The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

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djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

And perhaps to consider this assertion, from a friend: "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:07 (eleven years ago) link

Not sure if this is quite inside the Boomkat context, but I'm very fond of this band.

Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Sunday, 3 January 2010 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

"I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

Nah, listening to new stuff lets you be part of the test of centuries.

Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:32 (eleven years ago) link

But certainly there's more interesting new stuff out there besides quasi-classical music aimed at the indie set?

Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:47 (eleven years ago) link

For the most part, I agree with both of the two previous posts.

djh, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:25 (eleven years ago) link

I do find Richard Skelton quite moving:

djh, Friday, 8 January 2010 22:32 (eleven years ago) link

a lot of that boomkat modern classical kinda stuff is really wonderful

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:44 (eleven years ago) link

who do you rate in particular?

djh, Saturday, 9 January 2010 16:34 (eleven years ago) link

Richard Skelton is one of my very favourite musicians of the last few years. Everything he's done that I have is amazing; particularly notable is the attention to the physical packaging etc (though even without that, the music is amazing).

toby, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 18:59 (eleven years ago) link

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:21 (eleven years ago) link

i really like Olafur Arnalds. i haven't heard much of his other music, but 'the blue notebooks' by max richter--while a fairly obvious and PFM-approved pick--is really great. 'a box of birch' by a broken consort is good (another skelton project, i think?) would leyland kirby/the caretaker count?

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:30 (eleven years ago) link

Loving the Kirby album, all three discs of it.

Interesting that Richter's album on the (um, late) Late Junction imprint got picked up by FatCat's neo-classical off-shoot.

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:52 (eleven years ago) link

these were the other three Type things that arrived from boomkat the other day (in addition to zelienople mentioned elswhere). not listened to it all in depth yet but have shuffled it during last three commutes. i got the On lp (ambient drones), the Goldmund (reminds me of music for airports piano bits) and the recent Helios (like the quiet bits of mogwai) <- handy podcast section

there's also a boomkat winter sale featuring a lot of Type lps, mine came to about £4 each

> "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

i kinda thought the same with the goldmund, whether there were classical piano works i should be looking up, but in addition to rather than instead of.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:04 (eleven years ago) link

Koogs, thanks for the heads-up on the Boomkat deals. I went for the On record too. Sounds awesome: "SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU AND STEVEN HESS REWORKED BY DEATHPROD... this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album".

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:21 (eleven years ago) link

that On cover pic as well, is lovely (folded out is even better). a lot of the Type records have covers that remind me of red house painters 4ad sleeves.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:26 (eleven years ago) link

Also went for the ON cd ...

djh, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, that whole visual aesthetic is something that I'm quite easily sold on. x-post

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:28 (eleven years ago) link

(On photographer has more photos here: )

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:07 (eleven years ago) link

Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

Eluvium's piano stuff definitely worth a mention here - An Accidental Memory in Case of Death, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. Also Copia, and Miniatures under his name of Robert Cooper Clarke, more instrumentation but still of the 'classical' bent.

Would be happy to listen to older stuff if I knew of any that sounded like this, but aside from Satie, I don't. Recommendations welcome!

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:31 (eleven years ago) link

> Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

mental guitars = industrial revolution

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:17 (eleven years ago) link

so anyway, pilfering the Type podcasts. and there's pme by Simon Scott, ex-ex-ex of slowdive. and there's a link to his blog. and there's an lp by him ('Navigare') and a link to Boomkat who gave it record of the week last october

is in a similar vein to the On record (in the way all ambient stuff sounds the same) but with tinges of the old slowdive sound (or am i imagining that?)

(typed in classical piano to amazon's mp3 downloads site. millions of hits. oh um)

koogs, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:58 (eleven years ago) link

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

Either "Marking Time" or "Box of Birch", I guess. It's all good though.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:35 (eleven years ago) link

On a piano bent, it's not exactly the same as this stuff, but if you don't know Chopin's Nocturnes, you should definitely check them out.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

this week's boomkat recommendations (link should be good for future use too):

the Minamo sounds nice from the samples (but i have more cheap Type records to check out first). the Owen Pallett is miss categorised i think, sounds more like the beach boys.

i also find there's some crossover with the Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal genre

(the mp3 versions have samples of all tracks, not just the three they choose for the cds)

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 13:10 (eleven years ago) link

*Loving* On's Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night.

