Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) by Aphex Twin

Categories: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and Music.

I am familiar with electronic music up until a point – that point is somewhere in the very early 80s. I have no idea what happened between then and the music we have today (save for the odd track that gets played too much or turned into stadium music). Read More

The Return of the Durutti Column (1980)

Categories: 1980 and Music.

This is a really unique take on Post Punk, if it can even be called that, featuring expressive guitar playing over some pretty minimalist bass and drums (sometimes not even that). In fact, it’s more the era it was made in and the legendary post punk producer who supervised it that mark it out as post punk; I’m not sure it really qualifies, But regardless of what it is, the music is lovely and really stands out from the other British bands of the era, though the production is kind of dated. Pretty interesting. 8/10 Read More

Flesh and Machine (2014) by Daniel Lanois

Categories: 2014 and Music.

I have never been particularly interested in Lanois’ work. Rightly or wrongly, I have always thought of Eno as the more interesting of U2’s co-producers. I have only ever once gave Lanois the time of day previously, and I didn’t enjoy it. (Don’t remember which record – it was pretty singer-songwriter oriented – but I clearly didn’t listen to much of it, as I never wrote a review.) So this record is a bit of a surprise for me. Like a far rockier early Eno, Lanois seems to have found a (mostly) happy middle ground between ambient and various forms 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