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Asobi Seksu Fluorescence – A Sweet Balance Of Old And New

I have been an avid fan of Asobi Seksu ever since I was introduced to them via a 2005 blog post in which David (or was it Chandler?) of Snowden outlined some bands he was listening to at the moment (Snowden had played Gothamist’s Movable Hype show with them the previous November in NYC). In 2006, after having jammed their 2003 self titled debut full length probably tens of dozens of times, I was really excited to hear about a forthcoming follow-up, Citrus.

Citrus lived up to my every expectation, including a crushing combination of face-melting walls of distortion and Yuki’s super-catchy vocal and keyboard harmonies I fell in love with on their first. Going one step further, the album featured a much improved audio quality, no doubt due to its being recorded at Gigantic Studios and featuring production by Chris Zane (by the way, it’s worth mentioning that despite being a minor label release, the s/t features excellent production and sounds teriffic). Citrus still blows me away, and I placed it at #31 on my Best Albums of 2000-2009 list.

I was a bit worried when the band’s next move was signing with Polyvinyl. While I generally think it’s got a great lineup of bands, I feel there’s been a “Polyvinyl Curse” on many bands I like. The curse was – after signing with the label, the band would put out something way less impressive than previous records. Just one week prior to the Asobi Seksu announcement, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin released their Polyvinyl debut, Pershing, a disappointing follow-up to their self-released Broom, which is an epic record (I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t heard it). My only comfort was in the fact that label mates of Montreal were putting out some of their best records one after another on Polyvinyl, namely a trilogy consisting of Satanic Panic in the Attic, The Sunlandic Twins, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? The last of which, by the way, is my #2 record of the last decade.

Anyway, Hush was released in 2009 and my reaction was mixed. I definitely felt the familiar Asobi vibe and was digging it, but the noticeable difference was the missing wall of sound. While the name Hush suggests something like an acoustic record or stripped down / intimate set, this wasn’t quite “quiet,” at least not in a traditional sense. Compared to their previous records, though, Hush definitely missed the mark in terms of the layers of distortion I had come to know and love (and expect). Still, with a batch of excellent songs and the solid production of  Zane, the record left on me a favorable impression.

Asobi followed through with a tour only release of an acoustic set recorded at Olympic Studios (later reissued as Rewolf – and I would claim this would have more aptly been the release named “Hush”), and the Transparence EP whose title track was a glimmer of hope for the Asobi I was craving, but was otherwise mainly electro-leaning. While these were fantastic in their own right, I was beginning to wonder if the full sounds I had enjoyed so deeply on s/t and Citrus were gone for good. Signal 2011, and Fluorescence.

On their fourth full length, Asobi Seksu strikes a sweet balance between the supremely pleasing walls of noise found on Citrus, the evolved song-writing illustrated on Hush, and yes they have even honed that flirtation with the electro on tracks such as “Counterglow” (rounded out with a more trademark Asobi sound that leaves a more organic end result). The band also explores some new ground, including an almost Goblinesque “Deep Weird Sleep,” and “Leave The Drummer Out There,” which borders on the Pink Floyd inspired. Maybe the next record will be a full-out 70’s prog rock revival? (let’s hope its not!) :]

All of this coupled with excellent production (once again the work of Zane) and the result is: after only a few listens I am in love with this record! You can pre-order CD or 180g vinyl (two versions, one limited) here. And in the meantime, check out a preview track, “Leave The Drummer Out There.”

Asobi Seksu – Leave The Drummer Out There

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Let The Balloons Go Outside – RIP Trish Keenan

I just found out that Trish Keenan of Broadcast has passed away. As I write these words I am holding back tears at my desk. I ranked Broadcast’s Haha Sound as the 18th best record of 2000-2009 and featured “Lunch Hour Pops” in my parasol mix.

You can read their label (Warp) statement here.

