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Hello, Max    02/29/2008

Skins第二季开播,Maxxie戏份明显多了,噢也,EP1结尾的BGM是Asobi Seksu的Thursday~
btw,有没人觉得他长得有点像Jeremy Dufour?

PS: LostS4E5和花屋第七话都很赞,目前在追的也就这三部了
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Something About RYM    02/26/2008
RYM(即rateyoumusic.com),是一个国际性的元数据资料库网站,由美国人Hossein Sharifi成立于2000年的平安夜,首版"RYM 1.0"一直延用到06年8月,随后经过重新设计并包含新功能的"RYM 2.0"正式上线。在这里全世界的音乐专辑、EP、单曲、录像和私印制品全部可以被使用者添加、打分和评论。这些数据可以自动生成一种有用的音乐推荐。使用者可以以特别的主题建立多个音乐列表,如“60年代最佳专辑”、“2007十大唱片”等,通过Compatible User List功能,你可以找到与你兴趣最接近的使用者。并且,经常打分和写评论的用户在专辑总体评分上将占有更大比重。此外,使用者可以自己任意地添加、打分和评论任何音乐专辑,这个过程不需要站审(Site Approval)。然而由于RYM的资料库极其多样化,在上传专辑图片和撰写歌手或乐队档案时,则需要一个短暂的审核过程,目前只有少数具备一定音乐知识水平的授权用户(Site Admin/Moderator)可以进行此项工作。同时,RYM也是一个网络社区,用户间可以在该网页下发送即时信件,进行音乐交流

如果你打算在RYM扎营,也许有兴趣先了解一下RYM的掌权者名单,还有RYM的创立者sharifi,用户分级制度请参考Abilities of Users

RYM当然也有"牛人",有list专用来收集此类用户,名称千奇百怪,"Awesome Dudes","highly respected people","Lucy you're my girl, Lucy you're a star","They Make RYM More Fun","RYM users with whom I would like to talk music over a beer","Users I wish they would live in my neighborhood",或者直接被叫做"RYM Titans"

所谓的牛人,一是聆听数量,混迹RYM时间不长,目前见过最多的是2万6千多张,光算胶就有超过5000张的,douban貌视也有过万的,不过如果只是过一耳朵的话,数字说明不了任何问题,并且许多牛人都是不做纪录的。如果列出来是予人参考,tag和评分就很重要,有人专门列出五千以上Ratings的名单,当然wishlist不包括在内

二是评论数量,有写过上千条评论的乐迷,几乎每张打分的专辑都会有review,还有些被称为RYM's Finest Reviewers,数量加上质量,douban估计无人能及

接下来是list,举个例子,也许你有看过douban某牛人列的“天下封面一大抄”,曾被几百人推荐,类似的“封面list”在RYM上可以找到一堆,譬如Album covers spoofing album covers,数目已超过两千。像这样惊人的list还有相当不少,有兴趣可参考"People with lists I like to check out/contribute to",或是The Most Listed RYM'ers,绝不会让你失望

(要不是monocle,偶真不知道有这么多专辑封面用了奈良美智的作品)


论坛发言不算的话,最后是Contributors,添加专辑和artists资料,上传封面,在RYM Hyper-Contributors里可以找到他们的名字

anyway,在我看来不论是RYM还是douban,聆听记录除了方便自己存档记忆外,于他人实在没什么意义,在douban见过有人几天时间添了一千多张,毅力惊人,如果只是为了给人看,未免太浪费时间。评论、打分、推荐,添加新条目,这些才是正经事
Klimt    02/25/2008
Electronic/Ambient/Shoegaze/Post rock/Psychedelic

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm

Klimt是波兰乐队Saluminesia吉它手Antoni Budzinski的solo project(因为不太知名加上本人不识波兰语,没什么可以介绍|||),影响团有摇滚电音后摇还有盯鞋。专辑名为Jesienne Odcienie Melancholii ,意思是"Autumn shades of melancholy(秋天让人忧郁)",初听颇有好感,Heaven开头有点像One Am Radio的一首混音作品,推荐Ennui,kod marzeń和最后一首氛围作品

