DjBabyBuster's log of vinyl, mp3s, and photography gems worth hoarding...
Father Finger - Temper
Fellow femme wildcard Father Finger is on tour with Maria Minerva, in anticipation of a NNF tour tape, which will apparently be for sale on the ol’ site soon. Check out tour dates here to see if you can catch these two soon. You can also checkout a few more minimalistic tracks from Father Finger on her SnDcLd here. Also I think Kylie’s from Providence, RI? Oh yeah hometown pride.
An impressively individualist mix-tape channeling the 360º spectrum of Minerva’s diverse obsessions, Will Happiness Find Me? connects the avant-pop dots between future-shock pirate radio singles, hermetic tone studies, late-night wanderlust lullabies, tape-faded club dee-lights, sampladelic vocal exploratoriums, private-press art pranks and even ambient hip-hop melancholia. Given that most contempo aesthetic arcs ebb from the raw and odd to the polished and accessible, it’s rad and uplifting to hear Minerva swimming so soulfully the other direction.
Exactly. The sophomore LP is a total mixed bag of tricks, keeping things interesting at every turn.
Another point I’d like to expand upon: I understand many artists record rough tracks early on, maybe only out of a circumstantial inaccessibility to the tools necessary to get that polished sound, then shine it up to get that radio single sound…but it breaks my heart most times (see Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Nite Jewel to start).
more production ≠ better recordings
Certainly some bands thrive on high end production, as I can’t imagine lo-fi Sigur Rós. Maybe Maria Minerva isn’t a good comparison to my above mentioned disappointments being on Not Not Fun vs. a larger label like Sub Pop, but regardless its refreshing to see an emerging artist experiment with her sound, without making the immediate jump to high end pop polish.
Not Not Fun does it again with yet another winning release. Dark ambient keyboards & sound waves blend together to hypnotize you away from it all.
A fresh voice is hard to find – especially in these days of such dense digital air (‘in the Shadow of the Power of Babble’ internet philosophers say). So it was with nuanced joy that we found ourselves spellbound and seduced by this young Tokyo gem-gleaner’s neon gallery of dynamic Casio nightlife masks, each of which is impeccably crafted and swathed in a fog basket of her effortlessly haunting Cocteau Twins-y shadow vox. There’s a wonderfully hushed vibe to Sapphire Slows’ most translucent tracks, beats materializing out of stray radio waves and metropolis static, electric piano memories washing away into the silent skyline of skyscrapers, synths congealing like synthetic whispers. The perfect soundtrack to urban insomniac wandering and wondering and lingering too long; almost like a Toyko take on Night Bus. True Breath is her stateside debut EP after one previous 7 inch on Big Love, and 2012 should see a full-length plus some global gigging so soak in her subtle night moves now while the breath is still warm. Black vinyl 12 inches in bilingual new wave patterned shadow portrait jackets designed by A & B Brown.
Sapphire Slows - True Breath 12” is Ltd to 500 copies & available directly here
Hey look the video from my favorite track off of Peaking Lights’ 936 LP. A little girl plays in some trailer trash and creates a trashy friend of her own? How touching. Check out the solar panels on the house at 3:03.
I believe 936 is sold out from the original first 3 pressings at Not Not Fun correction more here, now there is yet another repress, this time from Weird Worldhere. The later is prob cheaper if you’re ordering outside the states.
His new video is all of the above, what a tease to be releasing it after its long gone. Apologies if you missed out on Lee Noble’s OOP Horrorism LP, but it was Ltd to 300 copies from Bathetic, and gone pretty early on. But never fear maybe you can grab a copy from good ol’ discogs after the fact.
More from Bathetic:
very, very soon
Bathetic will be releasing the full-length vinyl debut for
We’re very pleased to be dropping Cough Cool’s first vinyl,
their best work to date.
the Bathetic vinyl debut of one Zac Nelson (CHLL PLL, Hex Love)
entitled Sound A Sleep Sound,
two side-long floaters that are strictly cosmic.
This is a portal to an entirely different world,
quite the beaute.
also, check out mixes from
SAM GOLDBERG & WILLIAM CODY WATSON
also up on the Bathetic blog.
Definitely been a fan of COUGH COOLsince their Clausen Cassette via Not Not Fun, so I’m majorly looking forward to that new release most of all. It any of that appeals to you, keep an eye out, Bathetic releases go quick.
Housed in a super deluxe gold embossed sleeve, not like the 100% Silk house sleeves, this is a full on covering> Over 30 minutes of dreamy, blissfunk from Ms Minerva, pushing the album’s sound further into the sublime.
Keep your eye out for this one from 100% Silk. Its not up for sale yet, but it’ll probably be gone quick.
Cough Coolimmediately produces visions of early Real Estate, Ducktails, and Julian Lynch; but with their own twist. Twenty seconds in, I’m hooked and want more. That’s not to say anything of their excellent choice of band name or j-card art for their cassette (^^^) The lazy, laid back summer twang of the guitar makes me long for the summer basement parties of yesteryear.
Check out their Clausen cassette on good ol’ Not Not Fun. Ltd to 150 copies.