Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Le Car - Automatic (1997)


Bizarre, minimal synth-driven electro from a short-lived American duo that featured Adam Lee Miller of ADULT.

Track listing:
1. Aluminum Rectangles
2. Personal Auto Attendant
3. Malice
4. Silent Auto Attendant
5. Warm Humans (Radio Edit)
6. 20-20
7. Clean Auto Attendant
8. 24 Hours (Instrumental)
9. Beau Ideal
10. Final Auto Attendant


If you like this, listen to:

Monday, September 21, 2020

My Brightest Diamond - Bring Me the Workhorse (2006)


Dramatic, epic, neoclassical-infused art rock. Towering, cinematic strings, ghostly guitars, and Shara Nova's elastic, classically-trained vocals. Bring Me the Workhorse explores mortality and mourning via metaphor, story, and direct emotional observation, and it's still (imo) the best MBD. I guess it's more difficult than those of her would-be contemporaries, but I still say this should've been a bigger record.

Track listing:
1. Something of an End
2. Golden Star
3. Gone Away
4. Dragonfly
5. Freak Out
6. We Were Sparkling
7. Disappear
8. The Robin's Jar
9. Magic Rabbit
10. The Good & the Bad Guy
11. Workhorse


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Friday, August 28, 2020

Blodulv ‎– III - Burial (2005)


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Swedish raw black metal. Simple riffs, minimal songwriting, drum machine. Cold.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Burial
3. Imperial Sanctum
4. Tank Warfare
5. Saint for Raping
6. My Offering
7. Haubitser
8. Beast Nocturnal
9. Outro


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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Sunshine Fix - A Spiraling World of Pop (1993)


Related:
The Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999)

Early Elephant 6 magic courtesy of E6 co-founder Bill Doss. If you're expecting this to be warm, fuzzy, wistful, lo-fi indie rock, just because it's an early E6 cassette: you're absolutely right, that's exactly what it is. "Turtle Song" is particularly great.

Track listing:
1. Listen for the Day
2. Love Athena
3. I'll Be Gone
4. You Won't Be
5. Queen Misery
6. Learn
7. Temptation
8. Turtle Song
9. Superman Suit
10. Leonard upon Entering the Fish Market (Speaks of Apple Butter)


Similar listening:

Friday, August 14, 2020

Marc Barreca - Music Works for Industry (1983)

 


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Tape loops, clattering percussion, droning synths, some propaganda-like spoken word, and a number of heavily warped instruments coalesce to form abstract, industrial-adjacent sounds that might be considered 'ambient' if they were at all relaxing.

Track listing:
1. Community Life
2. Shopping
3. Hotcake
4. Glass and Steel No. 1
5. The Urge to Buy Terrorizes You
6. Glass and Steel No. 2
7. Nerve Roots Are Uncontrollable
8. Music Works for Industry
9. Georgetown
10. Organized Labor
11. Vs Chorus


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Monday, August 10, 2020

Arovane - Atol Scrap (2000)


Beautiful, magnificently rendered IDM from German producer Uwe Zahn. Blogger's forcing me to use a new interface so I'm honestly more focused on trying to figure this shit out than on actually writing this post. (Also, I can't figure out how to get two images to be aligned but not right next to each other, so that's why there are no album covers with the "also listen to" links below.) It's a really, really great album, though, I swear. 

Track listing:
1. Nonlin.R
2. Tascel_7
3. Thaem Nue
4. Ambelio
5. Scapen Te
6. Norvum
7. Revart Amx
8. Failed
9. Amine
10. R-Elet
11. Atol Scrap


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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Twilight Ritual - The Ritual (1982)


Belgian minimal/coldwave. Spooky synths, electronic drums, and intermittent vocals that can only be described as "exactly what you'd expect, in a good way."

Track listing:
1. Splintered Images of Oz
2. Surrounded
3. Webb-Men
4. They Are We
5. Ever Changes
6. Fading Me
7. A Chrome Entrance
8. Elegy
9. Up to Now
10. Filters of Density

I am here // I am not

Also listen to:
Snowy Red -
The Right to Die (1982)
Minimal Man -
Sex with God (1985)

Monday, August 3, 2020

Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings (1983)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Mark Isham - Castalia (1988)
Mark Isham - Tibet (1989)
Mark Isham - Mark Isham (1990)

Easily my favorite Mark Isham record, not to mention one of my all-time favorite new age records. Synths, trumpet, and more meld together into a single warm, shimmering ocean of sound.

Track listing:
1. Many Chinas
2. Sympathy and Acknowledgment
3. On the Threshold of Liberty
4. When Things Dream
5. Raffles in Rio
6. Something Nice for My Dog
7. Men Before the Mirror
8. Mr. Moto's Penguin (Who'd Be an Eskimo's Wife)
9. In the Blue Distance

I demand a better future

Similar sounds:
Harold Budd -
The Pavilion of Dreams (1978)
Rainer Brüninghaus -
Continuum (1983)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Other Colors - Natural Motion (2016)


Sophisticated, hazily anxious Baltimore indie. Been wanting to post this since it first came out, as this band is so fucking slept-on that the fifth search result for "other colors natural motion" is a link to a motion-activated night light for your toilet.

