July 26, 2015

Playlist Week of 2015-07-25

* Takemitsu, Hindemith, et al.: Five Pieces (Duo Gazzana) (ECM CD)
* Luening/Ussachevsky, et al.: Early Modulations: Vintage Volts (Caipirinha CD)
* Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series Vol.4: At Newport 1955-1975 (d.3-4) (Columbia Legacy 4CD)
* John Coltrane: Live Trane: The European Tours (d.1-3) (Pablo 8CD)
* Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake: The Legendary Duets (RCA/Bluebird CD)
* Weather Report: Sweetnighter (Columbia LP)
* Ray Anderson: Harrisburg Half Life (Moers LP)
* David Schnitter: Thundering (Muse LP)
* Wayne Johnson Trio: Grasshopper (ITI LP)
* John Scofield: Electric Outlet (Gramavision LP)
* Recoil: Pardon My Fantasy (Pausa LP)
* Dino Saluzzi: Vanidad de los Andes (ECM CD)
* Rich Corpolongo/Doug Lofstrom/Paul Wertico: Spontaneous Composition (Spoco LP)
* Josh Sinton, Dominic Lash, Ingrid Laubrock, et al.: Signal Gain (OutNow CD)
* V/A: Native North America Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock & Country 1966-1985 (Light in the Attic 3LP)
* Bola Sete: Ocean: Solo Guitar Vol.1 (Takoma LP)
* Jerry Garcia Band: Garcia Live Vol.2: Greek Theatre, 8/5/90 (ATO 2HDCD)
* Comus: First Utterance (Dawn/Get Back LP+EP)
* Amazing Blondel: Fantasia Lindum (Island LP)
* Deep Purple: Made In Japan (Warner Bros. 2LP)
* Kevin Ayers: Yes, We Have No Mananas (ABC LP)
* Gentle Giant: Civilian (Columbia LP)
* Curved Air: Airconditioning (Warner Bros. LP)
* Curved Air: Phantasmagoria (Warner Bros. LP)
* Nektar: Remember The Future (Passport LP)
* Kayak: See See The Sun (Harvest LP)
* Kayak: Royal Bed Bouncer (Janus LP)
* Michael Hoenig: Departure From The Northern Wasteland (Warner Bros. LP)
* Heldon: Stand By (Cuneiform CD)
* David Sylvian: Secrets of the Beehive (Virgin LP)
* BORIS: Noise (Sargent House 2LP)
* Agalloch: The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore CD)
* Grails: The Burden of Hope (Neurot/PSM LP)
* Grails: Redlight (Neurot/PSM LP)
* Locrian: Return To Anihilation (Relapse 2-45RPM LP)
* Locrian: Infinite Dissolution (Relapse LP)
* Pelican: Forever Becoming (Southern Lord 2-45RPM LP)
* Pallbearer: 2010 Demo (Twenty Buck Spin 12”)
* Wild Nothing: Nocturne (Captured Tracks CD)
* Padang Food Tigers: Running My Habits Clean (Bathetic CS)



At the end of Electric Eden (Faber, 2010), the magisterial survey of the UK psych/folk scene of the 1960s and ‘70s, author Rob Young gamely attempts to trace the thread of folk music influences through the post-hippie decades, finding traces of Albion in such unlikely places as Aphex Twin and Radiohead. Of course, “folktronica” is something of a worldwide phenomenon—but the distinctly British “visionary music” Young describes in his book continues to be produced to this day, if obscured by the whims of fashion and commerce.

Padang Food Tigers is one such group that fits the paradigm. The London-based duo of Spencer Grady and Stephen Lewis combine their guitars, banjos, harmonicas and other acoustic instruments with evocative field recordings and other bits of audio ephemera to create bucolic pastorals, hallucinatory visions of a lost Eden. But they are no throwbacks; eschewing vocals as well as other idiomatic displays of “authenticity,” Padang Food Tigers conjure up thoroughly modern soundscapes.

The latest Padang Food Tigers EP, Running My Habits Clean, was released in 2014 as part of the cassette-only “Dynasty At Ghost Town” series on Bathetic Records and neatly captures what they are all about. “Calyx Malpractice Suit” features some wistful trumpet over ringing banjos while “Nurturing Of A Definite Hush” lives up to its title: gentle strumming and percussive scrapes bathed in a dusky atmosphere of found sounds and thick, delicious reverb. “Salacious Bee Amputee,” a lo-fi snippet of laconic banjo and murmuring children, serves as a prelude to the title track, a subtly nuanced tour de force. With its countrified double-stops and string bends layered over hazily modulating harmonies, “Running My Habits Clean” seems to summon up a mythical, rural past amidst our technological, urbanized present.

Or maybe I am just so enamored of Young’s book (which I read just recently) that I can’t help but hear this music through that lens. And perhaps Padang Food Tigers would be offended by my casting them with the dreaded “folkies.” But I mean it as a compliment. The more I listen to Running My Habits Clean, the more I want to track down the rest of their discography. Highly recommended!

1 comment:

Sam said...

Man, you are cranking through some vinyl! And yes I have taken note of some of the English psych-folk stuff floating by in your past lists.

Here are my lists from last week:

Playlist 2015-07-27:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Spiritual
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Certain Blacks
*Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio: 2015-01-29 Schorndorf, Germany (CDR)
*Ornette Coleman Trio: 1965-10-31 Copenhagen (CDR)
*John Coltrane: Fearless Leader (disc 2)
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LPs 1, 2)
*Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965 to 1968 (disc 2)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings
*Ingrid Laubrock Octet: Live in Zurich
*Ingrid Laubrock Quintet: 2014-01-22 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Made in Chicago: 2015-07-11 Rotterdam (CDR)
*MAP (Tatsuya Nakatani, Mary Halvorson & Reuben Radding): 2010-08-11 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Live at “A Space” 1975
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2014-12-08 “Feed the Feed” (wav)
*Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: The Moment's Energy
*Tom Rainey: Obbligato
*Sun Ra: Other Planes of There
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Some Blues But Not the Kind That’s Blue
*Sun Ra: Dance of Innocent Passion
*Cecil Taylor: 3 Phasis (side 1)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: The Eighth
*Cecil Taylor Quartet: 1998-12-06 Yoshi's, Oakland (CDR) (disc 2)
*Various artists: Spirits Rejoice! Listening Guide (Chapter Two) (streaming) (selections)
*Various artists: October Meeting 1991: 3 Quartets
*D’Angelo and the Vanguard: 2015-06-14 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN (CDR) (disc 2)
*Dark Carpet: 2015-06-20 Peoples’ Garden, Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding
*Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Midnight Sun
*Grateful Dead: 1972-05-03 Paris (CDR) (disc 1)
*Kinks: The Anthology 1964-1971 (discs 3, 4, 5)
*Ozric Tentacles: Spirals in Hyperspace
*Pineapple Explode: Cooke City
*Shangri-Las: Myrmidons of Melodrama
*Ululating Mummies: De-Haunting the Body House (cassette)
*Various artists: Short Cuts I (cassette compilation)

Reading List 2015-07-27:

*Heylin, Clinton. Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions 1960-1994 (selections) (started)
*Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped (started)
*Banville, John. The Book of Evidence (started/finished)
*Bivins, Jason C. Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (finished)
*Turow, Scott. Pleading Guilty (finished)