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:05 (eleven years ago) link

If you like Johann Johannsson you should investigate ... ? (contemporary or otherwise)

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:07 (eleven years ago) link

On's a bit bleak for my tastes. Where's the choons?

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:12 (eleven years ago) link

Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by Mono & World's End Girlfriend is a bit Johannsonesque. Well it has violins anyway. Pretty miserablist though.

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:18 (eleven years ago) link

I have never heard of these composers. I assume they sound something like Satie informed by minimalism with subtle O'Rourke-ish electronic touches, with higher production values and lower standards of performance technique than most 'new music'? Which could be great or not, depending.

(Ha, OK, just noticed the Satie comparison.)

Sundar, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks for the Skelton link!

Sundar, Thursday, 21 January 2010 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

Johann Johannsson & Greg Haines (?) live in London in May:

take me to your lemur (ledge), Friday, 22 January 2010 12:43 (eleven years ago) link

Hildur Gudnadottier's Without Sinking deserves a special mention.

(Any thoughts on her other releases? I haven't heard them).

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:03 (eleven years ago) link

this thread title cracks me up and is so otm

ben bernankles (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:07 (eleven years ago) link

Do any of these artists get reviewed as "classical" music in anywhere other than the Wire? Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:11 (eleven years ago) link

the actual boomkat category is 'classical / home listening / ambient' and it's pretty much a catch all for slow quiet stuff.

koogs, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:26 (eleven years ago) link

Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

judging from a cursory search, not at all.

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

Never bought it myself, but I think that the BBC Music magazine (mostly classical, some jazz too) has Late Junction-type stuff in it (Late Junction being the one mainstream radio programme that plays this sorta stuff).

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

Nils Frahm added to the Johann Johannsson show.

djh, Friday, 29 January 2010 22:48 (ten years ago) link

Akira Rabelais has a new album coming out soon. Everyone should listen to Eisoptrophobia. Lovely, haunted reworkings of gorgeous piano pieces from the likes of Satie et al.

Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Friday, 29 January 2010 22:56 (ten years ago) link

Frahm's The Bells sounded lovely earlier while cleaning the kitchen; Johannsson's Virdulegu forsetar sounding gorgeous now (possibly my favourite classical album ever, up there with my favourite albums of any genre); have also been enjoying Valgeir Sigurdsson's Draumalandid.

djh, Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:44 (ten years ago) link

Anyone heard the Rachel Grimes album?

djh, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 10:23 (ten years ago) link

BTW, djh, thanks for starting this thread...hadn't heard Chauveau or Arnalds yet and grabbed a bunch of both. The Arnalds albums I got have rapidly become some of my favourites.

Anyone else picked up the newish Johannsson soundtrack to the film Varmints? Grabbed it on vinyl and ripped it to MP3 (guess the CD isn't out yet) but there seems to be some weird distortion that comes in on the last track of side one...not sure if that's part of the sound or whether my rip was bad...was perfectly clear up until that point. Either way, enjoyed the album.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:43 (ten years ago) link

the Varmints soundtrack turned up in today's boomkat newsletter (vinyl only until april it says) and actually goes by the snappy title "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees"

samples here:

koogs, Friday, 5 February 2010 11:49 (ten years ago) link

You can get Varmints on CD - it came out as a tour CD - I got my copy from Insound. It's being re-issued in the UK in April.