You will be so missed Trish.  <3

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cyanide breathmint’s best of 2010

Looking back at 2010, there were quite a few wonderful records , many coming from new (to me) acts. I noticed, though, that I tended to start falling behind this year in terms of volumes listened to. That wasn’t despite a massive amount of downloading, thanks to probably the best (and worst) thing to happen to my constant new music addiction since ever, Scouring through literally tens of dozens of records either listened to once or maybe missed entirely, I scrambled to put together this year’s list for the last couple weeks. This probably happened more haphazardly than in previous years. I also realized I hadn’t quite given enough attention to many things I either liked or loved upon first listen. So, for the first time, this year’s “top 10 albums” may be more symbolic of what I listened to most than the my actual perceived ranking of them. Nevertheless, I think I have made up for this by including a more exhaustive than ever section of honourable mentions for the completist or those who are looking for a serious challenge in completing  their year in lists/libraries.
As usual I have also included some additional lists including records which disappointed me (i.e. I was either expecting or hoping for more from this) and popular records I disliked. Some rules I established for myself last year (noted below) are supplemented with another new addition, “best eps.” I have also tried to include lots of sample mp3 stream/downloads too. If you would like to grab all of these in one sweep, you can do so by clicking here. Also, just for fun, I decided to put all the samples from top records and top EPs up as 8tracks mixes too. You can find those here. Now, without further delay:  cyanide breathmint’s best of 2010.
01) no compilations, live recordings, re-releases, etc.
02) electronic (primarily) and/or instrumental albums have a seperate list (see below)
03) each end of year list may contain albums released over last 15 months. once rated, an album may not appear on a subsequent best of year list.
04) EPs have their own list.

Top 10 Albums:
10) The Knife – Tomorrow, in a Year
I talked about this record earlier this year at the outset of this blog. I think it’s pure genius, and its release just so happened to oddly coincide with my own reconnection with a lifelong love of opera music. I probably listened to this a hundred times early on and then put it to rest for the remainder of the year. Check out Annie’s Box, probably the best example of Karin’s ability to sing opera.

09) Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Like The Knife, Deerhunter is a standby favorite favorite for me and probably wont surprise anyone by making my top 10 – but I have to say this wasn’t included by obligation. I found Halcyon Digest to be their most enjoyable offering yet. And after getting to see them live for the first time in 2010, I have an all new appreciation of Bradford’s quirky awesomeness. It was hard to choose which mp3 to sample, but Desire Lines seemed to be the best fit for an intro.

08) ✝ DE△D VIRGIN ✝ – Anxieties
2010 was the year in witch (harhar) I became acquanited with this emerging “style.” I had originally written up a primer, believe it or not, on the entire “genre.” After putting hours of work into it I decided it wasn’t really publishable. If anyone really wants this, though, drop me an email and I’ll send it your way. Anyway, amongst the large variety of styles which are bulked together under the witch house label, my favorite has been that of ✝ DE△D VIRGIN ✝. After a few EPs, a full length called Anxieties emerged and blew me away. Anything less distinguished from “witch house” wouldn’t stand a chance of making my top records list.
07) Rasputina – Sister Kinderhook
If you know and love Rasputina, this record is as good as any other. Wish I could say more, but that’s all I’ve got. I’m going to see her in February at the Ottobar in Baltimore and I’m planning on recording audio. If you’re interested, there will definitely be downloads links up here after the show.
06) Serena-Maneesh – No 2: Abyss in B Minor
This record was recorded over a period of two years, partially in a cave near Oslo. Need I say more?
05) Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
This took me a while to fully appreciate. I now think I like it as much as if not more than her first, Alas I Cannot Swim.
04) The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Everyone knows this. I don’t have anything to say except that it owns.
03) Beach House – Teen Dream
This is their best record yet. They also make me proud to be a fellow Baltimorian. Still haven’t gotten to see them live yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
02) Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
I think this is the most ambitious and probably technically the best record of the year. The songs spanning three discs strike me in so many different ways it’s hard to believe these are all one studio album and not some retrospective “best of.” I very much hear/feel a Joni Mitchell vibe in this. Robyn and I had the chance to see her play a few months ago and we were thrilled. Joanna is probably one of the best performers I’ve seen, and her entire crew was impressive. I also got the sense she is a real perfectionist (best evidenced by the woman who took about 45 minutes to tune Joanna’s harp before the show). Once again, very hard to choose a sample. This one is probably my favorite of the record… today.

