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new lp is pretty mind-blowing.
have a listen http://soundcloud.com/hipposintanks
as someone pointed out on Twitter, the album sounds almost exactly like this looks: http://hypergeography.tumblr.com/
James Ferraro – “Far Side Virtual”
Out Oct 25th on Hippos In Tanks
Primer EP “Condo Pets” out now on digital
"Carrie Bradshaw walks down 5th Avenue.
Carrie Bradshaw gets a Mocha Latte from Starbucks.
Carrie Bradshaw listens to “Far Side Virtual”."
Having amassed a broad, inclusivc and ever-expanding oeuvre that has led him to be regarded as one of the true auteurs in today’s subterranean music channels, James Ferraro now presents “Far Side Virtual”, his debut album for Hippos In Tanks.
A genuinely bold evolution from his previous work in terms of fidelity, texture and sonic scope, “Far Side Virtual” finds Ferraro painting a 21st century still life, and producing an essential piece for the modern global audience. A pristine soundworld far removed from his seminal work as part of Californian noise duo The Skaters, and even the late night B-movie worship to MTV simulacra he has been exploring of late under his own name.
“Far Side Virtual” takes us on a dance through some enigmatic modern metropolis, through the spaces of our consumerism , down a street that could be your 5th Avenue or your Regent Street or your Shibuya Square, to some anonymous globalized space in a common augmented Utopia. A cellular kingdom of fusion and virtual couture, a candy land of Utopias within a Utopia. iLand.
What we find here is a work of pure modernism. a new index of futurism that abandons paranoia and anxiety for new thoughts on the dynamics between technology and humans, introducing us to a world of iPads and Augmented Humanity. A gesture towards a world gracefully empty of humans but filled with pure impressionistic beauty experienced through newly acquired appendages of the digital nature.
With its swirly sound of new pop like concoctions and its zoo of modern chamber-like motifs, “Far Side Virtual” becomes a score to the saturation and decadence that has swept the face of post 2000 a.d. earth life.
Imagine modern French chamber music remixed by iPod commercials and Macbook sound effects: minimized and deconstructed into chat function sound clips, an email alert blip, a ring tone or Apple Store automated door bells.
“Far Side Virtual” is simply a symphony for our new click-of-a-button mode of consumption. A restrained type of minimal pop that spins full blast on Carrie Bradshaw's iPod. A must have on the MP3 player for those globalized citizens active in the world today.
Put your ear buds in, and welcome to “Far Side Virtual”.
1. Linden Dollars
2. Global Lunch
3. Dubai Dream Tone
6. PIXARnia And The Future Of Norman Rockwell
7. Palm Trees, Wi-Fi and Dream Sushi
8. Fro Yo And Cellular Bits
9. Google Poeises
1. Starbucks,Dr. Seussism, And While your Mac Is Sleeping
2. Adventures In Green Foot Printing
3. Dream On
4. Earth Minutes
5. Tomorrow's Baby Of The Year
6. Condo Pets
7. Solar Panel Smile
...i've seen worse ;)
Not heard it yet but it's on my to do list.
the album is likely to sneak into my albums of the year list I reckon. keep falling in love with it.
He seems to be having a thing for iPads on his covers at the minute. I love the humour flecked in his stuff (especially some of the tracknames), and the music he's created (The aforementioned EP, his contribution towards the latest FRKWYS and by the sounds of it, this LP too) is always really captivating, he does create worlds in his sound. Hippos in Tanks have released an awful lot of brilliant music this year.
tempted to do a label of the year this year, just so that they can win :)
really really lovely stuff
innit. might review it for DiS if no-one has called dibs.
He leaves me totally lost now. Spencer Clark still got it.
if you didn't include the word 'crappy' i would have presumed that description was a 'good thing'
Honest guv. I am so far thinking he has lost something now the fidelity is better though.
The Night Dolls stuff sounds good on youtube.
imo night dolls is good and not that different from feed me etc. but i was not feeling this preceding ep. and have not heard said album so who knows