Saturday, February 17, 2007

A couple of albums for the calming of strange solitary moods

Looks Like A Russian by Sodastream* (see also MySpace page).

Static Patterns and Souvenirs
by Lorna (some tracks here).

Both of which I picked up for a quid in the nonchalantly named Sounds OK (the first on a whim, the second I vaguely knew from somewhere). And both of which are pleasingly countryish. The first in a creaky, intimate, lots of bowed double-bass type fashion; the second in a more expansive, subtle bloops and bleeps, and mix of male and female vocals kind of way. There aren't really any standout tracks on either; at least on first listen (I think both albums are growers). Instead, they're just nice, slightly melancholic albums a mind can unwind in. Like I said, perfect for the calming of strange solitary moods.

UPDATE: Definitely growers. Swans on that Lorna CD, is worth a download.

*On which there's a guest accordionist named Pugsley B Wateringcan. Probably not his real name, but stupidly pleasing nonetheless.


patroclus said...

Thanks for that - am listening to that 'Swans' track now. Reminds me of something, can't think what, will tell you when I think of it.

On a similar note, did you ever listen to Track A Tiger? 'Seashaken Heart' is very nice, in a countryish-male/female-harmonies-with-bleepy-bits kind of way. You can get an mp3 here.

patroclus said...

Bing! Reminds me of Black Box Recorder. Well, reminds me of Sarah Nixey's vocals and their general woozy style, anyway.

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

Ah, yes. I did enjoy that Track a Tiger, erm, track. Must put that on my phone the next time I get around to changing the tracks.

And I see what you mean about the Black Box Recorder comparison. I actually meant to include the word 'woozy' somewhere in that post.

I found today that it's a great album for a Sunday lie-in, as well. Precisely because of that woozy quality. Anyway, during my woozy snoozing, the other track on that download site, The Swimmer, stuck out.

I just love albums that gradually reveal their charms.