01) School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire
So, that brings me to the best. As I mentioned above, this probably wouldn’t have one on technical merits alone, but thats not what good music is all about. School of Seven Bells connects with me on a very personal level and that’s what I look for in trying to rank out records. 2010 was a mixed bag for the band, riding on a wave of late success from their last record Alpinisms which slipped underneath the radar in 2008 but was noticed in a huge way last year. Everything seemed to be working well for them, but I was both shocked (and not-so-shocked, this is for another post) when they announced Claudia was leaving the band – but, luckily for us, they would be continuing on just Alley and Benjamin. I had the chance to see them play in Baltimore shortly after and they managed to melt faces regardless. Sure the missing harmony was sad, but they held their own and put on a ridicurad performance. It will be interesting to see where album # 3 falls with the new dynamic. In an appropriately titled summary…
Top 10 EPs:
10) No Wave – Nameless One
09) The Twilight Sad – The Wrong Car
08) Girls – Broken Dreams Club
07) Balam Acab – See Birds
06) Team Ghost – Celebrate What You Can’t See
05) Sunglasses – Sunglasses EP
04) The Radio Dept. – Never Follow Suit
03) oOoOO – oOoOO
02) White Ring – Black Earth That Made Me
01) Snowden – Slow Soft Syrup
People who know me know about my Snowden addiction. Jordan Jeffares is my heroin. After waiting the last four years for a follow up to Anti-Anti (the 2nd best album of the last decade), 2010 brought an EP featuring five tracks comprising a preview of Anemone Arms (album #2). If I could justify counting this as a record, it would be #1. I could not, so it made top EP instead. I’ll have more to write about Snowden soon, over on Good News.
Honourable Mentions: Awesome (in no particular order)
Faun Fables – Light of a Vaster Dark [probably would have ranked top 25 if I had more time to digest]
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Autumn, again [amazing band that’s “new” for me in 2010, thanks Doreen]
Wild Nothing- Gemini [thanks for this, Omar]
Warpaint – The Fool [probably would have ranked top 25 if I had more time to digest]
The Boy Who Trapped The Sun – Fireplace
The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme [amazing band that’s “new” for me in 2010, thanks Anna bear]
Michael Parallax – Mountain [Fl native weirdo / ridicurad musician you should keep your eyes on]
Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Cotton Jones – Tall Hours in The Glowstream
Autolux – Transit Transit
Small Black – New Chain
How to Destroy Angels – How to Destroy Angels
Zola Jesus – Stridulum II
Girl Talk – All Day [if I could justify counting DJ records as “albums” this probably would rank top 25]
Emily Reo – WITCH MTN
Eels – End Times [very close call for a top10 spot]
Secret Knives – Affection
JJ – N° 3
JJ – Kills
Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti
Four Tet – There Is Love in You
Tender Forever – No Snare
Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork
Kim Boekbinder – The Impossible Girl
Engineers – In Praise Of More
Sufjan Stevens – The Age of ADZ
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement
Kula Shaker – Pilgrims Progress [this could fill an entire post. perhaps it will someday.]
Lauren Carder & The Multiple Me – Lauren Carder And The Multiple Me [for fans of Laura Marling]
Little Insects – Almost Ghost [Orlando transplant in Brooklyn / badass to keep an eye on]
Mountain Man – Made The Harbor
No Age – Everything In Between
Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws
Ghostland Observatory – Codename: Rondo
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Rafter – Animal Feelings
British Sea Power – Zeus EP
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Blank Dogs – Land And Fixed
Nina Nastasia – Outlaster
Shapes and Sizes – Candle to Your Eye
Mynabirds – What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
Suuns – Zeroes QC
The Extra Lens – Undercard
Faudel – Bled Memory
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Jenny And Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now
Toro y Moi – Causers of This
Honourable Mentions: Good or Decent (in no particular order)
Electric President – The Violent Blue
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
Perfume Genius – Learning
Women – Public Strain
Of Montreal – False Priest
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
No Age – Everything In Between
M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\
OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Good Shoes – No Hope, No Future
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Biggest Disappointments: (in no particular order)
Kula Shaker – Pilgrims Progress
Of Montreal – False Priest
LCD Soundsystem – This Is It
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles ( II )
Popular Records I Disliked:
The National – High Violet
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
A Life Like No Other – A Life Like No Other
Future Islands – In Evening Air
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Best Electronic/Noise/Other/Instrumental/Witch House:
— electro/noise/other (in no particular order)
Nice Nice – Extra Wow
Meat Beat Manifesto – Answers Come In Dreams
The Flashbulb – Arboreal
Truth – Puppets
EF – Sons Of Ghosts
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles ( II )
Billions and Billions – Billions and Billions
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m OK
Tobacco – Maniac Meat
The Books – The Way Out
Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise
— instrumental/non-electro (in no particular order)
Maserati – Pyramid Of The Sun
Faust – Faust Is Last
The Octopus Project – Hexadecagon
— witch house (in no particular order)
White Ring – Black Earth That Made Me [thanks to Erica for introducing me to this and to Witch House]
oOoOO – No Summr4U & oOoOO (s/t) [2 EPs]
Salem – King Night
▲⃝ ▲⃝ ▲⃝ – CD-ROM
Balam Acab – See Birds
/// ▲▲▲ \\ – CDR
†‡† – CDR
Modern Witch – Dark Secrets of the New Age
Indian Jewelry – Totaled
✝ DE△D VIRGIN ✝ – Anxities
LAKE R▲DIO – The Weather
Creep – Days EP
~▲†▲~ – ~▲†▲~
❖ – k n i g h t
Ʌ – Nothing [single]
VICES†OF†YOUTH – silence=death [single]
Black☻Skin – Casa Nostra [single]
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School Of Seven Bells @ Ottobar, Baltimore, October 20, 2010

