Decades / Failures – 002

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  • Artist: Decades / Failures
  • Genre: Post-punk
  • Released : 2014 on Dead Tank Records, self-released on Bandcamp

This review came about as a recommendation from Instagram user and fellow music fan lightningpaw, who suggested checking out Decades/Failures’s music. Thanks for the recommendation, lightningpaw!

Decades/Failures is Philadelphian Adam Juresko’s post-punk worthy moniker, and I suspect, a knowing nod to two of Joy Division‘s songs. Swathed in glacial synths, complete with distorted baritone and haughty gothic overtones, 002 manages to retain the philosophic introspection of Joy Division and Kraftwerk-aping early New Order, but suitably updated for the millenium with very pretty synths.

I (Never Wanted To) Believe cracks out the cavernous reverb, and the thudding drum machines and primitive synths recall the ceremonial sombreness of early New Order (Movement and Power, Corruption And Lies), while Gentle Forces ‘s industrial clackety sound is reminiscent of the eerie ascending elevator effect on Joy Division’s Insight. The song gradually gains momentum with the addition of ominous bells and fuzzy synths, but cuts off again with the same effect on the intro. Tell Me How is mired in Interpol-esque melancholia, complete with the same tidy rhythm, while the synths weave themselves around the bass like gossamer-thin spider silk.

As a whole, despite the obvious influences 002 is still a joy to listen to, especially for fans of  the primitive electronic sound that was prevalent in the late 70s to the early 80s.

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YYVVESS – ART HISTORY

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  • Artist: YYVVESS
  • Released: 2016 on DMT Records
  • Genre: Electronic, vaporwave

Released on DMT Records, the second album from YYVVESS sees him mixing electronic music with the history of ancient civilization. Scratching your head already? Yeah, I was doing that two months ago. That’s what made me wanna write about this album though.

Why history, out of every possible subject? Why not Greek philosophy? Or applied chemistry? Admittedly, I have yet to see EDM mixed with Plato, but the optimist in me imagines it as a really awesome mash-up. One can hope.

The thematic concept isn’t new to the vaporwave genre- Pyravid’s Googleplex Bionetwork was one of the first few vaporwave albums where the often lambasted “aesthetics” took a backseat. Pyravid, armed with Microsoft samples, synths and beats, transported the listener to an unexpected vision of vaporwave – a Microsoft-enmeshed living, breathing jungle utopia in 16 tracks. Mother Nature in perfect harmony with technology.

I have this feeling that YYVVESS’s ART HISTORY might have attempted to be an aural history textbook, but unfortunately the album just hangs in mid-air halfway through. ART HISTORY has its merits though – Human Head, one of my favourite tracks, has pretty synths resembling Indonesian gamelans against a syncopated beat, and Bronze Vessel sees the introduction of exotic elements (jungle bird calls, elephants). The tracks after Stone Cist Tomb are rather forgettable, probably because they sound the same after a while. And it’s not the song length – the album duration hovers around 30 minutes.

Still, not all’s lost – I’m still hitting the repeat button on Human Head! Here’s a sample!

 

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Metronomy - Summer 08' (2016) : I've been taking some time off from this music blog to focus on my poetry/writing blog, as I've previously mentioned. It's been a difficult decision but I will be putting CVLT Youths on indefinite hiatus. Lots of stuff happened over the past few months, which made me think hard about what I wanted, and writing for myself won, hands down. It's not the best "career" option out there but if people like what I write, I'm happy enough. I'll still post on Instagram sometimes or write the occasional review, but don't expect to see regular updates. Thank you for the lovely chats, the exchanges, the recs - you know who you are 😘 Anyway, I've been listening to this and it sounds like 80s' italo disco, seriously a step up from their previous one. Quite fun, in fact! #metronomy #summer08 #nowplaying #albumoftheday#musicoftheday #music #recordoftheday #nowlistening
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Fiona Brice: Postcards From (2016) : The piano and violins are pleasing enough on the ears, but something's missing....or maybe this needs more listens. I'm still in love with Berlin though 😍 #fionabrice #postcardsfrom #bellaunion #albumoftheday #musicoftheday #recordoftheday #nowplaying #nowlistening #music #webstagram cvltyouths.wordpress.com
Cashew Chemists - Previously On...Cashew Chemists EP (2015) : I was pretty blown away by this EP - this is what pop music should resemble, in the very least. Not songs that sound like each other (and probably ripped off a drum beat or two off each other as well) on the radio! By the way, for Singapore peeps they're playing Baybeats 2016 this Saturday evening, at the Esplanade Outdoor Theater at 10.30. Watch out for them! If you'd like to hear their music, check them out at cashewchemists.bandcamp.com @cashewchemists #tgif #cashewchemists #previouslyoncashewchemists #indierock #albumoftheday #musicoftheday #recordoftheday #nowplaying #nowlistening #music #webstagram #rock #singapore cvltyouths.wordpress.com
The Libertines - Up The Bracket (2002): I love how the first few songs sound like a early morning pub-brawl, and I'm glad to know the boys are back together again! 😍 #thelibertines #upthebracket #albumoftheday #musicoftheday #recordoftheday #nowplaying #nowlistening #garagerock #indierock #music #webstagram cvltyouths.wordpress.com

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