Bobby. I hope he's still chugging on. I hope he quits writing sad songs, someday.

monster mash, Monday, 9 November 2015 12:44 (six years ago) link

Well, as stated above, he's Lightning In A Twilight Hour now. The new songs are no less slow, but more observational, less about relationships.

And you are indeed correct that the Northern Picture Library stuff is very mighty.

Austin, Monday, 9 November 2015 12:49 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...
one year passes...

Not sure how I missed this last year, but I'm hearing it now and I'm predictably falling in love.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:26 (five years ago) link

that's a good call. krzysztof kieslowski's lullaby is a gem. the guitar and the voice haven't changed a bit. why does he change the name all the time? he does not seem to want people to listen to his music.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:46 (five years ago) link

It's so good.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 7 July 2017 21:10 (five years ago) link

This is nice: https://the-tapeworm.bandcamp.com/album/quiet-actions

djh, Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:15 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I ordered one from Boomkat. Still waiting for it to arrive.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:44 (five years ago) link

Should have shopped at Norman.

djh, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:41 (five years ago) link

Boomkat was the only place that still had it in stock. Tapeworm site says limited to 100, so I jumped on it.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:49 (five years ago) link

So, I'm an idiot. The tape arrived in the mail today and I now have realized that I donated my cassette deck when I moved from Reno two years ago.

I have the tape and no way to hear it.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 21 July 2017 20:16 (five years ago) link

I knew I wasn't out of options! My housemate has an old CD/Cassette/AMFM mini boombox and that's got a 1/8" headphone jack on it of course. So, I dove into my box of wires and cords (don't all of us have one of those tangled messes somewhere that we inexplicably hang onto?) and I'm now recording it into my hard drive.

Hooray.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 22 July 2017 00:46 (five years ago) link

'My Own Antarctica' is an incredible piece of music. I can relate with it almost too closely.

"I saw nothing wrong with feeling I did not exist, had somehow disappeared. I don't know what to do. Now it seems I can still be seen."

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 22 July 2017 16:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

heh, Les T. in the comments repping for the Philippines

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 24 November 2018 04:04 (three years ago) link

Not sure it ever occurred to me to look for live TBS/Field Mice/Etc. stuff on the internet, but it's there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoY5B_HVlN0

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:06 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

^^^I love that clip Josh. That is historic footage in Andy's book.

Reviving to say that the Luxembourg Signal is about to release their third album in a few weeks time. The pre-release single is on Bandcamp and I'm finding it to be very promising for the rest of the record: https://theluxembourgsignal.bandcamp.com/album/the-long-now

I thought their first album was just okay, but Blue Field was a huge improvement and damn fine record. I knew they had something coming, but I didn't know when. The main thing this means in my book is that new music from Bob Wratten is probably also shortly forthcoming. And that's kind of exactly what Andy needs at this point; and I daresay the entire world as well. It's been too long that such a pure and fascinating musician like him has been ignored. I'd personally consider him someone like the Mark Hollis of jangle. His music has been very important to me for so many years and his more sporadic release schedule over the past few only seems to carry with it more weight with each release. He's moving in on his longest ever gap between releases, so needless to say, the anticipation is very high.

Have already pre-ordered the Luxenbourg Signal record with the hopes that it will be as good as the pre-release tune is; but also with the hopes that Mr. Wratten is going to make a cameo like he did on their last album. Exciting times.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 12 September 2020 05:41 (two years ago) link

Also, it now has come to Andy's attention that the band has set up an official instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/theluxembourgsignal/

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 17 September 2020 23:08 (two years ago) link

Nice, I liked those first two from LS. Check out Beth Arzy's band Jetstream Pony's recent s/t album if you haven't already; probably the album I listened to most this summer. Been meaning to post about it but feels a little too slick for the rolling indie pop thread and too pop for the new shoegaze thread.

early rejecter, Friday, 18 September 2020 02:00 (two years ago) link

The Luxembourg Signal stuff leaves me cold, and not in a good way like Alaska by Northern Picture Library did... but this Jetstream Pony album is pretty great!

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Thursday, 24 September 2020 01:27 (two years ago) link

I don't understand why the Field Mice wouldn't want their LPs/singles reissued. They could sell dozens!

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:17 (two years ago) link

I was on the LTM website recently and thought I’d got lucky finding one of their expanded reissues of one of the Field Mice albums (‘Skywriting’, I think) still in stick but, alas, it was a mistake.

I did though get the LTM reissue of NPL’s ‘Alaska’ and have really enjoyed it - it’s like a midpoint between St Etienne and Disco Inferno or Bark Psychosis. Now keeping an eye out for the companion singles comp that LTM released and is now OOP.

michaellambert, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:31 (two years ago) link

I got all the LTM CD reissues when they came out, so I guess I should have been specific and said VINYL LP reissues.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:36 (two years ago) link

Ah, fair enough! I should have got the LTM CDs when I’ve seen them over the years but didn’t so that’s on me.

I wouldn’t say no to vinyl reissues.

michaellambert, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:47 (two years ago) link

NPL's Blue Dissolve EP is really fantastic, worth tracking down.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:58 (two years ago) link

Yes, the Jetstream Pony stuff is much more low stakes, but still very good. Beth does a good job of keeping her Instagram feed up to date with all of her various endeavours.

If you didn't like this song from the previous Luxembourg album, Andy would recommend listening a second (or perhaps third) time =)

We bought all of the LTM CD reissues of the Field Mice / Northern Picture Library / Trembling Blue Stars stuff when they were new. We were working at Tower at the time, so we were able to get that sweet, sweet employee discount.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:59 (two years ago) link

I have all the Field Mice and NPL on vinyl except Emmas House, the Caff 7", and the Blue Dissolve EP (hurts me). I just want it available for everyone else too. I do need the earlier TBS albums on vinyl. Those are crazy expensive on discogs. Anyone selling?