Enjoy the recording.



School of Seven Bells
October 20, 2010
Baltimore, MD

Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit: Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Splitting) > LAME > Tag & Rename

01) Half Asleep
02) Heart Is Strange
03) Babelonia
04) Joviann
05) Dust Devil
06) Bye Bye Bye
07) Windstorm
08) ILU
09) My Cabal
10) Sempiternal/Amaranth


This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.

- breathmint

Two New DJ Shadow Tracks

I’m fairly certain that it is either impossible or just foolhardy to try and live up to a near-perfect album like Endtroducing.  And although DJ Shadow has said before that he is not trying to, his fans and various press outlets can’t help but make the comparison.  And who could blame them?  Endtroducing is an absolute gem of electronic music, one which if you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to, I suggest you stop reading and get a copy for yourself.  You can thank me later.

Sadly, it seems a pattern for an artist’s fan base to want the same sound over and over, recreating that initial feeling in their minds that got them into the artist in the first place.  Chasing this fix is ultimately fruitless in most cases, however it is most certainly a habit which has propagated through many generations of music listeners.

The press more or less follows in this pattern, although often thinly veiling it with some supporting adjectives and references to make you think otherwise.  Unfortunately, while natural, this feeling can overshadow the act of actually hearing the new material for what it is, simply branding it as “not familiar” and moving on.

Pitchfork was quick to make that very mistake this morning while covering the release of two new DJ Shadow tracks were posted on his website (Both songs are freely available for download for September 13th only).  These tracks are from his upcoming, so far unnamed release.  Luckily, the tracks are posted for free, so the fans can make their own judgements.

While these tracks add nothing groundbreaking to DJ Shadow’s repertoire, it is certainly nice to see him getting back into the swing of releasing material under his own moniker.   Personally, I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the album has in store.

