The year 2009: Paddling Ghost

Thursday, 31 December, 2009

Downloading didn’t kill the music in the new decade. It has once again been a very good year with lots of great records, hit singles and bands touring around the world. Seeing Bedroom Community at the “Nye rødder” festival was the best concert this year, but unknown “Boy without god” made a fine appearance at Lades.

At the event “Night before New Years Eve” I played these songs as the top 5

Dan Deacon – Paddling Ghost
The Horrors – Sea within a sea
Animal Collective – My Girls
The Big Pink – Crystal Vision
Oneida – The River

Dan Deacon is wacky electronica. The layers are somewhat simple, the tunes are high pitched and the energy is impressive. I’m absolutely crazy about “Bromst” record and I could have played both “Build voice”, “Snookered” and “Paddling Ghost” as my favorite track this year.
The Horrors have huge success in Britain, but in Denmark it seems like people don’t really find it interesting. “Sea within a sea” is a perfect blend of Neu! and Joy Division. I’m not raised with these two band, so I have no romantic feelings about the cannibalization.
Animal Collective were mentioned on almost every hit list, both the independent as well as established magazines. “My Girls” is just above almost everything I’ve heard this year always making me happy when listening to the song.
The Big Pink has as well been hyped. As I mentioned I started to listen to them rather late. But none the less “Crystal Visions” (and “Dominos”, “Velvet” and “At War with the Sun”) are among the songs I’ve been listening to the most this year. It’s not original in any sense, but I love the walls of guitars…
Oneida probably made the most interesting record this year, if you ask me. “The River” has a good drive and the sound is both primal and rough. You should check it out, if you are into raw rock music.

This year the “joker” was related to the best musicvideo. I chose Röyksopp “This must be it”.

Worth mentioning is that Jeppsson became a member of our “Night before New Years Ever”. And we had community singing to a Lemonheads cover version of Gram Parson thanks to Mikkel. Most played were Animal Collective, Muse and Morrissey with two each.

Review: Oneida – Rated O

Tuesday, 1 December, 2009

‘Rated O’ is a 3 x CD album release with around 40 minutes of play on each disc. There are sometimes vocals, some jamming and there is lots of repetition. I do first think of Krautrock and psychedelic rock back from the late 70ies. And compared to other bands of today influenced by the Krautrock genre, Oneida leave it pretty raw and make use of more improvised – or experimental – pieces within the tracks.

The critics have been very dissident. Everybody seems to respect the groups back catalogue. But some like the first CD, and others only like the second or third CD in this ambitious release.

The first CD is a mix of reggaeton, noise and dance rhythms. I’m not that familiar with the sound, but it seems like this raw power tunes gives Oneida a lot of edge and weight. You’ll find a band jamming and playing without direction, but still ending up in a beautiful repetitive part during the “10:30 at the Oasis” (with the help from Trans AM member Phil Manley). Both the opening track “Brownout in Lagos” as well as “The human factor” are primal screams: heavy and alien. I wonder if I ever find myself in all this mess?

The second CD is how Oneida play straight forward rock with a vocal in the drugged chaotic haze. Both “The River” and “I will haunt You” are up-tempo rock songs with reference to the psychedelic seventies. But after two months of listening I’d better make references to Black Sabbath and Stooges. Maybe prog rock indie piece “The Life You Preferred” is favorite track for now.

The third CD is a soundscape of cosmic jamming. Sitar, drums, drones, bells and psych guitar are pulsing and while they are travelling down a moody road, I lose the reference point. I think the influence from Boredoms especially have put its marks on drummer Kid Millions, which comes to expression on this third part of the release. In an interview with the Quitus he tells about the magnificent Boadrum 77 and 88 and meeting Eye getting a more spiritual understanding of being a musician.

Some critics say the record would have been better, if it has fitted one CD and fillers were left out. I must disagree. If I read a book or is watching a movie the highlights alone will not tell the whole story worth remembering.

Last year ‘Preteen Weaponry’ gave me a pleasant surprise. Especially the drumming and repetition seemed steady, lasting and absorbing. What’s going to come next year is not easy to say. But by now having released 10 full albums and several EPs since 1997, the follow up on ‘Rated O’ and last album in the trilogy surely has something to live up to.

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