Klimt - Jesienne Odcienie Melancholii [Album] 2008

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Dior Boy    02/25/2008
某日在RH群里聊电影,提到In The Valley of Elah,我说喜欢Charlize Theron,吹了一堆,无人附和,待凯文顿po了张相上来,半晌,有人说,男女的审美观果然不一样。。。罢了,反正偶的审美观向来与人不同,在某H的熏陶之下,变得愈发偏执。就好像偶不明白,为什么那么多人喜欢Cole Mohr,估计也有人搞不懂,为什么偶会喜欢Dima Kopeikins

new pics are stunning!!!

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Dior Boy    02/25/2008
某日在RH群里聊电影,提到In The Valley of Elah,我说喜欢Charlize Theron,吹了一堆,无人附和,待凯文顿po了张相上来,半晌,有人说,男女的审美观果然不一样。。。罢了,反正偶的审美观向来与人不同,在某H的熏陶之下,变得愈发偏执。就好像偶不明白,为什么那么多人喜欢Cole Mohr,估计也有人搞不懂,为什么偶会喜欢Dima Kopeikins

new pics are stunning!!!


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Tracklist
01. Millimetrik featuring Port-Royal: Les Artefacts du Futur
02. The Ansion: I Spell Weird, Wierd
03. Boy is Fiction: Heart and Powder
04. Glowworm: The Captive
05. Beneva Vs. Clark Nova: 88 Kilos of Excrement
06. Parachutes: Your Stories
07. d_rradio: So Long
08. Arms and Sleepers: Butterflycatcher
09. Juxta Phona featuring Offthesky: Trust Roullette
10. Arctic Hospital: Northern Wish
11. Cheju: Spools (Rewound)
12. Akira Kosemura: It’s on Everything
13. Celer: Unreleased Theme for a Film
14. Tsukimono: Oh Patti Smith, When Will You Let Me Go
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这期基本都是电音氛围,后摇控们怕是要失望了,除了像偶这样控的比较多的=。=,啊啊啊真是太好听了T_T,而且都要发新专真让人高兴>_<。今年有几张已经leak,d_rradio可以免费下到整张,Cheju那首Spools是06年EP"Mechanics Of Failure"中的混音版,08年已在October Man Recordings发了一张Hutton,以及在u-cover的两张3"cd

IDM/Downtempo/Ambient

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
"deep, super-melodic electronica sounds with a beautifully crisp production style and plenty of electro orientated, crunchy rhythms" - smallfish
"highly emotional tracks, paying close attention to the relationship between sound and feeling" -igloomag
CHEjU(原名Wil Bolton)是名来自伦敦的音乐人, 电音厂牌Boltfish Recordings的老板之一,作品主要为实验氛围电音,迷朦温暧的合成器音色,灵巧迷人的碎拍节奏,依循着氛围层叠编织。在U-Cover, Unlabel, Filament recordings等厂牌发行过多张唱片及EP,与多位电音艺人组过音乐团体,包括和Jon Lee的bal-a-klah-va,和Mint的Biotron Shelf,以及和Zainetica的Anzio Green

"Hutton"限量发行40张,封面亦由Wil Bolton本人设计
CHEjU - Hutton [3" cd] 2008

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On The Road    02/23/2008
Indie-folk/Indie-rock/Gypsy-style

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Nick Urata(vocals, theremin, guitars, piano, trumpet), Tom Hagerman(violin, accordion, piano), Jeanie Schroder(sousaphone, upright bass, vocals), Shawn King(drums, percussion, trumpet)

"When it comes to gypsy stereotypes, stealing local women is near the top of the list, and if one band on the scene has the power to lure impressionable virgins, its Devotchka" - Spin magazine

"DeVotchkA gets pegged with all kinds of farfetched descriptions - but despite all their trappings, which include admittedly exotic elements, Nick Urata and company concoct impeccable pop songs, the kind that fuse memory and memorability with swaying darkness and glittering soul." - The Onion

