Category Archives: Experimental

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

“Only philosophers embark on this perilous expedition to the outermost reaches of language and existence. Some of them fall off, but others cling on desperately and yell at the people nestling deep in the snug softness, stuffing themselves with delicious food and drink. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen,’ they yell, ‘we are floating in space!’ But none of the people down there care.”

As you can see, this one is a bit special. The album comes in a giant medicinal blister pack with it’s own dosage advice and eerily resembles a box of prescription drugs. That’s just how Jason Pierce wanted it. Focused on addiction, the record circles around the hedonists life view of just not giving a fuck about anything. The album opens with “Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose” for god’s sake. Spiritualized are assembled from the the remaining members of Spacemen 3, a band we adore on this blog, and it doesn’t take much to see the influence those musicians had. Regularly tagged as neo-psychedelia, I prefer to think of it as dream pop on acid. It’s a must have for anyone who appreciates Spacemen 3, psychedelia or   even music from the 90’s in general.

tl;dr: 90’s psychedelic, dream-pop super record that beat Ok Computer to No.1 in 1997 – boom.

I think I’m in Love:

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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Fennesz – Endless Summer

Today’s producers, with their neat-arrangements, crisp sounds and perfectly mastered levels, have an obsessive perfectionism that seems to go hand in hand with laptop music production. It wasn’t until the reissue of MBV’s golden era records that I realised electronic music has gotten all… metro-sexual. Kevin Shields didn’t give a fuck if it was too messy, a bit rough round the edges, it was the overall impression that was important and Christian Fennesz embraced this concept. He embraced it all too well. Discovering Endless Summer was a great moment; it’s messy manipulation of guitar feedback, the pop-like compositions, quite obviously inherited from the Beach Boys, built on his emphasis of melody over clarity, all seemed to add up to a record I’ve been missing for a long time. Some bloody good IDM – sort of.

tl;dr: Poppy, experimental, ambient multi-layered homage to dem Beach Boys.

Title track:

Made in Hong Kong:

Endless Summer

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