The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

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djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

And perhaps to consider this assertion, from a friend: "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not sure if this is quite inside the Boomkat context, but I'm very fond of this band.

Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Sunday, 3 January 2010 20:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

"I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

Nah, listening to new stuff lets you be part of the test of centuries.

Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

But certainly there's more interesting new stuff out there besides quasi-classical music aimed at the indie set?

Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

For the most part, I agree with both of the two previous posts.

djh, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I do find Richard Skelton quite moving:

djh, Friday, 8 January 2010 22:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

a lot of that boomkat modern classical kinda stuff is really wonderful

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

who do you rate in particular?

djh, Saturday, 9 January 2010 16:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Richard Skelton is one of my very favourite musicians of the last few years. Everything he's done that I have is amazing; particularly notable is the attention to the physical packaging etc (though even without that, the music is amazing).

toby, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 18:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

i really like Olafur Arnalds. i haven't heard much of his other music, but 'the blue notebooks' by max richter--while a fairly obvious and PFM-approved pick--is really great. 'a box of birch' by a broken consort is good (another skelton project, i think?) would leyland kirby/the caretaker count?

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Loving the Kirby album, all three discs of it.

Interesting that Richter's album on the (um, late) Late Junction imprint got picked up by FatCat's neo-classical off-shoot.

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

these were the other three Type things that arrived from boomkat the other day (in addition to zelienople mentioned elswhere). not listened to it all in depth yet but have shuffled it during last three commutes. i got the On lp (ambient drones), the Goldmund (reminds me of music for airports piano bits) and the recent Helios (like the quiet bits of mogwai) <- handy podcast section

there's also a boomkat winter sale featuring a lot of Type lps, mine came to about £4 each

> "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

i kinda thought the same with the goldmund, whether there were classical piano works i should be looking up, but in addition to rather than instead of.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Koogs, thanks for the heads-up on the Boomkat deals. I went for the On record too. Sounds awesome: "SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU AND STEVEN HESS REWORKED BY DEATHPROD... this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album".

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

that On cover pic as well, is lovely (folded out is even better). a lot of the Type records have covers that remind me of red house painters 4ad sleeves.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also went for the ON cd ...

djh, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that whole visual aesthetic is something that I'm quite easily sold on. x-post

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

(On photographer has more photos here: )

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

Eluvium's piano stuff definitely worth a mention here - An Accidental Memory in Case of Death, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. Also Copia, and Miniatures under his name of Robert Cooper Clarke, more instrumentation but still of the 'classical' bent.

Would be happy to listen to older stuff if I knew of any that sounded like this, but aside from Satie, I don't. Recommendations welcome!

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

> Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

mental guitars = industrial revolution

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

so anyway, pilfering the Type podcasts. and there's pme by Simon Scott, ex-ex-ex of slowdive. and there's a link to his blog. and there's an lp by him ('Navigare') and a link to Boomkat who gave it record of the week last october

is in a similar vein to the On record (in the way all ambient stuff sounds the same) but with tinges of the old slowdive sound (or am i imagining that?)

(typed in classical piano to amazon's mp3 downloads site. millions of hits. oh um)

koogs, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

Either "Marking Time" or "Box of Birch", I guess. It's all good though.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

On a piano bent, it's not exactly the same as this stuff, but if you don't know Chopin's Nocturnes, you should definitely check them out.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

this week's boomkat recommendations (link should be good for future use too):

the Minamo sounds nice from the samples (but i have more cheap Type records to check out first). the Owen Pallett is miss categorised i think, sounds more like the beach boys.

i also find there's some crossover with the Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal genre

(the mp3 versions have samples of all tracks, not just the three they choose for the cds)

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 13:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

*Loving* On's Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night.

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you like Johann Johannsson you should investigate ... ? (contemporary or otherwise)

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

On's a bit bleak for my tastes. Where's the choons?

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by Mono & World's End Girlfriend is a bit Johannsonesque. Well it has violins anyway. Pretty miserablist though.

