Friday, December 08, 2006

album reviews

some of the newest electronic music at kuci, reviewed by me!

long distance runner : the fire of cumulative hours

based out of portland, this is long distance runner's debut. the reference points are accurate: fans of the books, four tet, and caribou (and tortoise too!) will enjoy this. kyle briggs, aka long distance runner, takes the best elements of each of those artists (the books' careful "found sound" selections, four tet's experimentation, caribou's subtle pop hints) and blends them together, making his own sonic smoothie. favorite tracks are #2, #4, #5. a good start, here's hoping the upcoming lp goes in a similar direction.

the knife : deep cuts

swedish brother and sister duo play a variety of electro-pop, both retro and futuristic! some is dark, some is more upbeat (read: you could dance to it?!). this is an expanded album (with dvd), though the bonus remixes are not as impressive as the album itself. recommended tracks #1, #6, #8, #10, #15, #16.