来自美国丹佛的四人乐团DeVotchKa,自命为一支"eastern bloc indie rock band",以现代的独立摇滚和民歌为主轴,融合了吉普赛、希腊、斯拉夫、墨西哥的音乐元素,用苏萨号,手风琴,钢琴,小提琴,布祖基琴,upright bass,小号,电子琴和鼓,演奏出了自由欢快的曲调,和浓浓的异国风情。乐队名字来自作家安东尼·伯吉斯(Anthony Burgess)在发条橙中用过的纳查奇语,意思是"young girl"(其最原始的俄语单词девочка也是同样的意思,PS跟发条橙扯上关系的乐队名还真不少|||)。他们为不少乐队作过暧场演出,发行过三张唱片(SuperMelodrama, 2000, Una Volta 2003, How it ends 2004), 其中一首"How It Ends"曾被选作独立电影"Everything Is Illuminated"预告片的主题曲,06年的EP"Curse Your Little Heart"是张cover作品,翻唱艺人包括Velvet Underground, Frank Sinatra, Siousxie and the Banshees等等,后来与Mychael Danna一同成功打造的"Little Miss Sunshine"原声带,则让更多国内乐迷认识了这支乐队

该如何描述DeVotchKa,像那些天生的流浪者,生来就是要享受自由,他们总是在路上,以美酒、歌声和舞步为伴,边走边唱,四海为家。抑或是平常的驾车旅行,一路上享受着阳光和风,边看着窗外飞逝倒退的风景,边收集记忆的点滴。专辑里总有些特别喜欢的歌,像是上张里的You Love Me和How It Ends,尤其喜欢How It Ends的高潮部分,歌声高昂嘹亮,甚至有种温暖的穿透力,提琴键盘和鼓的合奏,又有几分交响气势,旋律渐起,节奏渐强,想起Everything Is Illuminated里,当金黄的向日葵田呈现在眼前,那种眩目的灿烂,宛若天堂的幻觉。相比上张,新专整体感觉要柔和平缓了许多,喜欢The Clockwise Witness结尾的小提琴和Undone的高音部分

Devotchka - A Mad and Faithful Telling [Album] 2008

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Black & White    02/19/2008
Post-rock/Instrumental/Prog-rock

Myspace--Lastfm

"Eaten By Tigers do the delicately dramatic instrumental post-rock thing rather well, beautifully played, warmly paced, serenely explosive." --Organ Magazine

"Verging more on the rock side of post-rock, with the odd bit of electronic sampling and metal riffage thrown in for good measure, EBT creates a sound that favors consistency ...proving that good instrumental songs don’t have to be longer than episodes of Family Guy." --The Silent Ballet

A four-piece post rock band from Leeds, UK, haven't signed up any labels yet, these guys deserve more attention

Eaten by Tigers - Solstice [EP] 2008

Release Date: February 12, 2008
Tracklisting
1. Prelude
2. Solstice
3. Reflections at 40,000ft
4. Deciduous
Massmirror | Firemedia

Eaten by Tigers - Entropy [EP] 2007

Release Date: February 13, 2007
Tracklisting
1. Entropy
2. Nausea
3. Memoirs of a Minotaur
Firemedia
New Plaything & 524 Update    02/16/2008
PSP2000蓝色版入手~~

新出的薄荷绿超萌,不过要到28号才正式发售,偶果然是冲动消费的典型Orz

524更新
话说这次L团Live,自从消息公布就没让人安宁过,贴钱群不但人数激,更少有安静的时候,讨论内容无非是LIVE相关,却可以从HK地铁营业时间聊到VISA卡相关知识(考虑到诸多因素,偶还是决定放弃419上海,一心备战524HK场,群里还是有不少人坚持要去SH当山顶党的)。一开始有人说起HK饭数量之多偶还不大相信(怎么也多不过上海吧),何况场地那么大,买票应该不会太难,直到前些日票价公布出来,只有上海的三分之一,加上场地和主办方等,不少打算去SH的内地饭也都开始转向HK(一场或两场),这才有点慌了。购票方式有三种,一是在快达票上用VISA卡或MASTER卡定购,或是去HK现场排,起码要通宵,最后是电话订购,统一都在4月1日早10点开售。首选当然是网购,只是担心那时网页会当掉(偶的网络RP一向不太好|||),现场排不但费时费力,排不到前面的话也有得等,而且那天要是下雨怎么办@_@,愚人节,RP好也无用啊

