Tuesday Traxxx

I hate that I haven’t posted on here in over a week, so I’m going to hit you with four tracks to spice up yer Tuesday a lil bit.

Matthew Dear – “You Put A Smell On Me” — I liked Matthew Dear’s Black City on first listen, but it’s been steadily growing on me each time I’ve spun it over the past few months.  It doesn’t “bang” like the electronic dance album I expected it to be; it’s filled with weird textures and left turns, and Dear’s voice isn’t even particularly pleasant.  But it all fits right into the fabric of the album, which is dark, grimy, almost gross-sounding at times.  This track is probably my favorite off the album, and it’s also the banginest.  And how can you go wrong with a title like that?! (Gross, right?)

Sun Airway – “Waiting On You” — Long drives by myself might be my favorite time to listen to albums all the way through, and I got the chance to listen to Sun Airway’s Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier a second time on my way back to school on Sunday.  It’s really a unique, shimmeringly beautiful album, and one I’ll have to spend more time with.  Maybe you’ve heard “Oh, Naoko” or “American West”, two songs early in the album that have gotten a little more play.  “Waiting On You” is buried a little deeper, but it’s just as gorgeous.

The-Dream – “Abyss” — Because of my love for single “Yamaha”, I’ve been meaning to listen to The-Dream’s Love King for many months now.  I finally had a chance to go through it over Thanksgiving break, and after “Yamaha”, “Abyss” is the next standout.  It closes out a brilliant trio of overlapping songs that begins with the ecstasy of “Yamaha”, fades into the melancholy of “Nikki, Pt. 2”, and concludes with the emotional turmoil of “Abyss”, the darkest, most wounded song on an album full of sex anthems.

Gold Panda – “Marriage” — Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner is like a treasure chest filled with dusty little sampled-electronic artifacts.  “You”, “You.”, “Same Dream China”, “India Lately”, and many of the other tracks are all stunning mini-masterpieces.  “Marriage” is the one I can’t stop listening to right now.

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~ by toren on November 30, 2010.

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