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Corpsey
17-10-2016, 10:24 AM
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I'm reviewing this for Crack, so I've had plenty of time to theorise about it, but what is more important than any theorising is that I listened to it twice without any break while stoned and it took me through a wormhole.

It starts off very much like 'Severant', all melancholy and grand, like the opening crane shot in 'Blade Runner', and then it turns brutal and abrasive. It's a fascinating album IMO and MO is more informed than YO by marijuana in the dark. I cannot stress enough that the ideal state to listen to this album in is (probably intoxicated) in the dark.

Dissensus was in favour of the first album so let's see how the second goes down.

Some stuff it reminded me of:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Cc20I-maM

MICA LEVI - LOVE (from UNDER THE SKIN OST)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaBMbdUnBec

BRIAN ENO - LANTERN MARSH (and all of ON LAND)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4wSJMorYK8

TRENT REZNOR - WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO EACH OTHER? (and all of GONE GIRL OST - though KUEDZ tells me he has never seen this movie)

rubberdingyrapids
17-10-2016, 01:27 PM
not heard it more than once or twice on the tube and at work so less than ideal conditions but it didnt seem brutal to me.

seemed much more ambient actually.

Corpsey
17-10-2016, 03:49 PM
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Not music for long baths

rubberdingyrapids
17-10-2016, 04:11 PM
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Not music for long baths

lol but i think thats just tracks 9-11

luka
17-10-2016, 06:51 PM
album is jarring as fuck youre obviously trolling the poor boy at this point

rubberdingyrapids
17-10-2016, 10:25 PM
album is jarring as fuck youre obviously trolling the poor boy at this point

some of it is jarring, i.e. the section i already mentioned

the majority of the rest however, is like the last one, but without much in the way of pronounced rhythm

its more like him trying to do something closer to his inspirations

ie mostly without the drums, and more ambient

love theme for instance is not something i would call 'jarring'

TBH im not denying the arca-ish sounds on here, bits of highly controlled ugliness (so maybe actually not that ugly after all), but overall, theyre just scattered within tracks that arent quite disturbing enough to merit being brutal or jarring, theyre just slightly discomforting

i like this album but its not as good as severant, it sort of washes away in the background

luka
17-10-2016, 11:11 PM
Yeah, it did sound inconsequential to me too, but then again I was drinking a beer and eating some crisps in daylight and skunk might put a different slant on it

rubberdingyrapids
18-10-2016, 10:16 AM
i think its a damp squib after severant BUT as mentioned above, i confess i have only heard it on crappy iphone earphones, not while smoking or drinking anything, nor in the bath, but i am at home this evening, so might try it with all three

Corpsey
18-10-2016, 10:49 AM
LoL I like the way more and more conditions are being attached for optimum listening.

You must take a medium to large dose of LSD, lie in a warm bath, surrounded by candles, and carve a pentagram into your chest. THEN you'll give it five stars.

rubberdingyrapids
18-10-2016, 02:31 PM
gonna put up a silent projection of blade runner too while its playing

CrowleyHead
18-10-2016, 03:49 PM
Kuedo needs to score a TONY Scott movie, really shake things up.

Corpsey
18-10-2016, 03:57 PM
I'm not really into Blade Runner apart from the first five minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwDdP88Dr54

rubberdingyrapids
18-10-2016, 04:47 PM
blade runner is preposterously overrated.

kuedo should soundtrack something though.

he should get put in touch with ti west or someone like that. or the people who make stranger things.

Corpsey
18-10-2016, 05:00 PM
I think he already does, actually: http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2016/10/kuedo-interview

'The soundtrack project that I got into most deeply was for Metahavenís film The Sprawl, which was the first time that I got to move beyond a 15- to 30-second advert and towards something that was of the form that I listen to most. Iím most intrigued by the soundtrack as a set piece, as a musical idiom. It dominates my listening.'

rubberdingyrapids
18-10-2016, 05:11 PM
interesting.

http://sprawl.space/about-the-sprawl/

CrowleyHead
20-10-2016, 03:57 PM
Oh man I forgot he scored that... It was... Not a good time.

Corpsey
03-11-2016, 11:08 AM
https://issuu.com/crackmagazine/docs/70_issuu_

The review you've been cacking your pants for, page 64

luka
03-11-2016, 11:25 AM
that website is unusable youll have to copy and paste

Corpsey
03-11-2016, 11:31 AM
You can wait for it to go on their website.

I peeked at it and I'm instantly embarrassed by the Kafka quotation.

(That's worth mentioning cos luka won't know what it is for a few weeks and can imagine all sorts of things.)

luka
03-11-2016, 12:24 PM
hopefully something about josephine the mouse singer

Corpsey
03-11-2016, 01:02 PM
aww rats

not that good

CrowleyHead
03-11-2016, 01:19 PM
Not to be a grime nerd, but do you know when there's that time Martin interviewed Dizzee, and he plays Dizzee the Wiley "Letter 2 Dizzee" and he listens to it, and Dizzee is just at the end of it so annoyed and perplexed? Every time I look at that site (three or four times now) I know exactly how he must have felt. It radiates with the fake-wokeocity of a "Zeitgeist" or the new one doc everyone was going on about by Adam something or another.

I never get to listen to too much of the score so fair play to Jamie I bet making sounds to describe the dread of capitalism in the digital age as a hellscape is easy for him. But the dude behind The Sprawl... To be perfectly forward, I used to follow this guy on tumblr because he had a podcast in Berlin where he hosted an early Kuedo set, and had typically 'left-field' music, which is great obviously I benefitted from it. BUT, once we play into the game of OH WELL LOOK WHAT THE EVIL CORPORATIONS OF THE WEST DO, BUT WHAT I DO WITH MY ART ORIENTED FRIENDS IS 'REAL', IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BIG DOLLAR SIGNS...

There's got to be a way to be more genuinely benevolent about trying to navigate shit like that, not just have your Phantom of the Paradise moment.

Corpsey
16-12-2016, 01:23 PM
http://crackmagazine.net/article/music/kuedo-slow-knife/

Here's that review.

I was wondering last night if I should have written about how I got stoned and listened to it and it took me through a wormhole, and left me in a maggot hole.

Somehow I don't think an editor would go for that and it might seem too self indulgent. Also it would probably have been shit.

rubberdingyrapids
16-12-2016, 02:19 PM
i stopped listening to this a while ago.

to me, its like he crushed himself by over thinking it, and ended up with something a bit leaden and constipated, as if he lost all sense of what was good and bad, and couldnt come up with anything that resembled what he wanted it to be (i imagine all the stuff he binned for being too like the first album might be better, or have more natural momentum at least).

i have faith the 3rd kuedo album will be an improvement.