Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sarah Goldfarb & JHK - Heartbeat City

It might seem unusual, but I've been on a huge electronic music listening spree lately. I listened to Eiffel 65 when I was 9 or 10, but let's not talk about that. Truly, it started when I got Gas' monolithic Nah und Fern about a year ago now. Anyone into drone or ambient owes it to themselves to check that out, because material he released in 2000 sounds better than drone released today. Regardless, a lot of the tracks on that have the characteristic four on the floor bass drum of techno, acting as a heartbeat to the music. I used to hate techno and all its derivatives for the simple reason that it was repetitive, naively believing that the pop music I was listening to wasn't. Needless to say, I embraced repetition as a musical system, and have been gradually getting into techno, specifically Detroit Techno.
For those acquainted with the genre, I know this isn't a fine example of the Detroit sound. I chose this album for several reasons. It's not well known, as it was officially released just two days ago. But more importantly, it seems like the music that is downloaded most off this blog is atmospheric. I'm a huge fan of textures and sounds, and I would much rather get a good sounding album than one with cool melodies. This record is a great example, as it is free (okay, mostly) of the cheesy synths that electronica often uses. Furthermore, it definitely was not designed with the dancefloor in mind, so it is an explicit listening experience.

Anyone that has seen Requiem for a Dream should already have clicked the link.

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