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Spiral Staircase is really interesting, particularly in conjunction with the visuals, until the precise point when it becomes a song. Would pay for an instrumental.

Matt DC, Sunday, 5 July 2020 10:47 (two years ago) link

Just started listening to Schwarz, I am a huge sucker for gorgeous synths set against harsh granular shit. Her stuff sounds so fresh to me. That feeling is why I started listening to electronic music in the first place.

lukas, Monday, 6 July 2020 17:49 (two years ago) link

i love spiral staircase until the dry vocal comes in

here 1st (roxymuzak), Monday, 6 July 2020 21:20 (two years ago) link

it'll grow on you!

'pix & bit' is an absolute start-to-finish knockout of a record, it is up there with 'gelb' and 'rosa' and maybe more weirdly consistent than either despite being 71 minutes long. i've hardly been able to listen to any other artist for a week

imago, Monday, 6 July 2020 22:04 (two years ago) link

there's a lot to dig through, but so far the hyperpop of Beauty is the one for me.

fffv, Friday, 10 July 2020 01:18 (two years ago) link

feel like a track like Moons would hit harder if it had been mastered properly, but if she paid to get things mastered we wouldn't get an album a day, so

lukas, Saturday, 11 July 2020 18:41 (two years ago) link

abundance mindset

lukas, Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:54 (two years ago) link

Jyväskylä is very good, maybe my favorite so far.

lukas, Friday, 17 July 2020 02:48 (two years ago) link

she ranked it first of all her albums on twitter a while back - it isn't my favourite but then i definitely skew towards her ultramelodic stuff

opening track of Victory Lap ('Hello, I Ruined Music') is possibly the best mash-up i've ever heard, and i've heard everything Cicierega has ever done in that field:

& seeing as Pix & Bit is still the best album, here's its Neocities page:

imago, Friday, 17 July 2020 23:05 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

'best mbv cover' might have a new winner folx

imago, Monday, 16 November 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

Hm, what is it that clicks with you about this cover? I'm not really sold on the rapping - is this sampled? Do like "Spiral Staircase" quite a bit.

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Monday, 16 November 2020 17:39 (one year ago) link

just love the actually-very-convincing schnaussian electrogaze meets high energy shout-rap thing, it's bracing and odd and it works imo

imago, Monday, 16 November 2020 23:23 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

now with added Backxwash

imago, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

her 'mainstream pop album' and accompanying longform youtube video about pop music are coming tomorrow. it might well be that my favourite pop record of 2020 isn't out yet

imago, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 18:58 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

she's done an ambient instrumental album and it's kind of incredible (if not THAT ambient at points, more a sort of chilled classical thing)

imago, Sunday, 7 February 2021 15:51 (one year ago) link

Fabulous stuff, this.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:35 (one year ago) link

crocus 3-6 is a genuinely stellar run of music

imago, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:37 (one year ago) link

It is! The whole thing is straight-up gorgeous though. I like how she varies and steers it towards neo-classical, though only in a nuanced way. It's playful but within a pretty clearly defined space.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:46 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Her new one is particularly good imo. By her own admission, went binging on Autechre then wrote an EDM pop album

imago, Monday, 16 August 2021 19:21 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

This is fantastic. Some sounds maybe too directly autechre-influenced (not that that's a crime or anything) but not all, way more kinetic than lots of recent ae and huge fat tunes on top.

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Friday, 17 June 2022 14:27 (one month ago) link

sean booth's repping pays off :D

it's amazing yes, welcome aboard

imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:30 (one month ago) link

whole album's great but 'her bed' is pretty safely the most successful autechre-but-not-autechre i've ever heard

imago, Friday, 17 June 2022 14:31 (one month ago) link

Ahhhhh, this is wonderful. She releases a bit too much for me to keep up but so glad I caught this one.

emil.y, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:04 (one month ago) link

love this

the only record i find myself returning to is 'endless' but this is right up there

nxd, Friday, 17 June 2022 15:37 (one month ago) link

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