After playing through a pile of recently issued albums, I made the discovery that my three favourites had something in common; they were all debut, self-titled releases. A strange coincidence indeed, but what could this possibly mean? Maybe I was reading too much into this unlikely occurrence and so instead of trying to decode any possible hidden significance, I simply decided to carry on listening. Here are a few of my thoughts;
Acteurs – Acteurs
This mini LP from Chicago duo Acteurs is an accomplished exercise in repetition, post-punk aesthetics, bass manipulation and all manner of electronic experimentalism. Opening track Cloud Generating manages to squeeze more tightly wound dynamism into it’s four minute running time than most bands manage in a lifetime. I’m looking forward to hearing these ideas further developed across a long-form release in the not too distant future.
Mystical Weapons – Mystical Weapons
An improvised, free-rock freak out of an album from Deerhoof’s extremely talented sticksman Greg Saunier and son of famous parents, Sean Lennon. I’ve had this one on repeat play for a few days now and am still finding scores of new detail bleeding out from it’s labyrinthine grooves. This is an incredibly rewarding listen, an immaculately recorded and endlessly inventive series of modern psychedelic vignettes covering all bases from solo piano miniatures to progressive explosions.
TM 404 – TM404
My personal favourite however is this stunning release from Swedish producer Andreas Tilliander who has crafted an album of blunted, ambient acid which was coaxed out of his collection of Roland machines and recorded in one take without overdubs. I have a huge love for the sounds that these notoriously difficult to program boxes generate but here, Tilliander manages to pull them away from the dancefloor and into a much more introspective space. I have played this album several times whilst driving at night and I can’t think of a more apt soundtrack at this point.