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because this song is pretty amazing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsYRfOy0J9w

jaxon, Friday, 22 July 2011 05:38 (nine years ago) link

where can i hear more?

jaxon, Friday, 22 July 2011 05:38 (nine years ago) link

he's got an album out w/charles hayward. sounds beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19d9D0UHe-I&feature=related

jaxon, Friday, 22 July 2011 05:40 (nine years ago) link

hmmm, newish album. free download. don't mind if i do

http://www.laverna.net/releases/Lav22.html

jaxon, Friday, 22 July 2011 05:43 (nine years ago) link

I shoulda put bjork and to rococo rot have sampled him and he sounds like Blue Nile in the title to get people to post.

jaxon, Friday, 22 July 2011 19:26 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

Loving the new comp and the collaboration with Tempelhof. Also, this particular act of generosity was very welcome (see comments from youtube poster):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4Ws3jTM_cQ

doug watson, Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:46 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Is "Call Me" the EXACT midpoint between Blue Nile and Bark Psychosis or

Andy K, Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:42 (five years ago) link

i've had the music from memory comp on preorder for an eternity now, is it finally out?

the late great, Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:47 (five years ago) link

The 2CD is supposedly out this week in the US.

Andy K, Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:53 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

is there anything else he's done that has vocals like Call Me? the rest of Wind is great too but I was disappointed there wasn't anything else like it

ufo, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 11:35 (five years ago) link

'snake theory' and 'almanac' both have vocals

max, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:29 (five years ago) link

Is "Call Me" the EXACT midpoint between Blue Nile and Bark Psychosis or

was pleased to find he put blue nile on this dj mix, posted previously in the balearic thread.

https://soundcloud.com/kocmoc-manifesto/gigi-masin

Junior Dictionary (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:33 (five years ago) link

That Gigi mix is crazy diverse.

doug watson, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 16:28 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

so i've contacted gigi on facebook to confirm there's no way i can buy it: does anyone have a copy of the gigi/charles hayward album that's not all hissy and pissy like the only rip i can find? would rather not shell out for a rare LP i have no way of playing and shipping to seoul...

if so pleeeez email me jakob dot dorof at gee mail i will find some way to reward you :'(

soyrev, Saturday, 9 May 2015 13:17 (five years ago) link

also "clouds" is god-tier new age synth music, like top five of the genre status...just incredible

soyrev, Saturday, 9 May 2015 13:18 (five years ago) link

Check your email, Jakob.

doug watson, Sunday, 10 May 2015 00:55 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

Wind is soooooo great

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:29 (four years ago) link

yeah it is another dazzler after Talk To The Sea, really need to hear more of his stuff.

The New Faeces (xelab), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:33 (four years ago) link

i've been hopelessly addicted to talk to the sea... another mix of his here: http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-releases/vf-vinyl-mix-19-gigi-masin/

home organ, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:05 (four years ago) link

haven't got the new one yet - must remedy that.

japanese mage (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:07 (four years ago) link

I hadn't realized that Music From Memory just released the digital download of the remastered Wind:

http://music-from-memory.bandcamp.com/album/wind-3

doug watson, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:55 (four years ago) link

Wind is soooooo great

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What the... I've just been binge listening to Wind since yesterday and I'm halfway through it again now!

Evan, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 14:46 (four years ago) link

cosign the love

sleeve, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:26 (four years ago) link

also "clouds" is god-tier new age synth music, like top five of the genre status...just incredible

― soyrev

Just listened to this song for the first time and just had one of those moments where I had heard this song before... and indeed, I had. The synth line has been sampled by both Nujabes and To Rococo Rot, the latter shamelessly structuring a whole song around that one loop. Funny how these days you can hear a song for the first time, but still get that deja vu sense due to its use elsewhere. My favorite recent example is hearing Bernard Fevre's song Earth Message for the first time and realizing The Chemical Brothers song Got Glint not only samples it, but essentially covers it in the chorus.

octobeard, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:44 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

new Gaussian Curve album is out, excellent

boxedjoy, Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:19 (three years ago) link

How does it compare to Clouds?

