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because this song is pretty amazing

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

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

where can i hear more?

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

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

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

'snake theory' and 'almanac' both have vocals

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

That Gigi mix is crazy diverse.

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

Check your email, Jakob.

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

seven months pass...

Wind is soooooo great

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

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

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

Wind is soooooo great

― boxedjoy, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 5:29 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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 (five years ago) link

cosign the love

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

one year passes...

new Gaussian Curve album is out, excellent

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

How does it compare to Clouds?

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

i love it. definitely comparable, maybe even better.

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

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

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

yeah, I feel like these guys just get it

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

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

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

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

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

heads up london folk:

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

Maconie Youth (NickB), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:41 (three 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 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

About to see him! Like now

Evan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:19 (one year ago) link

I please tell him hello for me

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

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

Evan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:38 (one year ago) link

how was he?

boxedjoy, Sunday, 16 February 2020 09:49 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

ooh, didn't realise this had been released now

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:40 (one year ago) link

so good

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:50 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

"Khalifa golf club" is the standout jam imo

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

not quite as smooth and effortless though

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

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

Evan, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:28 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

cor look at those speakers!

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

Is that public records?

badg, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 21:39 (one year ago) link

yes!

Evan, Thursday, 2 July 2020 05:39 (one year ago) link

Great room, I hope they manage to reopen OK

badg, Thursday, 2 July 2020 14:52 (one year 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 (one year 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 year ago) link

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

sleeve, Monday, 3 August 2020 23:13 (one year 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 (eleven months 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 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

calypso is crazy good. can't believe it took me this long to get to it. he really is one of a kind.

ffolkes (map), Saturday, 26 December 2020 00:31 (seven months ago) link

My favorite album of the year

Evan, Saturday, 26 December 2020 04:10 (seven months ago) link

I wouldn't have got through 2020 without Gigi Masin but it wasn't Calypso I was listening to

boxedjoy, Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:18 (seven months ago) link

That's fine but do you not like Calypso?

Evan, Saturday, 26 December 2020 15:50 (seven months ago) link

I'm not answering for boxedjoy but I will say I typically get more out of Gaussian Curve than Gigi solo

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 26 December 2020 17:29 (seven months ago) link

hard disagree. i like gaussian curve a lot but i think his solo material is on another level. his new album doesn't throw out a welcome mat, it's kinda restless overall and is very much in a high-mid register eq-wise but it's such a rich, tense bridge between ambient concepts and experimental / jazz facility w/ the kind of elegant, intuitive phrasing that makes his music so compelling, i still think he's head and shoulders above the genre he's sort of given birth to over the past decade.

ffolkes (map), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:44 (seven months ago) link

My favorite album of the year

― Evan, Saturday, December 26, 2020 4:10 AM (seventeen hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol something i agree with Evan about ;)

ffolkes (map), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:44 (seven months ago) link

!!! Is this surprising?

Evan, Saturday, 26 December 2020 22:13 (seven months ago) link

Winky face acknowledged however am I known for my dumb opinions?

Evan, Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:03 (seven months ago) link

no no i just disagree with you sometimes on those dang politics threads

ffolkes (map), Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:09 (seven months ago) link

sorry didn't mean to be weird

ffolkes (map), Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:09 (seven months ago) link

Oh! I sometimes post on those, and if so it’s usually a dumb joke or shitpost.

Evan, Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:12 (seven months ago) link

well anyway calypso is cosmic bliss and kind of mysterious and sad and it's perfect imo. one thing that comes to mind, apropos of not much, and i don't mean to be *that guy*, but i feel like people might not realize gigi has experimental music bona fides, has collaborated with people like charles hayward, and that's kind of part and parcel with with his solo work too... feel like that comes through more on this album idk.

ffolkes (map), Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:16 (seven months ago) link

Sorry for making you feel weird. It was just a mini-rollercoaster for me. "I'm finally established enough here after 11 years to have recognizable opinions?? Wow neat because I've never really felt a par-...oh I see he is simply confusing me with someone else."

Anyway, I agree he has experimental credentials that contribute value to his music, but I'm not sure it's an entirely unique feature vs. other artists that do the same (many of which are also on the wonderful MFM label as a broad example). To me it's actually his moving melodies that help him stand out among that pack of minimal experimental musicians, not the other way around (AKA experimentation making him stand out among ambient artists).

Evan, Monday, 4 January 2021 22:06 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Ha... looks like a mistake in the formatting but it reads as if Gigi passive aggressively pivots and asks himself about new solo music in the middle of answering about the prospect of new Gaussian Curve material.

Evan, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:34 (five months ago) link

Thanks for sharing though I was just yesterday wondering what might be coming next from him.

Evan, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 19:09 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

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, July 22, 2011 2:26 PM (nine years ago)

i'm glad i did a quick command+F before posting! spotify "recommended" the to rococo rot song, which led me on a quick search to see who else had sampled "clouds" (1989?) and who was the first. to rococo rot was apparently the first (1999), and it's much more of a blantant rip than bjork's. bjork's sounds vaguely inspired by it. the to rococo rot song is more on the Vanilla Ice side of sampling practice

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:19 (four months ago) link

whenever a old jaxon threads or posts come up im always thinking "this guy has very similar taste to me but ten years ahead of me"

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:22 (four months ago) link

jaxon was/is the best

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:23 (four months ago) link

haha, i don't have that specific thought with jaxon (or anyone else), but definitely feel that with tons of old posts (including this one). it makes me wonder, sometimes, about how word spreads, out networks of recommendation and that kind of shit, and how much it might feedback on itself.

i'm high sorry

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:24 (four months ago) link

i guess this is a bad thread for me to make that kind of comment on, because it sounds negative, and gigi masin rules and although i don't currently listen blue nile much, i also didn't listen to talk talk that much until a few years ago and now mark hollis and i are close, so i realize that's probably in my future. i just meant, in general i've "been thinking" (ie, not really and not that hard and not all that often, in fact this is probably the 3rd to 4th time i've thought about it) about feedback mecha -adsfasdfl

(the poster went to go find a candle)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:26 (four months ago) link

still jam the new album all the time.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

i think it's my favorite at this point.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

I agree, it's so good. the sense of depth/space in some of those tracks is really impressive

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:05 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

https://angophora.bandcamp.com/

getting some Gaussian Curve/Gigi Masin vibes from this Angophora album, posting it here because one of the members is Santilli who is mentioned upthread

boxedjoy, Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:41 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I agree, it's so good. the sense of depth/space in some of those tracks is really impressive

― I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:05 AM (three months ago) bookmarkflaglink

it still offers up new details for me from time to time, especially on headphones. i find myself not wanting to listen to anything else when i want to chill out.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 16 July 2021 00:26 (two weeks ago) link


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