Genre Wanted: Another Look at CocoRosie’s New Album

17-Jun-05
Genre Wanted: Another Look at CocoRosies New Album :: jncoco8as

The debut CocoRosie album, “le Maison de Mon Reve” was a genre defining album, the first I noticed since Portishead’s “Dummy”. It doesn’t fit exactly with Devandra Banhart’s mainstream freak-folk (an oxymoron, if you ever heard him), but rather creates its own world of sound and reality, which is exactly what makes it worth buying. The funny thing about genre defining albums is, although they create a genre, no album ever comes out that reaches their high mark on the soul. This may be for the best, as the world CocoRosie created only has room for one album, maybe two. The sister’s second album, “Noah’s Ark”, exists in the same atmosphere as the first one, perhaps a little bit more self aware. There are also a few aliens inside, Banhart who adapts like a chameleon, and Antony who stays a bit out of context with his quivering mumblings. The spotlight is still on Bianca’s broken voice,accompaniedd by Sierra’ss classic harmonious backup. If by some remote chance South 2nd leaves you indifferent, Tekno love song will sink you tears first in the CocoRosie ocean. Who needs the white dove anyway?

Two by two: CocoRosie – Noah’s Ark

16-Jun-05
Two by two: CocoRosie   Noahs Ark :: cocorosie10gv

It seems like the world tends to duplicate its logic over time. Noah’s ark was populated by two of each specie – male and female, and CocoRosie’s album proves to have its counter part. On 2004 CocoRosie released their debut album, a super childish piece that was recorded (so it’s claimed) in the bathroom. The coming Noah’s Ark proves that it’s indeed childhood that CocoRosie want to dwell in, but it’s not the childhood that we expect, its got its innocence but it also got its dark and perverted sides.
As far as style goes Noah’s Ark is a direct continuation of the toys-happy style that CocoRosie provided in their debut release, although its got a bit more beat to it. However, one might wonder if these two records weren’t recorded at the same time, and what we get now are just track that didn’t make it into La Maison de Mon Reve. I choose to think it’s not the case, because although the instruments and the aesthetic of CocoRosie is the same, the atmosphere they create are much darker and loaded with sexual energy.
The record presents some great track, including an amazing duet with another freak folk artist name Antony, and a rap piece on Bisounours. For these of you who saw CocoRosie live lately (lucky bastards), you might have heard some of the tracks performed live. All this makes this album to be another great piece from these two talented sisters. However, the excitement that accompanied the first few hearings of the first album is not here, since CocoRosie seem to play along the same formula which they presented on La Maison, which is a bit of a shame, as I expected them to develop themselves into new directions. Hope that it in the future CocoRosie won’t go into a let’s-add-toy-sounds-they-will-love-it kind of formulastic approach. Despite all of this, Noah’s Ark is a delightful treat and deep and loving album. And the best tracks are these in which they deviate from what defined them until today and break new grounds.

Noah’s Ark (TG281) will be released on Touch and Go Records on September 13th 2005.

Two by two: CocoRosie   Noahs Ark :: 36419qa

Something to expect to: midaircondo to release their debut around September

16-Jun-05
Something to expect to: midaircondo to release their debut around September :: midaircondopromowebcopy1size02

As the kind people of at Type mentioned to this site, midaircondo will be releasing their debut album, titled Shopping for Images on the label Type (Type008) around September. This is a very exciting piece of news, and it’s always a pleasure to new acts, which have been active on the less formal plane, taking it the world and releasing an album. Once this album will be released I am sure to try to get my hands on it as fast as possible. Meanwhile you can get info and here some track of the trio from their site. Thanks for people at Type for this news bit.

Some Changes Around Here

14-Jun-05

I did some changes around here:
1. Changed the RSS feed, so if you use it, make sure to update the link
2. Added a new comments system. Sorry, but old comments are gone. However, now it’s easier then ever to comment, so comment away.
3. Moved the hosting to a new provider with better support and more space. So if you use the blogspot link, make sure to update it, since it’s not valid anymore.

