Once again we start in the Holding Tank to see what’s been sent along. (Turns out it’s a bit of harp, guitar, and piano, among other things.) After that we’ll shuffle through the shelves and see what musical delicacies we can uncover. Bound to be tasty.
Sequencers light the fuse on this one, which rolls through some work wrapped around spoken word, picks up some tabla and blistering guitar along the way, and, as happens so often here, glides in hushed ambient tones to a mind-salving conclusion. Talk to you in 90.
Same length as usual but wow, are there a lot of tracks here. This one stays fairly firmly in New Age/contemporary instrumental territory (so, yes, ample amount of piano because that’s what gets sent my way). Clear out the full 90 for this and treat yourself.
There’s beauty and there’s darkness and then there’s dark beauty. We’ll dabble in all of those to start. The second half gets its funk on a bit and, to be honest, erupts in a bit of post-rock glory. But it all quiets down in the end. Shall we?
It may look like doing 350 episodes of a podcast is an accomplishment, but if you think about it, it’s really just seven sets of 50. So let’s not dwell on the numbers and instead just dig into the music. No spoilers, but there’s a world record on this episode.
Let’s start with another of those artists I downloaded and lost in the mix, only to have them pop up in shuffle to show me the error of my ways. (Trust me, there will be more…) Electronic landscapes give way to a touch of grimness as we move toward the end, but we’ll get kind of cinematic before we’re through, so it all turns out okay.
*The things you learn… When this was sent to me, it was in a message that read, in total, “Here you go,” followed by a link. Normally I dump that kind of thing. But I asked the artist what it was, and they responded, and I grabbed this good album. When I put it into the system, iTunes showed the artist as “T.” For whatever reason, I had put it into my folders under the artist’s name, Teemu Purhonen. Made for a helluva time trying to find the track to add it… When it came time to put links into the playlist, I went back into my email and found that the only info I had was that initial download link. No artist site, etc. I did some digging on our friend the interwebtubes before bothering to email the artist. (I love a challenge…or maybe I just hate to bother people.) Took a few tries because neither T nor Teemu Purhonen were coming up when added to “Death Poems” — and “Death Poems,” it turns out, is a pretty popular title on Bandcamp, but lo and behold, I finally found that Teemu recorded this and uploaded it under the name Telefantastico. In 2015. I wish I’d been able to tell this story on the show, but I do the shows well before I add the links. But now you know…
Coming to you live from the depths of the holding tank, it’s the first episode of 2022! We’ll open up in contemporary instrumental territory, out there on the New Age border, then slip through a narrow passage of drone and into electronic realms. Off we go!