The world's population, excluding roughly 7,183,485,360 of them (that figure's already out of date...I mean, have you been here and watched the counter? It's frightening) are intrigued to know what I think of the latest music releases. So I thought I'd round a few up...and say what I...think...
I'm not familiar with Franz Ferdinand's work either, but since seeing them on Jools Holland's Later this week, I'm determined to remain ignorant. They weren't awful, just mediocre, and as we watched, I couldn't help wondering why people still listen to the archaic sound of blokes strumming guitars and singing.
I'd say 'Al Margolis should be on Later', but what the hell's the point? His artistry in tape manipulation and creation of moods akin to Pierre Schaeffer on a downer is too sophisticated for the average Later viewer. He combines many instruments (concrete and played?) with synths and vocal samples at a heightened level of creativity. If you're overwhelmed by the glut of fashionable Industrial DIY tapes revived and blogged, If, Bwana deserves your attention. You can listen over here. Top Marks to Forced Nostalgia.
Emptyset (James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas) are back to scare the horses with Recur on Raster-Noton. So lock up your horses, and your daughters whilst your at it. Which is not to suggest that the duo are like some heavy metal band relishing in the image of hotel-wrecking and womanising but, come to think of it, they are kind of heavy metal...the kind forged in outer space by robomechanics hell-bent on enslaving humans by demolishing them with bass. Public Enemy once asked 'Bass, How Low Can You Go?' and Emptyset have made it their mission to find out. Yes, bass is the place and the spaces these boys create around it once again provide aural thrills. How much longer they can continue in this fashion is another matter. They've been reducing bass 'n' space for some time now and it could finally dissolve to nothing. Meanwhile, they're a joy to behold.
Forthcoming: Gabriel Saloman's Soldier’s Requiem on Miasmah is every bit as good as the preview track here suggests and I'll be saying what I think of that in more detail soon. If I can summon the words. Trust me, it's one of the Albums of the Year. Likewise, on PAN, Dalglish's Niaiw Ot Vile beggars belief in it's complex qualities and if I can find words to describe that you'll read those too. TTFN