Monday, 4 April 2011

Quiet Village

I've been pretty quiet myself for the last week, rather busy indeed but the blog must go on.

The guys over at FoundSoundOrchestra pointed me in the direction of these chaps - Quiet Village. Their debut album 'Silent Movie' is out now and you can grab a free download of 'Circus of Horror' by signing up to their mailing list. 'Silent Movie' is a relentlessly chilled album from start to finish with each song possessing a decisively narrative tone.

I'm currently working on finishing my review of Siriusmo's 'Mozaik' but will most definitely have an in depth review of Quiet Village's inaugural creation very very soon.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Quins Video

Got bored and thought I'd rip some low-quality footage from my membership and make a quick video of some Harlequins tries to try and rally their grumpy fans. Just a sprinkling of tries from the Premiership thus far, in the order they happened. I'll probably make another couple of videos for the rest of the season as soon as I can be bothered!

Music is 'Titanic Vandalism' by The Go! Team

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Shaking the Wax 22/03/11

Thought I might as well introduce a random regular feature. It'll be a list of 10 tracks that I'm currently listening to. Where possible, I'll attach youtube links. Simple as that.

1 - Siriusmo - High Together (Album Version)
2 - Radiohead - Cuttooth
3 - Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul (Live @ Abbey Road)
4 - My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
5 - Curtis Mayfield - We're a Winner
6 - The Cinematic Orchestra - Horizon (ft. Niara Scarlett)
7 - Avril - Urban Serenade
8 - Air - Eat My Beat
9 - Supergrass - Run
10 - Monarchy - I Won't Let Go 

My Morning Jacket

I will be forever grateful to 'American Dad' for introducing me to 'My Morning Jacket.' A stand-up rock band with an abundance of great songs, complete with catchy hooks and a shameless raw intensity that a lot of today's up-tight moody bands don't possess.

*** Coming Soon ***  -  Review of Siriusmo's new album 'Mosaik' + I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new LateNightTales offering from Midlake on the 25th of March

Friday, 18 March 2011

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying

Was listening to the Tron soundtrack again this evening and started messing around in Ableton. Whipped this baby up in 2 hours, so chuffed that I thought I'd post the bugger up, even though it's not quite finished.
I'll conjure up some artwork soon

Shut yer eyes and imagine a wide shot of a barren wasteland where a city has just been destroyed. People are searching round the smouldering rubble, desperately hoping to find surviving family members. The camera is slowly moving about these hopeless people. The camera then slowly moves upwards and approaches a ridge and as it slowly moves over this ridge it reveals a towering structure that's clearly responsible for the devastation. It is as magnificent as it is terrifying.

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying by Mousey Brown

Monsters OST

Firstly I need to start by saying that 'Monsters' is a cracker of a film, and it shouldn't be pigeon-holed as a District 9 bandwagon-hopper. It isn't an all out CGI-Aliens-in-yer-face-fest, it's about the poignant evolution of a relationship between two people, with the "monsters" serving as a backdrop.
I won't mention that it was written, shot and directed by one man, Gareth Edwards - who also did all the special effects himself, that it only cost £500,000 to make and only starred two actual actors with Edwards getting astounding ad-libbed performances from on-site locals. Oops. Aaanyhow go and check it out, definitely one of my favourite films of 2010.

Jon Hopkins' ethereal soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to 'Monsters,' and having seen the film it puts you right back in there when you listen to it. Much in the same way that the Lost In Translation soundtrack reminds you of how you felt when you watched it as well as conjuring up that unforgettable image of a neon Japan at night.

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