Month: July, 2015

Minor Victories

pick up a card from the personnel of Mogwai, Slowdive and Editor. add a joker from Hand Held Cine Club’s and you will get a dream team who is working on the debut album of a band called Minor Victories.

Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Editors’ Justin Lockey and Hand Held Cine Club’s James Lockey decided to join forces and will, hopefully, blow up our minds with a eagerly expected album.

a spick-and-span appetizer was offered by the band to announce the forthcoming baby. untitled Film one, we may suppose that siblings will follow soon, la la la la.

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fit for the summer (2)

the summer’s here, you probably noticed it. but it’s not too late to shine like a bright star on your water lily.

today, we have a master dance teacher at our service. a major one and a terrific musician/singer. ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to move your bum generously because today you will learn to move each part of your body properly.

the dancer is Thom Yorke.
the video was made by Garth Jennings.
the choreographer is Wayne McGregor.
the music is Lotus Flower, a killing dancing song from Radiohead’s The King of Limbs.

don’t be afraid of the technical part of the exercise and make sure you don’t get hypnotised by Mr. Yorke’s devilish swaying.

Maïak

who would have ever imagined that a land, surrounded by mountains, cheese and chocolate, could both conceal a famous fiscal paradise and a terrific post-rock band called Maïak? what’s more, who could have doubted that an album untitled A Very Pleasant Way To Die wouldn’t arise the frog’s highest attention? indeed this spleen-like, superb title serves decently the pond’s appetite for the underworld and the tragic beauty of existence.

Maïak? Маяк (“lighthouse” in russian)?
33 years before the disastrous explosion of chernobyl’s 4th reactor, mayak’s nuclear plant released innumerable tons of high-level radioactive waste as the plant’s storage tank exploded. known as the kyshtym disaster, this major accident had been hidden (and denied) by the soviet government during thirty years.

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nevertheless, since 2010, Maïak –a band from lausanne, switzerland– has been paying tribute to what the band refers to

as the symbolic weight of a catastrophe that arose as the punishment of man’s guilty arrogance in an outburst remained silent.

Maïak are Antoine Froidevaux-Abu Sa’da (guitars), Marc Bettens (guitars), David Dilorenzo (bass) and Stéphane Riederer (drums). four pretty lads fearless to express their melancholy and temper with a remarkable first shot released this year by Fluttery Records.

the album unfolds with a genuine ten-minute beast called Nutributter Green Is People, an almost peaceful and tender track, which opening guitars appeal for a romantic ballad. those very guitars catch you up and bring you at the brink of a precipice along which you stroll innocently, however hesitating between gazing at the infinite landscape or disappearing in the great ocean. as the wind blows gently, the tranquil promenade is troubled (with great delight) by some impatient guitar’s riffs which call clearly for resistance and contained rage. guitars hoot with savagery, oscillate between sweetness and anger until reaching appeasement (or resignation?).

this peacemaking is only a fake secession, as the 40-minute transport of delight of A Very Pleasant Way to Die demonstrate. the tormented blazing guitars of I am a Man, I am a Free Number (a title inspired by The Prisoner) bring us out of a possible reverie with mesmerizing spoken words (probably from fields recordings) and an uncluttered, a very warm bass line which puts a damper to saturated furious guitars, which, in turn, accelerate in an uncontrollable frenzy. the tension is feverish and turns beautifully into hardcore. post-rock melancholy is highly palpable in Maïak’s music but it pairs with a beyond-question appetency for heavy, metalish riffs – as the mammoth final of A Fond Poster Girl for Tatmadaw clearly shows.


 
still, the most surprising part comes from Sometimes You’ve Got to Take the Hardest –a (thrilling) misleading track which cut-throating, electrifying guitars are (again) rejoined by an amazing bass line. a crazy, complex melody that alternately gets nervous, explodes, quietens down, warm up, savours suddenly the burning sun of an enjoyably desperate desert, before screeching guitars eventually spit their rage out joined by a liberating human howl. this is pure madness, what a staggering rhythm shift!

before Maïak finishes us off happily with We All Live In A Yellow Kursk (a witty nod in the direction of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine), determined guitars show again their irritation before vanishing suddenly on a lively carousel, where we are invited to a joyful pirouette supported by undisguised laughs and glee.

oh my god, this is just fantastic, what a very very pleasant way to live.

PS: Maïak was brought under the spotlights by the pretty essential post-rock reference website, Post Engineering, and we are more than grateful to this post-rock homeland for its existence.

Faith No More’s Live at BBC Radio 1

a little present to welcome the forthcoming weekend.

Faith No More in close-up at BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, as if Mike Patton was in your leaving room! a little treat to celebrate the band’s amazing latest album, Sol Victus. lucky us.

 

BoC’s Tomorrow’s Harvest (the movie)

this is unbelievable. and unforgivable.
never, never the pond wrote a single line on Boards of Canada (well, maybe very shortly here), shame on us.

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just pronounce the name of Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin, and you’ll see the frog floating in the air with an expression of blissful contentment.
but nevermind, because the purpose of this short post is actually to present the superb animated companion of BoC’s brilliant Tomorrow’s Harvest released in 2013, which followed 2005’s The Campfire Headphase.

Tomorrow’s Harvest is an amazing tribute to film soundtracks from the 1970s, a genuine mind-blowing masterpiece of contemplative and cocooning melodies, an ode to space oddity and languorous happiness.

Boards of Canada‘s fans are boundless admirers, and the film you are about to see is an astounding piece of art made by some of them served superbly by the fantastic music of BoC.

 
Credits:
Gemini by Beta 401
Reach For The Dead by Neil Krug
White Cyclosa by TBJ Productions
Jacquard Causeway by Pisces Virgo Rising
Telepath by Drog
Cold Earth by Julien Lavigne
Transmisiones Ferox by Carlos C.
Sick Times by David Mike
Collapse by MrSeriouslySerious
Palace Posy by Yellow Jacket
Split Your Infinities by Carlos C.
Uritual by Fabien Dendievel
Nothing Is Real by Iphanners
Nwodnus Sundown by Faastwalker
New Seeds by Alexis Zeville
Come To Dust by Jason Donervan
Semena Mertvykh by Turk242