All posts tagged: music

Frank Skinner’s Magnificent Obsession

Almost 66 years ago, on August 4, Magnificent Obsession was released. A technicolor drama romantic film directed by Douglas Sirk starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The movie was originally based on the 1929’s novel Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was one of four of his books that were eventually made into blockbuster motion pictures, the other three being The Robe, White Banners, and The Big Fisherman. While Magnificent Obsession had had a pretty successful run at the box office, it’s important to remember Frank Skinner’s magnificent score in the movie as well. The two-part orchestral rendition is sumptuously splendid on its own and is indisputably one of the finest from the composer. Listen. Advertisements

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Sreym Hctim – Turn Tail

Drifting through Turn Tail rings up twin feelings of bizarreness and fervency. The Brooklyn based artist tucks microcosms of formidable sounds inside each of the five irrefutable pieces in the EP – sounds that invigorated from different genres and mostly illustrate the histrionic aspect of music. From plucks of a miniature harp swimming in a distant drone to samples of screeches heard from the Jefferson platform, Turn Tail is an ornate reminder that it’s alright if you feel messed up. Sreym Mctim’s debut album in 2019, Split Ends, Split Head was a sonically tempered representation filled with complex rhythmic phrases, ardently whispered cantillation and fastidiously restrained noise. Split Ends, Split Head’s sound was immensely influenced by indie-pop music and the sound of East Asia. Its dark and coquettish persona was playful, enjoyable, and refreshing. But with Turn Tail all these elements have become even rigorous. With every project Sreym has put out, there has been a distinct change in the playfulness of his sound. Each more intriguing than the last one. In Turn Tail too, …

Watch Lorn’s Timesink

Illinois’ Marcos Ortega, better known by his stage name Lorn just dropped a video for the track Timesink from his niche experimental 7th full-length LP Drown The Traitor Within. The video features a caption that says, “Shot in Fall of 2019 pre COVID-19. We hope you all stay safe, and spend this time with your loved ones in the midst of this global pandemic.” The Pavel Brenner directed music video shows a lone boy riding a bike through a deserted and eerily peaceful forest road. He dodges a range of abandoned vehicles and a roadblock where nature is reasserting itself after a widespread disease that wiped out humanity. The video ends with him coming across two elks. His right eye bleeds but he continues to cycle through the road. Watch.

Listen to Maya Hawke’s By Myself

The Stranger Things’ beloved Maya Hawke (better known for her role as Robin Buckley) just returned with a video accompanying her new single By Myself and announced a new album dropping on June 19. The album will be including Hawke’s previous releases like To Love A Boy and Stay Open as well as By Myself. The track features an angelic video of the singer. Hawke also stated a portion of her merch proceeds from the new record will go to the New York City food bank.

Poemme – Blooming Spring

Underappreciated and undiscovered findings are the biggest offering of the streaming era. As we enter unflinchingly into the canton of Spring, Poemme’s Blooming Spring can be one of those spiffy findings. The 27-minute-long buoyant ambient project filled with glinting airs, water and birdsong is calm and both melancholic and ecstatic. From the Morning Sun’s otherworldly glimmer to Evening Wind’s arcane coruscation, Blooming Spring offers nothing but a gradual drone and minimalist masterpieces. Listen.

Revisiting Vaporwave In 2020

Almost 10 years ago, vaporwave memes took over the internet by storm. The first microgenre to be born and live its life entirely on the Internet. Thanks to its nostalgic and surrealist take on popular culture and entertainment that helped exteriorized the bygone-ingenuousness. But writing about Vaporwave in 2020 is almost as unnecessary as carrying small changes for the phone booths. We don’t need to do that anymore because there are plenty of other things out there to do and talk about in 2020. Not that consumer capitalism is dead, it’s just we are trying to be satisfied with the status quo we are in right now. If everything I am saying sounds confusing to you, try this. Or this.. Vaporwave was originally created as a meme with an ambiguous and satirical take on globalization, runaway consumerism, manufactured nostalgia, and most importantly technoculture (the interactions between, and politics of, technology and culture). No other music has ever been directly associated with these aspects of the zeitgeist. And if it was the first time you heard …

Stones Throw Releases Mndsgn & Sofie’s Abeja

Los Angeles label Stones Throw just released Mndsgn & Sofie’s Abeja as a single from Sofie Fatouretchi’s (one of the original crew of Boiler Room) compilation album Sofie’s SOS Tape from 2016. It featured 24 tracks from 26 artists like Illingsworth, DJ Harrison, Stimulator Jones, Ahwlee, Cavalier, MndSgn, Sofie and many others. The album was an insider look on emerging acts across the US and abroad with an album cover designed by Argentinian-based artist Gustavo Eandi. SOS Tape served the purpose to showcase “underground’s best hip-hop and soul” that otherwise would have stayed floating in DJ sets and personal mixtapes on Sofie’s monthly show on London-based radio station NTS Radio. Listen.

Anubhavam – Bombay Jayashri

It was at this year’s Dover Lane Music Conference where Vidushi Bombay Jayashri’s (Ramnath) elegance was incomparable. She came, she performed for almost an hour and a half and left. She didn’t talk much. But it was her singing and improvisations that did most of the talking for her through the Carnatic music. If it was not for the management of the Dover lane Conference, she would have stayed and performed a little longer. It was apparent that the audience wanted more of her voice. This performance was a little confounding, quite soothing and mostly enthralling. The soulful kritis and tillana that she performed were downright delightful and fascinating. She is an Academy Award nominee for best original song after all. For someone coming from India, it sounds invigorating. Mostly to the people pursuing the same route of music she leads. Jayashri has sung for multiple movies, one of which the Life of Pi has led her to the nominee for best original score, but it’s mostly her classical performance that’s her hybrid offering. “The …

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Thanks to the cold, plain and nifty autumn evening of an ordinary Thursday. This album was almost slipping by if I hadn’t decided to collect as many indie-folk albums as I possibly could back in 2015. Sufjan Stevens is a Detroit born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and at this point of his career, it’s safe to say that he is an international treasure. Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan Stevens 7th studio album released through Asthmatic Kitty on March 31, 2015, named after his mother and stepfather. The album is a tale of the relationship that he had with his mother and the blocks of feelings that he went through after her death. The album received massively positive reviews from the critics and was considered one of the best albums released in 2015. Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan’s personal album. The lyrics in the album are the projection of him being stuck in the intricacies of emotions and thoughts that he felt after the death of his mother. Carrie was bipolar and schizophrenic. She was an alcoholic and …

Leya: Flood Dreams. Listen

Leya, the Brooklyn based duo of harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist Adam Markiewicz, just dropped their second full-length album Flood Dream. Their obscure combination of violin and detuned harp with a bit of influence from pre-Baroque chamber music is absolutely haunting and charming at the same time. The duo’s first album, The Fool, released in 2018, was a glimmer of ambiguous motif they have elegantly conferred on this 2020 project. Flood dream is perplexing and it stays like that even after a few listen.