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2015 25 Jun

Weekly listening snapshot

von: Ian McCartney Filed under: Blog | TB | 3 Comments

Music listening during the past week. The following are the week’s repeated plays and fascinations rather than the constant background of stuff that always gets played (stuff like Harold Budd’s Bordeaux and Jan Garbarek’s Officium).

Crass – The Feeding of the 5000 (album, 2012 reissue). Notes – this is performance poetry/jazz/standup comedy and it sounds just as good as it did when I was 12. A towering work of pure art.

The Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger (track). Notes – The Police never made a cohesive album and all serious music fans hate their guts. I think each of their albums has two or three genius tracks on it. This is one of them.

David Sylvian – Gone to Earth (disc 2). Notes also been listening to Secrets of the Beehive in full, as well as Darkest Dreaming from Dead Bees on a Cake. Disc 2 of Gone to Earth is pure psychoacoustics, unemburdened by words, save for Joseph Beuys‘ mysterious meditation on „the age of overcome“.

Benjamin Britten – Cello Suites (suites). Notes – a bit depressing.

The Streets – Original Pirate Material (album). Notes – one of few records that unfolds like a novel. The central character isn’t a Holden Caulfield, a Meursualt or a Raskolnikov. No-one notices the darkness around, but it bleeds into every beat, every syllable.

The Future Sound of London – Max (track). No notes.

Mark Hollis – The Colour of Spring (track). Notes – great song for practising your singing.

David Bowie – Low (album). Notes – all serious music fans love Low. I also love Tonight and Never Let Me Down, so I guess I’m an unserious music fan. Low is great for many reasons – but the main reason it’s great is that it’s got Art Decade on it.

I also listened to Clouds Across The Moon by the Rah Band a few times because the singer’s accent is really great, fixed in time and (Thames estuary) space.

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    My main reason for LOW is that it has side 1 and 2 on it and no filler, but two quite different worlds. During their work on it in Berlin they were at times so exhausted from nighttime sessions that they „schlürften“ raw eggs.

  2. Uwe Meilchen:

    So „The Police never made a cohesive Album“…, I think GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE is quite cohesive. – And as I only listened to NEVER LET ME DOWN once it would be interesting to hear what makes you think so high of that BOWIE Album. There’s no hidden sarcasm here: perhaps your thoughts on NEVER LET ME DOWN would give me a new, undistorted way to look at that record.

  3. Ian M:

    Uwe – GITM is a great record of course – and probably the closest they got to a cohesive extended work. Darkness is my favourite track off that – a Copeland song, too.

    Never Let Me Down is great in context – it’s almost an unintentional concept album about the artist losing touch with inspiration and heart. Those horrible gated drum sounds pervade the recording. It’s a creative nadir. The cover is a mess. Let’s Dance was the populist/commercial high point, this was its wake vortex. It’s like it was made by ghosts. All of which make it fucking extraordinary!

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