Good day. The clocks go back this weekend in Ireland and that just means I'll have an extra hour of trying to get a baby to sleep. Time was it meant an extra hour in the club, or at least an extra hour in bed.
Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields (HD audio)
The Bandcamp follow function is great — it sends you links to what people in your circle have bought, thus expanding your range. This popped up in such an email. It's an ambient full-length from offthesky, who's based in Colorado, and Pleq, based in Poland. Its opening track sounds like it could soundtrack House of Cards, all yearning strings over swooping drone, but it moves through different phases of electronic/post-rock/misty-sounding ambience. In short, it's super.
Joseph Panama - Saturn Howl
I follow Dublin artist Joseph Panama on Twitter cause he's a funny guy, but he's also a musician — he's a member of Overhead, The Albatross. Honestly, I've never listened to them, but I checked out Saturn Howl because he introduced it as "Ambient/Drone type stuff", so I couldn't resist. It's quite good, on a similar tip to some of the stuff Joseph Curwen's put out over the past year. It's due a tape release soon too.
Jane Cassidy - Music For Cars At Night On Country Roads
It's hard not to get caught up in the urban-centric lifestyle (even if Dublin isn't exactly the most cosmopolitan of cities, hard as we try). So it's been a struggle for me trying to imagine this album in its proper context — as the title suggests. I've mainly been listening to it on trains, morning and evening, and it's given me a sense of painful ennui and yearning. One track, 'They Upped Their Game After The Oranges', is so forlorn and lowly that I could barely make out its subtle tones over the clank of machinery and the inane chatter of my fellow commuters.
Various Artists - The Long Halloween Mixtape
Should I wait until next week for this one? The longer you have with it the better, I suppose. This is a fairly hefty compilation from Third Kind Records that shifts between styles and modes, fuzzy and electronic, each track running on seamlessly from the what came before. Yes, it's dank.
dj erin e - populus innervistas
Another Silent Season tip! This is a beautiful mix of earthy dub techno. There's one vocal track in there that's not to my taste, but the overall feel is simply beautiful.
Neil Smyth - 1963 (Stereo Version)
This was shared by Lumigraph earlier this week, I believe it's by Lumi's brother. Ignore the association though because the track is excellent, standing out on its own. Electro-acoustic sounds at their finest, sombre plucking and droning giving away to a gorgeous, sorrowful string solo that lends real emotion.
D5 | 51717 | Jealous God / Anòmia / Opal Tapes | NY • US
The Dimension series (not related to the Croatian festival) has been firing out some really excellent mixes lately, and this one from Jealous God may be one of the best. It features harsh and creaking electronics, blissful arpeggios, rugged stomp. Someone recently suggested I approach this artist for a Bandcloud mix, but I was obviously just a few steps behind. That said, I'm still glad this mix is in my life.
Aurora Dee Raynes - Do What You Do
This super track is from a forthcoming WotNot release. The label tends to drop great soulful house, but this is something different. Somewhere between dubstep and soul, if only going on tempo/rhythm and melody, it's quite something. At just two and a half minutes, it's an intriguing taste of what's to come.
Jacober - The Gray Man
The latest tape from Geographic North is this lovely collection of marimba jams, recorded on a beach in Ocean City, Maryland, a few years back. I nearly did my J1 in Ocean City, until someone told me not to and to try Chicago instead. Anyway, this features some weird reversed Panda Bear-esque vocals towards the end but don't let that put you off, it's really lovely.
Niamh Starky - Stars and The Moon
This artist from Morecambe Bay has several relatively recent tracks on her SoundCloud, but this one stood out to me. It ebbs and flows beautifully, gathering swell and grandeur but remaining brightly innocent.
It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland, if you're off, have fun on Sunday night. If not, just have a good weekend, and I'll see you here again next week.