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 16:17 (ten years ago) link

Free compilation that partly matches this thread's aesthetic here:

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 20:19 (ten years ago) link

nils frahm's wintermusik sounding fucking gorgeous right now (washing the dishes, glass of red on the go).

djh, Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:54 (ten years ago) link

Want to echo the Richard Skelton love upthread - Landings is great. Maybe I just don't listen to enough of this sort of thing, but the strings on it sound fantastic, there's a really earthy resonance to them.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 13 February 2010 20:46 (ten years ago) link

In the mood to buy a record in this genre ... Any suggestions?

djh, Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:59 (ten years ago) link

One artist you may want to check out is Harold Budd - a lot of good albums dating back to the 70s, even. It varies a bit, from very piano-heavy to highly processed, so you'll want to preview them first I guess. I have a soft spot for Lovely Thunder and his collab with the Cocteau Twins, Moon and the Melodies but people often point to The White Arcades as a good starting point. (He also has some newer releases too which I'm somewhat less familiar with.)

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 February 2010 17:24 (ten years ago) link

Just ordered the Resina album ...

and looking forward to the Olivier Alary compilation.

djh, Monday, 13 February 2017 21:45 (three years ago) link

Haven't yet played this but my Sunday evening now seems sorted:

djh, Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:05 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

^ Actually it wasn't that good.


djh, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:08 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anyone rate the new Hauschka? I've not heard it yet but think I might have reached the point where I don't need anymore Hauschka ...

djh, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:55 (three years ago) link

It was all right but I don't remember much about it.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 19:07 (three years ago) link

I'm at that point too, djh. Same with Peter Broderick tbh. I thought it would happen with Max Richter, but he continues to amaze me.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:28 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Sunday night drunkenness. The last Douglas Dare album is hitting the spot though I've felt ambivalent about it at points. It doesn't really have much to do with "classical you buy from Boomkat" aside from being on Erased Tapes, mind.

djh, Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:46 (three years ago) link

new Peter Broderick / Peter Liversige Late Junction session here

(think the download is uk only, but non-britishers should be able to stream)

koogs, Friday, 25 August 2017 11:48 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ólafur Arnalds' Island Songs, the movie: tomorrow on iTunes (except for North America: soon)

Island Songs, the film. Out FRIDAY on @iTunes!
(US date coming soon)

— Ólafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) September 13, 2017

StanM, Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:33 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

It pains me a bit but one of my favourite albums of the year is being sold for a quid *for the CD* on Bandcamp:

I've checked and it isn't a mistake.

djh, Monday, 23 October 2017 19:42 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

djh, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:17 (three years ago) link

I loved his previous one

Dinsdale, Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:01 (three years ago) link touring with strings again

StanM, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:56 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

This includes some good stuff, much of which is "the classical music you buy from Boomkat":

Particularly enjoying this:

Not yet made my way through this (posting so I can find it later):

djh, Monday, 1 January 2018 15:25 (three years ago) link

That all looks promising, will investigate: cheers

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:01 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Since Vanessa Amara was mentioned above, she has a new record next month again on Posh Isolation and you can hear a beautiful track off it on her bandcamp:

Also enjoying this Swoop and Cross record on Time Released Sound

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 14:00 (two years ago) link

the keyboard player from super furry animals composed something. it's pretty good imo...

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:42 (two years ago) link

Sure there are a lot of Reich-isms, but this Anenon record is beautiful, very pleasant listening. Really nice textures (all that breath sound on the saxophone) and room sound.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:39 (two years ago) link

thanks for the Anenon, sounds good

Dinsdale, Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:00 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

New ólafur Arnalds:

StanM, Saturday, 7 April 2018 15:06 (two years ago) link

there's a new BBC Radio 3 show that covers this stuff:

"Elizabeth Alker with music by an exciting new generation of unclassified composers and performers, breaking free of the constraints of practice rooms and concert halls."

6 episodes, first one was last sunday at 23:30 but available (everywhere?) via iplayer radio

koogs, Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:48 (two years ago) link

Cool, thanks!

