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Some talk of them on other threads but I think this band is great enough to warrant their own.

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:11 (ten years ago) link

Clearly a minority opinion but so what

Elderflower Gimcrax Flores (admrl), Thursday, 11 August 2011 21:53 (ten years ago) link

I like 'em. There's the kind of band that written up in magazines that I only ever see on hair salon coffee tables. Better than Celebration. Much better than the Kills. Rougher than Long Blondes. Glad to find out that they are carrying on after the death of a member.

bendy, Saturday, 13 August 2011 01:01 (ten years ago) link

people go nuts for them here. i thought their early stuff was pretty lame, but they've honed what they do to a pretty good extent that i have a reasonable respect for them these days. what i've heard of their latest recordings sound strong.

socktake (electricsound), Saturday, 13 August 2011 05:34 (ten years ago) link

I got this below in PR mail today and I read somewhere now that their bassist killed himself last year. Well.

HTRK COVERS SUICIDE’S “SWEETHEART” ON NEW 12-INCH SINGLE

ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER US TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM ‘WORK (WORK, WORK)’ OUT SEPTEMBER 6 ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL

Listen to “Sweetheart” now:

http://soundcloud.com/ghostly/03-sweetheart-a-k-a-love-you/s-dG5Jw

Watch an “Eat Yr Heart” Release Promo Video now:

http://vimeo.com/ghostlyint/sweetheartteaser

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:34 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Listening to Work (Work, Work) now, my first exposure to this band. I like what I hear but somehow based on the samples I had heard I was assuming it was going to be a little more cohesive and song-y. I like every single sound on the album but the way the songs are put together irritates me.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 11 September 2011 19:03 (ten years ago) link

I like every single sound on the album but the way the songs are put together irritates me.

pretty much my feeling on the band in general. people are going completely apeshit here about the album and for me it's barely there

HRTX (electricsound), Sunday, 11 September 2011 22:43 (ten years ago) link

I'm starting to like this a bit.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 18 September 2011 19:20 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

Really think ILX should pay them more attention. Marry Me Tonight was a perfect soundtrack to a surreal late-night grocery run.

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Saturday, 21 April 2012 19:49 (nine years ago) link

Man, I don't think I've heard these guys since the mid-aughts - think they blurred together w/Fabulous Diamonds. Any individual recent tracks stand out to investigate?

etc, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:30 (nine years ago) link

I think they may in fact be good.

Hinklepicker, Monday, 23 April 2012 20:32 (nine years ago) link

"HA" (from Marry Me Tonight) is everything I love about The Birthday Party's Prayers on Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c65YvppLlg

"Synthetik" is my favorite of the Work (Work, Work) set.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m93XcD7TDo

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:30 (nine years ago) link

Good tracks, very underappreciated band.

fields of salmon, Friday, 27 April 2012 23:19 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Any love for the compelling "Psychic 9-5 Club"?
I've been obsessing over its cool desperation since listening to the album stream that went up a few weeks ago. Such a great record.

MatthewK, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:10 (seven years ago) link

i'm definitely a fan of it

ricky don't lose that number nine shirt (NickB), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:40 (seven years ago) link

yeah I was really into it and not a lot of stuff produced in that style does much for me these days. possibly lazy thinking here but could see a lot of ILM types liking it too

From Tha Crouuuch To Da Palacios (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:20 (seven years ago) link

I had no idea there was a new album. Really love them. Last two albums were great.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:41 (seven years ago) link

Is that really the album cover they went with? Oh dear.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:13 (seven years ago) link

Not sure if this (nsfw), which was splashed over their online presence for a while, would be better.

The Cosey Fanni Tutti guest appearance "Feels Like Love" is a nice passing of the torch moment.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:43 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

There's a new EP - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/1190439-htrk-body-lotion

£13.99 for three tracks :/

paolo, Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:35 (six years ago) link

yeah if it's a choice between that and the oake 2LP for the same price...

Ottbot jr (NickB), Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:49 (six years ago) link

ahhhh I'm so glad you bumped this, I was trying to remember the name of this band the other day & for the life of me couldn't

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 7 January 2015 17:58 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Psychic 9-5 Club is the shit!

new 12" this month

brimstead, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:25 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Blast from the past this. Ten years ago, on the cusp of a cocaine addiction, I was into HTRK for a few weeks. Within no time at all I abandoned gloomy music for northern soul, rocksteady, whatever styles of music couldn't possibly be negative if they tried. 18 months clean I'll probably give this a go again.

fields of salmon, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:36 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Finally listened to the Standish/Carlyon (a related band, but I'm not sure how related they are) album. Cant believe I seen them so long ago, 2012?

Great album, but I still have fond memories of the way "New People" was played live, sadly cant find any youtube live performances of that one. I'm sure the album ranked high on a big site's year end list. Hope they make another album but it's been a while.

Unfortunately two times I played the cd (out of maybe 10 or 12 times) it sounded flickery towards the end in a bad cd-r way. I'm afraid I'll play it years later and it wont even work. I had this problem with the Lush box set and I hate to think that this is becoming a real issue with labels using cheap cds (?) I love cds, don't do this to me, music labels.

