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There's no general thread and I think there should be one. Agora is perfect. that's all i have to say for now lol.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Saturday, 10 April 2021 17:17 (three weeks ago) link

Listening to Endless Summer now. It's aged quite well I think, still sounds fresh.

mirostones, Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:29 (three weeks ago) link

i only have the album that involved king midas sound.
tomorrow when hungover could be a good time to revisit it.

mark e, Saturday, 10 April 2021 19:52 (three weeks ago) link

I love the “dub”/“instrumental disc on that one

have to say I’m pretty basic and prefer the plays/endless summer/Venice era but I admire all his stuff. Need to revisit Becs cause I thought it was pandering shit at the time but idk.

brimstead, Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:06 (three weeks ago) link

Agora is perfect. that's all i have to say for now lol.

I never listened to it when it came out, but I've been using for my bedtime music off and on for the last couple months. It's delightful.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:15 (three weeks ago) link

One day last week when it seemed unconscionably hot and humid (thunderstorms procrastinating), I felt like I was getting sick and went home early, putting on Endless Summer and half-dozing through it. I hoped it might massage this clenched feeling I had. It didn't, quite, but I was reminded of how distinctive an experience it was at first — one of those rare albums I needed to play several times before it started to click (as an adult, anyway). Given the title, I heard the way the sound burns in and out of melody imagining climate change as music — like all the old sentiments would only be graspable at some point through partially submerged fragments and ravaged textures like these. I can't remember now if it was discussed it in that light — it might have seemed too obvious, too apocalyptic — but it always seemed right to me.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:23 (three weeks ago) link

Need to revisit, but am pretty sure Venice will remain my recent fave--fantastic David Sylvian cameo, great atmosphere to that whole album AFAIR.

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

(By recent, I mean chronologically to me--I remember the Fennesz Plays single and Endless Summer having a stronger impact on me in my 20s)

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Saturday, 10 April 2021 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

fantastic David Sylvian cameo,

spotify singlehandedly ruined that song for me. it's funny to think that there was a time when i liked it so much that spotify thought that i should be the first song selected for the generated "radio" playlist that would start when reaching the end of an album or playlist. if i had been listening to something that involved a rock beat, the replacements' "swinging party" would be the first song selected. listening to jazz, it would probably be "the peacocks" with bill evans and stan getz. but following anything even vaguely ambient, even in the broadest definition of it, the next song would be fennesz's "Transit". the first 40 seconds of it seems to be an complementary coda to many albums, because i would never recognize exactly what it was until suddenly Sylvian's loud I HAVE LISTENED REPEATEDLY entered the mix. how many times have i fallen asleep to beautiful, quiet, lulling music only to be startled by Sylvian's barking statement that resonated with me more truly and annoyingly with every night it happened? finally i learned to turn off spotify's auto-Radio function, but not before i clicked the heart with a cross through it, next to "Transit", and only "Transit". sorry Sylvian!

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:04 (three weeks ago) link

I HAVE LISTENED REPEATEDLY
I HAVE LISTENED VERY WELL

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:06 (three weeks ago) link

lol I don't remember that at all, I only had Venice as like m4a files

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:07 (three weeks ago) link

can we talk about how amazing Field Recordings is? perfect example of an artist arriving fully formed w/ a unique sound

I have a lot of problems w/ the Endless Summer closing title track (it kills the mood for me) but I love the rest of it.

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

do not listen to that album on spotify, trust me. they're like "this guy likes ambient music, clearly. we've got the stats to back that up. but he likes music with singers too. what if i told you about a song that was ambient + singer. plus he already knows this song; he's listened to Venice 5 times this year - the whole thing, including the duet with the singer. it's dynamite: put it as the lead track on every playlist - I SAID DO IT!"

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

xp

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

I will heed this dire warning!

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

That's why I'm dorky about shuffling my massive mp3 library through Sonos vs. streaming services.

Evan, Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:20 (three weeks ago) link

Black Sea is perfect, hugely underrated Fennesz album and my favorite to this day.

octobeard, Saturday, 10 April 2021 21:52 (three weeks ago) link

Will always be grateful I caught him last March as the next to last show I saw before everything started looking like it would shut down on that front.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 11 April 2021 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

i think jeff parker was the last show i saw, but i don't go to many shows. surprised it hasn't threaded yet

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 00:50 (three weeks ago) link

Black Sea is perfect, hugely underrated Fennesz album and my favorite to this day.

It's a toss-up between that one and Venice for me. I'd probably enjoy Endless Summer more if I was a Beach Boys fan.

pomenitul, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:02 (three weeks ago) link

i haven't listened to Agora yet. is it good?

the ones i go back to first are endless summer, black sea, and venice. but i haven't really listened to Field Recordings much (but i wills oon!)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:16 (three weeks ago) link

It's great!

