Filed under: Review | Tags: dreamy, Electronic, Stay, Tech Coast, Tours, TUMBLEwoof
Tours-Stay EP. Bobby Cahn Records, 2011.
You may remember me going on about TUMBLEwoof, the mash-up producer behind the brillians Phoenix & Lil Wayne EP. Well, Dylan Sieh, the man behind TUMBLEwoof, is back with a new project: Tours.
Tours’ EP, Stay is a dreamy little electronic album. That’s really the best adjective for it: dreamy. You’re not going to get up and dance to this stuff, but you might sway in your seat with your eyes half open. And that’s not to say that Stay is boring because it’s not at all. There are layers of sound washing in and out like the tide. For electronic music, it has a real warmth, a natural rhythm that’s soothing rather than jarring.
What I think is most striking is that on my first listen, I could hear that this was TUMBLEwoof. Even though Phoenix & Lil Wayne was a derived work made from the music of others, this sounds like it was made by the same guy. Considering he’s putting this stuff together presumably on his home computer, that’s impressive.
Stay is available on Tours’ Bandcamp page for a dollar (or more if you really like it).
Filed under: Mash Up Monday | Tags: Adele, Daftbeatles, Eurythmics, mashup
Daftbeatles took Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and paired it with the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” I approve.
Filed under: Mash Up Monday | Tags: Isosine, Justin Bieber, Mash up, Slipknot
Isosine had the genius idea to mash up Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Like, this mash up is from early 2011, but I’m just hearing it for the first time, and it’s one hell of a way to start a year.
Filed under: Review | Tags: Americana, Elephant Goes West, freak folk, Review, Whirling Derviish
Elephant Goes West-Whirling Dervish EP. Self-released, 2011.
One word comes to mind while I listen to Elephant Goes West’s EP Whirling Dervish: Beatlesque. Specifically, Paul-McCartney-post-Sgt. Pepper-Beatlesque. They have that kind of timeless-yet-old-timey thing that a lot of bands I’ve listened to lately have. I don’t know if that means this is a trend in music or just in my listening habits, but it’s a thing.
For the most part, the album is pretty innocuous, even when their songs are about a failing relationship, as in “First Time/Last Time.” It’s still pretty by-the-numbers pop music. That is, until the final track, “Apples.” On “Apples,” well, I’m not sure what’s going on. A recording of someone talking about how the Wisconsin Public Sector unions were warring against their neighbors and how Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme. These clips bookend a McCartneyesque pop song. I’m not sure what the band’s doing here…on one hand, this could be a pro-libertarian message. On the other hand, the mechanical distortion they put over it makes the whole thing sound kind of like the infamous Max Headroom pirate broadcast. I usually don’t like music to have a strong political message, but as I’m not sure what the message is here, I’ll let it slide this time.
All told, Whirling Dervish is a great little EP that leaves me anticipating their upcoming album. Whirling Dirvish can be downloaded from the band’s Bandcamp page for free.
Filed under: Mash Up Monday | Tags: Dada Life, DJs From Mars, djsfm, Usher
DJs From Mars put this mashup of Dada Life and Usher together. I’m liking it, and now you are too.