This week’s mix is from musician Lee Noble who has had a ridiculously great 2013 thus far with two releases on Bathetic and a 12” reissue of “Darker Half.” He also runs the No Kings record label.
“This mix is heavy on East Asian music, with a few digressions. Look for cool patterns, space in-between notes, sun-dried synth tones, dusty-vinyl production value, and striking vocal choices. I’m trying to understand what the theme is here, but I don’t know. I really wanted to put all these songs together. There’s also a bonus kalimba / bell interlude by myself and Steve Molyneux mixed in here.”
1. Reincarnation - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
This is the group who did the soundtrack for Akira. This track is from their previous album that “got them the job”. Longtime Akira fan, TJ Richards from Trabajo passed me these other tracks. I recently saw the vinyl edition for sale online for $800. I rewind to the part at :37 when the second melody comes in - OVER AND OVER!
2. Beloved Girlfriend (songsa Somlaunh Jet) - Sinn Sisamouth
His voice is incredible. This song has such a smooth, smoky vibe. He was killed by the Khmer Rouge. So sad!
3. Memory - D-Day
Japanese 80s band who made this one pretty cool record called Grape Iris. I love this recording, the production is so good, guitar tone, the bass, great vocals. Catchy.
4. Give Responsibility to the Son-In-Law - Soonton Chairoogruen
Steve went to Thailand a couple years ago and brought back a magical instrument called a Khaen, featured heavily in this track. What a JAM.
5. Dream of No Pillow - Tomo Akikawabaya
Seemingly there is no info about this artist, beyond a handful of limited self-released vinyls from the 80s. All artwork featured the same model Rena Anju, who is also in this excellent Yellow Magic Orchestra video and Tomo is also credited with sewing the outfits she wears in the photos. Really good romantic synth tracks, with these serious vocals. A few other songs on youtube. All great. Someone please send me links to some more mp3s!
6. Shunmin - Pale Cocoon
Another 80s Japanese band. Lots of nice interstitial synth pieces.
7. Part XVI (Bach) Remix #3 - Edward Artemyev From the 1972 Solaris soundtrack. Really ahead of it’s time! Droney-Bach-Noise-Remix? What a maniac! Not to mention, earth shatteringly gorgeous. I often think of the shifting waves and colors and the foggy apparitions of the planet in the movie.
8. NCR - Ike Yard
Amazing rhythm patterns on this. Futuristic.
9. Dirge I - Laurie Spiegel
All her pieces have these beautiful rotating syncopated patterns.
10. Nakairiraigyo - The Kyoto Nohgaku Kai
Noh music intermission. Sparse! Dynamic!
11. unknown - Curtis Roads
Curtis is my uncle, and he does a lot of really beautiful and unique computer synthesis composition with microscopic sound particles and clouds. I can’t remember the name of this track, but I believe it’s a movement from his 1994 piece Clang Tint. It’s sort of atypical from many of his other pieces because it goes into these long tone passages at the end. Lovely.
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