I'll join you once again

Oh boy Phil what have you done? I lost you a long time ago, trailed behind in the dust, then the snow, then eventually the rain washed the snow away, things got ugly, black and dark and there you were standing right in front of me. Now we are friends, best friends once again . If there is one tune that made me fall in love once again with Mount Eerie/The Microphones/Phil Elverum/Elvrum it's Ancient Questions from Wind's Poem. Tell me where the melody comes from, tell me why and tell me why you sing it so slow. I found you once again.

|mp3| Mount Eerie - Ancient Questions

(buy anything related to Mount Eerie here)

(1st pic stolen from this)


Tender version of this hard life

Picked this record out from my shelf the other day, I often go back to it, I remember buying it just randomly in 2003 when it came out. Something about it just had me thinking and dreaming it was going to be quite different from the rest of the K Records albums I had...and boy it was.
Adam Forkner is the man behind [[[VVRSSNN]]], he's done a million things but I'm quite sure this is what really deserved the praise out of his ongoing collection of albums/projects/records. I can't help but feel that if Future Fusion Vision Wave came out today he'd be all over the place, I smiled years later when he pranced out of his cave and played in the Atlas Sound "band". Quality is the word I keep thinking when my head is immersed into Bobby Birdman singing something like oh my swollen pride, take your time on Bruise Blood or when Dave Longstreth is stretched into a bubbly world of nostalgia on Double Dragons. Tender was the day, I suppose.

|mp3| [[VVRSSNN]] - Comeouttoshowdem
|mp3| [[VVRSSNN]] - Bruise Blood
|mp3| [[VVRSSNN]] - Invisible Wavez

(buy the [[[VVRSSNN]]] album here)

(thanks to Sarah Meadows for the first photo!)


As long as the summer flows like a river

Summer is coming back and I want to take you to the river. All I want to do today is steal Chaz Bundick's words from Ektelon, they perfecty fit that turn and twist in time when June becomes July. Other people have been talking about Toro Y Moi recently and my take is that he stands far apart from the rest of the sonic purveyors that are starting to get talked about nowadays. I think it's the crisp layers of clouds, the less guitar oriented sounds and the total dreamy quality that his music evokes. It's a flow of sounds, but it's not necessarily lo-fi, it has many peaks and maintains this raw beauty, sometimes you just feel like you're looking into his room from a balcony. I know I want to keep looking in quite a lot and as long as the summer flows like a steady but slow river I'll be in it.

|mp3| Toro Y Moi - Ektelon
|mp3| Toro Y Moi - itsforyou

p.s. You can also dream faster with Chaz, just follow Lessins.


Dreaming the perfect balance.

A few emails swapped and I'm left listening to this song titled Cranial Contest on repeat. First thought is that it's giving my brain a nice simple contest, I can almost define a category for it, straightforward easy on the ear pop that works perfectly today. It's the perfect balance, the dual interplay between Cameron and Sarah's vocals that bursts at about halfway through the tune.
Superhumanoids weirdly enough come from Los Angeles and they have everything going...plus any band that uses anywhere the word Doldrums is a winner in my book.

|mp3| Superhumanoids - Cranial Contest