microphones in the trees: July 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

lauhkeat lampaat

después de Sylissain Oot, fantástico mano a mano con Rauhan Orkesteri, Antti y Jaakko Tolvi vuelven con otra ración de free folk y percusiones tribales. The Most Pollò conserva ese aura intangible, ese nosequé que hace de todos los (buenos) discos de Finlandia algo reconocible al instante. ¿mis secuencias favoritas? el perfume embriagador de algo parecido a un didjeridoo en la sublime untitled three, el rayo de luz de algo parecido a una txalaparta (instrumento vasco cortesía de ainhoa) en untitled one, y la delicadeza exótica y deslumbrante de untitled two. el resto, otra sobredosis de finnish-beat desafinado, tenso, disonante, totalmente libre y siempre a punto de estallar en cualquier momento. y además una invitada de lujo: Lau Nau
"Nice slab of tranced-out Finnish free-form from Lauhkeat Lampaat featuring core members Antti Tolvi and Jaakko Tolvi who are also key members of the more ferral Rauhan Orkesteri. Hypnotic rhythms pulled from a pool of the kind of unorthodox instrumentation that generally separates these Finnish folks from their US/UK counterparts. Also features a guest appearance from Lau Nau."
aquí y aquí podéis escuchar algunos fragmentos de esta pequeña maravilla limitada a 500 vinilos. sé de uno que seguro que ya lo tiene o tendrá :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

uton

uton - mystery revolution (digitalis, 2006)
 

"Uton is a genius & I always love his art, album titles & cryptic noise mud-slides. Great forestdrone, shortwave, bowed guitars? ... I don't know what he uses, but it all sounds mysterious & subconscious, dreamlike."--Glenn Donaldson, Jewelled Antler
"Tampere, Finland has become quite the musical hotbed over the past few years. Staples like Avarus and Kemialliset Ystävät make their beds in the gnome-infested waters throughout the city. Uton is perhaps the country's best kept secret. Mystery Revolution is a sonic excursion through the Finnish forests unlike any other. Massive drones are balanced by the hypnotic dance of flutes, bells, and keyboards. Underneath everything runs a mind-altering stream of fuzzed-out brainwaves. Every corner you turn, there's another smiling nymph, begging you to follow the golden path into the mystic woods. Uton's minimalist rumblings are there to infect and enchant, and Hirvonen never fails to impress. The mask is off with Mystery Revolution, and Uton will remain shrouded in obscurity no more. This pine-scented excursion may be mysterious on the surface, but overall is a thing of beauty, lying in wait for the perfect time to infect you. Mystery Revolution is proof that Uton's dreamy soundscapes are one of Finland's finest exports."

buscando lazos con las cosas más básicas del mundo, como la luna y el sol, Jani Hirvonen (Uton) cultiva un folk espacial que se estropea cuando tratas de describirlo con palabras. su sueño es condensar en un túnel acolchado y sonoro el corazón del bosque, llegar a través de sus nocturnas grabaciones imposibles a lo que existe y a lo que no. búhos, ondas expansivas de platillos volantes, drones, pedales y subfrecuencias, árboles que hablan, húmedos paisajes bucólicos, vibráfonos, Finlandia,...todo a muy baja fidelidad, moviéndose en círculo, como dormido, cruzando la puerta sin abrirla, atrayéndote hacia el centro. viendo las fotos, las portadas, escuchando su música, tengo la misma sensación que Glenn Donaldson. Jani no es de este mundo, ni de Finlandia, ni tan siquiera un 'habitante del mundo', sino una criatura de los bosques de ninguna parte. un alien

avey tare & kria brekken

roy montgomery

"...Roy Montgomery writes on the inner sleeve of Temple IV that it was inspired by a trip to the Northern Guatemalan rain forest where he endured physical discomforts and attempted to come to terms with the death of a love. Though its nice to have a concrete description, those words are unnecessary. Temple IV is like an opera in a foreign language with no translation, where through the music alone, the listener is able to ascertain what the circumstances were, what the mood was and other background information... The lush songs on Temple IV are brimming with an aching sadness, violent anger and exhausting relief. This intensely beautiful album does not come as a surprise... the ravishing feedback on Temple IV expresses more than most words."

Monday, July 10, 2006

wooden wand & the sky high band

"Does James Toth ever sleep? Having already released Gipsy Freedom this year with his Vanishing Voice band, and re-released his solo album Harem of the Sundrum, Mr. Wooden Wand is set to release yet another album, Second Attention, with his Sky High Band—featuring members of Skygreen Leopards, Vanishing Voice, and Davenport.
Still with me? The album, currently scheduled for a September 12 release on Kill Rock Stars, was supposedly recorded during a two-week period in San Francisco “holed up in a modified two story house with nothing but three reels of tape, a bunch of instruments and copious amounts of drugs and booze.” Amidst all this heathenry, the group churned out an album that reportedly has more of a traditional folk sound than Toth’s other projects. Go figure"

"...no matter. There is beauty in the periphery but more in the small details. Second Attention is where East truly meets West. Where the shimmer suddenly gets grimmer. Sunshine meets grease. It will likely be remembered as the album that remains after any and all 'movements' inevitably move on."

Second Attention tiene buenas canciones, excelentes melodías, una producción sencilla y sobre todo una química muy especial entre Wooden Wand Hassara, Clay Ruby de Davenport y Glenn Donaldson y Donovan Quinn de los leopardos del cielo verde. Neil Young, Townes van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Harem of the Sundrum, un hombre enamorado, un retrato bajo las nubes, el cielo de Nashville, el cañón del Colorado, y diez canciones maravillosas que, como The Witness of Fig, suenan a versiones de clásicos de toda la vida. Madonna (I Walk a line una vez más), Mother Midnight (uuu uuu uuu), Dead Sue (conmovedora, irresistible), Los Angeles Manna (nashville skyline). y The Bleeder. infinito como el horizonte amarillo de la portada el talento de James Toth, por segunda vez reencarnado y transformado en Zimmer Man, despojado de cualquier ruido extraño. brilla el sol con fuerza y en el aire sigue flotando la respuesta a la pregunta del millón. '¿duerme alguna vez James Toth?'


Saturday, July 01, 2006

...

Es Mari Cruz la mocita, la más bonita del barrio de Santa Cruz
Judío Rosal florido le ha dado una rosa de Luz
Y desde la Macarena la vienen a contemplar, pues su carita morena
hacía a los hombres soñar
Y una noche de luna el silencio rompió
La guitarra moruna y una voz que cantó


Ay Mari Cruz, Mari Cruz
maravilla de mujer
del barrio de Santa Cruz
eres un rojo clavel

(cría cuervos)