Go ahead and grab a copy of the tracks for yourself over at DJ Shadow’s website (in much higher quality than here), but for now, you can stream them right here as well:

DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us

DJ Shadow – I’ve Been Trying

- tokyo

Cotton Jones – Tall Hours In The Glowstream

Cotton Jones - Tall Hours In The Glowstream

Cotton Jones is one of those enigmatic bands for me, I know almost nothing about them beyond the sound of their music. I am sure I could look up a bit, but I feel content to just leave it that way. So what do I know? I know they began life as Cotton Jones Basket Ride and released a few EPs, only one of which I’ve heard. Then they dropped “Basket Ride” from their name, and put out Paranoid Cocoon last year. Some web press I have seen, for reasons I can’t figure, considers Paranoid Cocoon their debut album; I do not know what this indicates about the Basket Ride-era music that proceeded it. I think the band may just consist of a man and his wife, and I don’t think either are actually named Cotton Jones.

Paranoid Coccoon, however, was easily one of my favorite records of last year. I happened upon one of the songs, “I Am A Changer” on SaidTheGramophone and was immediately taken by it. The song is playful yet melancholy, poetic yet funny, wistful yet weighty. Happily, I discovered that the entire album also met those same descriptions.

Their new record, Tall Hours In The Glowstream was just released, and Cotton Jones has seemingly tweaked their sound a bit. There were many times on Glowstream when I thought, oh reminds me of this or that. While nothing wrong with that, what I liked about having discovered Cocoon last year was that I regularly thought, oh I really like Cotton Jones. Perhaps this is a normal reaction to a second record, and explains the famous sophomore-record let-down.

Anyway, on Glowstream, the singers actually sing some vocals alone, instead of just harmonizing together on just about everything (which was totally charming on Cocoon). The light pop/garage band/tamborine undertones of Cocoon has been replaced by a slightly darker production led by organ drones, echoed drums, and even a horn section here and there. The playfulness is not nearly so evident. Also not as evident are the lyrics, the album just feels a lot more mysterious in many ways.

Mystery is good, even welcomed, but personally much of what I was drawn to on Cocoon has been pushed into the shadows this time around. (I think some of it is there, it’s just not so obvious. I think it likely I may grow to find it on this album, with more time and listens.) While I am glad they did not try to exactly duplicate what they were successful with prior, and absolutely look forward to where they go next, Tall Hours In The Glowstream feels to me to have lost some of what made Cotton Jones unique.

Here’s a sample mp3 from the album: “Sail Of The Silver Morning”

and while I’m at it, here’s their earlier “Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)” from Paranoid Cocoon.

- almostaghost

Explosions In The Sky @ 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD – September 2, 2010 [UPDATE 1: Recording Info]

Explosions In The Sky recently announced a small handful of US dates, presumably a warmup for their upcoming album / ensuing tour. They played to a sold out crowd of about 600 people in a hollowed out church in the historic district of downtown Baltimore, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket last minute. What more can I say. Download links below.

Download FLAC here. [etree]
Download FLAC here. [dimeadozen]
Download mp3 here.

Explosions in the Sky
September 02, 2010
2640 Space
Baltimore, MD
Source:   Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit:     Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
01) First Breath After Coma
02) The Birth and Death of The Day
03) Memorial
04) New Song [Title Unknown]
05) Catastrophe and the Cure
06) Your Hand In Mine
07) Help Us Stay Alive
08) The Only Moment We were Alone
This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.
Recorded by:
breathmint   (
Becktabs Hub (dchub://
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The Mountain Goats – March 14, 2010 – The Social, Orlando, FL [UPDATED SETLIST]

Sorry it took me so long to get this one up, but I wanted to make sure to get this master perfect, and work was pretty crazy the last month. John played this solo set as a makeup for a show cancelled the year prior, which was due to illness. He made up a point of letting us know how much he hates doing that, and assured us it was absolutely necessary. Lucky for us, he made it up by putting on an amazing show for us – a 90 minute set with no pre-determined setlist and many requests. And yes, oh yes, there was No Children played (thanks to “teratomamok” of tmg forums for providing the Capo, without which, said song would not have been possible)! Full setlist and recording gear info following the download links below.

Full Set:

Download mp3 here.

Download FLAC here.

