Each track on the album is named after a cultural icon who inspired Woods and shaped her identity as an artist and individual. The integral role played by conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists in propelling Donald Trump to the White House offers further evidence of their popular and political potency. Within this minimal framework, the band etch out subtle little grooves, such as the hypnotic bassline that beds itself into the subconscious. For instance, does human society require a firm guiding hand the rule of law; authoritarianism; a benevolent or fascist dictator? That feels like a beautiful tribute, and one hopes a nod to another band whose canvases were small, but whose imagined worlds were vast. At this point in music history it is generally used to describe latter-day bands of a stentorian ilk, such as Protomartyr, Ought, Preoccupations formerly Viet Cong and Total Control, among others, all of whom take their cue in some way from bands like Joy Division, Magazine, Gang of Four, Pere Ubu and Wire, and perhaps also the Fall and Public Image Limited. The lax rhythm, head-in-the-clouds synths, and playful squiggles suggest something multifaceted and euphoric.
The first is a vocal demo and the second is the more successful and fantastically funky, almost dubby instrumental, where the band's massive bass sound is most fully unleashed. It's a striking sound, with each song coated in engaging, dreamy string arrangements as well as layered live drums, sweet female harmonies, chiming, folky guitar, and subtle electronics. He is offered his old job back but refuses out of pride, and instead of looking for work, he sleeps in his car and watches the local firefighting efforts against a forest fire raging in nearby mountains. To their great credit, Mute have done a terrific job of curating this box set in a way that is, for the most part, chronological, and yet which allows each disc to stand more or less alone as a satisfying listening experience. Mak, seeing his chance to get off the island, convinces the other animals of the island to hide while he keeps an eye on them. The word's meaning may be anachronistic too. The dark folds and sloping expanses of meticulously cross-hatched skin are landscape-like, bordering on abstraction.
It is her variable nature, then, that allows one to explore every possibility of human-inhuman collaboration. Back in the present, Cory has retraced the tracks from where Matt's corpse was found back to the drilling camp. In another decade or so, as more climate disasters rapidly dismantle the inhabitability of our planet, may there be another collection of his work to offer a guiding light. How is a person supposed to stay sane and live a decent life during such times? Second, faith is central to the plot. This is the ultimate contradiction in Chiang's fiction: His stories deal with speculative and at-times fantastical scenarios, but they're all grounded in fundamentally human concerns. However dark those thoughts may, he always manages to find the hope in sorrow. Bondy is, as they say, in this moment but not of it.
Lagalisse developed an interest in the topic while studying, and then debunking, a comrade's interest in anti-Semitic, anti-capitalist conspiracies about the global banking system. He uses the case as redemption for his daughter Emily, who died in the wilderness, similar to Natalie's death. Yet the control can be mitigated by affirmations of self-love and empowerment. The economy of expression deployed here is impressive, at the same time that it feels as if the album has no beginning or end, but rather that it exists on a continuous dystopian loop. Lesser but no less shining lights of this strand of the original wave of post-punk included Orange Juice, Josef K, Durutti Column, Fire Engines, the Sound, the Slits, the Raincoats, the Au Pairs, and many others.
And how is a listener supposed to approach a daunting amount of music that may or may not conform to what might be their natural listening patterns and habits? Enlisting the services of an excellent Tokyo-based ensemble, Hecker would make several trips to Japan to record some fascinating sessions. It's played a role on more than half of the Animal Collective records. Cory catches Pete and takes him up a mountain top. The overall effect suggests we are all in it together, but separately. This intro segment leads into dramatic Kubrickian sci-fi touches and eventually, funky electric piano and an arrangement so stuffed with interesting ideas that you might be afraid the album will implode long before it's over.
Directed and created by French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud, this film focuses on the impact that poaching and the animal trade had on the wildlife of India. Through minimal instrumentation and low verbosity, Hecker configures a slow, transitional moment, as he creates an equally minimal background theme to accommodate the recordings. It's a stunning end to the song that highlights the band's ability to make the listener wait, safe in the knowledge that they are buckled in and ready for any sharp bends and steep slopes that the band lay before them. The perfect palate cleanser, perhaps, for an album that explores everything from Ethiojazz to boogaloo. Sometimes the ideas that circulated in these societies were considered radical by the powers that be; in other cases the societies' radicalism was deliberately conflated by the state and other reactionary forces out of fear one can't help but see parallels in the way so many change-seeking organizations in today's political milieu run the risk of being labelled 'terrorists' or 'extremists' by fearful governments that aren't sure what to make of them, much like the secret masonic and occult organizations of yore. Warwick's voice is somewhat weathered, but she is still a warm, expressive vocalist. Devastated and suspecting an affair, Jerry gets Joe to admit to her relationship.
Tying up the albums core themes it comes across as a love letter to the planet and humanity as a whole. The dark folds and sloping expanses of meticulously cross-hatched skin are landscape-like, bordering on abstraction. In addition to Kitt, Woods also acclaims the influences of Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, and Sun Ra. All the while, Joe can't help but recognize how his already rocky home life is imploding, but what can he do about it? Both halves of the story explore not only the limits of human memory, but the costs of using modern invention to transcend nature's bounds. It is hard to think of a better soundtrack to what currently seems like our inevitable demise, and Bondy captures it with a twinkle of mischief as he disappears as vaporously as he arrived. Rather, the ensemble becomes just that, a communal voice that is uninterested in its individual sources, faithfully following Herndon's conceptual direction. Later, when the mother is shot and assumed dead, the second cub, Sangha, is adopted by a young boy.
It's a stunning sequence of songs that includes classic cuts from 1981 and 1982 where both A-sides and B-sides of their singles output were equally strong. While Spawn can capture the heavily percussive form of Jlin's compositions aesthetically, she sonically fails to reproduce any drum sounds. It's just that secular westerners pretend their founding beliefs and paradigms are different in quality and substance from non-western cosmologies and belief systems. Whitman's flame-filled silhouette stands apart in page corners, until the urban background transforms to black and then a star-speckled sky. It only becomes odd when the influences that they seem to be wearing on their sleeves are from what one would consider the mainstream, rather than from the hipper fringes and hinterlands, and this one of the points of inauthenticity around some of the band's efforts to forge an identity. The classical and non-classical musicians seem to relish the concept of venturing into each other's territories.