I'm always beating the Good To Die Records drum on here but they are doing a Spring Cleaning Sale right now. Really cheap records. If you are going to Bumbershoot and are curious about Constant Lovers make sure to snag that one...
Post by PWSteal.Ldpinch.D on May 21, 2015 19:11:59 GMT -8
Trip-hop and ambient/psychedelic/electronic pioneer Michael Kandel, of Tranquility Bass, has died at 47. For the next (several) evenings you will find me listening to his records, both old and new. Unbeknownst to me, he'd been releasing stuff fairly frequently on his Bandcamp page (clicky) after a lengthy mid-to-late '00s hiatus. You can also find much of my favorite album of his, Let the Freak Flag Fly, on youtube.
"The giddy, harmony-soaked, "Wipeout"-borrowing four-minute single is the opening track of a record the band tells Rolling Stone was intended to be "minimal," made of "short blasts" and not soaked in the reverb the band had built their woozy sound on. Dizzyingly upbeat and gloriously realized, the new album bounces and pops with an urgent, ecstatic energy, propelled by polyrhythmic beats and gurgling modular synth, with Noah Lennox and Dave Portner’s vocals gleefully falling in and out of syncopation and off-kilter harmony. Working as a trio, Portner (Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) began trading demos in early 2015, pursuing a goal of what Portner calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The three met in Asheville during that spring and began exploring the songs together. Recording took place in the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood, home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, and was engineered by Sonny DiPerri.
The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition, concerned with art (Cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both - creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective.
"Everything seems drenched in reverb these days, and is so distant," David "Avey Tare" Portner tells Rolling Stone. "In a way, it was a reaction to that."