Friday, 30 October 2009

Philippe Rombi/Krishna Levy - Bandes Originales des Films de François Ozon [Swimming Pool/Sous le Sable/Les Amants Criminels/8 Femmes] (2003)

Philippe Rombi is a talented french composer who has built a solid career in the soundtrack field since the mid 90's.
This collection focuses on the movies of François Ozon, where the main point of reference is obviously "Swimming Pool", a marvellously haunting soundtrack, much in the vein of Krzysztof Komeda's "Rosemary's Baby".
It is also included in this record the main theme of "8 Femmes", composed by Krishna Levy.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Ray Manzarek - Carmina Burana (1983)

Here's a somewhat interesting approach to Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" by ex-The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek.
He was accompanied by Michael Riesman, Larry Anderson, Ted Hall, Doug Hodges, Adam Holzman and Jack Kripl.
The record was produced by Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi.

Philip Glass - Satyagraha [Act I-Tolstoy] (1985)

Philip Glass - Satyagraha [Act II-Tagore] (1985)

Philip Glass - Satyagraha [Act III-King] (1985)

One of my Glass favourites, this opera was presented the first time in the Netherlands in 1980.
This is a CBS 1985 recording, performed by The New York City Opera, Orchestra & Chorus and it was conducted by Christopher Keene.

P.S. - I just love the 1st movement of the 2nd act. Really amazing!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Wim Mertens - At Home-Not at Home (1982)

Wim Mertens - Struggle for Pleasure (1983)

Wim Mertens - Maximizing the Audience (1984)
Wim Mertens - Instrumental Songs [Musique à Une Voix] (1986)
Wim Mertens - A Man of No Fortune and With a Name to Come (1986)
Wim Mertens - Educes Me (1988)
Wim Mertens - After Virtue (1988)
Wim Mertens - Motives for Writing (1989)
Wim Mertens - Shot and Echo (1993)
Wim Mertens - Epic That Never Was (1994)
Wim Mertens - Jardin Clos (1996)
With more than 50 albums released to date, these are just a few of the records that made of this belgian composer an undeniable reference in the music history of the last 25/30 years, due, in particular, to works like "Struggle for Pleasure", "Maximizing the Audience", "A Man of No Fortune...", "After Virtue", "Motives for Writing" or "Shot and Echo".
Hope you like it!

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Coroner - R.I.P. (1987)
Coroner - Punishment for Decadence (1988)
Coroner - No More Color (1989)
Coroner - Mental Vortex (1991)
Coroner - Grin (1993)
Coroner - Coroner (1995)
The Swiss trio Coroner was one of the most original and inventive groups of the thrash metal "golden era". It was also one of the most underrated ones.
Coroner released several excellent albums from which I would like to highlight "Punishment for Decadence", "No More Color", "Mental Vortex" and even "Grin".
The album "Coroner" was a mix of a few new original tracks with some older ones and it included a radio live cut of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze", a cover version they've already did in "Punishment for Decadence".
A cover version of The Beatles' "I Want You (She's so Heavy)" is also part of their discography.

From their modest beginnings as roadies for avant-garde Swiss metal legends Celtic Frost, the members of Coroner carved out one of the most unique careers in the European thrash metal scene. (Taken from AMG)

They combined elements of thrash, progressive rock, jazz, and industrial metal with suitably gruff vocals (...) They did not completely fall into any of those categories but integrated influences from them while some defined their style. (Taken from Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Chroma Key - Dead Air for Radios (1998)

Chroma Key - You Go Now (2000)

Chroma Key - Graveyard Mountain Home (2004)

Kevin Moore - This Is a Recording [Demos 1994-97] (1999)

Kevin Moore - Ghost Book [Soundtrack to the Film Okul] (2004)

O.S.I. - Office of Strategic Influence (2003)

O.S.I. - Free (2006)

O.S.I. - Free [Bonus CD] (2006)

O.S.I. - Blood (2009)
Kevin Moore is a wonderful musician, with several musical projects, who's talent has evolved naturally throughout the years since his beginings as keyboardist of Dream Theater.
If you can forget for a second that Kevin was once in that band, I think you'll find many reference points of interest in his work.

About Chroma Key:
Stripping away the metallic elements of Dream Theater's sound, Chroma Key is more influenced by '70s prog-rock and early-'80s synth-pop, particularly the most ethereal, ambient-flavored components of each -- artists like Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and Talk Talk's Mark Hollis. (Taken from AMG)

About Kevin Moore's "Ghost Book":
The music
Moore has created for the film is dark and creepily evocative, as befits the film's twin themes of horror and romance; most tracks are sonically sparse and bring to mind large, echoey spaces... (Taken from AMG)

About O.S.I.:

All of their prog and metal influences come from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (...) but instead of ignoring alternative rock and alternative metal, O.S.I. have opted to draw on influences from different eras. O.S.I.'s long list of influences has included, among others, Pink Floyd, Yes, and King Crimson as well as Radiohead and Nirvana -- and some of Moore's admirers have been surprised to find out that O.S.I. don't sound a lot like Dream Theater. (Taken from AMG)

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Klaus Schulze - "X" [CD 1] (1978)

Klaus Schulze - "X" [CD 2] (1978)

Klaus Schulze - Beyond Recall (1991)

And now for something completely different, in fact, there hasn't been any Klaus Schulze post since June, so I guess it's time for two more great works by this tremendous artist.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Salad - Drink Me (1995)

"Drink Me" was the outstanding debut of the british band Salad, a group that included as vocalist the gorgeous Marijne van der Vlugt, who was also the hostess of some MTV Europe programs in the early 90's (when MTV was still a music channel!).
Here we can find some exquisite landmarks of the 90's britpop scene such as "Motorbike to Heaven", "Drink the Elixir", "Granite Statue" or "Warmth of the Hearth".
Don't miss it!

Clearly more interesting, more varied, more wild, less formulaic, and just plain wagon-loads better than the OK Echobelly and Sleeper, and far more original and less nostalgic than Elastica... Best of all and most importantly, while all those other bands lose something with repeated playings, Salad's impact just grows stronger and stronger. (Taken from AMG)

V/A - Pop Romantique [French Pop Classics] (1999)

This is a very interesting album of french pop tunes performed by a lot of well known indie pop names such as The Magnetic Fields, Air (w/ Françoise Hardy), John Wesley Harding, Lloyd Cole, Ivy or Luna.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Subphonic - Vega Beach Party (2000)
Subphonic is the product of Neil Pollard's inventiveness, an artist who has contributed, just for an instance, to Freq. Nasty's "FreQ's Geeks & Mutilations", which has been posted earlier on this blog.
This record brings me back to mind a lot of good memories concerning some wild and crazy nights around 2001.
Just listen to track nº 6 - "Buzzed" - and I think you'll get the idea!

Autechre - Peel Session [13/10/95] (1999)

Autechre - Peel Session 2 [08/09/99] (2001)

A very interesting ambience captured in this two sessions, recorded within a four-year interval.
Not actually an Autechre's "essential", although the material is worth the listen.