Skip to main content



Featured Post

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island Music Album Reviews

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the oft-overshadowed debut from indie rock icons, a smaller and more intimate look into the mercurial world of Jeff Mangum.
In the mid-’90s, Jeff Mangum moved into a haunted closet in Denver where he had dreams of women in fur coats drinking champagne, yelling at him to get out of their house. During a snowy Colorado winter, the Louisiana-born songwriter and his childhood friend Robert Schneider set about recording what would become Neutral Milk Hotel’s debut album. They worked feverishly, going out to smoke cigarettes when they hit a roadblock, until, in May of 1995, they had a finished record. The North Carolina indie label Merge scooped up the young band and quietly released On Avery Island the following March.





Rian Treanor - ATAXIA Music Album Reviews

The UK producer’s debut album fashions a distinctive aesthetic out of asymmetrical machine beats and dabs of electronic melody, balancing academic concerns with rave-tested thrills.

Rian Treanor’s musical M.O. might best be summed up by the title of his second EP, Pattern Damage. The young British producer and visual artist uses asymmetrical rhythms and pattern modulation to pry open the sounds of electro, bleep techno, and speed garage, scattering the components into new shapes that are dazzling and danceable. The results, as on the 2018 standout “Position_B1,” resemble dance music that has curled back in on itself, forming unsteady sequences that the human brain can just about process.

Treanor has said that the rhythmic structures on ATAXIA, his debut album, are stricter and more focused than his previous work, exploring apparently contradictory ideas such as “irregular symmetry.” For an artist who once smashed Whigfield’s Eurodance hit “Saturday Night” into an unlikely underground sensation, this shift seems puzzling, and ATAXIA’s weaker tracks suffer from a certain academic dryness. “ATAXIA A2” and “ATAXIA C1” combine fussily obtuse drum rhythms with sparse machine melodies that spin around in opaque, ever-changing circles, while “ATAXIA A1” wastes a wonderfully disjointed beat on a synth melody so understated that it might as well not exist.

Yet the line between success and failure here is cigarette-paper thin. Treanor’s production—a tightly coiled spring of asymmetrical machine beats and dabs of electronic melody—is so distinctive that, aesthetically, little separates the album’s weaker tracks from its out-and-out bangers. “ATAXIA B1” is a sonic sibling to “ATAXIA A2,” which precedes it. But on “B1” the rhythm is itchily intense, its polyrhythmic vigor playing off against the central synth riff like a murderous ballet that builds in an electrical frenzy.

At moments like these, ATAXIA feels wonderfully alive. For all the apparent studiousness in Treanor’s musical methods, he says his music is “intended to make people’s bodies move in unpredictable ways,” a goal reflected, perhaps a little insensitively, in the album’s title. (Common symptoms of ataxia include a lack of coordination and the deterioration of fine motor skills, according to the National Ataxia Foundation.) Certainly, you can imagine a track like “ATAXIA D1,” which pits distressed UK garage swing against a nagging riff in the vein of DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk,” working wonders among clubbers for whom irregular symmetry is less of a concern than the queue for the bar. Best of all, though, is “ATAXIA D3,” a track that dispenses with drums in favor of cut-up vocals and insouciant organ stabs that nod to New Jersey garage don (and Daft Punk collaborator) Todd Edwards. It’s here that the album finally comes up for air.

There is something rather noble about the way Treanor’s music flirts with failure. If human beings are essentially pattern-finding machines, as Michael Shermer argues in his book How We Believe, then messing with these structures has powerful effects, both positive and negative. Treanor told Resident Advisor that the human ability to recognize patterns in music “might be why we find some things funky or some things hysterical or some things boring.” ATAXIA has moments of all three, running the gamut across funk, feverish entertainment, and frustratingly dry-eyed experiments. Throughout, however, it remains startlingly original—a powerful piece of work from a sonic adventurer of rare intellectual clarity.

View the original article here



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

The Pilgrim's Progress (2019) Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan's Masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination. One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

Google Pixel 4 Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

Google has released the first images of Pixel 4 ahead of its October launch. Here's what we know so far about the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Following months of rumours and concept artwork, Google has put the cat among the pigeons by releasing a genuine render (above) of Pixel 4 via its Twitter page: this is the real deal.
Rocking the same square camera module that leaked earlier this week via @OnLeaks and @PriceBaba, the image also reveals that the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor has disappeared, suggesting Google will join the in-display fingerprint sensor trend. The earlier leak also revealed that the speaker grilles moved to the bottom of the handset.

Turkey, Corn & Sun-Dried Tomato Wraps

Fresh corn kernels, tomatoes and lettuce fill these hearty turkey wraps. This wrap is great for picnics or when you need to have dinner on the run. Add some crumbled feta or shredded Cheddar for another layer of flavor. Serve with carrot sticks, sliced bell pepper or other crunchy vegetables plus your favorite creamy dressing.

Z-Edge Z3D dash cam Review

The Z-Edge Z3D dash cam system is amongst the most budget-friendly two-camera systems on the market, but does the performance reflect the price? Find out in our review.
Should I Buy The Z-Edge Z3D?
If you’re on the market for a dash cam that doesn’t break the bank, the Z-Edge Z3D system is a decent option – especially with premium features like built-in GPS and separate cameras for recording the front and rear of the car. 

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Release Date, Gameplay News & Trailers

All you need to know about the latest instalment in the long-running series
Despite not being based on any of his books, the Ghost Recon series still bears the name of celebrated American novelist Tom Clancy. We have known that a successor to 2017’s Wildlands has been in the works for some time, and Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2019 helped reveal more about the eleventh game in the long-running series. 
Here's everything you need to know about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, from the release date to the latest gameplay details and trailers.

Like Fan Page