…original pieces that could be described as minimalist are uprooted and placed into entirely different realms, as Tiersen tackles a 16+ minute Steve Reich piece, a classic Françoise Hardy chanson, and a tune by country gospel musician E.C. Ball. In the hands of Tiersen all become transformed.
Brigid Mae Power returns with her third long player, Head Above the Water, on June 5th. The first taste from the record—the lush “On a City Night”—is an organ and pedal steel-soaked country shuffle. Plaintively furtive in its imagery, the tune plays like a deceptive still life; its characters in a state of suspended animation while the world blurs in motion.
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The Main Thing finds the band charting new ground, at times by looking inwards and at times by looking back. Aquarium Drunkard reached the band’s Martin Courtney by phone, to discuss how memory, touring, and a decade-plus as a group influenced the subjects of their latest LP.
“Jazz Harmonie” French television performance. Recorded March 23, 1972 at Studio de Joinville le Pont in Paris, France.
Eddie the Wheel is back with new music, “Number One,” the first single from his upcoming long player, Southern Minimalist Future Ridiculous via Anti Vibe Music Group.
The sticker copy for the Black Editions reissue of White Heaven’s Out proclaims the album to be “one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums ever recorded.” For the uninitiated, this will likely smack of hyperbole. But just one spin will likely have you spouting even more grandiose turns of phrase.
With a coastline of 840 some odd miles in California, it should come as no surprise that many of the artists we revere at Aquarium Drunkard seek refuge and inspiration in the Pacific blue with a surfboard underfoot. As the resident surfer amongst the AD ranks, and in the spirit of deeper discovery and appreciation, Tyler Hale will be paddling out in 2020 via a new column devoted to the surf: we’re calling it Dawn Patrol. This month – Alex Bleeker.
Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Jeff Parker And The New Breed @ Gold Diggers March 5th. Not to be missed. Los Angeles, Calif.
It took a little while, but Minnesota-based guitarist Steve Palmer has delivered on the promise of Unblinking Sun, his excellent 2014 debut. It was definitely worth the wait. Useful Histories is one of those records that answers the age-old question: “What if Sandy Bull made a record with Neu!?” Palmer wastes no time in getting things moving, kicking off with “Statesboro Day, a freewheeling 11-minute motorik choogler that soars straight into the sun.
A very necessary archival haul from Philadelphia’s finest purveyors of artisanal fuzz ‘n’ feedback, collecting two radical never-before-on-vinyl compositions in one handy double LP package. Bardo Pond have been rattling eardrums for close to 30 years now – but they are capable of more than amp abuse, of course.
The silky sound of High January, produced by Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas, Stereolab), swaps out the Wurlitzer electric piano and vintage drum machine of Marker Starling’s last album Trust An Amateur for fleshed out full-band piano-pop.
Floating in the ether. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand.
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