- Shadows by Floating Points
Tal Rosenberg, Reader digital content editor, is obsessed with. . .
70s Fleetwood Mac performances on YouTube Chuck Eddy calls a 1976 performance of "World Turning" "Zeppelin disco." It's from an appearance on The Midnight Special, which also includes Stevie Nicks doing her best Linda-Blair-in-The Exorcist impression over a version of "Rhiannon" featuring Lindsey Buckingham in a Dalmatian-patterned kimono. A performance of "I'm So Afraid" from the same year at University of California-Santa Barbara sounds like Black Sabbath!
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Clear Spot Most singer-songwriters in the 70s have a weird outlier in their discography, their stab at something arty and experimental. Captain Beefheart made a career out of atonal mind-fucks, so his outlier is the most conventional and straightforward album he ever made, full of catchy, polished blues-rock. It might also be his best work.
Recent electronic EPs Specifically, in order of preference: Floating Points' Shadows, Burial's Kindred, and Todd Terje's It's the ARPs. Musically, the three have very little in common, but they're alike in that each EP is like one giant song, a suite of otherworldly and exciting ideas and sounds. I like the Floating Points best because it's the most abstract and tactile, like Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's ECM reworking from last year slathered in jelly. The Burial would win if the first track were as epic as the two house-gospel-dubstep tracks that follow it.
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