|Liledman Does 2012|
I can but acknowledge that this diary of musical experiences is hideously
late, on account of the year already having passed us by, to the extent that
this is no longer relevant as far as evaluating releases is concerned because
it is no longer timely, and is in fact totally devoid of worth because I can on
no account boast of my achievements, because, as it needs to be said, most
of these releases have been accounted for on some list or other ? their utility
becoming somewhat stale by now ? and therefore afford your humble list-
maker no such bragging rights nor claims of any kind to elite standing within
this so-called community, which is of course the only reason one would find
for devising such a list, subjecting an assortment of musical releases to such
a vulgar simplification of aesthetic experience, immersion and judgement,
though in the present circumstances one can only surmise that a perverse
joy can still be attained through the act of placing one album after the other
into some abstract hierarchy, regardless of the pertinence, regardless of
tardiness, regardless of impact, reception, acknowledgement or any kind of
commendation, for it is this perversity alone with which I stand before you
now, and present you with this list.
Until the Quiet Comes
Instrumental Hip Hop | Fairly pedestrian, to be honest.
Folk, Indie Rock | I dig these guys to the extent that they actually do try to subtly
push beyond the typical folky-indie-y approach, and play with the nuts and bolts of
their sound quite a bit.
Visiting This World
Ambient | Hissing is a bit uncalled for.
Sonic Youth | "They sound like Sonic Youth!"
Deep House | Don't go in for house too often, but I enjoyed this. In my bedroom.
Nether Tombs of Abbadon
Death Metal | It's all a rip-off, or homage, but it's fun.
Ambient | Liz Harris
Relics of Inner War
Black Metal | Straight ahead black metal is quite refreshing every now and then.
Hip Hop | Something about Reagan?
|41||Grinning Death's Head|
Black Metal | Rough stuff to get you going.
Sketches From New Brighton
Ambient | Silky smooth.
Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
Dark Ambient | Lovely cover, goodish music. The cinematic kind of approach to "dark"
music never really engages me though.
Acid House | Good for a few jams.
Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator
Black Metal | Not quite as interesting as their previous work (a common theme this
year) but these guys are a fucking solid band so it is still worth the listen.
Ambient | Soothing.
The Broken Man
Contemporary Folk | http://vimeo.com/31071691
Power Electronics | Cool stuff I have to check out more from this guy.
4eva N a Day
Hip Hop | It's a nice album.
Avant-garde | I have yet to get my hands on Crosshatches, which is the semi-lauded
release from Pisaro and Tsunoda, but this release has gotten me very interested
indeed. Occasionally the spoken word interjection stick out a little too much against
the sparse backdrop, but there is much beauty to be found here.
|31||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Post-Rock | Maybe I'm just getting over them, but I don't think this quite has the
spark of their earlier releases. It's still a fun ride though, as always.
Dark Ambient | Just like their last comp, there is a lot of stuff on here I dig, but not
enough to keep me pinned down and engrossed for the whole length every time.
These guys do have a great sound though.
Death Metal | I listened to much less metal in 2012 than in previous years, but the
Adversarial side of this split kept my masculinity in check.
Dark Ambient | A dark-ish ambient base with a whole bunch of wacky noises on top.
Balearic Beat |
Cancer 4 Cure
Hip Hop | I still don't like any of his solo stuff as much as the Company Flow work,
rhymes or beats, but he is still a guy that must be payed attention to.
|25|| ||Claro Intelecto|
Second Blood EP
Minimal Techno | More of the quality found on the full-length.
Drone, Ambient | Mmmm
Folk, Post-Rock | Never quite bought into the hype for this dude. As much as I like the
vibe, and some of the ideas, I would love a bit more of a progressive approach to
musical material. It doesn't have to be crazy, just some subtle prodding at the norm,
Drone | One of the most intriguing acts to emerge from techno.
Noise Rock | Haino, Ambarchi and O'Malley blasting some shit out. Both this and the
other trio with Haino and Ambarchi were great, and worth listening for anybody
interested in Haino's stuff particularly.
|20||Wadada Leo Smith|
Ten Freedom Summers
Avant-Garde Jazz | A behemoth, which just about works. I have mixed feelings about
this release, and about the integration of classical chamber music with avant-jazz, but
there is enough quality over the 4 hour running time to warrant a gold star or two.
Maybe I'm being harsh, but when something is this long, I thing everybody tends to
Experimental Rock | A behemoth, which mostly works.
Future Garage | The prophet appears again!
12 Stationer VI
Electroacoustic | Bunch-o'-weird-sounds.
Free Jazz | Jazz for the homeless. Not as explosive as his early '90s releases, but a
Ambient, Dream Pop | Interesting approach here, as far as production is concerned,
setting vocals squarely against the accompaniment, which automatically jars with the
apparent idiom she is lumped in.
|14||Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino|
Noise Rock | Maniacal, noisy improv from these three fiends. Haino's personality is
somewhat dominant (as much as he deconstructs the standard rock template, the
standard band hierarchy and prominence of singer/guitarist frontman is something that
interestingly always remains), with many of the jams turning into squalling guitars
over a bass/drum groove, but all three have a big ol' bash and plenty of fun is had
along the way.
IDM, Minimal Techno | I still haven't been head over heels for any of his albums, but I
understand his apparent popularity.
Minimal Techno | Great atmosphere, great beats, great vibe.
The World Is A House On Fire
Slowcore | I wouldn't have thought that I would place it this highly, but there you go.
Minimal Techno | Dark brooding beats are the order of the day. Forever.
Dance Classics Vol. I
IDM | Lots of interesting stuff going on here. Of all the things on this list, perhaps this
is the one that I am surprised at the lack of attention it has received on Sputnik.
Future Garage | Year of Burial Buzz.
|7|| ||Friedrich Cerha|
Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester; Impulse für Orchester
Modern Classical |
|6|| ||Olivier Messiaen|
Modern Classical | Mammoth boxset, comprising 8 discs of wondrous recordings of
birdy noises and colourful Catholic nonsense.
Minimal Techno | I hastily judged this as a further experiment after Stott's previous
EPs, which I love dearly, though as cliche as it is, "further listens revealed ?" yada
yada, and so it goes. Needless to say, Stott is the man, and I am a fanboy.
Particularly when he is (strangely) alongside Ravel at Chanel:
Fremde Zeit Addendum
Modern Classical | Bring on the classical. This 3-Cd set is more of what you would hope
for from this intriguing composer: drawn-out, aching whispers of sounds, the kinds of
sounds that impel you to lean forward a little, even with the volume turned up, giving
you the feeling of being privy to some sort of hushed ritual of sonic worship. Almost 3
hours of worship, mind you.
|3|| ||Luigi Nono|
A Pierre. Dell?azzurro silenzio, inquietum
Modern Classical | Neos is a fantastic label. This is only the second physical copy I
have bought from them, but I am floored by how great the product is, from the
recording qulity to the design and packaging. And I guess the music itself is pretty
fucking awesome too.
Modern Classical | "At June in Buffalo" - This is a live recording by the trio whom
Feldman wrote the piece for. I am a card-carrying Feldmaniac, so of course I gorged
myself on this 2-CD set, but truly this is a great entrance point for anybody interested
in this brilliant composer, and a must-have recording for those already in the know.
Complete String Quartets
Modern Classical | A brilliant set, which has taken over as my go-to Guba release.
Clearly I have favoured classical releases this year, and I am glad that I have actually
payed attention to what has been coming out, because it has been fantastic stuff.