Monday, August 30, 2021

Fumio Miyashita - Earth (1983)

Hypnotic, psychedelic new age sounds from Japanese new age pioneer Fumio Miyashita (of Far Out/Far East Family Band.) With its simple, pulsing rhythms, watery bass lines and fuzzy, space-out guitar leads, Earth often sounds closer to krautrock, or even Floydian space rock, than to new age. Note: this rip of the CD reissue was missing "Wave from East", so as you will surely hear, that track is sourced from a vinyl rip.

Track listing:
1. Creation
2. Dawn
3. Good Morning
4. Sun Beams
5. Earth Motion
6. Wave from East
7. Love from Motion
8. Touch
9. Dusk
10. Arion's Theme
11. Light for You [bonus]

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

How to Dress Well - Just Once (2011)

Still my favorite How to Dress Well record. The Just Once EP strips away the harshly lo-fi textures, beats, and samples, leaving behind just Krell's emotive vocals awash in the stately melancholy of a string quartet.

Track listing:
1. Suicide Dream 1 (Orchestral Version)
2. Suicide Dream 2 (Orchestral Version)
3. Suicide Dream 3 (Orchestral Version)
4. Decisions (Orchestral Version)

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Friday, August 27, 2021

The Aluminum Group - Plano (1998)

Breezy, understated, lushly-produced indie pop from a Chicagoan brother-brother duo. Elements of bachelor pad music, jazzy lounge, and yacht rock abound, making for music that's extremely easy on the ears, but holds up quite well to closer listening. Think The Divine Comedy, but instead of aggressively hetero, gay. I wonder if anyone has ever written about this band without using the word "sophisticated."

Track listing:
1. Chocolates
2. Angel on a Trampoline
3. A Boy in Love
4. Sugar & Promises
5. The Mattachine Society
6. Sunday Morning
7. 9 Months Later
8. Sad Gay Life
9. Steam
10. Star Wish
11. Photograph
12. Storytime

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Floatpoint - Beam Error (1995)

Download - Furnace (1995)

Atmospheric, psychedelic, trance-leaning tunes for late-night hypnotism. Floatpoint was a one-off collaboration between Phil Western and Romanian musician Dan Handrabur, and I really wish they'd recorded more music together because it's a pretty magical combo. Also, Western passed away back in 2019 and I had intended to post Worlds End in his honor but it looks like I never got around to it, so I'll take this opportunity to say: Rest in power, Phil. And fuck fentanyl.

Track listing:
1. LKO
2. Namlossah
3. Beam Error
4. Trypt
5. Luna
6. Landhip
7. Ilmabahujailkt
8. Phall
9. Coom
10. Maze

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Purple Ivy Shadows - No More the Trees Than the Stars (1997)

Laid-back, country-and-psych-tinged indie rock from Providence, RI (thanks for the correction.) No Less the Trees Than the Stars has soundtracked a few late-night friend-bubble porch-hangs here at Opium Hum HQ, and it always hits just right.

Track listing:
1. Pawtucket
2. Feeble
3. Rebuilding the Ancestral Statue
4. Until I Saw the Fish
5. Blue Mtn.
6. Roadwise Blood
7. Sustance
8. She Wouldn't Have It
9. Stairs
10. Dancefloor's Shiny Under Junky
11. No Health
12. A Space Is Needed

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Miriodor - Miriodor (1988)

I'm back! Had this post locked and ready to post while I was away, but vacation life took over and I temporarily forgot about the internet. Excellent sophomore album by these Canadian RIO purveyors. Disjointed, queasy, but propulsive instrumentals played on unsettlingly synthetic keyboards and decidedly un-synthetic saxophones and percussion. I'm including the bonus tracks because the first vinyl press of this record is the only version that doesn't include them so to me they feel like part of the proper album.

Track listing:
1. Regards / Regards
2. Spirale / Spiral
3. March Funèbre / Funeral March
4. Valence / Valence
5. Piège / Trap
6. Suspicion / Suspicion
7. Insomnie Prèmonitoire / Premonitory Insomnia
8. Réseau / Network
9. En Attendant Rémi / Waiting for Remi
10. Pleine Lune / Full Moon
11. Suspicion / Suspicion
12. Oriflamme / Oriflamme
13. Convoi Nocturne / Nocturnal Procession
14. Moyen Âge / Middle Ages

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Monday, August 16, 2021

The Clientele - The Violet Hour (2003)

Heavenly English indie pop/rock. Chiming guitars, shuffling drums, and dreamy, whispery vocals, all awash in reverb. I know that we're all paying attention to 5 things at once, and this band's super easy to just vibe to, but I highly recommend actually giving this record the close listen that it deserves; like, read along to the lyrics and everything. Here, you don't even have to Google them.