Wimmels, Friday, 21 April 2017 11:40 (three years ago) link

i love it. definitely comparable, maybe even better.

dyl, Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:54 (three years ago) link

high praise! thanks. I was probably gonna buy it anyway but good to know

Wimmels, Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:52 (three years ago) link

yeah, I feel like these guys just get it

boxedjoy, Monday, 24 April 2017 08:45 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

https://soundcloud.com/duyaka/kashemes-livingroom-live-session-with-gigi-masin-music-from-memory

Kasheme's Livingroom Session with Gigi Masin

saer, Friday, 7 July 2017 15:30 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

new self-released album on Bandcamp:

Dear friends..

Recently I have been thinking about what 'a change' means. Whether it's a turning corner of keeping on walking straight down the road, or a ship adapting its course to the winds and waves, or a kite dancing in the air one step away from the clouds. I'm thinking about new passages, further destinations, new places to reach.. but I still have a bag full of memories: unique people I've met, smiles, hugs, projects.. Maybe a change is like crossing a bridge, following a kite that finds its meaning in the wind, its motive for searching the horizon and stealing another dream. This collection contains some songs that I've made in the past few years, written to talk about dreams and love while waiting for new colors and new music. It's like looking back at a garden of roses and flowers, hoping the next lawn is just as beautiful and bright.

boxedjoy, Friday, 16 February 2018 07:07 (two years ago) link

http://masin.bandcamp.com/album/kite

calstars, Friday, 16 February 2018 07:51 (two years ago) link

Love everything Gigi has done, but refuse to pay ten euros for a download

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 16 February 2018 11:42 (two years ago) link

happy to give gigi money but a bit reluctant to buy the download if there's a chance that it might get a physical release. what i've heard sounds good though!

Maconie Youth (NickB), Friday, 16 February 2018 11:54 (two years ago) link

Yeah, would gladly pay three times that for an LP of this material

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 16 February 2018 12:54 (two years ago) link

heads up london folk:

http://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/gigi-masin

Maconie Youth (NickB), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:41 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

yesss

https://masin.bandcamp.com/album/calypso

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Friday, 31 January 2020 23:10 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

About to see him! Like now

Evan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:19 (seven months ago) link

I please tell him hello for me

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:37 (seven months ago) link

I will try! I assume you don’t actually know him

Evan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:38 (seven months ago) link

how was he?

boxedjoy, Sunday, 16 February 2020 09:49 (seven months ago) link

SO good. Lots of relatively upbeat numbers. I’m sure much of it will be on the new album.

Evan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 14:42 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Really enjoying Calypso. It's so long though, I'm only just spending time with the second half.

cooldix, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:32 (six months ago) link

ooh, didn't realise this had been released now

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:40 (six months ago) link

so good

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:50 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

some of this is really good but some of it sounds distractingly like the most dated parts of 90s trip-hop, the melodies and pad sounds are great and this is probably better than like 80% of anything I'll hear all year though

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 08:08 (five months ago) link

Haha, definitely had the same thought re. dated '90s touchstones. There's a LOT of good stuff though.

cooldix, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 10:37 (five months ago) link

"Khalifa golf club" is the standout jam imo

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 12:15 (five months ago) link

He did a live thing the other day and I was surprised by how much it reminded of *something*... but I couldn't put my finger on what it was (Gottsching? Eno? Papa M? Fennesz?)

If you have time, listen to the first 7 minutes of this and please tell me what other artist/works it sounds like (RIYL?):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm9r0vIZYUw

ISO slow, heavy reverb ambient guitar over soft drum machine?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:33 (five months ago) link

the chords themselves (through the first 2 minutes, at least) sound quite a bit like "Sugar for the Pill" from the reunion Slowdive album

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:38 (five months ago) link

Thanks for the recommendations! Those Test Pressing playlists are an absolute goldmine

paolo, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:45 (three months ago) link

I like the second Gaussian Curve album best too. I've also been feeling Gigi's albums with Tempelhof.

paolo, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:45 (three months ago) link

The first album from Young Marco (other other guy in Gaussian) is nice too, though a little clubber. Still chill though.