HK BBS上有人爆已经开始内部认购,引起众人联名抵制(这个也是没办法的吧),至于TW的售票消息,我承认我被Shock到了,竟然有人排了七天|||,如果那个143萬現金是真的,偶只能说太强大了Orz
The Bell    02/14/2008
Alternative-pop/Indie-rock/Post-punk

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm--Virb
Members: Nicklas Nilsson (instruments), Jan Petterson (instruments), Mathias Stromberg (vocals)

"The first time I listened to The Bell s 80s inspired alternative pop i jumped in my chair. This is great Indie pop, not so unlike the sound of the swedes in The Mary Onettes."--Eardrums

"The Bell harkens back to a time when you were first discovering bands that acted like the ideal soundtrack to your post-teenage life. We think of Echo & the Bunnymen, House of Love, and The Cure… on our trips down good memory lane." ---Dylan Magierek(the CEO of Badman Recording)

经常看Profile,就会发现很多音乐人都来自“没什么特色的偏远小镇”,大概是因为实在太无聊了,才会想到玩音乐来自娱自乐。在北欧之国瑞典,冬季的夜晚通常降临在下午三点,每天约有十六七小时要在暗中度过,这样漫长难熬的日子里,总觉得需要点音乐的陪伴才够完美。来自瑞典的三人乐团The Bell成立于07年5月,在不到一年的时间里创作和录制了35首歌,其中13首收进了他们的首张专辑"Make Some Quiet"。美国知名独立厂牌Badman(My Morning Jacket, Mark Kozelek, Sigur Ros)的老板Dylan Magierek,在听过他们的音乐之后便马上签下了他们,并且评论道,“时不时你会听到一些乐队,当他们的音乐听起来真的像是你生活的原声带(soundtrack to your life),就能带你回到过去,想起一二十年前的Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure和the Chameleons了吗,The Bell会让我们回想起听着alternative的美好时光(80中到90中的后朋年代)”

"I Am History"作为首张单曲发行,也是favor之一,"I was old when I came to life/ But far to too young not to realize/ What life wouldn't hold for me/ All because of biography/ Suddenly I realize I am the one no one can see/ Suddenly when no one knows I will go down in history" ,Mathias说他写词都是根据音乐的感觉和它想传达出的东西,要和曲十分搭配,而不是去写一首诗,他们创作的方式通常都是,最开始觉得一首歌应该是什么样的,然后由此给它取名字,接着按照这个想法去写歌

许多乐评都说他们像Joy Division/Cure/Interpol,弄得主唱Mathias有点不爽,“影响你的东西永远都在变,Interpol是支好乐队,但是即使他们没有存在过,我们的音乐听起来还是现在这个样子,至于说像Joy Division, 真是无法理解,甚至奇怪到有人说我们听起来像The Stone Roses...”,他将这些乐迷称为crappy listeners|||,“我只是不认为我们‘听起来就像哪一支乐队’…”。好吧,那就不比较了,just listen,and make your own judgment

The Bell - Make Some Quiet [Album] 2008

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Everybody needs free music     02/13/2008
除了档案馆Archive.org,免费podcast,Myspace, Lastfm上面的下载,Net Label也是来源之一。有些需要代理才能打开,以下都是不用的