(Re: previous post: I deleted it, so anyone who commented on it obviously won’t be getting a direct response. Definitely makes me think that I should always do at least a little research about bands before I post about them — I usually do, but sometimes I just stumble across a record, get super stoked about it, and post it without knowing anything about the artist. My bad. Thanks to everyone for letting me know. I’m drunk and on vacation, so I’m gonna leave it at that for now, but might want to share more thoughts when I’m in a better position to do so.)

Track listing:
1. The Violet Hour
2. Voices in the Mall
3. When You and I Were Young
4. Missing
5. Jamaican Rum Rhumba
6. House on Fire
7. Everybody's Gone
8. Porcelain
9. Haunted Melody
10. Prelude
11. Lamplight
12. The House Always Wins
13. Policeman Getting Lost

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Holydrug Couple - Awe (2011)

Hazy Chilean neo-psych. Fuzzed-out, jammy guitar reveries dotted with the occasional sleepy vocal. Demands to be listened to in the sun, and by the time you read this, I hope to be on a beach doing just that.

Track listing:
1. Ancient Land
2. Mountaintop
3. Long Rain
4. Now Revisited
5. We're Gonna Die
6. Flow
7. Clouds

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Total Abuse - Mutt (2010)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Total Abuse - Prison Sweat (2011)

Gnarly-ass hardcore with strong noise rock leanings that sometimes completely take over. One of my first posts on here was this band's next LP, and I have no idea why I went with that one, as I have always been way more into Mutt. Time to right yesterday's wrongs.

Track listing:
1. Eunuch
2. Buried
3. Caligula
4. Discipline
5. Secret Passage I
6. 14 Years Old
7. Fluid Exchange
8. Pure
9. Flashing
10. Mutt
11. Secret Passage II

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Bríi - Sem Propósito (2021)

Trance-inducing Brazilian black metal. Two sprawling, psychedelic compositions merging the seemingly disparate worlds of krautrock/Berlin school synth and atmospheric black metal. It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that this is one of my favorite records of the year so far, but honestly, I went into it expecting atmospheric black metal broken up by synth-y interludes, and was elated to hear an actually complete and seamless fusion. Free/name your price via bandcamp.

Two tracks, titled "A" and "B"

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thee More Shallows - More Deep Cuts (2004)


Sweet, sad, but sharp, ornate-in-a-homemade-sort-of-way, lo-fi-ish indie rock. If you click the link above, you'll see that I knew practically nothing about the band Shackleton at the time, and my post doubled as an attempt to gather some intel. Well, thanks to one commenter, I found out that it was a project of an SF musician named Dee Kessler, and that he had another band called Thee More Shallows. Someone else jumped in to recommend their first record, which I do love, but having had a long time to percolate on it, I feel that More Deep Cuts has the edge ever so slightly. That being said, literally everything I've heard from Dee Kessler has really exemplified this blog's credo of "this record should be way more popular." 

Track listing:
1. Post-Present
2. Pre-Present
3. Freshman Thesis
4. - int -
5. Ave Gracve
6. Cold Dis
7. Cloisterphobia
8. 2 AM
9. - int -
10. Walk of Shame
11. Ask Me About Jon Stross
12. House Break

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Super Cat - Boops! (1986)

Digital dancehall from an Afro-Jamaican deejay with an effortlessly smooth, unrelenting flow. It's been hot and sweaty as hell here in Portland, OR, so here's some hot and sweaty music to match.

Track listing:
1. "Pops"
2. Move Up
3. What a Ride
4. Terminator
5. Charity
6. Boops
7. Vine Yard Party
8. D.J. Daddy
9. Jamaica Jamaica
10. How Cat Go America

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Variable Unit - Handbook for the Apocalypse (2003)

Future jazz/hip-hop fusion for weirdos and freaks trying to survive in a world that's hell-bent on ending itself. The kind of truly excellent, utterly obscure album that makes me even more suspect of the inexplicably popular titans of our pop/hip-hop landscape.

(If anyone has a higher quality rip of this, please post a link in the comments.)

Track listing:
1. Towers Open Fire
2. Handbook for the Apocalypse
3. War Again
4. Not One of Us, All of Us!
5. I Am on a Journey to My Soul, But the Police Just Pulled Me Over
6. We Are at War
7. Hologram Network
8. Shake the Cosmic Dice
9. Gas and Violence
10. Walking with My Son
11. Transcending Terror
12. Killing Time

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