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have never heard of these composers. I assume they sound something like Satie informed by minimalism with subtle O'Rourke-ish electronic touches, with higher production values and lower standards of performance technique than most 'new music'? Which could be great or not, depending.

(Ha, OK, just noticed the Satie comparison.)

Sundar, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the Skelton link!

Sundar, Thursday, 21 January 2010 17:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Johann Johannsson & Greg Haines (?) live in London in May:

take me to your lemur (ledge), Friday, 22 January 2010 12:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hildur Gudnadottier's Without Sinking deserves a special mention.

(Any thoughts on her other releases? I haven't heard them).

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

this thread title cracks me up and is so otm

ben bernankles (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Do any of these artists get reviewed as "classical" music in anywhere other than the Wire? Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

the actual boomkat category is 'classical / home listening / ambient' and it's pretty much a catch all for slow quiet stuff.

koogs, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

judging from a cursory search, not at all.

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Never bought it myself, but I think that the BBC Music magazine (mostly classical, some jazz too) has Late Junction-type stuff in it (Late Junction being the one mainstream radio programme that plays this sorta stuff).

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nils Frahm added to the Johann Johannsson show.

djh, Friday, 29 January 2010 22:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Akira Rabelais has a new album coming out soon. Everyone should listen to Eisoptrophobia. Lovely, haunted reworkings of gorgeous piano pieces from the likes of Satie et al.

Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Friday, 29 January 2010 22:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Frahm's The Bells sounded lovely earlier while cleaning the kitchen; Johannsson's Virdulegu forsetar sounding gorgeous now (possibly my favourite classical album ever, up there with my favourite albums of any genre); have also been enjoying Valgeir Sigurdsson's Draumalandid.

djh, Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard the Rachel Grimes album?

djh, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 10:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

BTW, djh, thanks for starting this thread...hadn't heard Chauveau or Arnalds yet and grabbed a bunch of both. The Arnalds albums I got have rapidly become some of my favourites.

Anyone else picked up the newish Johannsson soundtrack to the film Varmints? Grabbed it on vinyl and ripped it to MP3 (guess the CD isn't out yet) but there seems to be some weird distortion that comes in on the last track of side one...not sure if that's part of the sound or whether my rip was bad...was perfectly clear up until that point. Either way, enjoyed the album.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

the Varmints soundtrack turned up in today's boomkat newsletter (vinyl only until april it says) and actually goes by the snappy title "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees"

samples here:

koogs, Friday, 5 February 2010 11:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

You can get Varmints on CD - it came out as a tour CD - I got my copy from Insound. It's being re-issued in the UK in April.

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 16:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Free compilation that partly matches this thread's aesthetic here:

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 20:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

nils frahm's wintermusik sounding fucking gorgeous right now (washing the dishes, glass of red on the go).

djh, Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Want to echo the Richard Skelton love upthread - Landings is great. Maybe I just don't listen to enough of this sort of thing, but the strings on it sound fantastic, there's a really earthy resonance to them.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 13 February 2010 20:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

In the mood to buy a record in this genre ... Any suggestions?

djh, Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

One artist you may want to check out is Harold Budd - a lot of good albums dating back to the 70s, even. It varies a bit, from very piano-heavy to highly processed, so you'll want to preview them first I guess. I have a soft spot for Lovely Thunder and his collab with the Cocteau Twins, Moon and the Melodies but people often point to The White Arcades as a good starting point. (He also has some newer releases too which I'm somewhat less familiar with.)

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 February 2010 17:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's not pretty music btw, it's more like a bear growling in your ear

seb mooczag (NickB), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:07 (two years ago) Permalink

cool record

poorzingis (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Spotify has discovered Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch for me. From the safer, AWftS, piano-era Eluvium end of the spectrum.

ledge, Saturday, 2 January 2016 12:03 (two years ago) Permalink

this thread put me on Turn of Breath and for that I am forever in its debt, I keep finding new ways to enjoy this record

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Sunday, 3 January 2016 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Boomkat sale is on. Lots of Type Records.

djh, Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:31 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

koogs, Friday, 29 January 2016 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

djh, Monday, 15 February 2016 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Liking this a lot.