Love the second Gaussian Curve album.

cooldix, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 13:28 (three months ago) link

Clubber? Clubbier.

cooldix, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:46 (three months ago) link

Young Marco's a great DJ but I've not been too impressed with his solo productions. I'll check it out though.

paolo, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:28 (three months ago) link

yeah I love that first album biology

brimstead, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:31 (three months ago) link

Do check out his wonderful Welcome To Paradise Italian Dream House comps tho if you haven't already xp

groovypanda, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:00 (three months ago) link

both of marco's lps are excellent

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:53 (three months ago) link

'Suzaku' off Biology is a gorgeous summery synthpop thing and was well ahead of curve on that sort of YMO-ish tip afaicr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQakVMy6fHo

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

i think they're both comparably great, but i may actually prefer the first gaussian curve album!

dyl, Thursday, 18 June 2020 04:00 (three months ago) link

I’d also check out Jonny Nash + Suzanne Kraft. Jonny Nash and Masin did an album together iirc

Listening to Missum while hungover, I concur

willem, Saturday, 20 June 2020 09:04 (three months ago) link

Jason Kolar's Modified Perspectives on the stroom label is similar to gm's sound, w/o any drum programming. really nice.

tomorrow, Saturday, 20 June 2020 14:42 (three months ago) link

I'd not heard Suzanne Kraft until now. Perfect.

And I'm probably being daft but is Kraft a Johnny Nash pseudonym?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 21 June 2020 11:01 (three months ago) link

Sheeeiiit: Talk from Home was only released on vinyl and is currently going for around £80 on Discogs.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 21 June 2020 11:02 (three months ago) link

two different people, they've made several albums together. i would recommend nash's label in general to gigi lovers: https://melodyastruth.bandcamp.com/

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 21 June 2020 14:09 (three months ago) link

several releases i should say

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 21 June 2020 14:12 (three months ago) link

Lewis "L'amour" - its not the closest sounding stuff the way Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft are, but it has the same sense of otherworldly stillness as Masin's more song-structured releases

boxedjoy, Sunday, 21 June 2020 15:41 (three months ago) link

In a similar way, K. Leimer and Beverley Glenn-Copeland slot alongside this stuff for me - not as lush but atmospherically similar

boxedjoy, Sunday, 21 June 2020 15:45 (three months ago) link

Bit off topic but Diego Herrera (Suzanne Kraft) was also in a really good band called Pharaohs who out some great records like the album In Oeland on Mark Barrott's International Feel label. Lush neo-tropical sounds but quite uptempo - kind of a (Japanese) Mariah vibe?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caoUAfVO2Ys

On more of a Gigi tip, I've really been enjoying the album La Calle Roja by Pablo Color which came out last year:

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

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:17 (three months ago) link

Missum is indeed just utterly beautiful, even when not hungover. I totally get the Lewis comparison Boxedjoy, and am glad you dished it out.

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:39 (three months ago) link

My rockist stan is looking for a name for this kind of stuff. New Age isn't cutting it. I'm cautiously distancing myself from it but my unconscious just barked 'Digital Pastoral' at me.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:11 (three months ago) link

I like Haunted Weather but I think Toop would barf.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:13 (three months ago) link

nu age

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:23 (three months ago) link

beach synth

sleeve, Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:23 (three months ago) link

my playlist of this stuff is called Hungover At Yoga

boxedjoy, Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:36 (three months ago) link

Yeah that Pablo Color album is super nice!!

brimstead, Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:38 (three months ago) link

A lot of this music makes me think of the events that Labradford curated in London way back when under the banner 'Festival of Dritfing' and you'd get electronic stuff ranging from Eno ambient to dub techno from Pole but also textural guitar-based acts like Durutti Column and David Pajo and John Martyn. Gigi Masin feels like a Mediterranean extension of that, but I've come to think of them all basically as ~ d r i f t w a v e ~

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:13 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuHsXcmd6gg

the whole satoshi & makoto album is incredible, but this track in particular is all time

