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Two years ago, I accepted a promotional album called ‘Ascendant’ from a guy named Mark Northfield. At the time, I didn’t think too much of it. I receive promos all the time, and while this one was certainly more enjoyable than most, I am ashamed to admit I basically dismissed it. I shirked giving it a (deserved) full scale review, instead giving it a cheeky soundoff based off a misguided first impression and not thinking much of it.

But in doing this, I short changed the album’s depth. ‘Ascendant’ has been an album I’ve come back to quite regularly over the past two years,  and in doing so, I’ve discovered a deep, intricate album. Northfield’s sound is familiar, but not quite like anything I’ve encountered before. ‘Ascendant’ is jazzy, classy, intimate; like its set in a smokey bar where you’re the only one reeeeally listening. Northfield’s cast of friends brings a vaudevillian charm to each track, realizing a world that romanticizes theatricality, the 19th century brilliantly recaptured.

Northfield, I assume, frequents this site, as he has in the past cited on his Myspace my soundoff and the fact I placed his album (probably too low) on my top 100 albums of the decade. I hope he comes across this blog post and accepts this apology. I feel as though I’ve shortchanged him for far too long. I hope to get in a full review of ‘Ascendant’ this month. Maybe too little too late, but better late than never.

Oh, also, “Zero” is one of the best songs of the past five years. Fact.

Mark Northfield- “Zero”

Mark Northfield- “Waiting For Green”





Electric City
03.31.10
dunno how to make those players in blog posts so if you wanna hear em, you'll have to download the tracks, sorry guys.

thebhoy
03.31.10
Zero is great but one of the best songs of the last five years? that's lofty.

toolpeth182
03.31.10
i don't understand, you are sorry that you gave him the #19 spot in your best albums of 2008 list? i mean, he beat sigur rós. i think if someone (that nobody has ever really heard of before) had an album rated higher than sigur rós', which was mostly rated as 'Excellent', that someone should be very happy. hell, he should be grateful he was even mentioned on your list.

if you're thinking it's your fault he didn't get noticed on sputnik, i'd say you're very wrong and overreacting.

anyways, Zero was a moving track. i liked it quite a bit. really enjoyed it once the guitar comes in :)

Electric City
03.31.10
that's not what I'm saying, I'm saying I never gave him a full review when I should have. Basically.

Iluvatar
03.31.10
this is totally adam downer just feeling bad D=

Electric City
03.31.10
whodafx this guy

Knott-
03.31.10
woah awkward

joshuatree
03.31.10
yo toolpeth chill out bro

toolpeth182
03.31.10
wat. i believe i am chill. just didn't think an apology thread was necessary, that's all.

peace.

TheSpirit
03.31.10
i mean there are probably a lot of great albums that have gotten/currently overlooked everyday. It sucks, but at the end of the day does it really warrant an apology? I understand you feeling bad (to a degree) but an artist needs to accept that they wont find the acclaim they would want everywhere.

thebhoy
04.01.10
I think people are missing the point of the "apology".

Enotron
04.01.10
Title sounds like a great song name.

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