New Release: kontra-punkte

 

No-haste music.

Soft and ethereal pianos with synthetic sounds created from soundscapes.

Lighneted notes, lengthened chords, glitch, smooth atmospheres, environmental noises…

A game played around sound, improvised.

A break without post-production or master, to catch the moment… and to stretch it.

Influences… La Monte Young, Xenakis, Stockhausen, Nicolas Jaar, field recordings, horizon lines, Brian Eno, radio tuning, Sakamoto, Arvo Pärt, synthesis, lullabies, Steve Reich, waves moving slowly, Phillip Glass, Chopin & Schumann, repetitions and mantras, Max Richter, Arca, uncertainty, walk unknown places, Johansson & Arnalds, Vangelis, keep a piano chord until the sound disappears…

Artwork: Original photo by Julia Valencia Gachs

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New Release: CDDC

CDDC_coverCDDC is a compilation of ambient tracks with silences and repetitions, looped tiny melodies, prepared pianos, drones, clicks and crackles, arpeggiator sequences and modulated percussion, noises, reverbs and delays… Some dark atmospheres for suspense and tension moments. Some ethereal landscapes to contemplate and meditate. Always full of details…

Influences… Arca, Aphex Twin, Actress, Benoit Pioulard, DIY synths, The Haxan Cloak, Ólafur Arnalds, radio tuning, Johann Johannsson, flashing bulbs, long and dark hallways, wood’s creaking, Fennesz, troubled water, white noise, Ben Frost, soaked shoes, stay inside a car listening raindrops, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blanck Mass, Winter’s sun, Alva Noto, search for new sounds…
 

 

Photo by David Aguilar “El Dédalo” (CC BY-NC). Instagram: @el_dedalo (Thanks so much!!)

 

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2015 Favs

Inspired by…

 

One more time, here are my recommendations. The list of my 30 favorite albums of the year. For Your Consideration.

 

30. Unkown Mortal Orchestra “Multi-Love”

29. Julia Holter “Have You In My Wilderness”

28. U.S Girls “Half Free”

27. Chvrches “Every Open Eye”

26. Neon Indian “VEGA INTL. Night School”

25. Thundercat “The Beyond. Where The Giants Roam”

24. Lightning Bolt “Fantasy Empire”

23. Happyness “Weird Little Birthday”

22. Future “DS2”

21. Shamir “Ratchet”

20. Low “Ones And Sixes”

19. Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”

18. Natalie Prass “Natalie Prass”

17. Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

16. Kurt Vile “b’lieve i’m going down…”

15. Miguel “Wildheart”

14. Tobias Jesso Jr. “Goon”

13. Arca “Mutant”

12. Father John Misty “I Love You, Honeybear”

11. Björk “Vulnicura”

10. Blur “The Magic Whip”

9. Kamasi Washington “The Epic”

8. Titus Andronicus “The Most Lamentable Tragedy”

7. Deerhunter “Fading Frontier”

6. Oneohtrix Point Never “Garden Of Delete”

5. Jamie XX “In Colour”

4. Tame Impala “Currents”

3. D’Angelo “Black Messiah”

2. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly”

1. Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell”

 

2014 Favs

One more year, the list of my 30 favorite albums. I left out a few that could be part of this selection, but that I started to listen to them only recently (TV on the Radio, Actress, Felice Brothers, …) And of course, there are more that I’m still missing. However, here are my recommendations. The order is just a guide, not definitive.

 

1. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

2. Lykke Li I Never Learn

3. Swans To Be Kind

4. Aphex Twin Syro

5. Todd Terje It’s Album Time

6. Beck Morning Phase

7. Caribou Our Love

8. Real Estate Atlas

9. Grouper Ruins

10. Sharon Van Etten Are We There

11. Damon Albarn Everyday Robots

12. Rustie Green Language

13. Clark Clark

14. Run the Jewels Run The Jewels 2

15. Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness

16. Flying Lotus You’re Dead

17. Metronomy Love Letters

18. Shellac Dude Incredible

19. Electric Youth Innerworld

20. Los Punsetes LPIV

21. Arca Xen

22. Jessie Ware Tough Love

23. Andy Stott Faith In Strangers

24. Ariel Pink Pom Pom

25. Ex Hex Rips

26. Strand of Oaks HEAL

27. Hundred Waters The Moon Rang Like a Bell

28. Broncho Just Enough Hip To Be Woman

29. Elbow The Take Off And Landing of Everything

30. Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

 

Waiting for 2015…