OK, throughout all of my vigorous findings on the portal, the endless hours of blogging the blogs, reading the reviews, and listening to many many sounds, i have come to discover something. And that is that Dubstep is making its way out-out of that underground genius start, and poking its way out to the ears of the listeners, and it’s spreading. Fast!
I’m not going to be the first one to share with you this amazing cover. Not even close. But over the last 48 hours I’ve been listening to it a lot, no rhythm or reason, it’s just been so addictive. You can pick up Jamison’s full LP from Arcade Sound Ltd. I did. Hopfully it arrives in a timely fashion vs the Coma Cinema tape I’m still waiting on.
Teen Daze makes me want to French kiss some French gurlz.
Creating a moving piece of music is hard enough to begin with. Creating a moving piece of music without words is a different beast entirely. Continuing in the tradition of Max Richter, Mogwai, Emeralds, Mark McGuire and GY!BE, Brooklyn’s Guilty Ghosts (Tristan O’Donnell) will tug at your heartstrings without uttering a single syllable. You could pigeonhole this guy as ambient/drone, but his stuff’s not that simple; leaving no sub-genre unturned, he does everything from downtempo hip-hop (“Renée”) to sweeping walls of sound (“Grand Illusions”) This smattering of influences is almost always tied together by the crisp clatter of a drum machine.
While O’Donnell has no shortage of wonderful tunes on his bandcamp, “Top Prize Fighter” (From Enigma Variations) packs a particularly hefty punch. Built around a deeply affecting guitar line, it’s the track that most closely echoes Explosions in the Sky and early 4AD (both of which he lists as influences). It’s not as cinematic as Mogwai or as flat-out epic as GY!BE, but its somber undercurrents and slow unravel are something to behold.