Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Forest of Shadows - Where Dreams Turn to Dust (2000)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:

To mark the start of fall, and to celebrate my having just now found out that Forest of Shadows actually, finally put out another album back in 2018, here's their absolute masterpiece of a demo-turned-debut-EP, Where Dreams Turn to Dust. Sorrowful, atmospheric melodic doom at its finest.

Track listing:
1. Eternal Autumn
2. Wish
3. Of Sorrow Blue

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Joan Bibiloni - Silencio Roto (1987)

Solo album by Spanish guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Joan Bibiloni. Soothing, nocturnal sounds that fall somewhere between new age and fusion.

If you're one of the weirdly large number of people who have commented recently requesting that I re-up something in FLAC format, or start posting FLACs from here on out: I'm not doing that, for a number of reasons that I won't go into here unless you force me to. Just enjoy the damn music -- or don't -- and if you like it so much, go buy it on Discogs or something.

Track listing:
1. Silencio Roto (Cabecera)
2. Silencio Roto (Tema)
3. Sobrevivir
4. Bajo el azul
5. Contacto azul
6. Easy Walk
7. Nacimientos
8. Caminos del aire
9. Migas
10. Silencio Roto (Versión)
11. Vuelo lento
12. El salto del martín
13. Amanecer azul
14. Mamá
15. Agua profunda
16. Persecución
17. Vuela la hormiga
18. Nacimientos II
19. Walts for Lyle & Pat
20. Alas de seda
21. Refugio
22. Rueda firme
23. Ocasos

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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

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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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