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Look what the postman brought today
Better be in so that I don't have to trek to the post office depot to get mine
didn't listen to the stream, so this was the first time I heard it.
Very impressed. Like Geogaddi, but the dark mood comes from a more grounded, bleak place, rather than from Geogaddi's more surreal, nightmarish sort of tone.
Stand-outs for me right now are 'Jacquard Causeway' (absolutely stunning) and 'New Seeds'.
Beautiful sunny day and a new BoC album. Life is ok!
(Has to wait till Monday for it to be delivered...)
hit enter prematurely, and monday i'm working 12 hours ffs
It would have soundtracked the weekend...:(
Dark, beautiful, moving, brilliant
I'll be listening to nothing else today.....
Happy June 9th
Nothing Is Real is the highlight for me so far, along with Reach for the Dead, Palace Posy, Sundown, and Come to Dust.
Currently loving Cold Earth, Nothing is Real and Sick Times.
Sundown is a beautiful piece of ambience.
New Seeds is quite astonishing...absolutely breathtaking.
Jacquard Causeway doesnt do much for me but I can see have it fits into the album.
but I guess it's kind of a segue to the next half of the album. they probably wanted something a bit less bombastic after Reach for the Dead too to give it a bit of air maybe.
think it's one of the best on the album. chugs along in a slightly unnerving but beautiful way, it's like a sunrise in a really grim seaside town
Though on first couple of listens I can't help but feel they could have ditched a few of the intermission tracks. There's nothing inherently bad about them but there also seems to be little need for them - they are just, well, there.
I'm sure that is the sort of comment that will draw ire from the more obsessive fans who like to pour over every little detail of their music though and if they add something to such people's enjoyment of the album then fair enough!
Sublimely crafted stuff.
Very evocative. Great bit of escapism.
It`s kind of like two albums/vibes blurred into one whole.
... like no one would give a shit about this album if someone else released it.
Where previous albums would reappropriate/recreate old electronic incidental music and put them to new use and context, this album just kind of feels like a less bombastic late 70s/early 80s Tangerine Dream scoring a John Carpenter film. I sort of get the impression that the two were trying to move beyond preconceived notions of their music (i.e. reappropriated electronic incidental music), but end up coming off as somewhat generic.
I don't think it's a bad album, but I think the idea that BoC released new music has taken precedence over the actual end results.
and NO this isn't like either The Knife or Daft Punk and is actually good as opposed to being a hype riding piece of shit*
*chill out I know it's my opinion and only my opinion+
+which as mentioned earlier is undispuitable fact
LIKE WOW MAN
Had it on in the car last night and it actually moved me to tears. And I'm really, really not that sort of person. Never happened to me before but it's just so perfect. Everything I could ever have wanted it to be and more. They're unquestionably my favourite artists.
but what do you think of the music?
Excited to get to the stand out tracks noted by you all.
and after two listens i do really like it but don't love it....yet!
The only BoC record that was an instant hit with me was geogaddi and is probably my 2nd favourite album ever.
MHTRTC and TCH took a wee bit longer to reveal their charms and i'm pretty sure this one will be the same.
One thing is for sure though i'm gonna be hammering this record all summer.
and having listened to this solid for a week or so, I conclude it's up there with their best work. Maybe THE BEST. It doesn't kick the doors down particularly as the first side is weaker, but what an atmosphere it achieves as a whole, and 4 or 5 songs from it are the equal of anything they've done.
The album just 'works' so well. It's coherent as well as being varied. There are 4 or 5 killer tracks, but every track has it's own merit and I love the low key build-up in the first half, and the 2nd half is probably the best collection of tracks I've heard in ages.
Sat in silence for about 10 minutes after it finished, just basking in it.
I'm not going to stop listening to this for at least a month. At least. Incredible.
My Bleep order just died at the last hurdle and the website now seems to be down, Amazon seems to be the next cheapest option but doesn't seem to mention download codes...?
Gonna hold off until I can listen to it all the way through on my stereo, looking forward to it immensely after all the positive comments.
I reckon they all come with it.
They just added the download version to my account after sending out the vinyl.
It is as good as I wished it to be, but infintly more interesting, layered, and dark. It's such a different beast to anything they've done before.
And that second half is the best run of tracks on anything I heard in years.
Looking forward to this ?
Pitchfork are spot on with this one: it's more atmospheric and less obviously melodic or hooky.
Really enjoying it. Kind of zoned out to it when I drove in to work this morning to the extent that I neearly ploughed into the car in front of me. Always the sign of a good record.
walking across deserted moorland on a dewy autumn morning, pre-dawn into a chilly sunrise, sleep-deprived and out of my mind.