Sonic Week 1.17: Hush, Dear

Don’t speak with me now, don’t bother us, dear. Go in your room like a good girl and practice your piano. Maybe call that boy you like, too. He mixes, right? Go in your room and collaborate, dear. Play your piano and think of all the places it can take you. Good. Hush now, dear.

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Hush begins with C.Love, a young LA woman with a knack for slow and smokey re-works of disco, Dolly Parton and Nina Simone. “To The Promise Land” is a plausible 5 minute intro to the birds and beat stylings of Austria’s Emil Berliner- “Musique Par Le Ballon” is a throbbing sweetness in your lower tummy, an easy dawn shuffle. A more distant sense of tranquility comes out on Chris Schwarzwälder’s “Jakob,” a slow and melancholy tune accompanied by dark zipper bass and a gold piano riff. French techno producer Agoria hits big with beautiful minimal progression and warm, checked variables on “Scala.” Next, Dutch connoisseur of shocking and weird electronic music Jameszoo plays with intrusion on his relatively sane remix of Nightmares on Wax’s “Be, I Do.” Like a stubborn child, it revolts and almost annoys before relaxing entirely on its own arcade Drone War terms.

Argentinian producer Chancha Via Circuito, purveyor of digital cumbia and other hypnotic South American sounds, breaks down the hazy recordings of José Larralde on “Quimey Neuquén.” This tribal re-work carries with it massive emotion and curiosity for the origins of its Andean chants. FIELDS, a label so far containing all Max Cooper collaborative works released the beautiful “Adrift” featuring Kathrin deBoer late last year. Mad machinist beats accompany the tart harmonies of deBoer, creating something of an empathetic, industrial future noise. Next, Italian musician Piet Row pays homage to gospel legacy Blind Willie Johnson on “Bright Is The Morning.” Its unrestrained electronic accompaniment follows Johnson’s vocals drenched with soul, pain and dusty twang- graciously embracing the original’s feel while catapulting it into Millennial territories. Finally, “Station” is a gentle and straightforward tune from 17 year old Liverpool native Låpsley. It’s beautiful, simply composed and welcomes a lack of excess- as do we.

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