Architecture is the aesthetic design of spaces, buildings, structures,…the arrangement of volumes within space.
Architecture opts to combine aesthetics with practicality …
Art with robust construction…
Aesthetics is a matter of taste and mode of expression, robustness a matter of technical knowledge and delivery.
Aural architecture is all about a wisely selected bunch of background sounds to the life of the listener.
Throw your arms around imagination and quality!
October 2nd 2015
Tiny actions multiplied (x billions) and the impact is immense
…just thoughts and keywords of days and nights tangled into the web of current media exposed reality. Music is the drug that will heal all possible wounds and love will guide to the light. In darkness we must (& will) endure…with music!
· Hess Is More
Electronic expression vehicle for Mikkel Hess from Denmark that started out in 2003. 5 albums, various tours and collaborations later, this vehicle has evolved into its current form: A Transatlantic Music Ensemble, with musicians colliding from New York as well as Denmark and beyond. Their 2014 release “Myheadisaballroom / Whoneedsapalaceanyway” presents the full 7 piece ensemble recorded “live to tape”. Here is their super fresh video for Bearsong that sets our musical journey off today/tonight.
· Chateau Marmont
Les beats de la finesse Parisienne! I keep hearing “Everybody Loves Somebody” in this fine track selected below and I’ll just hang on to my version of its title, if I may! Chateau Marmont are responsible for the label Chambre 404, home to their various other projects, and they have been previously known to adore and devour a very prog-rock school firmly rooted in the 70s, Californian languor, analogue sound and modular synths (Jean Michel Jarre meets Steely Dan, as they themselves describe it)! This very concept naturally erupted after their debut “The Maze” rained upon us in 2013, and –come 2015- they infected our pop awareness further with “Sound Of Shambala“.
· Kinoko Teikoku
Japanese shoegazing/dream pop band. Their first EP, Long Good Bye, peaked in the Oricon Albums Chart at #56 on the week of December 4, 2013. They got 3 LPs out since 2012. Their shoegaze pop is infectious and it is dreamy. We are indeed suckers for this sound. We apologize and at the same time we don’t. We love Japan & the culture of balanced wisdom and beauty this island harbors. Their cultural antennas are armed with heightened style sensors, hand in hand with deeply researched education, hence their diverse and top notch level in musical outcome in so many different types.
Visually striking and immediately captivating artist from Portland, Oregon, USA. Sporting a ukulele or a guitar, beat-boxing or singing, she’s done a tremendous job in taking the fluidity of the broader indie folk electronica sensitive genre collision even further. Following up her debut On The Horizon (2010), with Light Up Your Lantern (2014) has brought her to wider audiences she meets regularly anyway, the tireless and constantly travelling creature she apparently is.
· Flying Lotus
He’s well known for his outwardly projects and musical progressions, not unworthy of his origins as the grand-nephew of the late Alice & John Coltrane. Besides this blood-related advantage, well defended to say the least by the man’s five outstanding albums since 2006, this Afrofuturistic pop dream of a supergroup project comes with a glorious team up with Seattle rappers Shabazz Palaces and bassist Thundercat, and George Clinton on voice for first track: The Lavishments of Light Looking.
· The Underground Youth
From Blackpudlian Craig Dyer’s bedroom back in 2008 until today, it’s been a (rainy) walk that has offered a few albums plus many other partly obscure collaborations and creative outcomes, for the greater dark picture that is The Underground Youth, permanently now residing in the Greater Manchester. Uplifting melancholy and empowering psychedelia, with a deep cinematic aura, inspired by acts like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.
For their brand new musical deliverance, Tindersticks’ vocals of Stuart Staples collide with Jenny Berth’s (Savages) creating a stark, dark, atmospheric mousse of despair, nonetheless soul soothing and hope redeeming. Taken off their forthcoming new album entitled The Waiting Room -their 10th album in fact- planned for release on January 2016, for which they will dress their music with short movies by Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow & Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and for this here called We are Dreamers, by Gabriel Sanna.
Shiggajon is a Danish collective based around musicians Mikkel Reher-Lanberg and Nikolai Brix Vartenberg. What we’re dealing with here is an ever evolving and shapeshifting musical organism in terms of collaborators as well as the music itself. Spiritual, jazzy and transcending, they defy definitions and categorizations. And despite some obvious influences -for the ones who look into them in uber-analyzing mode-, their music is the kind that demands openness and surrender, as what’s really in quest is elevation and existential affirmation through sounds that occasionally verges on disorder and fear (!). Countless releases, mainly on tapes and CDr’s, since 2007, come 2011 and Asconema was to be their first release on vinyl. This year’s Sela is the third, after 2012’s Dansen.
· Get The Blessing
Currently touring central Europe, Bristol’s own Get The Blessing, have a new album in their luggage (Astronautilus) and they really need no further introduction. Most famously Jim Barr and Clive Deamer have provided rhythm section for Portishead on bass and drums respectively, in past tours. Deeper, darker and more fun as they describe it, here is a fine & peculiar cut off their new album, which -by the way- is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who passed away in June this year and has been the prime inspiration for the very formation of the band.
Turning 25 years old this year, Oxford band Ride’s debut album Nowhere, is celebrated with concerts at all major festivals around Europe and the Americas, deservedly so for such an influential shoegaze indie band and seminal release, back in October 1990. Of course they were only influenced by the sheer live momentum of bands like My Bloody Valentine, The Stone Roses, House Of Love and Sonic Youth so they dismissed the “shoegaze” tag as quite pigeonholing (and they still do). The big news for fans of Ride across the globe is the fact that they decided to materialize last year’s announcement about a reunion this year. Hence, for the first time since their breakup in 1996 they are playing dates in the US, UK and South East Asia this autumn to coincide with the anniversary of their debut album ‘Nowhere’, which they play it in its entirety. Ride on!
· Tom Tom Club
There is a thought of concluding this week’s AA session with something classic and powerful enough to get through the weekend and all of next week until we (virtually) meet again, when I will make yet another effort to inspire some hope in you and some incentive to shape your self-confidence into something useful for your immediate or not creatures (loved ones or not), perhaps additionally with paying some small attention to the animals and the plants and all those seemingly irrelevant beings that surround you. Effectively all the love comes back to you! Get the balance right and keep it! It’s all an eternal dance!
dif-tor heh smusma