afterstasis presents an album a day.

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  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    MortDivine;3526254 said:
    oh, wait i get it you actually meant insincerity!
    i would ask what makes you consider their work insincere, but i'd rather discuss the music actually being chosen as albums of the day in this thread.
    if you wanna crap it out in the opinions thread then feel free.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    Lubomyr Melnyk - The Voice Of Trees
    Genre: Modern Classical/Minimalism
    Year: 1985


    Those who are familiar with Melnyk likely know him for his world records, one for being the fastest pianist (sustaining over 19.5 notes per second per hand) and the other for most number of notes played on a piano in one hour (over 93,650).
    Surely you already have an idea of what to expect from this album from that information, but it's the execution and composition that matter here. This recording can be both soothing and manic, almost like taking a shower that's simultaneously too hot, too cold, and just right... I write the lamest little reviews, don't I?
    Melnyk may be known for "Wave-Lox", but I feel this recording, despite being a bit rougher around the edges, is more friendly to newcomers and I feel the tubas being played on this recording complement his piano work surprisingly well.

    Recommended If You Like: Terry Riley, Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Reich, and Michael Harrison.

    Visit his myspace page for samples.
  • TheCoolGuyTheCoolGuy Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    I'm not a big fan of classical but I love this so far.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    TheCoolGuy;3527635 said:
    I'm not a big fan of classical but I love this so far.
    very glad to hear that...
    it's one thing to post an album that people like, but to find something they like from a genre they normally don't care for is an honor, sir.

    my goal is to post at least two non-pop/rock/metal albums a week.
    i realize a lot of people will probably skip most of those weeks, but it's worth it.
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    World's fastest pianist making minimalist music?

    Wonder how this will turn out.
  • TheCoolGuyTheCoolGuy Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    That album was, to put it as simply as possible, beautiful. Definitely helped me relax also after some stress from today... great pick, stasis.
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited February 2010
    This is an album that I definitely need to listen to free from distractions. The way it subtly changes like soft clay kneaded by the hands of the artist is simply mesmerizing and the piece itself is so beautiful.
  • franticfishfranticfish Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    I need to listen to this, contempory/avant-garde classical and minimalism are my two favourite forms of classical music so I'll download this right away.

    I'm greatly interested in seeing the non-rock/metal albums that you'll post.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    Shoulder - Touch
    Genre: Emo/Hardcore Punk
    Year: 1995


    Canada and 90's emo certainly don't go hand in hand for most folks, but there was actually a pretty solid scene there, mostly ignored both nowadays and during their heyday... This band's debut is one of several gems offered up.
    Oftentimes sounding like a mix of Still Life without the folk-y bits or Native Nod with a slightly less punk approach this is a really solid set of songs, even keeping the 4 short instrumental interludes interesting and welcome additions to a genre that almost never sees entire tracks without vocals.
    Like most quality emo recordings there is little to really hype up (though the musicians are indeed more skilled than many of their peers) since those who enjoy it are hopefully going to appreciate it for the cathartic listening experience it offers and little else.

    Recommended If You Like: Still Life, I Hate Myself, Native Nod, The Hated, 1905, and Falling Forward.

    Visit their myspace page for samples.
  • TheCoolGuyTheCoolGuy Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    Probably one of my favorites so far in this thread, possibly beating the last one. "Water Level" and "Second Hand" are immediate classics, but the album was terrific all the way through.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    TheCoolGuy;3530055 said:
    Probably one of my favorites so far in this thread, possibly beating the last one. "Water Level" and "Second Hand" are immediate classics, but the album was terrific all the way through.
    yeah, "water level" is my favorite. killer tune.
  • seriousbussonseriousbusson Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    I was thinking to myself the other day that I need to add more classical and early emo into my listening habits. I'll try to play both of these tonight.
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited February 2010
    afterstasis;3527648 said:
    very glad to hear that...
    it's one thing to post an album that people like, but to find something they like from a genre they normally don't care for is an honor, sir.

