Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

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the new single is fucking great http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/15441-lady-luck-al-fresco/

this album is gonna rule imo

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 06:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

yep i'm feeling this

ciderpress, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 06:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

ciderpress otm

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 06:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

everyone itt otm up to now

StanM, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

feeling "lady luck"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

This album is really good.

DL, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the full album but everything on the sampler is spectacular. Exactly what you'd expect, in the best possible sense.

Tim F, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Lewis Taylor influence is v obvious across the span of the album.

I've been dancing since 9 and I'm tired and hungry (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

bastards all

Jedmond, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Lewis Taylor influence" = I'm in

Nulty By Nature (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

yep. i guess i have to thank whoever posted a track of his in the james blake thread for how much i'm jonesing to hear a full record. is burial supposedly producing the whole thing, or just certain songs?

borntohula, Thursday, 24 February 2011 02:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I may well have posted the Woon vid in that thread, I can't be arsed to check mind... I think Burial only does bits and bobs, not even full tracks, just adds Burial-ness here and there. Thats what I read in a Woon interview a little while ago anyway, wish I could remember where I saw that. If anything is as good as his track with Subeena I'll be happy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dw1PTtu2dE

jimitheexploder, Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm told Burial does "additional production" and Woon does the bulk of the production himself. It's certainly more like soul by other means than dubstep with songs.

DL, Thursday, 24 February 2011 11:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

that subeena/woon track is so good, on a par with "night air" for me

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Dunno, it's got some nice noises on it but there's not really a song there - it's the least interesting thing either Subeena or Jamie Woon have been involved with.

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Really digging Lady Luck!

We make bouquets that fade immediately. (Turangalila), Thursday, 24 February 2011 18:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the studio version of Lady Luck is sublime.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 February 2011 18:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Out 11 April. Here's the tracklist:

1. Night Air
2. Street
3. Lady Luck
4. Shoulda
5. Middle
6. Spirits
7. Echoes
8. Spiral
9. Tmrw
10. Secondbreath
11. Gravity
12. Waterfront

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 00:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Dunno, it's got some nice noises on it but there's not really a song there - it's the least interesting thing either Subeena or Jamie Woon have been involved with.

― Matt DC, Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:21 PM (1 week ago)

kindof feel like this is just objectively wrong hmm

plax (ico), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 00:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

this guy still makes me feel a little guilty for liking him. I think it's the voice - it's like he's two steps away from turning into Jamie Cullum.

Roz, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 08:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's what I like about him though - this very conventional voice put to unconventional ends, both lyrically and sonically.

Pop is superior to all other genres (DL), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 10:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

hes kindof done the ebtg in that his new sound is like a remix someone did once.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 10:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good comparison - a whole new sound extrapolated from the Burial mix of Wayfaring Stranger.

Pop is superior to all other genres (DL), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 10:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, both have that mary poppins travel bag thing where what looked like one tune on the outside actually contained a whole house of stuff.

Tim F, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I used to have fantasies about that when I heard a great remix - wow, imagine if this artist sounded like that all the time. It so rarely happens.

Pop is superior to all other genres (DL), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

after a week of not really bothering to listen to it i have decided that ladyluck is like a massive nosedive in quality from night air and my expectations have kindof nosedived along w/ it.

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 01:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

the phaggy melodrama and noir atmosphere have disappeared, sounds a *bit* like some nu british soul bs that turns up on jools holland.

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 01:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard it yet but 'nu british soul bs' made me think of James Blake. This is better than the James Blake, right?

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 03:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah he actually sings

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 16 March 2011 03:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

kind of agree w/plax re "lady luck" which i haven't gone back to very much. def better than james blake though.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 08:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't speak for the whole album but the other leaked tunes are more "Night Air" than "Lady Luck" (which I like, though maybe because it reminds me of an Idol performance in some ways, so I can sorta see why haters gon hate).

Tim F, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 10:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

i do like "lady luck", it's just...okay

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 10:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

obv not the stone cold stunner that "night air" was.

Tim F, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 10:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

mmm yeah it's the difference between hearing a song and being blwon away and having to listen to it 5 times a day for a month, and hearing a song and enjoying it and then forgetting it exists until someone bumps this thread

lex pretend, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 10:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

like i cant help but feel like im only giving ladyluck the time of day bc of the goodwill generated by night air

plax (ico), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 12:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

seeing this dude live in 45 min. or so

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 17:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tell him we said hi

StanM, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 17:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

so jamie's show was pretty good. he's got KILLER pipes when he lets them show but his touring band's not doing him many favors. the songs that worked best stripped back all rock/pop arrangements for a dubby sound w/ lots of bass and room for his voice to float around in. played "night air" and maybe 6 other tunes from the album.

