Liam Singer, the man behind 2010′s sublime Discloatia, gives us the lowdown on 5 albums that have been turning his table of late. Keep your eyes out here for an upcoming track by track exposition of Dislocatia by the lovely Mister Singer himself.
Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
I came to The Age of Adz a little bit late… it initially turned me off, and I didn’t give it much of a chance beyond my initial impression. But a few months ago I listened to it again, and everything about it suddenly made sense to me – I’m pretty obsessed with the album now (though still can’t quite get behind the 20-minute long closer) and think that it’s far and away his most original, complex work. It’s filled with so many strange, wonderful little hooks, asides, and inventive arrangements. The soft edges of the production combined with the angular songwriting and electro-acoustic instrumentation give it a hallucinatory quality that I love. It seems as though he’s moving from “confessional” territory into an attempt at a more direct form of musical communication. I really look forward to hearing what he does next.
Prurient – Bermuda Drain
I don’t follow the world of noise music very closely, but have always been into what I’ve heard heard of Prurient. The sound of his newest album came as a surprise – like Trent Reznor decided to make a record with Jean Michelle-Jarre. Really love the combination of beautiful sequenced synth sounds with harsher noise and screaming. I’ve really been listening to it a lot, and often find it unexpectedly moving. I also really like his lyrics, when you can understand them.
Szliard – A Petal Fell
This has been one of my favorite ambient/texture/found sound recordings I’ve heard in a while. Reminds me in places of Colleen, Susumu Yokota, or Tape – I’ve had it on often in my apartment over the past few weeks. We’re connected through the Brooklyn music scene, and I recently contributed a reading of a Baudelaire poem to his newest work-in-progress – look very forward to hearing what he does with it!
Jack Shriner – Dismember/Remember
I’ve been friends with Jack for about twelve years now, and since I’ve known him he and his 3 brothers have reliably churned out album after album of inventive rock that continues to explore new territory, while never betraying a youth spent churning out prog-epics in their Milwaukee basement. Most of Jack’s albums don’t make it past his friends, but if any should it’s Dismember/Remember – his best work yet. I especially love “World Turns Twice” followed by “Short Winter.”
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
There are some albums that I’ve listened to for such a long time, and feel like I know so well, I hardly bother to put them on anymore. Then I’ll sit down after a couple of years and have my mind blown my all over again. I’m having my rennaisance with Pet Sounds right now – there are a lot of details in the arrangements and idiosincasies of the songwriting that I never really appreciated before. There’s nothing to much to say about this record that hasn’t been said, but if you haven’t picked it up in a while then let me suggest you put on a pair of good headphones and take the plunge into Wilson’s melancholy acid-dream!