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Since there is no thread on him, and since he's been around a good decade or more, and since he's got eight or nine albums to his name and a few EPs, and since I happen to be listening to his proper debut, Triple Point, for the first time - it seemed like a good time to start a thread for the guy.

I like everything I've heard by him - I know Submers the best. S/D?

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:22 (eight years ago) link

yay <3

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:54 (eight years ago) link

Eight or nine albums! I have some catching up to do...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 03:04 (eight years ago) link

1999 A New Demonstration of Thermodynamic Tendencies
2001 Triple Point (Kranky)
2002 Submers (Kranky)
2004 First Narrows (Kranky)
2006 Plume (Kranky)
2010 Endless Falls (Kranky)
2011 Coast / Range / Arc (Glacial Movements Records)
2012 Sketches From New Brighton (Kranky)
2013 "Intervalo" (Frond)
2013 "Erebus" (with Bvdub) (Glacial Movements)

The 99 album is demos that wound up on Triple Point. I hadn't heard about any 2013 albums until seeing them on Wikipedia, hence being unsure as to the exact number of proper albums to his name.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 03:38 (eight years ago) link

Wow that's nuts, I don't have any of the first five. There was a patch there in my Kranky listening/collecting after Godspeed killed the vibe for me a bit.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 03:53 (eight years ago) link

Submers is terrific. Definitely worth seeking.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 05:08 (eight years ago) link

Endless Falls is my favorite.

groovemaaan, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:45 (eight years ago) link

i only have Plume and i love it, i have no idea why i haven't gotten hold of more. it reminds me of other acts but he nails the sound just right.

footballer of the future (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:50 (eight years ago) link

seconding endless falls

nasa whistleblower (am0n), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:00 (eight years ago) link

yeah "estuarine" is a major favorite

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:27 (eight years ago) link

another endless falls vote here. i know what ned means about losing interest in kranky in the godspeed years, but damn have they been putting out some fantastic stuff of late

gotta lol geir (NickB), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 20:34 (eight years ago) link

I have occasional moments of self-loathing for not treating myself to "Coast / Range / Arc".

Didn't really get into "Sketches ..." though.

djh, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:03 (eight years ago) link

Would recommend Submers. Love how the music thematically fits the various submarine-titled tracks. Great for relaxation. First one I bought, led me to all the other records.

I don't own "Intervalo", but from a quick glance elsewhere, looks it contains all or part of the "City Hospital" book soundtrack he did for Wist Records (which I do own).

Why the C/R/A loathing? Is it no longer available? The first of the Air Texture series, for which he curated a disc, is out of print, and going for $150+ on Amazon.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:36 (eight years ago) link

He has these "concepts" for most/all of his records but from what I've heard I don't really see a point to it. Aside from a unified list of song titles and a lot of wasted words in the opening paragraph of every review, the concepts have no bearing on the music. I guess you could imagine an underwater-ness to Submers, but (forgive the pun) isn't that a shallow connection?

I was listening to Triple Point yesterday, which I think is great, but you got me if I'm supposed to understand what any of it has to do with its supposed theme, thermodynamics.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:51 (eight years ago) link

OMG I don't have the newest three! This will be rectified.

She makes flapjack (doo dah), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:20 (eight years ago) link

Stream Erebus - a new collaboration between BVDub and Loscil

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 17 October 2013 21:10 (eight years ago) link

re. "Coast/Arc/Range" - out of print, isn't it?

djh, Thursday, 17 October 2013 22:07 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

oh man i love submers. "triton" is perfect

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 15 November 2013 21:55 (eight years ago) link

He played here last night but by the time I decided to go, it was sold out (even though a friend told me today that the place was only half full). Kinda bummed.

Murgatroid, Friday, 15 November 2013 23:44 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

I said upthread I wasn't sure what his 2013 releases were since I'd only seen titles. Well, Intervalo just showed up on Spotify—apparently it's a bunch of old/obscure Loscil tracks reworked as collaborations with Kelly Wyse, a pianist. "Endless Falls," "Hastings Sunrise," a couple others. It's nice.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 20 April 2014 03:26 (eight years ago) link

Endless Falls and Plume are both great. Endless Falls in particular gets a Cascadian vibe unlike a lot of other electronic records made in that region.

hilarious topless cookie chef (the table is the table), Sunday, 20 April 2014 03:53 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

The new album Sea Island is pretty damn sweet

xelab, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

Yeah it's great. Something about it feels different from past releases though I haven't put my finger on it yet.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:25 (seven years ago) link

Listened to it yesterday, liked it quite a bit.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 20 November 2014 15:58 (seven years ago) link

Listening more to Sea Island. It's really tense once it gets past the first couple of tracks! Feels like Loscil's "noir" album.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 06:48 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Got tickets to see him and A Winged Victory for the Sullen in March!

Moon tells the salt (doo dah), Monday, 26 January 2015 01:01 (seven years ago) link

Touring together?

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 26 January 2015 03:46 (seven years ago) link

Ooooh, yes. Answeredy own question. April 5 in LA.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 26 January 2015 03:48 (seven years ago) link

"Answered my"

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 26 January 2015 03:48 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

New split EP with Fieldhead: http://open.spotify.com/album/5GQ7OgdeijWv1hKFRcHhTj

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 16:52 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

submers is perfect. "triton"!

