‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’ (2015) by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Categories: 2015 and Music.

To my ears, this is a more aggressively difficult record than the last one. It’s less obviously melodic and there is lots of time for noise. And though I welcome the change in some ways, I find it kind of less appealing than the stuff from their prime. But the sound is absolutely massive (as it should be for a larger version of the band) and though the music is less immediate, it’s still compelling. It’s hard for me to fault them for being slightly less accessible given that they don’t do accessible anyway. But still, I’d say this is Read More

Virgins (2013) by Tim Hecker

Categories: 2012 and Music.

Hecker is another artist I have never heard of until this moment, so I can’t say how this fits in with his catalogue. But I can say that I often find modern “ambient” to be boring. It’s just one of those genres that doesn’t do a lot for me. I appreciate it as a counter to what was going on in the rest of the musical world when Eno “invented” it, but for the most part I find it only valuable as background and that isn’t enough for me to like something. But Hecker’s music, or at least this album, Read More