*Lost Children(post-rock, instrumental, experimental,UK,听后摇的都知道)
*23 seconds (ambient, post rock, electronic, pop, lo-fi,瑞典,如果你有听过He Is Watching Over Us,应该还有印象)
*Aerotone (ambient, electronic, instrumental,国,去年几张都十分好听,期待Bersarin-Quartett的专辑)
*Sundays in Spring (indie,folk, lo-fi, post-rock,比利时,设计十分可爱)
*Zymogen (electronic, minimal, glitch, idm, ambient,意大利,设计也不错,下过一张合辑,BGM里有放过)
*Metanoia Media (electronic, idm, industrial, experimental, ambient,美国,有Quosp和Milieu的作品)
*8 bit peoples (electronic, 8-bit,美国纽约)
*12rec. (post rock, ambient, folk, experimental,国,曾经推茬过Nic Bommarito的一张LP)
*1 Bit Wonder (minimal electronic,国)
*:: monotonik + friends (electronic, idm,breakbeats,美国知名厂牌,有几个sublabel,Muxu去年那张EP就是这里发的)
*NetAudio (包括三个版块,ElectroSound, Musica Excentrica,和Share My Wings,莫斯科)
*Alpinechic (electronic,瑞士)
*Thinner (electronic,国)
*Minlove (minimal electronic,国,停蛮久了,设计很喜欢)
*Bump Foot (techno, house, ambient, idm, electro pops,日本)
贴链接很累人,所以暂且到这里,netlabel真的有很多(像Comfort Stand已经关闭了8过下载还在),尤其是电音类,有兴趣的可以自己找找,譬如从这些站点的Links里面

新近收获的一个
Records On Ribs (ambient, electronic,post rock)
先推一张,相当不错的氛围
EL Heath - Dusk Dappled Fall [Album]

listen and download click here
artist profile
Electronic Fantasy     02/11/2008
Cover Art

Patrik Torsson - Statements of Facts [Album] 2005

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Sleepy Town Manufacture - Inspired by You [Album] 2007

Video

Celine - Here and Now (Funckarma remix)
remix by Funckarma of Celine Lambert's song Here and Now. Video made by Visual master Michel de Klein
My beautiful sinking ship    02/10/2008
Indie/Folk/Psychedelic

Official Page--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Sarah O'Shura, Joshua Canny

“With a voice and a sonic signature that evokes dark forests and lost worlds, the singer has, with a single album, established herself as another sly force not to bet against." -- Village Voice

"O'Shura's lonesome melodies combine the dreamy melancholy of Mazzy Star with the smoky sway of Cat Power and the wintry folk of Maria Taylor while Canny's sparse, atmospheric guitar leads -- which sound like they're being played underwater -- shimmer behind mournful tales of separation and loss, often centered around, appropriately, the sea."-- Spin

之前听到没有特别中意,只是几张盯鞋的轰鸣之后,碰上这样清幽的吉它与淡然女声,十分容易让人沉入其中。来自美国Portland市的民谣组合The Battle of Land and Sea,主脑人物是名女生(Sarah O'Shura),自小学习演奏钢琴和管,到19岁时决定成为一名唱作人,06年初开始以"The Battle of Land and Sea"的名字进行创作,平日忙于工作,到周末才有空专注于喜欢的音乐,并找来乐手Joshua Canny帮忙,一起在朋友家里编排和录音。去年独立发表了一张6曲的同名EP,连封面也是手绘制作,随后签到独立厂牌Notenuf Records,08年1月发行首张同名专辑,除了EP的曲目外另添了两支新曲。接下来乐队将要展开北美和UK巡回演出

水晶般纯净的女声,木吉它和电吉它,还有一点五弦琴,他们的音乐是这样简单、安静而美丽,也许会让你想起Mazzy Star, Cat Power, Emiliana Torrini或是Susanna and Her Magical Orchestra,在myspace的sounds like那一栏,他们画了一只小小的沉船,凄美也许有一点,却不至于绝望

PS:myspace上的大部分相片包括上面那张,都出自唱作歌手Jacob Golden之手,估计也是他们的好友
题外话: 昨日无意看到一支很有趣的MV,觉得歌还不错,打算回头找专辑,才发现此张早已被偶放进垃圾箱|||——"喂喂,这样听歌不行的哟"
The Battle of Land and Sea - The Battle of Land and Sea [Album] 2008

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Hartfield    02/09/2008
目前为止的08专辑,失望要多过惊喜
Shoegaze/Noise Pop/Japanese