Track listing:
1. Return to Life
2. Natural Motion
3. Livin' the Same
4. Color Me Whatever
5. Awaken the Feeling
6. You Know the One
7. Something Flashy
8. Dream of Mine
9. Is It Over?

Space out and see

You might also enjoy:
Pure X -
Pleasure (2011)
Erik Blood -
Lost in Slow Motion (2016)

Monday, July 27, 2020

Black Math Horseman - Wyllt (2009)


Got a comment on my last post requesting "something post-metal or post-punk with a female at the vocals? that is also not fast paced." These are the kinds of requests I enjoy, so I'm happy to oblige. Post-metal with touches of occult psych rock and dark Americana, featuring vocalist Sera Timms, who'd go on to front Ides of Gemini.

Track listing:
1. Tyrant
2. Deerslayer
3. A Barren Cause
4. Origin of Savagery
5. Torment of the Metals
6. Bird of All Faiths and None / Bell from Madrone

She has a secret

You might also like:
Across Tundras -
Western Sky Ride (2008)
Bloodiest -
Descent (2011)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Red Snapper - Prince Blimey (1996)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Red Snapper - Making Bones (1998)

I've been slowly burning through an extensive backlog of unpublished comments and requests, and apparently back in February, someone requested more Red Snapper, AND I just so happened to be listening to Red Snapper when I finally saw said request, so here we are. Honestly, what with everything in the world being so goddamn awful, I've been feeling pretty depressed, and this is one of the first records that's truly lifted my spirits in a while. Prince Blimey is their second and probably best album. A super-tight rhythm section driven by heavy double bass, plus lots of saxophone and spaced-out guitar.

Track listing:
1. Crusoe Takes a Trip
2. 3 Strikes and You're Out
3. Thomas the Fib
4. Get Some Sleep Tiger
5. Fatboy's Dust
6. Moonbuggy
7. The Paranoid
8. Space Sickness
9. The Last One
10. Digging Doctor What What
11. Gridlock
12. Lo-Beam

Our aim is to satisfy

Also of interest:
Luke Vibert -
Big Soup (1997)
DJ Spooky -
Optometry (2002)

Monday, July 20, 2020

lowercase - The Going Away Present (1999)


Third, final, and best album by lowercase. Dark, slow-burning songs that strike a pretty remarkable middle-ground between post-hardcore, slowcore, and screamo.

Track listing:
1. Floodlit
2. Willing to Follow You Down
3. The Going Away Present
4. Glisten to the Pink
5. The Open Sea
6. On a Bender
7. Last Stand
8. Thistrainwillnotstop

The loss keeps bleeding
The milk runs warm and mild upon the pavement


You're also gonna wanna hear:
Chokebore -
Motionless (1994)
U.S. Maple -
Purple on Time (2003)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Michel Herr, Bill Frisell, Vinton Johnson, Kermit Driscoll - Good Buddies (1978)


Related:
Bill Frisell - Rambler (1984)

How 'bout a little fusion to liven up your otherwise oppressively hopeless existence? And how did I only just find out earlier today that Bill Frisell plays on a bunch of The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull? Crazy. Discovering that made me want to hear maybe some more obscure Frisell stuff, which led me to Good Buddies. Features, among others, Frisell on guitar, and gratuitous nudity on the album cover.

Track listing:
1. Acapulco Bells
2. Frog Legs Vampin' in the Moonlight
3. I Think I Know What You Mean
4. Sans Blues Thank You
5. What Do You Mean, What Do You Mean?
6. Good Buddies

Smile on you

You should also listen to:
Paul Horn -
Dream Machine (1978)
Cam Newton -
Welcome Aliens (1980)

Monday, July 13, 2020

Avzhia - Dark Emperors (1996)


An unsung classic of Mexican black metal. Strangely muted guitars, eerie keyboards, and death-rattle rasps make for a uniquely evil, atmospheric sound.

Track listing:
1. Into the War
2. Shadows of the Forest
3. Black Prayer
4. Immortal Spirit
5. Dark Emperors
6. Empire
7. Into the Silence of the Shadows
8. Father of Sinners

I am a sacrilegious priest of hell

You'd also like:
Algaion -
Oimai Algaion (1995)
Near - The Dark Art of the Death
Hidden in the Castle
(2003)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Facedowninshit - Shit Bloody Shit (2002)


Crusty sludge/sludgy crust. Riffs for days. Shit Bloody Shit collects everything that the band had recorded up to this point, and it was one of my absolute favorite records as a young weedhead.

Track listing:
1. Cinders
2. Doused Spirits
3. Bleeding in the Street
4. Rigid Limbs
5. Distant Cries
6. Spent Corpse
7. Broken Hands
8. Born in Fucking Chains
9. Left Behind
10. With Seeds
11. Stepping Away
12. Born in Fucking Chains
13. Rigid Limbs
14. Into the Woods
15. Broken Hands

Justice is every pig bleeding in the street

More shit I loved when I was young and stoned:
Grief - ... And Man Will
Become the Hunted
(2000)
Brainoil -
Brainoil (2003)