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 13 April 2018 00:35 (two years ago) link

Female artist spotlight on last Sunday's episode of Unclassified

koogs, Friday, 27 April 2018 11:49 (two years ago) link

perhaps relevant:

Sunday midnight
Slow Radio

A magical late night listening experience - six musicians go into the Sussex woods to play nocturnal music with the nightingales, who gather there to sing at night each Spring. The soloists taking turns to respond musically to the nightingales are Clive Bell (Japanese bamboo flute); Laura Moody (cello and vocal); Sam Amidon, (violin and vocal), John Baily (rubab) with Veronica Doubleday (frame drum and vocal) ,and Sam Lee (vocal & harmonium). The entire programme takes place in the woods, recorded on one night in April. Verity Sharp presents, leading the listener into the wild nocturnal environment and describing the atmosphere, and folk singer and outdoorsman Sam Lee will explain the migratory behaviour of the birds, the character of their songs, and the habitats that they favour for singing.

This is a Slow Radio experience, immersing the listener in the remarkable and magical experience of the nocturnal songs of nightingales. They are rarely to be heard in England today, but this programme will lead your ears into one of the woods where they still migrate every Spring, to sing through the night.

And who knows what other sounds may be captured on the night - a fox bark, an owl hoot, frogs calling, the wind in the branches...

koogs, Thursday, 3 May 2018 16:05 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

ólafur Arnalds was brilliant in Brussels last Sunday. The first part of his All Strings Attached tour is nearly over now, here's 75 minutes of the Berlin show on German radio (will be online for a couple more days) :!content!rbb!rad!programm!sendungen!sendungen!154!1805!180517_eins_sch_ne_t_ne_38153.html

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2018 15:45 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

From 130701:

djh, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:42 (two years ago) link

StanM, Saturday, 28 July 2018 06:43 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

How's the new Olafur Arnalds album?

djh, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:21 (two years ago) link

five months pass...
two weeks pass...

Anyone heard this?

djh, Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:56 (one year ago) link

I've just ordered the cd, will report back.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:05 (one year ago) link

re: arnalds - I like his previous work better but still going to see the tour again next Sunday

StanM, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:39 (one year ago) link

What did you think Le Bateau Ivre?

djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link

I got it in the mail yesterday so only played it through one time, but it's gorgeous. Delicate, fragile piano/violin music mostly, very melancholic, at times droney w/ strings. Music instilled with a sense of swelling unease and quiet mourning. There's little that makes me happier :)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:38 (one year ago) link

Ha! It has sold out since yesterday ... I've had a bit of a poor run on Fluid Audio releases where I've liked the Soundcloud link but then less so the album (though clearly the physical objects are constructed with fuck of a lot of love).

djh, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:26 (one year ago) link

I can hook you up if you like (send me an ilxmail)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:49 (one year ago) link

(my ilxmail doesn't work, apparently, if you give me an email addy i'll be in touch)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:51 (one year ago) link

Does using my ilxor webmail work as a way of making contact?

djh, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 21:39 (one year ago) link

Only one way to find out, sent you a message

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Weird. Nearly missed my bus stop after becoming engrossed in the last Bing & Ruth album on my MP3 player, today.

djh, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:01 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

New Crash Ensemble album coming soon, this Nico Muhly piece is beautiful.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:07 (one year ago) link

Very beautiful indeed, thanks for linking!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:35 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I’ve been listening through my various favorite albums of the years of the 2010s and I’m reminded that this was my very favorite album of 2014: Rebekka Karijord, Music for Film and Theatre.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:13 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

This has been good for home working ...

djh, Monday, 6 April 2020 15:58 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

Any recent recommendations? I've got the next Bing & Ruth on order but haven't discovered anything new since, well, April 6.

djh, Thursday, 2 July 2020 10:54 (six months ago) link

I really like max de wardener's music for detuned pianos played by kit downes, very light

rumpy riser (ogmor), Thursday, 2 July 2020 13:32 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

new, more minimalist than the previous, album from ólafur Arnalds, being streamed + some stuff on youtube (Q&A etc) planned in the coming hours as well

StanM, Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:08 (two months ago) link

(so... at 8 PM (your time) it will start playing)

StanM, Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:12 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Anything new-ish to recommend? I have £20 to spend at Norman (sorry, Boomkat!)

djh, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

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