I can't stop listening to Hrvatski's Swarm & Dither. How have I not heard of this earlier? I like KFW, especially Multiples, but--man! This is amazing! Seriously! I guess the immature, childish side of me is so appealed to this record because of the "crazy noises" and the rapid ADD-like changing of focus (track 4). Sudden stops, forte-pianos, musical freak-outs: these things appeal to me a lot of the time (TAN!'s Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief; The Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat). The aforementioned track, "2nd Zero Fidelity Mandible Investigation", was what pulled me in; sometimes when my friends and I make music, it sounds exactly like those first 20 seconds. Except not this jaw-dropping. The minute detail here and there, the omnipresent percussion, and the innumerably high number of different voices all make this one of my favorite albums of right now. He can just as easily make a beautiful track as he can make a disturbing one, or a painful one, or a dancey one. This is so amazing.Other great things that I'm discovering
Whitehouse - Asceticists 2006
This was too real for me the first time I listened to it. Wolf Eyes can't scare me as much as this can, and Hair Police has to work pretty damn hard to reach this level.
Arthur Russell - First Thought Best Thought
I guess a lot of people are getting into this guy as of recent. I just listened to this because Broadcast chose it as #1 for 2006. It is beautiful in a way that is difficult to explain.
Steve Reich - Early Works
I'm turning into President of Steve Reich fanclub. This collection stands out because it's probably some of his most interesting work. The best here is "It's Gonna Rain", which I saw "performed" at the Whitney Museum, along with "Clapping Music" and some others. There is a transcendent moment somewhere near the beginning of part 1 where the sound suddenly isn't coming from the speakers anymore. It's flying around me.
Oneida "Up With People"
I can't turn this off. Maybe usurping "What You Know" for 2006????????? I've known about Oneida, but no one's ever told me they can be this good!
This guy's hilarious!