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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Deadline Trancing, pt. 2

posted by on August 15 at 12:50 PM

Last week, when my mid-week deadlines rolled around, I gave myself up to the epic, sun-worshipping madness of Bordedoms’ Rebore Vol.0: Vision Recreation by EYE. And, damn that’s a good album. But this week, I’m sinking deep into the Field’s From
Here We Go Sublime
. It’s combination of cool, soothing tones and steady, pulsing beats makes it perfect for the insane work day—it’s both calming and propulsive. Lately, I’ve been geeking out on how each of the album’s sprawling songs are built from just a few choice, ultra-short samples, often culled from AM cheese (Lionel Richie) or at least highly recognizable pop (“I Only Have Eyes For You”). It’s a simple technique that yields complex, shifting compositions. Here’s a clip of the Field’s Axel Willner playing live (there’s not much to see, but it’s an easy way to get audio up here; anyone who saw him at Broken Disco recently knows that the live show sounds pretty much exactly like the record but with more bass thump, and that’s fine):

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