Should get Psychic 9-5 Club soon.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 April 2019 18:08 (two years ago) link

it is the shit (noted above)

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 5 April 2019 19:07 (two years ago) link

I think Standish/Carlyon are over? But post-S/C solo vehicles Time For Dreams and CS + Kreme both worth checking out (and sonically thread-appropriate)

umsworth (emsworth), Friday, 5 April 2019 19:55 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

New album Venus in Leo coming next month - https://htrk.yourcomicbookfantasy.com/album/venus-in-leo

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:08 (two years ago) link

preordered!

untuned mass damper (mh), Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:27 (two years ago) link

Cool.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 July 2019 18:20 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

hey this new album is really good - Nigel is playing guitar again so it feels more of a piece with their pre-"9-5" material - but the songwriting has changed up again - some more finely crafted song structures than previously? verging on proper pop at times, but in a veiled kind of way, and still retaining HTRK signature vibes

and (in keeping with the cover pic) a more suburban feel - for me a little bit Twin Peaks / Less Than Zero and a touch of The Cure

despite stanning hard for this group I wasn't particularly anticipating this release but very taken with this

umsworth (emsworth), Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:10 (two years ago) link

It's out (for those of us without advance access)

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 04:25 (two years ago) link

holy shit the Missy cover!

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 04:43 (two years ago) link

debating whether to listen now at work, or do so in the customary manner later today: lights really low or off, slumped in a chair in my living room

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 30 August 2019 14:23 (two years ago) link

as always it's a nocturnal creature
"New Year's Day / Eve" amazing, whole album amazing

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 30 August 2019 23:32 (two years ago) link

Yeah NYD a big highlight for me too

Saw them live a few weeks ago, that one and Mentions really stood amongst the new stuff

umsworth (emsworth), Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:51 (two years ago) link

Great to see a Pitchfork review apparently totally ignorant of Psychic 9-5 Club which they didn't review at all in 2014, talking about the contrasts between the new album and Work (Work, Work). What the hell.
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/htrk-venus-in-leo/

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 September 2019 06:12 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

New film score - instrumental, lots of big analogue tones. Limited 500, vinyl only - https://boomkat.com/products/over-the-rainbow-b6bdbada-80a4-4912-af32-b146996b7187

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:57 (two years ago) link

Well, vinyl and digital, he says after shelling out for an LP and getting a lossy MP3 before seeing the FLAC option.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 4 October 2019 08:13 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

that film score is pretty dope!!

brimstead, Friday, 13 December 2019 23:32 (one year ago) link

just discovered this band. 'venus in leo' is amazing.

Nourry, Saturday, 14 December 2019 02:13 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I heard the hit song "I Keep Forgetting" by Michael McDonald for the first time in many years and I thought the bass part sounded quite a bit like Standish/Carlyon's "Moves, Moves". Maybe there's loads of songs that have something like this but it stuck out to me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMPDzCtD0o0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC25toWnPHc

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 31 December 2020 21:19 (nine months ago) link

Second video doesn't sound quite right to me, but I often find that when playing stuff on laptop speakers, I'm not the best judge.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 31 December 2020 21:23 (nine months ago) link

it's vampire time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcI4feezLqc

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 31 December 2020 22:21 (nine months ago) link

HTRK released a bandcamp only (?) digital only (?) single in 2020 that was really great

and have heard great things about Jonnine's solo LP - waiting til my vinyl copy arrives

Robert if you dig Conrad's basslines and haven't checked out CS & Kreme it's definitely worth a listen

the least famous person you were surprised to discover (emsworth), Thursday, 31 December 2020 22:26 (nine months ago) link

if anyone missed it, there was a great guest appearance from jonnine on this loraine james track that came out earlier in 2020:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_oonJva4ls

kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 31 December 2020 22:35 (nine months ago) link

xp yes "Real Headfuck" made it onto my annual mixtape, I love it

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 31 December 2020 22:58 (nine months ago) link

and have heard great things about Jonnine's solo LP - waiting til my vinyl copy arrives

This is such a great album - six months in and I'm still uncovering new layers, which is a pretty neat trick given how spartan it feels on first contact. Highly recommended.

technopolis, Thursday, 31 December 2020 23:16 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

https://htrk.bandcamp.com/album/rhinestones new one is good if a lil wispy

adam, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 14:58 (four weeks ago) link

I’ve struggled to connect since they became a duo but not with this one. Love it front to back. One of those records that seems slight but is gathering weight and depth with each pass. Better as a headphone listen.

Citole Country (bendy), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 04:04 (three weeks ago) link

It really is great, feel like I am losing my grip on reality when I listen closely. The acoustic guitar parts on "Straight to Hell" are so weird and unsettling.

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 05:58 (three weeks ago) link

Real Headfuck is the standout for me, but I'm not totally sold on the rest of it yet. But it took a while for Venus In Leo to really get its claws into me and now I think it's one of the best albums from the last few years by anyone, so I'm going to be patient and wait for it to reveal itself over time

primate marmite (NickB), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 12:25 (three weeks ago) link

Headfuck is brilliant but it’s been a year or so, they really hushed things since then

assert (matttkkkk), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 14:11 (three weeks ago) link

This is a really mesmerizing record. It ends up akin to Grouper at her most song-y.

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Monday, 11 October 2021 03:24 (two weeks ago) link


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