Back in the day, living in Glasgow listening to The Downward Spiral on my little stereo in Kelvingrove Park, watching crows demolish a chick of some species and reading Edgar Allan Poe. It would be embarrassing if it wasn’t so cool.
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Another Needle Drop review led me to this album that sounds like things falling apart, which seems timely.
One upon a time, when torrents were a thing, SXSW used to publish a big fat bundle of music from bands that were playing and I used to download them and I reckon there’s still tracks on those lists I’ve never heard. Over 700 songs from 2005 alone. I *think* one of the bands I did listen to and liked enough to buy the album was Aficionado.
I’m making very slow progress converting our cassette tapes to digital, but in doing so discovered we had no Madness. At all. Despite both of us growing up with them. They are national treasures, and form a part of the ambient musical fabric of life, and as such I think I take their music for granted. I just assume it’s there.
Spotify recommendations is probably the best thing Spotify has going for it. Self Esteem first got recommended to me in 2018…
I can’t remember how I heard of Saul Williams for the first time though I suspect it was through is association with Trent Reznor and Dresden Dolls.
Album dropped on the 14th, I saw the Needle Drop review on the 19th and I bought it today. That sort of urgency to Have The Music is rare, but it’s good stuff.
Slightly perplexingly for doddery old fools like myself, Black Dresses have declared that they are no longer a band (from what I gather they have been victim of the internet’s propensity towards being entitled and devoid of human empathy because nothing is real) but are still putting out music. And pleased I am.
It’s sad, it’s uplifting, it’s angry, it’s beautiful and I know it’s not the main focus of digital music but look at the cover art by bani, it’s gorgeous.