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Takateru kagawa 香川高輝? (Guitar/Vocal), Yukari tanaka 田中ゆかり(Guitar/Vocal)
"Hartfield play a very pleasant-sounding, melodic style of shoegaze rock that soothes the listener.features sighing male and female vocals, soaring pop melodies, all delivered with a healthy does of syrupy guitars.full of exquisite harmonied-duet vocals, jangly guitars mixed with more fuzzy sounding guitars, and a quick tempo"

虽然一直觉得日本妹的甜美声线唱盯鞋很好听(最爱Makino),印象里的日本盯鞋团,似乎远没有同国的后摇和电子那样知名,Dive, Luminous Orange, Cruyff in the Bedroom, Cosmicdust, Coaltar of The Deepers, Jesus Fever...(Guitar和Asobi Seksu只是有成员是japanese不能算吧,Astrobrite也是),去年的shoegaze list也只排了Luminous Orange,还有Coaltar of The Deepers的一张"Yukari Telepath"[download]

Hartfield同样来自日本,最早是Takateru kagawa的个人乐队,后来加入女性成员Yukari tanaka,2000年开始与support bassist(Takeshi komine)和Drums(Tatsu miura)一同演出,01年有作品收录在音乐合辑"SEVEN WINTERS"中(其它artists还有Astrobrite和Airiel),独立发行的三张单曲全部sold out,第二年签到Vinyl Junkie唱片,04年首张专辑"True color,True lie"分别在日本和美国发行,随后推出一张mini album"L.I.B.R.A.",05年发行韩国版并在韩国举行了巡回演出

同后摇一样,如今的盯鞋也大多是混合的产物,和dream pop, birt-pop, post punk, noise rock, 后摇氛围还有电音。Hartfield依然有着浓浓的迷幻噪音情怀,然而从第二首"Girl Like You"开始,却会让我想起听着the brilliant green, hysteric blue, judy and mary, every little thing...美好又久远的j-pop年代,曲调悦耳动听,旋律琅琅上口,清新舒畅又活力十足,虽然不会像那些经典团般让人激情燃烧,不够飘渺也不够甜蜜,却是十分好听,走此类可爱路线的还有"Nineball"和"Lover's Rain"

Hartfield - True Color, True Lie [Album] 2004

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聞こえる景色    02/06/2008
Electronica/Ambient/Experimental/Glitch

Label Page--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Frank Benjamin Finger, Rudi Simmons

"A tour-de-force of new, refreshing sounds. The programming is ace, beats are frenzic, chords both liquid and broken, and it all sounds crisp as heck! For fans of music like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Autechre, Plaid, Beneva vs. Clark Nova should become a household name after this, we think!" —Soundscaping

"Stunning Norwegian electronica that mixes knife sharp beats with floating instrumental tracks and field recordings. Check this out if you like Boards of Canada, Greg Davis or The Notwist!" —Tiger

来自挪威Oslo的两人组合Beneva vs. Clark Nova,成员包括Rudi Simmons和Frank Benjamin Finger,他们的音乐影响甚为宽广,音响景观细致入微又充满了矛盾,因为两人十分注重旋律,同时也着迷于抽象声响。想像一下将挪威女歌手Hanne Hukkelberg幻变的气氛和声音,Greg Davis & Sebastien Roux的原声电音,还有Autechre的复杂节奏融合在一起的感觉,以及任何风格介于两者之间的音乐。07年在奥斯陆电音厂牌Fenêtre限量发行的debut EP"Flotsam/Jetsam",收录了两支氛围作品,令TSB给出8/10的高分,并在结尾十分煸动得写道,"If you don't like ambient music, well, this EP may make you change your tune"。至一月底发行的首张专辑"Sombunall",两人又带来了全新的聆听体验,也是今年收获的最爱电音唱片之一