I've never heard a bad album from him, come to think of it.

pomenitul, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:18 (three weeks ago) link

haha, well yeah. "is it good?" is kind of a weird question with fennesz

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:20 (three weeks ago) link

If the underlying question is 'should I check it out asap?' then the answer is also yes!

pomenitul, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:21 (three weeks ago) link

Agora is especially good, yes

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:27 (three weeks ago) link

Should listen to on headphones while lying on the floor in total concentration??

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:57 (three weeks ago) link

Should I??

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:57 (three weeks ago) link

Because I might do that

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:58 (three weeks ago) link

I really like Bécs a lot

Evan, Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:17 (three weeks ago) link

I think this guy is good and close listening would open up his work a lot more but the earlier stuff seems quite dry to me and the later stuff is pleasant enough to have on as background music so I haven’t given any of it the attention it would probably reward yet. it still feels weird that music as abstract as endless summer was as (relatively) popular as it was

new display name (Left), Sunday, 11 April 2021 16:41 (three weeks ago) link

that really moving part of endless summer where he filters the treble all the way down and it’s like you’re underwater in the ocean at nite <3

brimstead, Sunday, 11 April 2021 16:54 (three weeks ago) link

the title track, I mean

brimstead, Sunday, 11 April 2021 16:54 (three weeks ago) link

i kind of envy km listening to agora for the first time. you've got to listen to that first track loud imo. on speakers. not on spotify. get the bandcamp aiff! it's like $10 most of which will go to mr. christian fennesz. it's guitar drone digital noise music ffs, like hearing mbv live with no drums and everything slowed wayy down. you won't regret having a cd-quality copy! ok, done with my usual bs lol.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

i feel like fennesz basically makes progressive and romantic music at heart but filtered through punk / noise / drone / minimalism. he has a very spacious sense of pacing. he's also making music that is very much about the guitar and its possibilities.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:33 (three weeks ago) link

#justfenneszthoughts after having not listened to anything he's done in a long time. i sort of got in the rut people are talking about with him, where it's pleasant background music but i wasn't ever paying any prolonged attention. i think his music rewards listening with a little bit more awareness about how it develops over time. which is kind of antithetical to the place i came to his music from, thinking that it's all sort of punk and avant-garde, ironic and post-modern. i mean it is in the sense of his sound palette coming from like sonic youth and tony conrad and idk what, digital noise? but the pieces take the shape and earnestness and some of the tonality of idk impressionism or something.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:42 (three weeks ago) link

I never felt this kind of music could have a "narrative" structure until I heard Black Sea. The title track and Glide are probably my two favorite compositions by the dude, and they tell a very visceral story to me with their structure and textural progressions. The transition from the opening whallop of noise into that lush and open sense of space, and the journey to the meditative wash of a loop that closes out the piece is nothing short of breathtaking.

Agora is an amazing record and probably my #2 of his albums. Perhaps his records with water/oceans on the cover are the ones to go for! BTW don't sleep on his Mahler Remixes either. More ethereal and less noise and guitar driven than his other work, but equally beautiful.

octobeard, Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:53 (three weeks ago) link

oh wow, i was just thinking, like, you know what this reminds me of (while listening to "we trigger the sun" from agora)? - is mahler! and i don't even think i was aware he had done mahler remixes, or maybe i just subconsciously absorbed it.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Sunday, 11 April 2021 18:30 (three weeks ago) link

i gave agora a very loud headphones listen earlier, while doing chores and watercoloring. it was a great old time. first track "in my room" was indeed very very good, and the beach boys reference makes sense because it reminded me quite a bit of endless summer! i always love his work in that mode. (what is the most endless summer of his that is not endless summer?)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 11 April 2021 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

his remix of junior boys’ “last exit” is a high watermark of the 00s

brimstead, Sunday, 11 April 2021 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

My favorite Fennesz remix by a wide wide mile:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NzfJeaFgOA

octobeard, Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:21 (three weeks ago) link

^ ^ btw, I consider this the last truly piece of transcendent music to come out of the NIN camp. But that's another discussion for another thread.

octobeard, Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:22 (three weeks ago) link

(what is the most endless summer of his that is not endless summer?)

probably Live In Japan, but that might be cheating

"Gaspar? No way." (sleeve), Sunday, 11 April 2021 23:41 (three weeks ago) link

Anyway I thank you for this revival for prompting me to dig out Venice for the first time in a long while. Still great.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 April 2021 00:41 (three weeks ago) link


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