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2012: the midterm

Much is made of Hiva Oa's fragility and restraint, but more than anything, the various attractions along this route fall under the general heading of "unexpected." The meta-tempo percussive rattle of "Urban" leaves the...

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“no one reads reviews anymore” Glimmer, by Jacaszek

Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? --"Spring and Fall," (1880), by Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard Manley Hopkins was a 19th century Jesuit priest, an...

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shortlisted: Glimmer, by Jacaszek

Available December 8, via Ghostly International. It defies language how close this album sits with me right now: musically, sonically, and psychologically. Maybe you'll hear the same? Embedded below is the second track "Dare-gale."...

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stream: Solaris rescore, by Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason

essays on child abuse Stream Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason's rescore of the Solaris (1972) soundtrack at gokoyoko. Electroacoustic to the utmost, Frost and Bjarnason composed the score by conventional means, introduced it to a...

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video: “Edward the Confessor,” by Breton

(email|facebook|twitter) An urgent, infectious, two-chord fire alarm from their forthcoming single, available through Fat Cat Records on November 21. (Their debut album Other People’s Problems will follow in early 2012.) It is an...

stream: Solaris rescore, by Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason

Stream Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason’s rescore of the Solaris (1972) soundtrack at gokoyoko. Electroacoustic to the utmost, Frost and Bjarnason composed the score by conventional means, introduced it to a transcription software, then stood back as Sinfonietta Cracovia re-transcribed the electron stream back to brick-and-mortar instruments again.

There are many interpretations of Andrei Tarkovsky’s punishing 1972 film version of Stanislaw Lem’s classic novel, but Frost/Bjarnason’s song titles “You Mean More To Me Than Any Scientific Truth” and “Cruel Miracles” are just two early indications that their score strives to highlight the film’s humanity. Then the music starts.

This is an elegant, sometimes turbulent hour. Shortlisted for album of the year.