籍着field recording,电音和原声乐器,"Flotsam/Jetsam"营造出了宁静细致的自然情境,TSB将它比作登山时沿路的风景。part 1就像在原野间的徒步旅行,雨后的清晨,空气里弥漫着淡淡的泥土味道,草地和树从在雾蔼中若隐若现,不远处的河流上方笼着白雾似的水烟,临近便有淙淙的水流声悠缓入耳(总觉得那哒哒哒的声响像在河边洗衣时的棒锤捶衣声|||),偶尔有几只乌鸦飞过,春末夏初时分,还可以听到几声蛙鸣。Part 2属于一个人的雨夜,心神空茫,或是默默沉思。在"Sombunall"中电音占了主导,"I'm Twins"用IDM实验电音,将充满空间感的钢琴和古朴的拨弦片段一起拼贴组合,也令旋律浑然天成; "88 Kilos of Excrement"断断续续的人声采样,在飘缓的电音氛围背景上轻舞,虚实交织,动静相宜,"His Freefloating Affection"中的演唱来自挪威女歌手Therese Aune,"With Love, Etc."则来自她和Rudi Simmons,在"Institute Benjamenta"和"Thora's Inferno"里,静静流动的氛围旋律,和不安份的抽象电音像对矛盾的组合,一如忧郁与烦燥,"Two Men Being Hospitalised When Only One Had To"据说采的是日语片段,充满想象力的编曲,最后一曲"Nothing, Only Worthwhile"也是favor之一,温暧异常

专辑封面叫做"Babies at Paradise Pond",来自美国后现代摄影艺术家Sandy Skoglund的作品
Beneva vs. Clark Nova - Sombunall [Album] 2008

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Grand Archives    02/01/2008
Indie-Rock/Pop-Rock

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Mat Brooke (vocals, guitar), Curtis Hall (drums), Jeff Montano (bass), Ron Lewis (guitar, keyboards) and Thomas Wright (guitar)

Grand Archives是支来自美国Seattle的五人乐队,主唱Mat Brooke早年作为弦乐流行乐团Carissas Weird的共同创立人,也曾是独立摇滚乐队Band of Horses的成员之一(04-06),06年9月与三位好友最早组成Grand Archives,包括The Jeunes的鼓手Curtis Hall,贝斯Jeff Montano(The New Mexicans), 以及吉它/键盘Ron Lewis (来自另一民谣团Ghost Stories),吉它手Thomas Wright随后加入。07年3月乐队将两支曲放上myspace而引来乐迷关注,结束了与Sera Cahoone(Carissa's Wierd前成员)合作的首场演出之后,作品又分别被独立音乐网站Pitchfork和Spin推荐,进一步扩大了知名度,Pitchfork更有发表文章详细点评乐队myspace上的四首demo。Grand Archives随后被选为Modest Mouse的暧场团,同时签到当地知名独立厂牌Sub Pop(The Shins, The Postal Service, Iron & Wine,BOH也在这个厂),同年7月推出了一张4曲的EP,首张同名专辑将于08年2月发行

伴着悦耳的小提琴和钢琴,Carissa's Wierd的浅吟低唱中总透着种无奈和悲伤,Band of Horses强有力的吉它扫弦和主唱嘹亮飞扬的嗓音,让人有置身美国中部大平原的感觉,依照Mat Brooke与这两个团的渊源,料想新团的风格也介于这两者这间。然而Grand Archives里的提琴却是温暧的,依然有着淡淡的乡村味道,却不同于BOH的粗砺厚重,清新自然又带着几分闲适和慵懒,吉他轻快明爽,口琴亮丽悦耳,更有份挥之不去的怀旧情绪,像是回到格子衬衫牛仔裤抱着木吉它弹唱的单纯美好的六七十年代(当然是美式的)。"Torn Blue Foam Couch"和"Miniature Birds"走的都是明亮路线,节奏欢快,朗朗上口,"Swan Matches"和"George Kaminski"又带着几分沉静惆怅,"A Setting Sun"和"Louis Riel"总会让我想起,青春剧里许多人聚在一起唱歌弹琴的场景,"Breezy No Breezy"是唯一一首instrumental,十分Breezy,作为过渡刚刚好,"Sleepdriving"最早被Pitchfork放入playlist,也是我最喜欢的一曲,合声很赞,还有从提琴合奏升至吉它的段落,"The Crime Window"很BSP很vigorous,"Orange Juice"再度回归Grand Archives式的温馨可爱

Grand Archives - The Grand Archives [Album] 2008

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