Systems.Layers

Say what you will about filesharing, all of the music I buy today is due entirely to the fact that I’ve read about it or heard about it, sampled it via Soulseek and decided it was definitely good enough to own. And really, how is that any different than requesting it on a college radio station or something? Except that I can get the whole album. Nonsense…

Anyway, the new Rachel’s album is actually pretty good. I couldn’t really stomach them much after the Sea and the Bell’s, but I decided to download it based on the pitchfork review. Yes, I almost always completely disagree with Pitchfork on every count. Still, they grab my interest enough to get me to check something out. I’m glad I did. While they continue to be a sort of catch all post-rock orch-pop ensemble, they are willing to grab out for new sounds and generate a pretty interesting picture. I didn’t initially like it but one night I was walking to my bus stop from class- one of those frozen windy nights last week, and it really hit me. Melencholy and weird and oh so tasty. Lots of piano driven music that delves a little more heavily into what we recognize as minimalist territory. I hear Steve Reich all over it, but I am of course a huge Steve Reich fan. But there is a gamelan in that shit man, I mean come on. A lot of the melodies also kind of reach back into your subconscious and tell you to remember things- John Wiliams soundtracks? Themes from Back to the Future? I’m not sure where from, but I know I’ve heard it before. Apparently the found sounds and field recordings that I initially chalked up to a Godspeed ripoff (well, i guess they still are, but fuck Godspeed) are the result of people sending them “recordings of sounds meaning to their lives and environments.” Quite a few of them are actually interesting or touching. Lots of disconnected modernity to ponder. From the album’s description at Southern it looks like the package is mui importante as well, so the mp3s will simply not cut it. Christmas is coming people. I also got my hands on their collaborative re-doing of Full on Night with Matmos. That track was always the centerpiece of their early work, so I was happy to hear it again. Songs for Egon Schiele will be dinner music at our wedding. This is great music for a city winter. And winter music is where I’m living right now. See also: Little Earthquakes, And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

[Listening to: Silent All These Years – Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (4:11)]