PATTERN 002 CD/DVD "lasercut cardboard packaging with full colored innersleeve"
PATTERN 002 LP "lasercut cardboard packaging with full colored innersleeve"

End of Summer captures Johann Johannsson's journey to the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the calm scenery of a landscape changing seasons, barely influenced or even noticed by humanity. The super 8 film is a comforting study of a peaceful setting in one of the most crucial and endangered areas of our planet.

Accompanied by rich and detailed field recordings of the surrounding this footage makes a perfect foundation for Johann's musical compositions, performed together with fellow musicians and friends Hildur Gudnadottir and Robert A. A. Lowe. The varying use of cello, voice, synthesizer and electronics creates a listening experience that reflects both the vast beauty of the quiet scenery and the necessary cautiousness of its inhabitants. As if gliding through the steep ice, its rough edges and the harmonious water movements, organic arrangements are patiently devolving into voice and electronic based ambience that adds warmth to the icy, artefact laden environment.

The soundtrack to End of Summer is an emotional, enduring listen and a compelling experience. Forming a soundscape as broad as the view it was inspired by yet equally heartwarming, devotion to the music will slow down time and provide a moment of harmony within times of change.

LP edition features the soundtrack as well as the film's sound design on the B-Side, exclusively on vinyl;
DVD + CD package features the film and accompanying soundtrack.

djh, Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Glad to know about this, it's great. Put me on a Hildur Gudnottir kick all day today.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 26 February 2016 03:29 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Might be of interest:

(Revived 130701 imprint).

djh, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Recent obsessions:

Colin Stetson: Sorrow -- sax-based reinterpretation of Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Julia Kent - Asperities -- cello-heavy wonderfulness

🐸 a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly i (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 April 2016 23:06 (one year ago) Permalink

(I have to confess the comment underneath made me chuckle).

djh, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I have to say, getting the weekly Boomkat email of new albums, going through it and finding almost all the intriguing looking stuff on Spotify, and settling in a for a day's listening at work is very satisfying. Today there's a new Peter Broderick (Partners), the new Scott Walker OST for The Childhood of a Leader, Marielle V Jakobsons, Chino Amobi's 'Airport Music for Black Folk', stuff like that.

James Morrison, Friday, 19 August 2016 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Like bits of the Ben Lukas Boysen (on Erased Tapes).

djh, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Actually, love this track:

djh, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Apparently, there's a feature in this month's Uncut on some of these types.

djh, Friday, 21 October 2016 15:35 (one year ago) Permalink

> these types


koogs, Friday, 21 October 2016 17:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Boyson, Christopher Tignor and Ian William are good 2016 additions

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 21 October 2016 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

*Ian William Craig

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 21 October 2016 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Peter Broderick's Playlist
Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone

Stuart's guest from the Freak Zone this week, Peter Broderick, offers a 60-minute playlist of music from his studio in Oregon called The Sparkle which he has just closed. Featuring a bounty of unreleased tracks from The Sparkle's archive including Portland's Shelley Short, harpist Desiree Rousseau's band Brumes and his sister Heather Woods Broderick.

interview in the main freak zone show too

koogs, Monday, 14 November 2016 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Some temptation here:

Their "Sense of Place" list is also interesting.

djh, Sunday, 8 January 2017 12:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I had no idea Touch had a bandcamp

Dinsdale, Sunday, 8 January 2017 12:56 (one year ago) Permalink

djh, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:40 (one year ago) Permalink

^oh hey, i'm friends with that cellist

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I must buy that Claire M Singer album. The bits I've heard sound great.

djh, Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Sampling some of these I haven't heard, I'm sorta taken aback by the homogeneity of a lot of this stuff. Guess I hadn't realized until now what a big shadow Erased Tapes really cast, but so much of this is just really conservative, featherlight furniture music that makes Satie sound like Jerry Lee Lewis. Guess I just don't get it?

