album just recently out, getting proper raves from some music press folk.
― piscesx, Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:44 (seven years ago) link
I remember when Swinging Party came out a couple years ago I thought it was a pretty original take on covering The Replacements. I like Cyan too. I haven't made up my mind about the whole thing, but large swaths of it immediately strike me as more pastiche than solid, memorable songs. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I have to recalibrate my brain for it.
― Johnny Fever, Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:22 (seven years ago) link
Swingin' Party is great. Very Arthur Russell feeling, especially the vocal.
I remember when Swinging Party came out a couple years ago
wow, that old? I didn't start hearing about this guy until the album came out. think he made/is about to make his live NYC debut at Fixed.
I can't really pigeonhole this sound, electronic pop like Hot Chip but more earnest? the only one that sounds pastichey to me is the overblown '80s hip-hop/freestyle one (That's Alright), can't really get with that. rest of the album is nice though.
― dmr, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:45 (seven years ago) link
"Cyan" and "House" have gotten blanket airplay on my iPod for the last two weeks.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:47 (seven years ago) link
lol, i have been VERY CONFUSED as to why a lot of people i know have been repping for this weak shit. turns out they all know him irl.
i had been comforted by the dearth of caring about it on ilm.
― liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:16 (seven years ago) link
ha god he knows everyone. glad this is out and he's doing well. still need to get round to giving this a proper listen, i heard some of these a few years ago when he was putting it together and recruiting band members. glad it hasn't changed all that much- it still has that warm bedroom naïve <3 feel
― Crackle Box, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:48 (seven years ago) link
okay, well seod is waaay different from the version i have, pretty sure the version i have is 1:40.
those pad sounds on swinging party weren't there before, nor was that tomtom hit. and there were more layers on his vocals, and they've shaved too much off the top end of that ostinato synth part, blahh
― Crackle Box, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:05 (seven years ago) link
I listened to the first three track yesterday and it was fucking shit. Would have been tolerable without the vocals.
Apparently he has a cover of the Eastenders theme which is a contender for worst record of 2012.
― Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:32 (seven years ago) link
that would have been the third track you heard
― Crackle Box, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:13 (seven years ago) link
Ha, I know him too. He's always been super coy about "what he does" and then it's posters everywhere in London.
― poxen, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 16:28 (seven years ago) link
album is kind of hit or miss but "house" is great and i love the video
― max, Friday, 18 May 2012 13:24 (seven years ago) link
i just feel sorry for that kid when he's 22 years old and looking back at who he used to hang around with
― nathey, Friday, 18 May 2012 13:38 (seven years ago) link
Ha, his talking voice is very similar to the guy who does Zero Punctuation lol. Such a rad looking dude IMO.
― Blue Collar Retail Assistant (Dwight Yorke), Friday, 18 May 2012 14:05 (seven years ago) link
Can't believe no one's talking about his new album: http://www.npr.org/2014/10/05/352735198/first-listen-kindness-otherness
Some really gorgeous moments on this. Reminds me of late-era Talk Talk + R&B.
― Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Sunday, 12 October 2014 18:06 (five years ago) link
Lovely moments all through this new one. Almost hope it stays a bit of a secret treasure tho.
― nashwan, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 23:02 (five years ago) link
I know it's nothing out of the ordinary but I really enjoy his production on the debut. Is that one all home made? If so it's very impressive he got such a warm sound for a dude with almost no experience in his bedroom.
― dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:32 (two years ago) link
thought the debut was big studio stuff and lots of major label £££.
hence why the second album was self released and disappeared.
― mark e, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:34 (two years ago) link
― mark e, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:37 (two years ago) link
Oh wow! Ok that makes more sense. Never cared to check the credits. Now I'm dissapointed in him but Erol Alkan gets more points.
― dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:45 (two years ago) link
This probably deserves another thread but how come bedroom musicians very rarely do the mastering in their albums?
Take Panda Bear's Person Pitch per example. I love that one and Noah did pretty much everything except the artwork and the mastering.
I could have sworn I read Kindness' debut was made by him in his bedroom. Now I'm sad that it's apparently impossible or very difficult to get that sound without a proper studio. Any recommendations of bedroom albums that make studio albums take a run for their money?
― dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:53 (two years ago) link
At least Lorde did made Royals all by herself in her room, right?
― dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:54 (two years ago) link
bedroom albums = a whole different thread.how do you distinguish between an album actually made in a bedroom, and an album made elsewhere but on a laptop which could effectively be in the bedroom, kitchen, toilet etc ?
― mark e, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 23:31 (two years ago) link
it's a good idea for a thread; bedroom albums. or very cheaply made albums. i never knew until watching one of those 'Soundbreaking' docs recently but the big early Eurythmics hits (Sweet Dreams, Love Is A Stranger etc) were recorded stupidly cheaply in a loft somewhere. Annie Lennox commented that they preferred 'the Volkswagen to the Rolls Royce' when it came to recording.
i have no recollection of Kindness at all weirdly.
― piscesx, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 23:44 (two years ago) link
I really liked some of that first album.
― yesca, Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:52 (two years ago) link
New album is out today, with some interesting guests: Robyn, Jazmine Sullivan, Cosima, Seinabo Sey (Kelela co-wrote the track on which she features), and Samthing Saweto of "Akanamali" fame.
― monotony, Friday, 6 September 2019 05:21 (five months ago) link
I want to believe you mean Cosima Devito
― Tim F, Friday, 6 September 2019 06:20 (five months ago) link
i want to believe you mean people in general
― mookieproof, Friday, 6 September 2019 06:37 (five months ago) link
Few people talking about this one. Highlights for me are the 2 Robyn tracks.
― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 9 September 2019 22:20 (five months ago) link
Jazmine Sullivan track for me. Some not so great reviews around but heh some of these have soundtracked my summer.
― mmmm, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:33 (five months ago) link
The track with Jazmine just clicked hugely with me (I was enjoying the album generally but no one track has really jumped out, similar experience with the previous one). Maybe this is why he gets ignored on lists and in general plus although the influences are evidently diverse they're all rather obvious and he can never really at least match them, only homage in a pleasing but ultimately unremarkable way. Still deserves more love though.
― nashwan, Monday, 9 December 2019 15:31 (two months ago) link