Archive | December, 2011

Phiendly’s Made in Michigan Album of the Year: Lasso — LASSO’D

December 25, 2011

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With the diversity of musicians, unique samples, the seamlessly endless amount of influences, and the vigor that feels timeless, Lasso‘s debut LP, Lasso’d,  off of the Kalamazoo studio/label/collective Double Phelix, is the inaugural Made In Michigan Album of the Year. Take a drink in your hand, sit back, and relax as the holiday festivities are hurling, and download the multi-faceted album on Lasso’s bandcamp, or order a casette or a cd.

Opening up scerenly, Lasso’d hints to the listener an experience of the outwordly, an atmosphere where the innocent bystander finally stands up against the hooligans in a saloon. And that’s what is so keenly important for this album: the overachieving atmosphere presented.

On “Obsessive Mutations” the production quality resonates. With a swindling acoustic guitar loop that tastes like a long night drinking too much tequilla, and with the psychadelic, evocative tendencies similar to the likes of Spiritualized, or Primal Scream, the whole aura of Lasso’d feels out of its time but before it as well.

With the tribalistic “Better than Oasis”, one of the finer, succinct tracks of the LP, the production quality is at its apex. With vocals reverbed, piano licks that flutter, heartbeat tom fills, and then that tremoloed guitar lick that floats freely, it’s like we’ve reached that watering hole in our godforsaken uninhabitated solitary with our parched, dry mouths slyly sipping the beverage of choice.

And there’s nothing wrong acting gluttenous with Lasso’d. With each listen, there’s something else to fall in love to. Take the thematic “Creep St.” for example. On this instrumental ballad, a twanged-out piano booms, flutters, pounces, and destroys the landscape so elegantly presented throughout the whole album.

It’s a class act, truly.

STREAM: Lasso — Lasso’d

-AG

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Asobi Seksu — “Trails” (Holy Other Remix) mp3

December 6, 2011

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Tri Angle‘s Holy Other crafts smoothness with a distinct bitterness. Think of the sound tasting like an IPA: at first it hits the tongue like an explosion of flavor and then next thing you know you’re three down and your head’s spinning. Think of their remix of “Trails” from Brooklyn-based Asobi Seksu as that moment when you finally realize that you’re contemplatively hungover. It’s slow, repetitive, and trance-full.

DOWNLOAD: Asobi Seksu — “Trails” (Holy Other Remix)

“Trails” is the first single off Asobi Seksu’s most recent LP Fluorescene

-AG

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WATCH: Korallreven — Live at Strand (Stockholm)

December 6, 2011

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On December 3, The electro-pop Korallreven played live in Stockholm, Sweden fixating on, from what the video gives us, an epileptic light show.  Watch the live performance below:

The Swede’s Ra Ra Rave On mixtape is still being circulated through our eyes. Take a listen to it here.

-AG

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Phiend #1: Stay+

December 6, 2011

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Each week, here at Phiendly we’ll introduce an artist we’ve just been introduced to as well. Friends should be friends, y’know . . .

Formerly known as Christian AIDS, Stay+ is sort of like a constant art instillation. Merging musical production, visual art, and digital imaging, this mysterious Brit even tries to be as elusive as possible. His website ends in .cx. After a wikipedia search I found that it’s a domain from the Christmas Island Internet Association (because yes there is one), but all that’s really important about Stay+ is the music he creates. And create he does. On his facebook, Stay+ describes himself as “Fictional Dance.” Okay? So, first there was Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) from the likes of Clark and Aphex Twin, but deeming yourself as Fictional Dance relies on the act of creating an act within itself. I’m going to dance to this, okay? but I know I shouldn’t be, right? Or, The beats are so sluiced I’m just gonna go all out, all right, and see how many hands aren’t moving to the beat and my legs are just kind of twisting awkwardly? It’s fun, try it [they both close their eyes].

From the beginning, by going to the Stay+ homepage, the viewer is introduced to a world that sounds like what hearing an alien invasion could be. Like a mysterious doom, Stay+ automatically pushes one into the world he wishes to believe in. Here’s what plays once viewing the page.

It’s hard not to identify with the supernatural or the unobservable, and Stay+ can’t really be denied with the power of transformational. Listen to November 2011’s catchy track featuring fuzz-vocals and a semi-minimalistic production on “Stay Positive.”


The most recent example of Stay+’s intriguing demeanor to the face of the ever-changing electronic production age features London’s Psychologist on “Dandelion.” The track, with looming echoes of synth, sounds like a early morning. But, when the crash of the highly percussional beat exceeds, it begins to feel like a late night on the verge of something even bigger than just an ordinary day.

We’ll be keeping our eyes & ears open for more sounds from Stay+ as the examples keep coming. Until then…

Check out bandcamp or soundcloud for more tunes or watch some of the Stay+ videos on youtube.

-AG

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WATCH: The War On Drugs — “Best Night” (live at KDHX)

December 6, 2011

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Philadelphia's The War On Drugs, with or without Kurt Vile, still sooth

Check out the live performance of The War On Drug’s first track off their immaculate LP, Slave Ambient. Taking an acoustic trek to the song, the Philadelphia four-some (who used to have Kurt Vile back them up on guitar (yes, that’s why he sounds so familiar)), “Best Night” still feels like an optimistically rendered song with morose undertones befuddled between layers of guitars, but, like the best times, the song relies on the love for the band to “just get down in the night.”

-AG

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