Hi William, I am Diana.Hi, I'm William and I made your tape I'm glad that you liked it so much and listened to so many times!
Thank you, I'm thrilled that you liked it so much if there's anything you want to know or if you want any recommendations just let me know.
What's wrong with pop? not all pop is bad, The Shins for instance.
1. Tu Fawning - Anchor (A Monument, 2012)
2. Local Natives - You and I (Hummingbird, 2013)
3. Dreamscape - Greater Than God (La-di-da Recordings, 1992)
4. Susanne Sundfør - When (The Silicone Veil, 2012)
5. Grizzly Bear - Yet Again (Shields, 2012)
6. Frightened Rabbit - December's Traditions (Pedestrian Verse, 2013)
7. Dirty Three - Moon on the Land (Towards the Low Sun, 2012)
8. Screaming Females - Expire (Ugly, 2012)
9. Howling Bells - Into the Sky (The Loudest Engine, 2011)
10. The National - Racing Like A Pro (Boxer, 2007)
11. Elbow - The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver (The Seldom Seen Kid, 2008)
12. My Morning Jacket - Masterplan (It Still Moves, 2003)
13. Jan Johansson - Visa Från Rättvik (Jazz på Svenska, 1963)
14. Dan Mangan - Sold (Nice, Nice, Very Nice, 2009)
15. The Shins - Port of Morrow (Port of Morrow, 2012)
No problemThe Shins do have their pop sides Bieber, One Direction and so on are just a small part of the pop spectrum, which also includes artists like M83 and Animal Collective.
Mrk, I've written about half the review now and will finish it tomorrow. Sorry for the wait :\
Thankyou again, it's been very enjoyable and I shall be checking out a few of those artists... especially Moi CapriceYeah, you're right Kat. Too much Jonas Bjerre I guess, hahaha!
I'll put comments in your post in Cyan Me, me?
The tracklisting is:
1. Thirteen Senses - Crystal Sounds
2. múm - Moon Pulls
3. Violens - It Couldn't Be Perceived
4. Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
5. Mew - Like Paper Cuts
6. moi Caprice - To The Lighthouse
Flashing Red Rabbits Oh No! =
7. The Shins - Red Rabbits
8. Oh No Ono - Swim
9. The Boxer Rebellion - Flashing Red Light Means Go
One For The Nightfall =
10. a-ha - How Sweet It Was
11. Mew - Saviours of Jazz Ballet
12. The Rumour Said Fire - Sanctuary
13. Foals - Stepson
We Sit and We Sigh =
14. Bloc Party - Compliments
hidden track: Brian Eno's Emerald and Lime
Thank you for listening. I am glad the mixtape got taken care of by someone. Thank you for the review. You were so fast If you want I can also send you the whole songs, because some are cropped quite a bit in this mixtape.
Tracklist:So, finally, here is my review of the mixtape I received. It’s titled In Synthesis which is kind of a fitting title. It’s a mixtape consisting of electronic and ambient music, which I like since I don’t have too much knowledge about it.
I've been listening mostly to this kind of electronic stuff lately, so I wanted to put some of my favourite recent discoveries. I know you're not really into this kind of music and I tried not to be too much "alien" to your taste
1: The mixtape starts off with an upbeat ambient track. An electronic beat begins, accompanied by various other percussive sounds and effects, before a keyboard forms a soft backdrop. The beat pauses and gives way for synthesizer arpeggios before it all starts again now with the synths taking center stage further up in the register giving the song a new edge. Halfway through the track a synth bass line does what the synthesizers did in the first pause and joins in. The mix progress towards dubstep, then returns to the singing synthesizers before throwing everything on for the final push. It’s a good track and opener, but not something I really picture myself listening to otherwise. It reminded me a bit of The Prodigy. The artwork was still attached to this one. I’ve actually seen them live a couple of years ago, but I think they’ve broken up since :\
I thought this one was a really energetic song and a good one to start with. I like how it manages to be fast and syncopated and full of glitch-y bass sounds but still rich in ambience. It may have reminded you of The Prodigy because the song has some drum 'n' bass elements.
2: Röyksopp! This is a lot smoother and flowing than the opener. A soundscape of synths pave the way for a distorted voice. Then a beat drives the song forward. The first interlude where the synth takes over is so beautiful, and somewhat typically Röyksopp. It’s a really good song and made me want to go back to Melody A.M. It’ has interesting percussion too, which is something I haven’t noticed before.
I know you're from Norway, so I wanted to include a song by my favourite Norwegian band.
I think the percussions blends really well with the melody and the vocals and they indeed make the song special.
3: Floating synths/organs lie behind a “soloing” electric drumkit. When it pauses, light synths start playing a riff, then the drumming resumes with the riffs still going. There are a few breaks where a distorted voice says something I can’t make out. I like how the calmer synths work against stressful beat, and manage to make it kind of calming.
Surprisinlgy, this is from Deadmau5 debut album. Most people know him because of his house and electro stuff, but he also has some really good ambient/trip-hop oriented numbers, including this one.
