Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Unintended consequences: Sweden's EDM / Pop Music Engine


PSmag.com has a fascinating article (via boingboing.net) about how and why Sweden became the 'Hollywood' for pop and electronic dance music.
In attempting to prevent illicit American pop music from overpowering local culture in the 1940s, Sweeden's funding of public arts and music education generated something altogether different in the following decades:


"Sweden, and in particular Stockholm, is home to what business scholars and economic geographers call an “industry cluster”—an agglomeration of talent, business infrastructure, and competing firms all swirling around one industry, in one place. What Hollywood is to movies, what Nashville is to country music, and what Silicon Valley is to computing, Stockholm is to the production of pop. In fact, Sweden is the largest exporter of pop music, per capita, in the world, and the third largest exporter of pop overall."

[...] 


"So how did Sweden, a sparsely populated Nordic country where it’s dark for much of the year, become a world capital of popular music? Rarely does such a complex question lead to such a satisfying answer: Three-quarters of a century ago, Swedish authorities tried to put a stop to the pernicious encroachment of international pop music, and instead they accidentally built a hothouse where it flourished."

Sweedish Pop Mafia: How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COM TRUISE Wave I Tour - Wrongbar Toronto 2014 Concert Video



This videos contains excepts I recorded at the Com Truise "Wave 1" concert in Toronto's Wrongbar, Feb 12th 2014.




I've tweaked the audio with filters/EQs to mitigate the 'blown out' effect caused by the heavy, heavy bass.

http://comtruise.com/ 
http://soundcloud.com/com-truise

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gothgaze / Darkwave Electronica - B R A I D E R



When I recommended this album to a friend, the Australian artist "Empty" came to mind. BRAIDER is certainly more atmospheric, while Empty is more club-oriented. I feel they could easily share a playlist: both share the same dark, futuristic soundscape.

 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Stratford Ct. : Amicus Curiae 2014 Retrowave Compilation



The Stratford Ct. bandcamp page also provides a helpful listing of all the artists' SoundCloud pages.

These are some particularly nice tracks from this compilation:
Sazabio - Monki,
SHY WOŁVE - coincé à nouveau,
HOME- - Bohemian Grove,
DINOSAURUS REX x AZTC - Brassier,
and『Tora Tora』 - Skyline

Tycho - Awake Album


Via NPR:

The instrumental music San Francisco's Scott Hansen makes as Tycho splits the difference between post-rock's melodic architecture and pop ambient's immersive, uplifting environments. Hansen's aims felt a little harder to grasp on the sprawling Dive, the 2011 predecessor of his fourth album as Tycho, Awake. The latter is a slickly constructed album that finds him streamlining both his setup and his aims — the sounds he uses and how he deploys them are more considered and purposeful. 
Awake is focused on the dynamic between driving rhythms that wouldn't be out of place in M83's '80s-worshipping work and the stargazing romanticism of Ulrich Schnauss. In all of these songs, electric bass and live drums are locked on cruise control as litanies of guitar and Minimoog lines peel off in divergent, kaleidoscopic patterns. Things never crystallize into narrative song structures, but Tycho never loses the plot, offering the listener a steady succession of thematically united vignettes. In contrast to both the tension-and-release tactics employed by the likes of Mogwai and the wintry narcolepsy of Kompakt's Pop Ambient compilations, this succinct album — clocking in at just under 40 minutes — contents itself with being a seamless, vaguely melancholic reverie. 
Awake humbly suggests itself as the soundtrack to a sunbaked road trip, capturing the inexplicable nostalgia you feel imagining a new life in a new town glimpsed from the highway. Transitions within and between individual tracks take place so smoothly they register mostly as changes in atmospheric pressure rather than plot points. So when the album concludes with the floating "Plains," there's a nagging sense that it has done so prematurely. Music often requires some acclimatization before it can be fully appreciated. In Tycho's case, it's returning to the real world that takes effort.

The full album can be streamed from the NPR posting, found here.

Update: 


The full album is available for streaming/purchase links on SoundCloud: