Archive for May, 2008

PETER BRODERICK: Float (Type Recordings)

themilkman on May 8th 2008 01:01 am

Peter Broderick: Float

Type Recordings 2008
10 Tracks. 35mins46secs

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, multi-instrumentist Peter Broderick moved to Copenhagen in the second half of last year when Danish folksters extraordinaire Efterklang invited him to join their touring caravan following the release of their excellent Parades. Not one to miss a golden opportunity, Broderick dropped everything and took his quarters in the Danish capital, and has spent the last six months criss-crossing Europe as part of the band as well as alternating opening slots with Danish singer Anna Brønsted, aka Our Broken Garden.

Following Broderick’s debut single, released on Type last year, and a limited edition mini album of solo piano works, Docile, released last November on Swedish imprint Kning Disk, Float collects ten compositions which expands on the delicate pieces of Docile to incorporate voluptuous orchestral swathes and other instrumental textures. Continue Reading »

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MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO: Autoimmune (Planet Mu)

Robert Rowlands on May 7th 2008 12:55 am

Meat Beat Manifesto: Autoimmune

Planet Mu 2008
10 Tracks. 50mins38secs

Meat Beat Manifesto have been on the music scene long enough now for the term veteran to seem almost painfully apt. Yet after ten albums and more than twenty years spent riding the choppy waves of contemporary music, they have somehow remained on the outskirts of things while like-minded artists have lapped up the applause. One need only think of what happened to Orbital after the brown album to see the vastly different trajectories the two superficially quite similar bands have taken in the last decade and a half. Indeed, while the Hartnoll brothers were almost instantly deified following their first appearance at Glastonbury in 1994, MBM moved to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records and promptly slid out of view. But several records have followed since, and while the Orbital bandwagon has long since shuddered to a halt, Jack Dangers remains, his status assured through longevity as much as anything else. Continue Reading »

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VARIOUS ARTISTS: Magnetism, That Electricity (Highpoint Lowlife)

themilkman on May 7th 2008 12:07 am

V/A: Magnetism, That Electricity

Magnetism, That Electricity
Highpoint Lowlife 2008
12 Tracks. 74mins46secs

For some time now, the excellent Highpoint Lowlife have refocused their outputs by publishing extremely limited hand crafted CDR editions, but the quality of the music released has in no way waned, as recent releases by Tigrics and Erstlaub have shown. Magnetism, That Electricity is the latest project initiated by label head Thorsten Sideb0ard, and follows the Analog For Architecture DVDR compilation released a year and a half ago. The project was devised primarily to be pressed on vinyl and released as a double EP, with four very different acts from the HPLL stable given the full run of a side each. Answering the call are atmospheric drone rockers Mandelbrot Set and electronic outfits Fisk Industries, The Village Orchestra and The Marcia Blaine School For Girls. Continue Reading »

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TICKLEY FEATHER: Tickley Feather (Paw Tracks)

Robert Rowlands on May 2nd 2008 12:47 am

Tickley Feather: Tickley Feather

Tickley Feather
Paw Tracks 2008
20 Tracks. 33mins53secs

Parenting has never been the sort of topic that easily lends itself to good music. In fact, it’s often the sort of thing that comes around when a musician leaves behind a rock and roll soaked youth as they approach quieter, less turbulent – less musically interesting – times. That at least is one way of looking at things.

Annie Sachs, though, a single mother and the woman behind Tickley Feather – the latest addition to the Paw Tracks roster – is with this album taking an entirely different tack altogether. Putting together an assortment of Casio-crafted four-tracks during late nights spent at home with her young son, with this debut she holds up a weird, distorted mirror on the world of raising children. Lonely and innocent in equal measure, the album could be about anything, so hard to unpick are the half-whispered lyrics, but the sense of an artist working at the margins is undeniable. Continue Reading »

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CHRIS DOOKS: The Aesthetic Animals Album (Benbecula Records)

themilkman on May 2nd 2008 12:27 am

Chris Dooks: The Aesthetic Animals Album

The Aesthetic Animals Album
Benbecula Records 2008
10 Tracks. 39mins43secs

Strange and elusive animal, is Chris Dooks. His first incarnation was in the shape of Bovine Live, a fiercely experimental and eclectic project which saw him transmit from his bedroom, via the Internet, and collaborate with musicians from around the world. Not unusual these days, but back when Social Electrics was recorded, between 1997 and 1999, the process was still pretty new and, as broadband hadn’t yet become the norm, not perhaps the most obvious choice for this kind of endeavours. With this album, released on the ever-excellent Bip-Hop, Dooks worked from found sounds and electronics, which he threw bouncing around on the web and which, caught and treated by a myriad of other like-minded artists, where sent back and assembled into a coherent body of work. Followed a handful of contributions to one of Bip-Hop’s home brewed compilations and a collaboration with German artist Frank Bretschneider, AKA Komet, for the first in Bip-Hop’s short-lived Reciprocess series. Continue Reading »

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themilkman on May 1st 2008 10:27 pm

Interview: Peter Broderick

Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon, multi-instrumentist Peter Broderick currently resides in Copenhagen, where he moved to toward the end of last year after Efterklang inviting him to join the band for the tour that followed the release of Parades, their album of last year. Broderick has recently released a beautiful mini album on Swedish imprint Kning Disk entirely made of instrumental piano compositions, and his debut album, Float, is about to be released on Type. We caught up with him as he was about to embark on yet another leg of the Efterklang tour to talk about the multiple facets of his work, living in Europe, recording on a shoe string and endorsing a one-man band persona on stage. Continue Reading »

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CUT COPY: In Ghost Colours (Modular)

themilkman on May 1st 2008 12:41 am

Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours

In Ghost Colours
Modular 2008
15 Tacks. 50mins54secs

Four years have passed since Melbourne quartet Cut Copy released their debut album, Bright Like Neon Love, and the heavily eighties influenced sound the band have championed from as far back as 2001, has almost become vintage in its own right, and has even been badly trampled over by the New Rave craze that briefly blew a tepid breeze last year.

Formed in early 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, by Dan Whitford, who was later joined by additional musicians Bennett Foddy. Mitchell Scott and Tim Hoey, Cut Copy were rapidly signed to Modular, home of The Avalanches, Klaxons, New Young Pony Club and Soulwax to name but a few. Having delivered a number of EPs between 2001 and 2003, the band released their debut album the following year, followed by a contribution to the ever expending FabricLive series in 2006.

Fast-forward to 2008, and the next chapter in the Cut Copy story. Recorded with DFA producer Tim Goldsworthy, who invited the band to make good use of the facilities of the label’s Plantain Studio in New York, In Ghost Colours is a much more confident and consistent affair, which alternates strong pop songs and short instrumental interludes. Continue Reading »

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