Category: Acoustic

Les Étoiles :: Little Measurements

Country: UK
Release Date: 2011
Netlabel: Records On Ribs
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

“A collection of brief encounters, which hinge on the slightest details and gestures: a written note, a fleeting facial expression, a movement of eyelashes. Little measurements that occasionally tip scales.

Tim Wright is even more prominent in his role as producer. Throughout the album, his subtle use of panning, sampling, and delay effects creates an intimate, and at times unsettling atmosphere.

Little Measurements is a wonderful record, mature in execution, stunning in detail. A compelling, beautiful, moving and lyrical work worth close attention and repeated careful listening, Little Measurements is a sublime, affective experience.” [records on ribs]

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Rooftop Access :: We Are never Too Close To Ghosts

Country: Australia
Release Date: 2011
Netlabel: laridae

“If you listen closely, you can hear the whispering of the ghosts. They tell stories of the past, of long forgotten memories, of love and loss. Rob Curulli seems to have listened quite a lot to what they have to say. And with his post rock project “Rooftop Access” he has now put these paranormal visions into a full length album, a floating, transcendental collection of guitar improvisations, with cautious but artful production. If you listen closely, you can hear the whispering of the ghosts.” [laridae]

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The Black Atlantic :: Darkling, I Listen

Country: Nehterlands
Release Date: 13 January 2012
Netlabel: Beep! Beep! Back Up The Truck
License:
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA

“From the near classical guitar intro of the opening, brooder-song “The Aftermath”, it is clear that ‘Darkling, I Listen’ is a much different sonic animal than the intimate, and mostly acoustic, affair of The Black Atlantic’s debut album ‘Reverence for Fallen Trees.’ Clocking in at 23 minutes and 23 seconds, ‘Darkling’ contains five fully sculpted songs with a wide array of elements and influences, from 70’s psychedelic folk–rock to Phil Spector-esque orchestrated chamber pop and 60’s Motown soul sensibilities. It also takes informed cues from current indie epitomes such as Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver. The Black Atlantic wears these influences on its sleeve without sounding inauthentic. ‘Darkling I, Listen’ is an immersive listening experience, rustic and pastoral, but without the obvious pretty embellishments. It is impressionistic in its scope, full of wide-open vistas and cavernous sonic swells.” (bandcamp)

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The Black Atlantic :: Reverence for Fallen Trees

Country: Netherlands
Release Date: August, 2009
Netlabel: Beep! Beep! Back Up the Track

  1. Baiulus
  2. Fragile Meadow
  3. Heirloom
  4. An Ocean and Peril
  5. Old, Dim Light
  6. Walked-On Wood
  7. Dandelion
  8. Madagascar
  9. Reverence for Fallen Trees
  10. I Shall Cross This River


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Uniform Motion :: Pictures

Country: France
Release date: December, 2009
Netlabel: aaahh records

Uniform Motion are not an ordinary band. At least not in the original meaning of the word – this bunch of young French men are more than a musical formation, they emerged and grew as an entire art project, combining their three foundations of creative work: words, sounds and looks. Claiming to be influenced and driven by the things in life that, as the band states in their biography, âhit usâ, their understanding of the all underlying principle of life descibes a continual straight line of projections which is only changed through major events. [archive.org]

Uniform Motion
Pictures (aaahh, 2009)

  1. Earthly Diamond
  2. Rain and Soil
  3. The Pen Fallacy
  4. Citizen Grave
  5. Cast Iron
  6. Fathers of our Homeland
  7. Falling Off Trees
  8. Selling Pictures


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Entertainment For The Braindead :: Roadkill

Country: Germany
Release Date: February 2010
Netlabel: aaahh records

A Note from Julia (Entertainment For The Braindead):

“Sometimes a tiny, coincidental discovery can open completely new horizons. Like when you’re on a crowded party and that one person you decide to talk to turns out to be the love of your life. Or when you’re in a room full of instruments and for once you decide to not to pick the lute, not the weird, fascinating cello-like instrument on the wall… but the banjo.

The Roadkill EP was born from one of these discoveries. There are lots of instruments that I’d always really wished to own or be able to play, a piano, a cello, a harp, a clarinette… but I would never had expected that one day I could fall in love with a banjo.

Yet since this is exactly what happened, I decided to start exploring this instrument’s versatility by recording a couple of songs equipped with nothing else but a banjo. (Well… I admit, there’s a tambourine in one song..)

Over the last four months I collected those songs. They occasionally sprouted, sometimes several a day, sometimes none for weeks, and then grew and ripened. I harvested them at home, though a bit more carefully than usual. They tell little tales of friendship and failure, of discovering the world and of hiding at home, and the banjo helped tracing their contours and gave them a shape.

It brought me through a very cold winter. Now maybe it can brighten yours a bit, too?

Everything by Julia Kotowski

Entertainment For The Braindead
Roadkill

  1. Sirens
  2. Roadkill
  3. Dry Wood
  4. Wastelands
  5. Relapse
  6. Patience
  7. Vertigo
  8. Pirates
  9. When You Were Young
  10. Sirens #2

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Entertainment For The Braindead :: Seven (+1)

Country: Germany
Release Date:
2009
Netlabel:
aaahh records

“Some of you might know that there was a limited EP available during Julias Tour in february. There were 7 CDs, one for each evening of the tour. People wrote their names on a piece of paper and put it in a box while Julia played her set. At the end of each show there was one lucky person whose piece of paper got pulled ouf the magical box. Well, we thought it would be a shame if only 7 people on this planet were privileged to listen to these wonderful songs. So we decided to release this EP and added an extra song, which is a live recording from Julias show in Hannover. We hope you will enjoy this lovely EP as much as we do. There are quite a few new aspects and sounds on “seven”. Some of them may be seen somewhere between “Hypersomnia” and “Hydrophobia“, while others give us a glimpse of the future and some might even look back into the past of EFTB. So go now, listen for your self and please enjoy your imaginary journey! But watch out for spiders and little birds, that suddenly may appear in front of you. Animals are everywhere!” [aaahh-records.net]

Entertainment For The Braindead
Seven (+1) (aaahh Records, 2009)

  1. Paper
  2. Souvenirs
  3. It Flew Away
  4. Skin
  5. Spiders
  6. Then It Started Speaking To Me
  7. Animals
  8. Mi Corazón (live)

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