    my goal is to post at least two non-pop/rock/metal albums a week.
    i realize a lot of people will probably skip most of those weeks, but it's worth it.
    I welcome that since I need to break out of just the rock spectrum in general, I'm doing it to a degree, but not enough.
  • Indie_GuyIndie_Guy Banned
    edited February 2010
    Never heard it before, but it sounds like a gorgeous album from what I'm hearing so far. ^_^
  • seriousbussonseriousbusson Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    Couldn't find The Voice of Trees, but I quite enjoyed Touch. I really do need to add more older emo in my diet, because I really liked this and End on End. So far your method is working. :)
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    seriousbusson;3530672 said:
    Couldn't find The Voice of Trees, but I quite enjoyed Touch. I really do need to add more older emo in my diet, because I really liked this and End on End. So far your method is working. :)
    right on. glad you dug "touch"... i'll surely be adding more emo in the future, as it's definitely one of my favorite genres.

    all of melnyk's stuff is pretty tough to find. he recently re-issued his old stuff on cdr's, but people aren't grabbing it up like they should.
    if you simply can't find it try "wave-lox". it was slightly more popular, and nearly as good in my opinion.
  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited February 2010
    real quick input: 2 was freaking amazing. doing a full court press on Black Heart Procession. loved "A Light So Dim" in particular.

    thanks stasis
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    I'm not really a fan of Still Life at all, but have never really listened to the other bands, would I dig Shoulder?
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    Ultimatum;3530995 said:
    I'm not really a fan of Still Life at all, but have never really listened to the other bands, would I dig Shoulder?
    it's very possible... maybe give the samples a quick chance?
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    The Millennium - Begin
    Genre: Psychedelic/Baroque Pop
    Year: 1968


    I've read so many arguments back and forth about this album that I feel at odds trying to describe it. Basically, I consider this album on the same level as powerhouses such as "Pet Sounds" and even surpassing fantastic records like "Odessey And Oracle". I wouldn't hesitate to put this in a top 10 list of 60's albums.
    The only fault I can see some having with this album is that it's so totally unashamedly cheesy as hell, sometimes even entering mega-soft pop zones ala artists like The Carpenters or The 5th Dimension. But that doesn't mean this is sunshine all the time... Songs like "The Island" and "There Is Nothing More To Say" will surely pull your heartstrings amidst all the cheer and ear-candy.
    I have to admit I wanted this album SO bad through my early adult life but couldn't get ahold of even a digital copy until about ten years ago. Thankfully it was reissued again in both '08 and '09 so i have a copy on vinyl to look at now when I've got the blues. :)

    Recommended If You Like: The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Zombies, Kaleidoscope, Sagittarius, and Love.

    Low-Quality Samples...
    It's You
    Some Sunny Day
    The Island
  • Oscar-RioOscar-Rio 0/10
    edited February 2010
    that's a good pick, my friend. I paused The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band for this, but sure glad I did.
  • MrRepublicMrRepublic Opening Act
    edited February 2010
    This sounds really cool, I'll check it out. It sounds like something I'd enjoy.
  • Dante1847Dante1847 Headliner
    edited February 2010
    very nice
  • seriousbussonseriousbusson Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    Playing it now and it remnids me of psychedelic-era Beatles, if I may make that comparison. Loving it thus far.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    glad folks are digging this one. i figured it would be a crowd-pleaser. :)
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    Shoulder is pretty awesome, there are a lot of Hardcore Punk elements to their music, more than I usually find in most Emo acts, really dig it.

    The Millennium isn't quite my cup of tea.
  • seriousbussonseriousbusson Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    That closer is one hell of a track. Probably my favorite album you've recommended so far.
  • LegendofRock3021LegendofRock3021 Nice Doggy
    edited February 2010
    I have all the albums you've posted so far, I just have to get around to listening to them. I'm about halfway through Begin and it's fantastic thus far, I can definitely see it being on par/better than Pet Sounds and Odessey and Oracle.
  • schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
    edited February 2010
    You had me at Baroque-
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    schmeankman;3532310 said:
    You had me at Baroque-
    oh man, just look at that avatar! :D
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