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 22 June 2020 16:36 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4kfGw7agMg

the e ruscha v album from a few years ago also fits this vibe

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 22 June 2020 16:51 (three months ago) link

not quite as smooth and effortless though

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 22 June 2020 16:52 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls2F59qCKmA

wilson tanner - 69. the more recent II is good as well, but i go back to 69 more. i had a pretty memorable experience staring at a pillow made out of an old sweater to this album while my mind was quite altered

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 22 June 2020 16:56 (three months ago) link

i mean, pillows are amazing, makes sense

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Monday, 22 June 2020 17:00 (three months ago) link

yeah there’s a few tracks on that first Wilson Tanner that just kill me

relatedly, the last Eleventeen Eston album (By The Water is really nice

brimstead, Monday, 22 June 2020 17:01 (three months ago) link

I love that Lawrence quote where he’s all “I just want to spend all day in a dreamy haze staring at beautiful album covers”

brimstead, Monday, 22 June 2020 17:02 (three months ago) link

a couple more essential albums in this vein:

wolf mueller & cass - the sound of the glades (the title track is an incredible slow-build prog ambient journey)
art wilson - overworld (aka andras fox, was composed for a contemporary dance piece and the sun signs of the dancers involved are listed on the sleeve)

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 22 June 2020 17:03 (three months ago) link

I'm listening to Suzanne Kraft's Talk from Home and it just struck me that one of the missing pieces in this thread is Rothko. Flatiron, in all its spreading, plangent beauty is pure Rothko.

Plangent is one of those words that needs to be banned from music criticism but sometimes it's the only word for the job.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 08:45 (two months ago) link

Thanks for all the recommendations. I was listening to Jonny Nash's RA mix yesterday and that would fit in with this vibe. It's all his own work, including a collab with ol' Gigi himself

paolo, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

Very thankful Gigi was one of the very last shows I saw before the pandemic.

Evan, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:28 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BE9jXUSreQ

fools - source

new one on music from memory with a gorgeous music video

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:48 (two months ago) link

How was Gigi when you saw him Evan? The one time I saw him was a laptop performance in an empty and oppressive-feeling venue and I found it somewhat hard to engage with

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:55 (two months ago) link

He was fantastic! Yeah you need the ideal space to engage for sure. I saw him here:

https://www.svconline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Public-Records-4-726x484.jpg

...which helped

Evan, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

cor look at those speakers!

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:55 (two months ago) link

Is that public records?

badg, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 21:39 (two months ago) link

yes!

Evan, Thursday, 2 July 2020 05:39 (two months ago) link

Great room, I hope they manage to reopen OK

badg, Thursday, 2 July 2020 14:52 (two months ago) link

Agreed, it seems they're keeping active with their online presence so hopefully things are generally alright behind the scenes.

But yeah Gigi sounded great there and he was super nice.

Definitely my favorite artist in this scene. He walks the line between calm pensive / moody so well; other musicians often just go full mopey doctor-drama-theme-music when they try to do the same. He has a good taste for emotional melodies while at the same time not sounding too gloomy. But for that reason his tunes stick better to me than most of the music in this genre. I feel like that's why he stands out.

Evan, Thursday, 2 July 2020 15:10 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

late to the party here but spent a lot of time this year listening to both Gaussian Curve albums wandering a pretty isolated beach town and I prefer Clouds over The Distance by a small margin. Both are lovely but "Ride" and "Impossible Island" are hard to beat. "Suspended Motion" is incredible though.

gman59, Monday, 3 August 2020 23:00 (one month ago) link

yes I would like one late pass on these Gaussian Curve albums, please

sleeve, Monday, 3 August 2020 23:13 (one month ago) link

I made a post on Instagram yesterday gushing over Clouds and Gigi commented that we might get a new Gaussian something (album?) at some point

"Thanks!! A lot!.. Gaussians? they could come back suddenly.. who knows?! 😎"

So, that's awesome. Maybe this was known but it's news to me.

gman59, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 22:43 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Paolo mentioned this over on the ambient thread but think it'd fit here. Romeo Poirier - Hotel Nota. Lots of warm bubbly glitch, the overall aesthetic of which sorts of edges into Masin territory at times.

https://sferic.bandcamp.com/album/hotel-nota

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 14 September 2020 08:32 (one week ago) link


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