The Black Dog
Music for Real Airports


3.5
great

Review

by danielito19 USER (28 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2015 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fuck air travel.

While Brian Eno's seminal ambient album Music for Airports was intended to calm down those who might be anxious about flying, The Black Dog's techno-tinged answer is intended to make you really think about the hell that is air travel. Music for Real Airports is about showing up two hours before your flight "in case security is busy," about stripping down for the screening before being asked to go through the cancer machine, and then subsequently pat down, as if crystal clear pictures of your genitalia weren't enough. It's about spending twice as much as you normally would on subpar food, and dirty, uncomfortable terminal chairs (if the gate isn't completely full of similarly cranky passengers), and of course the inevitable announcement that your plane was delayed and you must now wait an additional hour or more. It's about the mothers that force their children who are clearly too young to fly onto a plane with seemingly no regard for the other passengers. It's about the constant plane noise that makes music listening nigh impossible without incurring permanent hearing loss, and the seats that "recline," assuming every passenger is approximately five feet tall. It's about the dread you feel when you realize you'll have to go through the entire process again on your way home.

All of this implies that Music for Real Airports is excruciatingly unpleasant. Fortunately this is not the case, as the Black Dog are quite adept at composition, and the albums leading up to this belied enough minimalist/ambient leanings that the jump to a primarily ambient album was easily within their reach. Music for Real Airports is full of field recordings gathered from a real airport, and these recordings are used to generate feelings of tension and dread underneath the already gloomy ambient compositions. The more techno-oriented tracks are minimal enough to be unobtrusive, but intricate enough to focus on if needed - fulfilling Mr. Eno's admission that ambient music should be "as ignorable as it is interesting." Music for Real Airports isn't as good or important as Music for Airports - but it's not trying to be. It's merely trying to portray airports as they really are, and succeeding spectacularly.




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Mort.
May 22nd 2015


14944 Comments


Great review man posd

This sounds really interesting, will check

danielito19
May 22nd 2015


12237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks broe! the airport they did their field recordings at is East Midlands Airport. It's a really interesting piece, if you like it you should check the rest of their stuff. pretty much every release they did post-Spanners is dark and clinical (but much more beat-oriented than this).

DrJohn
May 22nd 2015


1041 Comments


An enjoyable read posd

Snake.
May 22nd 2015


22213 Comments


pos'd dorito



really intrigued by this

Hopelust
May 22nd 2015


3476 Comments


Reminds me a little of that Louis CK bit about how everyone should stop complaining about air travel. lol

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 4

Relinquished
May 22nd 2015


44996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love thsi album

danielito19
May 22nd 2015


12237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the kind words. relinquished you heard their album Spanners?

PappyMason
May 22nd 2015


5702 Comments


Sweet write-up man. Pos'

Yeah, this is definitely an interesting album. I've actually got a review for this in the works as well (although I've been saying that for the last month).

Kman418
May 22nd 2015


13271 Comments


this is probably better than music for airports cus brian eno sux lol

PappyMason
May 22nd 2015


5702 Comments


Lol. Music for Airports might be overrated, but Brian Eno definitely doesn't suck.

Kman418
May 22nd 2015


13271 Comments


idk ive heard that and ambient 4 and both were not interesting at all

PappyMason
May 22nd 2015


5702 Comments


Well, his discog is far more than just ambient.

For ambient I'd suggest checking out 'Evening Star' (by Fripp & Eno) and 'Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks'. For art rock, listen to 'Here Come the Warm Jets' and 'Another Green World'. 'Taking Tiger Mountain' and 'Before and After Science' are also highly recommended.

Mort.
May 22nd 2015


14944 Comments


Always memeing arent you itchy

Relinquished
May 22nd 2015


44996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"relinquished you heard their album Spanners?"



I heard that one, temple, radio scarecrow, and further vexations



all are really good

danielito19
May 23rd 2015


12237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@kyle brian eno is the fucken man



@pappy brian eno is the fucken man



@itchy lowest tier of memery



@wolfe check their debut Bytes. it's prob their best.

YakNips
June 8th 2015


19971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im gonna jam so i can talk about how the brian eno album is better

PappyMason
June 8th 2015


5702 Comments


Well it's the complete antithesis of Brian Eno's album, but yeah.

Relinquished
June 8th 2015


44996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"check their debut Bytes. it's prob their best"



that's not them entirely but yea either way I know of it bro cmon if hype knows of it I most likely know of it

Cygnatti
June 8th 2015


33289 Comments


Will def jam now

Relinquished
June 8th 2015


44996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

def good shit wolfe approved



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