Here is what we have on...4/24

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 23, 2007 10:05pm | Post a Comment
Some really great albums come out today. One of my favorites gets reissued today. "Quique"  by Seefeel gets reissued today in a delux "redux" edition by Too Pure. This album was originally released in 1993 by that same label. It has been out of print for years and very hard to find. Since I sold my own copy years ago, I am very happy to see it coming back into print. I managed to resist those high prices on Ebay and hoped that it would some day be reissued.  And with a whole extra disc of bonus tracks. The reissue includes the original tracks:

Climactic Phase 3, Polyfusion, Industrious, Imperial, Plainsong, Charlotte's Mouth, Through You, Filter Dub and Signals.

and the tracks on the bonus disc are:

Clique, Is it Now?, Filter Dub (Low Pass Remix) [or Filter Dub (1-01 Mix), Come Alive (Climactic Phase #1), Time To Find Me (Alternate Desk Mix),  Charlotte's Mouth (Avant Garde Mix), My Super 20, Climactic Phase #3 (Overnight Mix) and Silent Pool.

This album came out at a pivotal time for techno and ambient music. Seefeel provided the perfect bridge for me to get into techno. I had been listening to lots of shoegaze music like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine. This album had the feeling of those albums but also with a brand new exciting feel to it. The guitars were not as loud and the music had a soothing ambient feel to it. The vocals were not the focus and many songs were simply instrumental. The amazing "Polyfusia," a compilation of earlier eps was released the next year in 1994. Seefeel formed in 1992 in London. The band is made of of Mark Clifford, Sarah Peacock, Justin Fletcher, and Daren Seymour. After the band signed to Warp in 1994, their sound became even more electronic as the guitars disappeared.

Only the year before Orbital's album "Orbital 2" and "U.F.Orb" by The Orb had been released. And the same year  "Quique" came out was also the year of "Ambient" by Moby, "Selected  Ambient Works 85-92" by Aphex Twin, "Wohnton" by Oval, "Tango N' Vectif" by u-ziq, "Incunabula"  by Autechre, and "Sabresonic" by Sabres of Paradise.  "Vulvaland" by Mouse On Mars and "Lifeforms" by Future Sound of London came out the next year, 1994. Many of these techno groups were just getting their start and many people were just beginning to explore these albums. Independent record stores were just starting their techno sections. I quickly went out and bought everything I could find by Seefeel and all these other bands. These were the perfect albums to listen to by yourself in your room or walking around with your headphones. Seefeel was also the first band I remember searching for on the internet. I barely knew what I was doing in a computer lab at my college where you could use the computers for a set amount of time. The computer attendant kept getting mad at me because I kept accidentally playing music on the various websites I was going to. He finally gave me a pair of headphones to plug in so I could enjoy the music to myself.  I seriously can't wait to once again enjoy this excellent album.

Also out today is the new album my the man that was "Smog," Bill Callahan. "Woke on a Whaleheart" is released by the label he has been on since 1992, Drag City. Bill Callahan has recorded as Smog for about 15 years and has released almost as many albums. Callahan makes beautiful albums that some might describe as depressing.  With a sound similar to the Tindersticks, he is often described as the male version of Cat Power. His voice is also somewhat similar to the deadpan style of Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. His songs and albums often have a dark feeling. But I really do love this guy. He has consistently made excellent albums. And this new "solo" album simply sounds like another great Smog album. He is not really breaking any boundaries or creating any new sounds. He is simply doing what he does best. He sort of makes modern acoustic goth country albums. The instrumentation is never really complicated. Its all about the lyrics and  his delivery. The new albums also features some backup ladies singing along. One of my favorite Smog albums remains "Wild Love" which came out in 1995.  Jim O'Rourke also plays on that album.

also out today...

"Favourite Worst Nightmare" by Arctic Monkeys


                                                                                  "Sensuous" by Cornelius

"Tied & True" by the Detroit Cobras


                                                                                         "Dumb Luck" by Dntel

"Twelve" by Patti Smith

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