Wimmels, Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Any recommendations, Wimmels?

djh, Saturday, 14 January 2017 22:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, if you're asking, some of the younger Scandinavian pianists on ECM fill this void for me quite nicely. It's music that often surprises me while still capturing / evoking icy or bucolic or mellow moods. It too can occasionally be overly polite and antiseptic, but even then I find it more adventurous and challenging than a lot of the stately, grandiloquent somber / pretty music in this thread. I also don't understand why I should listen to frustrated post-rockers play bootleg Debussy through effects pedals when something like this exists.

To be clear, I'm not dismissing the entire above list. I like a few of these artists. But of the ones I'd never heard, most of the samples did not make me want to investigate further. Claire M. Singer is probably the lone exception, that's definitely something I need to look into, based on the sample...

Wimmels, Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks Wimmels. I kind of in agreement with you and it's why this thread was started. There's a lot of "classical music you buy from Boomkat" that I like (including some Erased Tapes) but I'm mindful that there's also a lot of stuff that I hear simply because ... it's on my radar and I've always had a suspicion that there's better stuff out there.

I did enjoying finding that Stationary Travels list to play through, though (even if ultimately there wasn't much I needed to hear again). Of that list I have Boysen, Arnalds/Frahm and Johannsson (though I'd Have chosen "End of Summer" over the album listed) and the Claire M Singer album was the one I hadn't heard but have felt the need to order.

djh, Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I've noticed that with this sort of style they pretty much always use an instrumental palette of piano and/or string instruments. There must be some exceptions though. Are there any people out there doing this type of thing with woodwind or brass instruments?

mirostones, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Good question

calstars, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Colin Stetson? Lots of sax and suchlike. His version of Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, 'Sorrow', is one of my favourite albums from 2016

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Gavin Bryars album on ECM, The Fifth Century, is a choir and sax quartet thing. Very lovely it is too.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New Jacaszek coming up on Ghostly:

djh, Friday, 27 January 2017 16:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New Ian Hawgood:

djh, Monday, 30 January 2017 20:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just ordered the Resina album ...

and looking forward to the Olivier Alary compilation.

djh, Monday, 13 February 2017 21:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Haven't yet played this but my Sunday evening now seems sorted:

djh, Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

^ Actually it wasn't that good.


djh, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Anyone rate the new Hauschka? I've not heard it yet but think I might have reached the point where I don't need anymore Hauschka ...

djh, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

It was all right but I don't remember much about it.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 19:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm at that point too, djh. Same with Peter Broderick tbh. I thought it would happen with Max Richter, but he continues to amaze me.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 20:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Sunday night drunkenness. The last Douglas Dare album is hitting the spot though I've felt ambivalent about it at points. It doesn't really have much to do with "classical you buy from Boomkat" aside from being on Erased Tapes, mind.

djh, Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:46 (four months ago) Permalink

new Peter Broderick / Peter Liversige Late Junction session here

(think the download is uk only, but non-britishers should be able to stream)

koogs, Friday, 25 August 2017 11:48 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Ólafur Arnalds' Island Songs, the movie: tomorrow on iTunes (except for North America: soon)

Island Songs, the film. Out FRIDAY on @iTunes!
(US date coming soon)

— Ólafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) September 13, 2017

StanM, Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:33 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

It pains me a bit but one of my favourite albums of the year is being sold for a quid *for the CD* on Bandcamp:

I've checked and it isn't a mistake.

djh, Monday, 23 October 2017 19:42 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

djh, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I loved his previous one

Dinsdale, Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:01 (one month ago) Permalink touring with strings again

StanM, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:56 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This includes some good stuff, much of which is "the classical music you buy from Boomkat":

Particularly enjoying this:

Not yet made my way through this (posting so I can find it later):

djh, Monday, 1 January 2018 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That all looks promising, will investigate: cheers

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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