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 24 September 2020 20:38 (two years ago) link

Was Lips That Taste of Tears ever pressed on vinyl?

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 24 September 2020 22:51 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

The Long Now

We listened pretty much exclusively to the new album all weekend and I have to say that it has exceeded Andy's expectations. It very much feels like a classic-minded dreampop record, with slight modifications in production techniques. It's not really an album that I think would have been able to be made twenty or thirty years, yet it's absolutely reminiscent of those kinds of sounds. The songs are easily the most consistently pretty the band has yet done, but with that presence of slight melancholy that the best British guitar music has always possessed. And nearly every song seems to inevitably hit a moment of sheer beauty at one moment or another. At ten songs, it's concise and direct, wasting no time. Very much feels like their best work to date. Very pleased.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 26 October 2020 15:35 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

i see someone mentioned that we got the tape a long while back upthread, but for the closure that no one asked for on that front, here's that archived tape rip of quiet actions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TsqoYxdQBQ

andy has had it on my youtube channel for a year or so, but set it to unlisted. in case anyone wanted to hear it, here's your chance. it's just two long ambient-ish tracks full of deep harmonies and lots of meditative repetitions. we've been playing it every night before bed the past week or so and it's so perfect. engaging, but not overbearing. first track almost has a disintegration loops (but in reverse?) quality to it. highly recommended.

also: bobby's on instagram (!!!). beth arzy mentioned some months back that she was visiting a studio to work on vocals for the next liath record. really looking forward to that.

the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), Thursday, 11 November 2021 18:38 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

Maybe my favorite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6BU4WlNAM

JacobSanders, Sunday, 23 January 2022 17:29 (eight months ago) link

Lovely. Very (consciously?) "Disintegration."

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 January 2022 17:31 (eight months ago) link

otm. "all eternal things" was possibly an intentional nod to the cure.

the later tbs stuff had a lot of disintegration qualities to it. always seemed like it was on purpose to me.

dunno if i've posted it in here before, but "this is bliss" is maybe my favorite tbs thing. pornography goes twee. pretty epic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3FTTsqvvyA

(and an amazing mixtape closer, btw)

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Sunday, 23 January 2022 18:47 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

and here's something new. can't hear it just yet, but i'm excited.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 19:44 (seven months ago) link

New songs are predictably good. A side is an ethereal folk rock tune and has a very pleasant riffy thing that's reminding me of something I can't place at the moment. B side is an ambient drone; quite pleasant because that's what it's supposed to be. I imagine it's quite representative of what's to come and that pleases me greatly.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Friday, 18 February 2022 21:45 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Pre-orders for the new album is on Bandcamp. "The Circling of the Seasons" has been in constant rotation and it's grown on me a lot. This is an early album of the year hopeful for me.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Friday, 25 March 2022 03:31 (six months ago) link

LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR <nore✧✧✧@lightninginatwilighth✧✧✧.bandc✧✧✧.c✧✧>
2:56 PM (4 minutes ago)
to me

Greetings Austin Anderson,
Thank you for your pre-order of Overwintering by LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR. The full digital album has just been released!

cue Jack Nicholson in Batman: "Gentlemen! Let's broaden our minds!" (presses play on boombox)

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Thursday, 31 March 2022 22:13 (six months ago) link

Okay, one listen and the man can do no wrong and it's good BUT—

This is a lot for an hour long album. I expected more ambient stuff (there is none). It's a very mellow album; I think there was maybe one song on the second half that had drums in it? Some of the lyrics are weird, even for him. Most of it is very reminiscent of the stuff he did on the two Occasional Keepers albums, but even more acoustic strummy and dream poppy. That being said, it's probably among the prettiest music he's ever done and there's two songs that hit me as instant band classics ("Delphinium" and "Slow Motion Spirits"). Very preliminary thought is that it's better than the first album, but doesn't quite have the sustained wow factor of the All the Ships at Sea EP. I would certainly consider "Delphinium" one of the best songs he's ever done. Four mics, for now.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Thursday, 31 March 2022 23:29 (six months ago) link

Whoa, All Music going to bat for Bob! That's the highest overall rating they've given any of his bands since Northern Picture Library.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 13:53 (five months ago) link

No, I'm mistaken: that's the highest overall rating since the Field Mice!

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 13:56 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So I've been living with this album for about a month and it's stayed in pretty regular rotation. I love it and it is my so far album of the year. Agree with my initial assessment of about 4 mics/4 stars/8.0 and that "Delphinium" is the easy highlight. On further listens, some of it is very reminiscent of the more atmospheric Northern Picture Library material: "The Cinematographer as Painter" is one of the weirdest calm songs I've ever heard and "Natural Light" has a purposely discordant progression that never resolves — just kind of unsettled and tenuous; something he's never really done before (or at least, not to this degree). I knew what to expect and it's not the best thing he's done under this band name, but I still feel like Overwintering exceeded my expectations pretty easily.

I'm hoping he decides to follow tradition and put out a quick EP in the next year or so before disappearing again.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Monday, 2 May 2022 23:45 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

in lieu of anything else ambient-y from bob and friends so far, i made a playlist of all of the ambient/wordless/found sound songs from throughout his catalogue: rjw kankyo ongaku+ambient.

one month passes...

so future conditional was an offshoot thing from piano magic and bob guested on a couple tracks and i was under the impression that it was a one-off. decent album, fun side project.

apparently they've made another album and bob is guesting with beth now and there's maybe a new order cover involved? okay, sure.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Saturday, 17 September 2022 17:19 (two weeks ago) link


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