The Mountain Goats
March 14, 2010
The Social
Orlando, FL
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit: Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
00) Christmas In Key West (John Recites From Cynthia Thomason Harlequin Romance Novel)
01) First Few Desperate Hours
02) The Monkey Song
03) So Desperate
04) Going To Bolivia
05) Broom People
06) Dilaudid
07) Southwood Plantation Road
08) Linda Blair Was Born Innocent
09) Peacocks
10) Dance Music
11) Hebrews 11:40
12) Song For Dennis Brown
13) Cubs In Five
14) Cheshire County
15) Woke Up New
16) From TG&Y, Baboon (sorry this isn’t split)
17) Matthew 25:21
18) This Year
19) Houseguest (A capella) (Nothing Painted Blue Cover)
20) No Children
21) The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton
This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.
Recorded by:

This show may not be sold under any cirumstances.

Recorded by:

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Bear In Heaven @ Will’s Pub Orlando March 13 2010 [UPDATED]

Sorry for the delay on this one. Without further ado, the original post and your download links. Please enjoy!

Unlike my friend quitepeculiar, I am not big on giving “live reviews,” but I must say Bear In Heaven‘s performance last night at Will’s Pub was shockingly good. If you know me, then you probably know that Beast Rest Forth Mouth was one of my top records of 2009. Despite my usualy giving the benefit of the doubt for first time seeing bands perform, I typically don’t expect much and am not disappointed when that’s what I get. I love being wrong about this! The sound was brilliant and clear, and the band gave an energetic performance of nine of the ten tracks from the above mentioned sophomore record. They also had fun and managed to keep us entertained with some good humor even during some technical difficulty with a guitar, and all this when apparently one of the members had come down with food poisoning.

Luckily for you, I make up for my lack of a proper review with something (I claim is) even better! A recording of the whole show.

Note: The vocals are a bit muffled during first song, keep listening though. After this minor setback the sound quality is fantastic (sample included below).

Entire set [mp3]

Entire set [FLAC] [via etree torrent]

Sample mp3: Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers (March 13 2010)

Info / Setlist:

Bear In Heaven
March 13, 2010
Will’s Pub
Orlando, FL
Source: Core Sound Binaurals > Battery Box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Transfer: NJB3 > USB > PC > Sony Soundforge 7.0a
Edit: Sony Soundforge 7.0a (Master/Splitting) > FLAC 1.2.1 > Tag & Rename
01) Beast in Peace
02) Ultimate Satisfaction
03) Wholehearted Mess
04) Fake Out
05) Dust Cloud
06) Lovesick Teenagers
07) Drug a Wheel
08) You Do You
09) Casual Goodbye

- breathmint

Local Motive: Lauren Carder And The Multiple Me

This is the first edition of Local Motive, where I will showcase some local artists who rock. I am hoping I will be able to keep this theme at least semi-regular so if you have any Orlando and/or Florida artists who you think I should know about, please drop me a line.

This first installment focuses on Lauren Carder, whose new EP Lauren Carder And The Multiple Me was recently self released. I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren a few years back in my social circle. Unfortunately, despite having maintained casual acquaintance and knowing about her various music projects over the years, I’ve never had the chance to check any of them out – until recently. I purchased the cd for $5 and it’s definitely worth every penny. I’d describe this EP’s sound as a slightly psyched out “Laura Marling “-esque vibe with a folksy grounding and lots of nice guitar effects, some beautiful vocal layering (her voice is fantastic), and a more positive / self confident tone (or perhaps just lacking the sense of “emergency”) when compared with what you find on the aforementioned london songstress’ debut Alas, I Cannot Swim. Instead Ms. Carder spends just under twenty five minutes (over five tracks) exploring the complex landscapes of all the different directions in which we tend to pull ourselves internally (yes, the “multiple me” concept literally at work). I expect to see Lauren go good places real soon! Check out Courage of an Open Heart below, and or stream the whole EP over at her VIRB.

Lauren Carder & The Multiple Me – Courage Of An Open Heart

- breathmint