Thursday, November 12, 2015

NOBLE OAK at The Silver Dollar Nov. 2015 Live Concert

Awash in hues of blue and magenta, The one man band 'Noble Oak' crafted a compelling form of emotive chillwave. Originally from Vancouver, ' Patrick' has recently moved to Toronto, Ontario. 

I first heard his music in the spring of this year, and hearing it now still transports me to a tropical, introspective place. Patrick's live show was impressive - draped in his guitar and surrounded by various synthesizers and his laptop and microphone, he performed the work of a whole band single handed my. over was only $7, and provides access to multiple bands. Unfortunately, Noble Oak's synth-based, highly textured sound was in a category of its own that evening. 

In a set lasting 30 minutes, Noble Oak combined smooth, tropical background texture with live riffs from various synthesizers, his guitar, and his voice to create a sonic space that was somber, yet upbeat. Songs ranged from soulful to danceable synthpop and back again. The only disappointing aspect of the set was its relatively short length, as other artists needed setup and performance time.  I and friends eagerly await Patrick's next performance as 'Noble Oak'. C

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

TYCHO - Elsewhere Burning Man 2015 Set


Top 20 tracks with personal anecdotes from Joshua Leeds

A fascinating article that mingles musical recommendation with personal anecdotes from Joshua Leeds life and experiences. Joshua is best known for his part in Telefon Tel Aviv and current productions with Sons of Magdalene in sombre minimalist electronica.

A few of my favourites from his list of 20 tracks:

Autechre - Eutow

Round Five - Na Fe Throw It (Feat. Tikiman)

william basinski - melancholia ii

Aphex Twin - Rhubarb

Red House Painters - Have You Forgotten

Wendy & Bonnie - Children Laughing

Sunday, August 30, 2015

GUNSHIP - Synthwave

Interesting not only for the fact John Carpenter narrates the introduction to GUNSHIPS track "Technoir" claymation music video, but also for the overall vocal synthwave sound UK based GUNSHIP produces for their album. 


 Also worth listening to are the remixes by Carptner Brut, and Makeup & Vanity Set.