Listen up, you lucky little so-and-so’s! I’m kicking off a new weekly Spotify playlist called dogshit whisperer, a repository for “interesting” (i.e. less indie-blog-friendly) sounds I’ve been enjoying throughout the week.
Click this link to find and follow dogshit whisperer. I will also make a new Blocland post every time I update it with an archived version of the previous week’s installment. (In fact, I’m already up to playlist #2, so click here to listen to #1.)
Here are this week’s selections:
1. Yasuaki Shimizu – “Umi No Ue Kara” (from Kakashi, 1982). Killer Japanese fusion marrying a sweet marimba clatter to a stilted two-step beat. The missing link between Tortoise’s TNT and Burial’s Untrue.
2. 夕方の犬 (Dog in the Afternoon) – “ʕ•̫•ʔ•̫•ʕ2” (from ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʕ•̫͡•ʔ•̫͡•ʔ♡, 2015). Ignore the Spotify mislabeling and get the proper credits from Bandcamp. This is not my favorite track from this album, but this playlist is supposed to be wallpaper music and it’s the one with the least-distracting vocal. Deconstructed R&B ambient about dogs, probably.
3. Jan Jelinek – “Them, Their” (from Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, 2001). “Glitch” is a catch-all descriptor applied to all manner of fucked up sounds, but this track sets a new bar with its “snare” that appears to be pulled from low-res MP3 artifact. Ugh, and that toothachey background crackle. Gorgeous.
4. Gescom – “Key nell 1” (from Key nell, 1996). Apparently this is actually Autechre being all mysterious and IDM in the mid-90s. The dark string pattern prefigures Jonny Greenwood’s film score work.
5. Arovane – “C II It” (from Ve Palor, 2013). More smooth IDM, but stick around for that computer soul slowdown around 4:40.
6. LTJ Bukem – “Watercolours” (from Journey Inwards, 2000). No, you were up until 2 a.m. trawling 90s techno playlists.
7. Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois – “United P92” (from s/t, 2018). I only put this here to annoy Blochead. Apparently the guy who produced Time Out of Mind is playing an actual guitar to this racket. I was always more of a Wallflowers guy.
8. Kara-lis Coverdale – “Touch me & die” (from Aftertouches, 2015). There’s some Steve Reichlike phasing going on here. An old coworker of mine called this kind of thing “aquarium music”. I think he meant it in a bad way.
9. Tortoise – “Ten Day Interval” (from TNT, 1998). This album is an all-timer for me and I wanted to throw one of the songs on here. This one seemed like a nice midway point between the Yasuaki Shimizu and Kara-lis Cloverdale tunes.
10. Hiroshi Yoshimura – “Clouds” (from Music for Nine Post Cards, 2017). I don’t know if this is considered New Age, but it’s New Age, and all New Age musicians walk a tightrope. If it’s too ethereal it just sounds like reflexology-office muzak, but if it’s too musicianly it sounds like shit you put babies to sleep with. But if you land it exactly at the midpoint, the effects are transcendent.
11. Klaus Schulze – “Quae simplex” (from Silhouettes, 2018). That’s right, the old electrokraut master is still at it. This track is like the best parts of his magnum opus Synthesist with a heavy layer of 21st century ambient gauze, and a house DJ’s sense of drama. I know, I know, it’s 22 minutes long. Hang in there, chief.