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Think it just leaked.

I'm either going to be elated or crazy disappointed. I'm probably expecting too much from this record anyway, but it's the first thing I've been honestly excited about hearing this year.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 02:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

got this today-- it's great three tracks in!

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

okay & that's before track 4 "Shoulda" pretty much took a sledgehammer to everything else in his catalog. AMAZINGGGG

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Johnny i can't see you being disappointed, this album rules

ilxor you've listened to one odd future album once (ilxor), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 16:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I've listened to it a couple times through since last night and I think it's fantastic.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Think it just leaked.

i can't find any evidence of this

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

link i found was on uploadbox via filestube (can't believe those are things)

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's in m4a at 128, so hardly idea. But it will do for a few weeks.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

idea=ideal

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

link i found was on uploadbox via filestube (can't believe those are things)

haha i downloaded that and i think it was fake? the album wasn't in it anyway

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 17:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

"bland pop singer" About 5,150 results (0.28 seconds)
"bland r&b singer" -bobby About 1,630 results (0.19 seconds)
"bland folk singer" About 96 results (0.27 seconds)
"bland rock singer" 8 results (0.12 seconds)
"bland blues singer -bobby" Google says 5 results but they're all false positives.

Lidl Monsters (seandalai), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:45 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland rock band" About 7,110 results

Matt DC, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:55 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland r&b" About 4,910 results (0.14 seconds)

dayo, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:00 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland pop" About 41,900 results (0.28 seconds)

dayo, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:01 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland pop group"/"pop group" = 0.00098
"bland pop singer"/"pop singer" = 0.00066
"bland r&b singer"/"r&b singer" = 0.00059
"bland folk singer"/"folk singer" = 0.00003
"bland rock singer"/"rock singer" = 0.000001
"bland rock group"/"rock group" = 0.00007
"bland rock band"/"rock band" = 0.0001 (the denominator here is going to be skewed somewhat by the existence of Rock Band as a much-discussed thing)

Lidl Monsters (seandalai), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:09 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland pop" About 41,900 results (0.28 seconds)
"bland pop *" About 2,540,000 results (0.43 seconds)

Google u r crazy.

Lidl Monsters (seandalai), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"Bland indie" About 7,680 results (0.07 seconds)

I think it's safe to say this is not a criticism that's uniquely and disproportionately imed at R&B.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:13 (six years ago) Permalink

IIRC the great bland wars on ILM were w/r/t Kate Bush's Aerial.

Tim F, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:30 (six years ago) Permalink

"bland r&b *"About 19,200 results (0.15 seconds)

"bland rock *" About 53,700 results (0.16 seconds)

dayo, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:35 (six years ago) Permalink

of course standard caveats that a. there is probably more written about rock on the internet than r&B and b. lex probably pays much more attention to r&b criticism which leads to c. a disproportionate perception of "bland R&B" by the lex

dayo, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:36 (six years ago) Permalink

jesus i'm sorry i brought this up at all JUST FORGET ABOUT IT OKAY

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Sorry for causing a kerfuffle...the long and short of it is I wanted to like this album...didn't very much... He has a voice he can make wobble...thanks...goodnight...

sonnyboy, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Sorry just wanted to clarify that IN NO WAY do i link r&b with bland...The reason i was so dismissive was that best r&b can be so fucking trannsformative...Off The Wall period MJ...Instant Vintage Saadiq...Alicia Keys on "You don't know my name"...I know not cutting edge but just so great...

sonnyboy, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 22:29 (six years ago) Permalink

A point that may be too obvious to mention: within every genre there is music that can be described as "bland", music that studiously avoids taking risks, music that retreads what we've heard a hundred times before. The mini-debate above is really about whether some genres tend to be described as "bland" more frequently than other genres, which might show something about stereotypes associated with, say, r&b or pop. I tried to take the Google approach a bit further but I gave up as I don't think Google is fit for this use (see "Google u r crazy").

Though it's given me an idea for an experiment I might run...

Lidl Monsters (seandalai), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Sorry for causing a kerfuffle...the long and short of it is I wanted to like this album...didn't very much

This. I think he's got the ability to do an amazing album, but this just disappointed.

