A couple of things… ground rules if you will… or perhaps just explanations…
On this blog, “new music” can mean a newly or recently released album… something I have just discovered… or an older record I have never heard. Or, as is the case for today, something I am just getting to more deeply explore… and something I am not sure many of you may know yet.
I don’t want to be presumptuous. It may just be new for me, but if it is new for both of us, that would be even more exciting. I love to share music, and to connect with something at the same time is a powerful thing.
So electronic… electronica… “music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production.”
When I was younger… okay, like even ten years ago… I was never a huge fan of electronic music and I know this genre scares a lot of you.
Okay, it does not SCARE you, but you do tend to dismiss it. I did the same thing. I used to think it was the music you heard on an elevator ride. Or the kind of loud, grinding, repetitive dance music that played in the clubs I would never set foot in. Either way, I did not give it much attention.
But then KCRW eased me into it… playing me things that captured my imagination and made me realize the genre was vast and could cover so many types of music… It could go almost anywhere. Discussions with friends yielded a whole list of albums to listen to and explore… and thus my love affair with electronic, ambient, trip-hop, etc. began…
There was Massive Attack, Air, Lemon Jelly, Nicola Conte, B.T., Cousteau, Zero 7, William Orbit, Underworld, Portishead, Thievery Corporation, Quadron, Phantogram, Nightmares on Wax, Millionyoung, Little Dragon, Sia, Leftfield, Koop, Gotan Project, Ladytron and Goldfrapp, to name a lot!
And within those groups and artists there is jazz, funk, pop and rock and more.
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
M83 was formed in France in 2001 and is now essentially Anthony Gonzalez and whoever he has playing with him.
Saturdays=Youth was grabbed from the bins at KCRW. It blew me away and definitely opened me up even more to the genre, although by that time I was lot more open-minded and a lot more into this. Again, this was just music I had never really been exposed to or understood.
I’ll be honest, some of electronic music I can listen to outright and some of it is just soothing… something to play when meditating or relaxing or in the background… But having music around me and always in the air is a really important thing… it is a game changer AND a mood changer.
This album came out in October of last year and takes you almost anywhere you can think of going… anywhere you want to go… It is quiet in parts and big and brash in others. It commands your attention.
AllMusic calls it a “collection of impressionistic moments rather than a grand statement. The album begins with two songs that reaffirm Gonzalez’s flair for the unapologetically epic music that makes him a rarity among artists in the 2010s, electronic or otherwise.”
And they say continue that “it feels like a destination to explore.”
“Midnight City” is one of those tracks that seems to be everywhere… A ton of fun…
The whole double album has so much to offer the ears. The third track “Reunion” has great rock and pop elements that bring any ’80s bands to mind. And “Where The Boats Go” would fit well into the soundtrack of many a great film. His music is always cinematic and visual.
So escape with this record. The musicianship is strong and exciting and it will open up a whole world to you. If “Raconte-Moi Une Histoire” does not make you beam and just feel so damn good, then I don’t know…
Hopefully the next time you are looking through the bins and shelves of a music store, you won’t skip over the electronic section.