Archive for the ‘Glitch pop’ Category

… And The World Laughs With You

Flying Lotus feat. Thom Yorke – …And the World Laughs With You

My empty words of last week aout trying my hardest to get my numbers of posts in April up towards my average of 4 or 5 a month clearly came to nothing and poor old April 2010 is now set to forever languish with a mere (1) next to it on the archive bar of shotwithsound. Oh well, I blame Hong Kong – and being stuck there for a week with o way to upload shots or sounds to blog about.

The good news is that not posting last week gave me enough time to listen to the new Flying Lotus album, including his much vaunted collaboration with Thom Yorke, and work out a photo taken during the afore-mentioned, ash-induced stranding in Asia’s Global City, to fit alongside it on here. If, as everyone keeps writing, this is the future sound of hip hop, leaving the bling and the blame behind, then what better accompaniment than the sight of the future tearing towards in all its neon and glass glory?

Cosmogramma is FlyLo’s third album, his second for Warp, and despite not being officially released until tomorrow in the UK and Tuesday in the States, is now available to download on iTunes (link below). ¬†Building on the instrumental hip hop style he really started develop with his Warp debut Los Angeles, it is more influenced by some of his label mates’ work – particularly Boards of Canada, Plaid and

… And The World Laughs With You is reminiscent of Yorke’s 2007 collaboration with Modeselektor, The White Flash and Harrowdown Hill from his solo album The Eraser. It’s a shuffling, paranoid-sounding track that owes more to click house and glitch pop than any recent hip hop record I can remember: a ticking, popping bounce past half heard lyrics and half seen places.

If you’re reading this before May 3rd, you can pre-order the album from Amazon here and apparently download it from Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Whisper In Winter

Frame The City – Whisper In Winter

A few months ago, something strange started to happen. People I don’t know, people I’ve never met, or heard of, talented people, friendly people, polite people, started sending me emails. Usually, the emails I recieve offer me the opportunity to share Nigerian lottery winnings or score cheap drugs, and they’re polite too, and talented in their own way I guess… But these were different. These emails had MP3s attached. People were sending me their music, their often brilliant music (though occasionally not), for free, just because I write this blog. Talk about an unexpected bonus!

So far, I’ve not used any of the music I’ve recieved on here, simply because even if I’ve liked it a lot, this isn’t just an MP3 blog, it’s an MP3 photo blog, so I needed the shot to fit the sound. To date, that hadn’t happened. Then last night, a kind chap called Nate sent me am email with two sample tracks from his band Frame The City’s new EP, and although they are both excellent, one in particular stood out because I could immediately picture the type of image I wanted to use with it.

Frame The City opened their email by saying they were the benevolant recipients of plaudits comparing them to the Postal Service (I paraphrase), but they would prefer to stand on their own two feet. Now as any regular reader knows, my live for the work of Gibbard and Tamborello knows few bounds. But like all addicts, I’ve been stung by replacement fixes before (Owl City and the abysmal Metro Station being particular culprits), so I didn’t hold my breath…

But then, but then… Frame The City sent me two songs, one of which is available to download above, and both of which are indeed reminiscent of the Postal Service, and for that matter draw direct influences from Tamborello’s day job with Dntel, but retain enough of their own inspiration and innovation to produce final songs that sound fresh as well as familiar: crisp, melodic and hook-laden dreamy glitch pop.

The whole EP is available to stream and purchase on the band’s Facebook page¬†www.framethecity.com and I’d urge you to check it out as well as the track above. And while you’re on Facebook, add me if you haven’t already!

Dumb Luck

Dumb Luck
Dntel - Dumb Luck

Having already featured the day job of one half of The Postal Service (Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard), I’m now using the other half’s main project on shotwithsound… Given TPS are one of my favourite ever bands, seems like I should go straight to source, but this way I get to prolong the build up and work out the best image for them when I get round to it.

Jimmy Tamborello’s Dntel make electronic glitch pop unsurprisingly not dissimilar to The Postal Service but a little further from the mainstream and a little more deconstructed – featuring guest vocals from the likes of Conor Oberst, Mia Doi Todd, Grizzly Bear and Gibbard – on the brilliant This Is The Dream Of Evan And Chad.

Dumb Luck is the title, and opening, track from Dntel’s 4th, and latest album – released in 2007. Although it seems pretty autobiographical, the main message of the song, set out in the lyrics below, seem appropriate for most of us to remember:

Just don’t forget
That it’s dumb luck that got you here
Don’t fool yourself
Misfortune’s waiting for the best time to appear…

I took the photo to accompany the dong this week during an early morning work trip to Canary Wharf, the centre of London’s financial services district. As the people who used to be the masters of the universe pour out of the Tube station, engrossed in their FTs and their Blackberries, as they charge into their glass palaces, it seems to me that they may benefit from stopping to think about Dumb Luck once in a while…

Using a wide aperture and longer than necessary exposure on a sunny morning gives both the sense of hurried industry and a dream like fragility to the image to help it work better with the song.

As ever, you can buy the album Dumb Luck from Amazon here

Or download it from Dntel - Dumb Luck

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