You're fucking fired and you know jack shit about horses (James Morrison), Wednesday, 27 April 2011 02:00 (six years ago) Permalink

i still quite like this, but im not passionate enough about it to mount a stirring defense really

geeks, dweebs, nerds & lames (D-40), Wednesday, 27 April 2011 02:55 (six years ago) Permalink

It's probably still my favorite album of the year so far.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 03:02 (six years ago) Permalink

really liked 'night air', really liked the fragile, veiled menace in his voice. haven't heard anything on the album that approaches that yet, I'll have to give it a few more gos.

br8080 (dayo), Wednesday, 27 April 2011 04:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I really couldn't get into this, I can't pin point why either. It just doesn't stir any feelings what so ever in either direction good or bad. Its like it doesn't exist lol. Night Air is the best on it at the moment and I still like the Ramadanman remix a load better. Maybe its a creeper...

jimitheexploder, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 07:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Lady Luck live video in a radio session + some other tracks in audio: http://www.stubru.be/media/herbeleefjamiewoonindelivingroom

StanM, Sunday, 8 May 2011 13:56 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Someone please remind me to try speeding up "Night Air" so that it sounds like an old italo record.

Why'd You Wanna Tweet Me So Bad? (dog latin), Friday, 26 August 2011 08:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I heard a terrific straight house mix of Lady Luck last month, but it doesn't appear to be any of the ones that are knocking around on the internet.

Matt DC, Friday, 26 August 2011 10:19 (six years ago) Permalink

i really like the hudmo remix of "lady luck"

lex pretend, Friday, 26 August 2011 10:25 (six years ago) Permalink

oh i said that a few months ago lol

lex pretend, Friday, 26 August 2011 10:26 (six years ago) Permalink

I've had no inclination to go back to the album since I first heard it hungover to death on the slowest busiest train from Brighton to London at about 6.30am with no sleep. Somehow these associations linger. I really love Night Air - I love the little "Thriller"-style bassline that comes in right towards the end.

Why'd You Wanna Tweet Me So Bad? (dog latin), Friday, 26 August 2011 10:33 (six years ago) Permalink

btw he's playing live in Katowice right now and it's transmitted by Polish Radio 3. press "Słuchaj" in the upper right corner: http://www.polskieradio.pl/9/29/Artykul/425639,Koncert-Jamiego-Woona-w-Trojce

V79, Sunday, 28 August 2011 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

So did this cat just fall off the face of the earth or ??

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I think he's been doing some production work but haven't heard a peep from him solo-wise.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:40 (three years ago) Permalink

that's strange... only this evening, i decided to dig out 'night air' for the first time since it came out and wondered the same as JF

Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 01:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I liked the song he did with Banks, but that's all I've heard him do since his own lp.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 01:46 (three years ago) Permalink

He was on the Disclosure album!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxD8HS5shIU

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 19:11 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah that's actually my personal fav from the disclosure album tbh

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Here's where I admit I never spent a ton of time with that Disclosure lp.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

So did this cat just fall off the face of the earth or ??

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 21:27 Bookmark

The Lewis Taylor influence is v obvious across the span of the album.

― I've been dancing since 9 and I'm tired and hungry (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:38 Bookmark

r|t|c, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 21:03 (three years ago) Permalink

extending that analogy would make banks aaliyah tho so uh

r|t|c, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 21:09 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

https://soundcloud.com/woon/sharpness

New single prod. by Robin Hannibal from Quadron, it's so lovely and smooth, love it

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 6 August 2015 17:51 (two years ago) Permalink

YES

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 6 August 2015 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

very nice!

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 August 2015 18:00 (two years ago) Permalink

tip-toed stevie wonder thing suits him

ogmor, Thursday, 6 August 2015 18:03 (two years ago) Permalink

ah i feared he'd gone forever. great news!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 6 August 2015 18:08 (two years ago) Permalink

LOVE IT!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 6 August 2015 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

kind of a Bobby Caldwell vibe

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 6 August 2015 18:12 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

incredible performance imo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J0CjQjjy24

J0rdan S., Saturday, 17 October 2015 06:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Indeed. That's what i call a groove. This guy has more soul in his voice than stevie wonder.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 17 October 2015 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

<3 Jamie so much but that's....quite a statement!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 18 October 2015 16:13 (two years ago) Permalink

LOVE that fast pause just before the 2 minute mark.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 18 October 2015 16:17 (two years ago) Permalink

New album is up on Spotify, haven't had the chance to check it out yet.

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Saturday, 31 October 2015 21:03 (two years ago) Permalink

it's good!

niels, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 08:01 (two years ago) Permalink

This guy has more soul in his voice than stevie wonder.

ok lol.

been listening to this a lot though, it's nice. really like the live band sound, particularly because the arrangements are really meticulous and it sounds like they're emulating more of an electronic approach.

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Mirrorwriting still holds up better than most things from 2011, as I'm discovering tonight.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 7 January 2018 06:56 (three months ago) Permalink


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