Month: February, 2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969-2018 — a closer listen, a tribute by Richard Allen

to commemorate Jóhann Jóhannsson’s early death, we invite you to read Richard Allen’s tribute on A Closer Listen. as you may know, the pond and A Closer Listen share more or less the same taste for music, especially when it goes to ambient and post rock music. and especially when Richard Allen takes up his pen to sublime the music we also enjoy.

One of our favorite composers, Jóhann Jóhannsson, passed away on Friday in Berlin at the age of 48, and we already miss him. In addition to producing some of the finest music of our time, he was also a wonderful conductor and humble performer. His notes speak directly to the heart, which is why our hearts []

the pond was devastated as we heard about the death that the wonderful, unique, magnificent Jóhann Jóhannsson. we had the great chance to meet him personally in 2004 in Reykjavik after the release of his very first, already brilliant, album, Engläborn, which had kept us company on our road tour in iceland.

the loss of this incomparable composer is pretty disheartening, but his music will keep our soul and body together, possibly until the end of time.


Mogwai’s eternal panther

while listening to a few albums on Temporary Residence’s bandcamp (that generously offer a free streaming of their almost entire roaster), we discovered the single of Party in the Dark released by Mogwai last summer prior to the release of Every Country’s Sun, which we didn’t know nor had heard of.

this single contains one of the most singalong melodies written by the band and is accompanied by Eternal Panther, a very interesting B-Side that doesn’t appear on Mogwai’s 9th album. for the first time, Stuart Braithwaite (guitarist/vocalist) sings well-hearty, uncovered, unfiltered, without special effect but his only voice. interpreted with an apodictic determination, the message provided by this seldom-heard voice is intensified by distorted, hasty guitars, heady keyboard notes and very frantic drums. 2 minutes and 43 seconds of eruptive la-la-la-rock, with a striking New Order touch.