Enjoy.

indie TV: Some Video Clips from Sigur Ros, Efterklang and AGF – Highly Recommended (Sigur Ros link fixed)

14-Jun-05
indie TV: Some Video Clips from Sigur Ros, Efterklang and AGF   Highly Recommended (Sigur Ros link fixed) :: sigurrosparenthesis9po

indie TV: Some Video Clips from Sigur Ros, Efterklang and AGF   Highly Recommended (Sigur Ros link fixed) :: mediafilesSince MTV/VH1 monopolized the video clips industry, videos of indie acts rarely gain wide distribution. Here are a few to make your day a better day:

Sigur Ros’ Version of the Little Match Girl
sigur rós recently wrote and recorded a six minute song for the royal danish ballet’s re-telling of hans christian andersen’s tale of the little match girl. this re-telling was performed at h.c. andersen’s 200 year birthday celebration in copenhagen last april. sigur rós’s song is not scheduled for release at this time but you can hear it in this video clip from the televised event.
[WMV 20MB] (Fixed! – RapidShare Link)

AGF – Poemproducer
AGF is one of the most talented women in the German glitch scene, and since this is one of the most productive glitch scenes, it means she damn good. One of her latest project examined the role of language and its importance. This is a video done for this project. It’s also available on a limited edition DVD.
[Download Link - 47MB]

Efterklang – Collecting Shields
Efterklang debut in 2004 with one of the most exciting albums of the year (available on Leaf). This is a short film made using Efterklang’s ‘Collecting Shields’. The film was made by Lars Nagler, and is not an official Efterklang video. This one also might be available on a limited edition DVD (for details).
[Download Link - 39MB]

More Video of Efterkalng
Swarming [QuickTime: 12.8MB] [Windows Media: 14.9Mb]
Prey And Predator [QuickTime: 20.4 MB] [Windows Media: 23.3 MB]
Chapter 6 [QuickTime: 16.5 MB] [Windows Media: 19.9 MB]

Maiden’s Music: Marissa Nadler – The Saga of Mayflower May

08-Jun-05
Maidens Music: Marissa Nadler   The Saga of Mayflower May :: marisanadlerphoto6xd

Maidens Music: Marissa Nadler   The Saga of Mayflower May :: mediafilesOn November 11th 1620 the Mayflower dropped anchor on the shores of Cape Cod. It seems like it was a long time, but time is an illusion. If you don’t believe this, just give Marissa Nadler’s latest album a quick listen.
I am still quite suspicious when approaching anything the new freak folk movement has to offer, although finding out about Joanna Newsom made it all so brighter, it will take me some time to fully absorb this new genre. The first thing that captured my when approaching the Saga of Mayflower May are the strings. There are two strong elements in this record that rise high above anything else – the vocals and the strings. Actually, that almost covers up everything that happens on this record. But, oh, what strings are these. Let me just say that Marissa plays a 12 string guitar. I didn’t even know that such a thing exist, but what a joy it was to find out that it does. Just the idea of a guitar with 12 strings, being played by a woman with such a voice, is exciting.
The lyrics Marissa delivers are not always clear, and seem to float in some kind of a thick mist. And, when listening very good, you find out that it’s exactly where the words are. They are lost a in thick fog, drenched in a never existing past. Listening I feel as if I am floating higher and higher, every time she touches the strings, every time her voice covers my ears, I feel as I am being lifted one more feet up to the sky. At one point it seems as if after the record will end, I will never come back. But then it ends, and I come back. Well, it’s good to be here, so I will have the privilege to push the play button again and here her sing.

lily was a maiden in the castle sea
they found her in the forest where the wild willow be.
lily was a maiden in the castle sea
they found her in the forest where the wild willow be.
singing: “don’t plead me no, for I will seize you in the snow!”
singing: “don’t plead me no, for I will seize you in the snow!”
henry first saw lillian, girl of colored hair,
oh sitting by the river with the willows in her hair
lily hummed a tune he knew, a shanty from the sea,
he seized her by her little waist against the willow tree,
singing: “fare thee oh well, where you’ve gone no can tell!”
singing: “fare thee oh well, where you’ve gone no can tell!”
“oh you are worth a million silver pennies”, henry said to lillian.
“oh you are worth a million silver pennies”, henry said to lillian.
(alt. lyrics:
lily was a maiden in the castle sea, they found her drenched
in blood and sweat beneath the willow tress.
henry dagger proud and bare he sat a perched tree,
as lilian went to her death beneath the willow tree.)

Once you will listen the instant comparison is Hope Sondoval, but that’s just instant and you will soon find out that Mairssa has a voice of her own, unique and beautiful. You can find more stuff about the wonderful Marissa Nadler at her site. Where you can also find quite a few MP3s for download.

Maidens Music: Marissa Nadler   The Saga of Mayflower May :: marisanadlerplaying0cj