from the man himself.
Here are some brief notes on what the various pieces sound like, for non-completists considering purchase.
Running Naked Through The Garment District
- Drum Machining: Drum machine samples speed up, cluster, fragment, and collapse into soft clouds. This could almost be Autechre at times, or a robot version of Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music”.
- Double Stitch: Beautiful and mellow, shoegazey, like Harold Budd or quieter tracks by The Durutti Column.
- Lining For A Desirable Suit: Slightly more up-tempo mellow synth/guitar minimalism which dissolves into warm summer. Shades of Angelo Badalamenti and Twin Peaks.
- Last Light: Sometimes a piece of music sounds exactly like the title suggests it might. This is one of those cases. Strings.
- Snowdronia: Not at all what I was expecting, i.e. not a 20 minute piece of drone music. Instead, it could be a longer and more delicate and icy take on “Last Light”. There is some drone, but it’s just part of the overall picture. Stylistically, edges towards the quieter moments of “Godspeed You! Black Emperor”.
- Revolution Number Eight: The mood takes a turn for the sinister. If this is an airport, it’s the one from Stephen King’s “The Langoliers”.
- T.A.R.D.I.S.: “Time At Rest Devouring Its Secret”. Previously available on a CD of its own of the same name.
- Untitled track: A sketch of piano, echo and delay.
First, a series of solo piano pieces. Then, the recorded piano pieces are digitally sampled and manipulated.
…And the shuffle of things
- Something Secret: Electronic drone, ethereal voicelike tones, strings, and a voice discusses the nature of sound. Stylistically, reminds me of Derek Jarman’s “Blue”.
- Wet Fold: Wet thumping percussion, gentle droning buzzing, echo, and discreet piano. I liked this a lot.
- My Stress Mistress: A piano tries to relax, but the electric organ isn’t helping.
- Balcony Scene / Doppelgänger: Harks back to “Alphabed”, but with operatic vocals.
- Wave Machine Parts II and III: A caffeinated piano cadenza followed by one which switched to decaf.
- The Head of Orpheus Football: This one’s a bit Momus, a song about taking football back to its roots—by playing it with the severed heads of famous football stars.
- What Else: What Then Now: Back to Andrew Poppy’s roots with systems music.
- My Father’s Submarines: Another spoken-word-over-music piece like “Something Secret”.
- Almost the same shame: Solo piano with an interesting side effect that develops.
Shiny Floor, Shiny Ceiling
If you like pop music and classic music, and are at least neutral about opera, give this album a try. It defies me to come up with a genre for it or think of anything else it resembles. Classical lounge hip-hopera?