4: A guitar that almost sounds like a sitar starts playing an arpeggiated chord progression. Then a whining synth, bass and percussion using a lot of shakers start. A man sings and I’m pretty sure he’s European. The synths have a big role here as well, filling in with riffs and motifs in between, but it’s a more “normally” instrumented track. The chord progression returns in between. It’s a very laidback track.
One of my favourite songs of this year so far. It's a really good mixture of folk and electronic music (some people call it folktronica) and the guitar+synth riff is quite addicting. I hope the album this song is from will be as good (it's still to be relased)
5: This is built primarily around arpeggios. Synth/harp arpeggios with more synths as backdrop start off, and then a slow beat starts. After a while the arpeggios start playing a different progression, and another synth drops chords. This progression returns a couple of times. A digital synth is put on top of it all and it all builds up gradually before tuning it down and taking a step back for a while, then building up again. It’s a more meditating track then the earlier ones with a lot more space. I like it.
Very soothing track indeed. I love this kind of "progressing" ambient songs, which add elements as it goes. Some rithmic changes were kind of unexpected the first time I heard it.
6: A track more centered on electric percussion and beats, and sound effects. Not really my thing, but works well in the contest of the mixtape.
Well, in every mixtape I make I just like to put at least one particulary weird song I like just to see my partner's reaction. This is actually one of my favourite Autechre songs.
7: One of my favorite songs! I’ve listened to it and Heligoland countless times. Horace Andy and Robert del Naja sound great singing together and the backing synth line that repeats throughout until it’s alone is just about perfect. So is the curtain of strings that lies behind all the time. My second favorite track off the album next to Paradise Circus Great pick!
I love this song too! I love it's haunting melody and the string and synths arrangement is just sublime.
8: Two guitars both picking begin and are joined a bending synth and drumset with lots of symbal. I’m not a big fan of the synth sound they use. A lot of digi-synths. There’s a guitar solo, heavy in effects, towards the end. A lot of it sounds like a demo off a casio keyboard. Not a big fan.
This one is from Pendulum's debut album. The guitars have some kind of warm vibe I really like but I can totally see why you may find the production a bit "plastic". Actuallly, I didn't really like that talk box effext too at first.
9: A sea of strings and a poppy synth arpeggio form the core here. It’s interesting how other instruments take turns and how it affects what’s center stage so to say. The section toward the end with the choir sound and riff is really cool. I like this.
Despite this song is 20 years old, it still sounds fresh and intriguing. I stumbled across this song for a pure casuality, and I'm glad that I've found it. It's by Intermix, one of Bill Leeb's (Front Line Assembly leader) side projects.
10: Distorted electric guitars chiming over a soundscape where synth lines kind of float in and out in the background. Then there’s a stop and a chord progression takes shape. The drums become more dominant (2 sets) and the synth lines move forward in the mix. I think this may be one of my favorites this far. I like the use of strings, and the percussion really adds a lot.
Boards Of Canada classic here. I think I heard this song some years ago. but I only found out recently about the name and the artist.
11: A synth line a beat start out, then a man starts singing with a lot of sustain. Then there’re some chaotic violin sounds, and in the the next interlude more synth sounds. The chorus has a lot of
different synth sounds (riffs, strings and rhythmic progressions). Another favorite, I especially like the falling synth line. The artist info was still on here, and it’s Caribou who I’ve been meaning to look more into.
I saw Caribou live when they were supporting Radiohead last October. I love the whole atmosphere created by the synths and the voice and the climax at the end makes the song for me.
12: This is a very floating, minimalistic track. There isn’t much going on instrumentally, but the sound takes a lot of space. I like how the guitar works against the anaoluge strings, using some unusual picking techniques. I really like it, and this is another track that works very well on the mixtape. Could it be Japan?
Actually, this one is from Brian Eno's album Small Craft On A Milk Sea, which I think I listened to a million of times. Some great guitar work by Leo Abrahams (I included one of his songs on another mixtape I think) and synth work by Jon Hopkins here too.
13: A piano chord progression is joined by a bass, then a voice in a lot of reverb. An electronic drumkit joins toward the chorus which sounds kind of like “If you Wish Upon a Star” played by Tame Impala and Caribou. I love the instrumentation. Great closer.
This song sounds a bit vintage yet very modern. I really like the "poor quality MP3 sound" effect for some reason. Also, I thought it would have been a good closer and it seems it was
All in all it’s a solid tape that should be listened to as a whole. I like how the different tracks flown into and complement each other, though there were maybe a bit to many synthesizers. Maybe it’s just that I’m not used to listening to so much ambient. All in all it’s a solid mixtape, I enjoyed listening to it and reviewing it very much, and look forward to tracklist
Yeah, you're right, I've exaggerated a bit with electronic/ambient stuff. I think I should be more careful to "balance" the tape's sound next time. Anyway, I'm glad that you liked it