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 12 May 2017 02:33 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

New album in August

my new full length EQUIVALENTS will come out August 16 on @krankyltd - listen to EQUIVALENT 7 with fellow Vancouverite Secret Pyramid. we will be celebrating the release with a Vancouver show July 20 at SFU. https://t.co/CmSekZUY8I + https://t.co/YLYm5Hq1xs pic.twitter.com/kOQaD5L566

— loscil (@_loscil_) June 11, 2019

groovypanda, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 08:29 (two years ago) link

Looking forward to that.

Plume was my entry point and always my favorite. Listened to some Loscil this morning and read a few old Pitchfork reviews. I guess Plume isn't generally thought of as a high point, but whatever. I enjoyed Endless Falls much more than I did when it came out. Never got into Monument Builders, but I may give it another try. Been thinking about his music a lot because of the ambient poll. Really one of my favorite ambient artists.

beard papa, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:07 (two years ago) link

Plume is my favourite too. I know he's ambient drone but Plume seems to have a bit more melody about it. Rorschach is gorgeous.

groovypanda, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:23 (two years ago) link

Triple Point was my entry point— we had it in the freeform section at my uni radio station— and then I promptly forgot about him until 2011, when I became obsessed with Plume and Endless Falls. Very excited for this new one!!

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:46 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Thoughts on the new one? Based on first listen it feels like his most “ambient” full-length. Some of the trademark Loscil sounds aren’t as present and it feels more spacious and atmospheric.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:50 (two years ago) link

Alfred Stieglitz' series of cloud photographs 'Equivalents' (1925-1934), which inspired Loscil's exceptional new ambient album https://t.co/tqzBHAjxYr pic.twitter.com/Qh6Lrvw9ag

— Darran Anderson (@Oniropolis) August 26, 2019

calzino, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 11:33 (two years ago) link

Equivalents 4 (the last track) is the standout for me. It would fit on Plume or Endless Falls. I’m enjoying this as a whole more than I have any of his post-EF releases.

beard papa, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:30 (two years ago) link

I was a bit merely whelmed at first, but for me it gets better with subsequent listen.

calzino, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:34 (two years ago) link

Yes, it's very lovely for sure.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

sends me into the clouds does this album

calzino, Monday, 21 October 2019 00:12 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Double release year. "Lifelike" soundtrack up for preorder on his Bandcamp page, out 12/2. The game is only on Apple Arcade, fwiw. Looks pretty. Like plankton and fish fighting with light fibers.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:50 (two years ago) link

fighting = swirling. Too many FPS games on my brain.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:51 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Not sure the Archive links will work for download, but now listening to Stases, a "collection of drones based upon the backgrounds of his work for Kranky Records, from 2001 to now.", and thought I'd mention it here for others to find. Disagree with the commenter in the link who finds it subpar. I'd have been happy paying retail for this freebie.

Picked up a copy of his dual release with Fieldhead, _Fury and Hecla_, a 2014 tour EP, so have been revisiting other albums of his.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:32 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

because we’re all perhaps feeling a little lost these days, I’ve rendered a 1 hr version of Baychimo from Adrift. free to download/stream on bandcamp. cello by @cellobridges, piano by @kellyjameswyse1 art by @GregoryEuclide https://t.co/ehVSoTXHqY pic.twitter.com/fFqmygY5Ig

— loscil at home (@_loscil_) March 26, 2020

groovypanda, Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:05 (two years ago) link

four months pass...
eight months pass...

New album, _Clara_ announced, out May 28, 2021.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 18:50 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Loving the new album


groovypanda, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 13:52 (eleven months ago) link

it took me a couple of listens to click and I wasn't playing it LOUD enough the first time, but yeah its got a nice restrained power to it if you submerge yourself in it.

calzino, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:39 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

New _Clara_ companion piece on Bandcamp. 4 tracks for $6 CAD or $30 CAD for limited cd/photo book combo. Listening to "Refraction 3" now. Consistently quality efforts from the man.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 3 September 2021 03:05 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...


djh, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 19:22 (two months ago) link

Even by Loscil standards this is ridiculously good ^

“Fiction” is utterly outstanding

the article don, Friday, 4 March 2022 14:08 (two months ago) link

Enjoying the new one. Feels like there's bit more propulsion to it, a la Plume-era stuff. His more recent output has been more drifty (sorry can't think of a better word than drifty). I do like Loscil more when there's a hint of beats/rhythms pulsing underneath.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 5 March 2022 00:45 (two months ago) link

Am enjoying it a lot too. E-mailed him via Bandcamp to ask about a physical release. He responded that a double cd is more likely than a vinyl release, but he's still deciding.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 10 March 2022 13:53 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

The Sails p.2 is now available to stream or purchase - also a double-CD of The Sails in it’s entirety will start shipping next week. https://t.co/a6Rj66aqP1 https://t.co/FYlwrqRmWC pic.twitter.com/sYIlqX6QS7

— loscil (@_loscil_) May 11, 2022

groovypanda, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

getting strong Thomas Fehlmann vibes from that opening track.

calzino, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

After finding about Pjusk due to "Turn Back" (sounds like "Svefn-g-englar" Sigur Ros), got RIYLd his collab with Loscil on Spotify. Nice stuff.


the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

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