HARDHOUND

Mount Kimbie

Author: Colin | Published: 29/5/13

You can colour me a fan of Mount Kimbie’s work, well, at least their debut album, Crooks and Lovers (their singles don’t do so much for me). I’m also a fan of the artwork of the first album which suited the duo’s delightfully contemporary take on the experience of summer in the (south London) city:

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Their subsequent EP, Carbonated, continued the theme:

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Which makes the front cover of their sophomore release, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth all the more disappointing. Granted, the new album sees Mount Kimbie diversifying musically, but to these ears it’s still suffused with a sense of place that’s lost to this abstract, Matisse-like design:

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rotor plus – Map Key Window, Dust, Aileron

Author: Colin | Published: 27/5/13
Previous Maud Lübeck – Lobotom Next Mount Kimbie

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Artist rotor plus
Title 1-9: Map Key Window; 10-13: Dust; 14-16: Aileron
Label The Radiophonics Trading Company of New Zealand
Year 1-9: 2004; 10-13: 2012; 14-16: 2000
Design Design, layout and editing: Mr R. Shaw
Music Electronic, ambient, filmic
Notes There’s a playful sense of mystery to this trilogy, released over a period of more than a decade and united by their format and oblique references. They’re delightfully presented and convey to this little-travelled observer a sense of experiences and narratives unfolded at a remote distance. Whether the images and scraps of information, handwritten and typed, or the extended liminal compositions take precedence probably depends on each individual’s take.

The tone of the texts appears to arrives from a past that – at least in the imagination – enjoyed greater decorum, perhaps the 1930s or ’50s. Connections, however tenuous, gradually establish themselves independently of the observer.

If you’re intrigued by enigmas or enjoy surrendering yourself to daydreams and riddles, rotor plus is for you. You can purchase the three releases here.

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Maud Lübeck – Lobotom

Author: Colin | Published: 12/5/13
Previous Record made of wood Next rotor plus – Map Key Window, Dust, Aileron

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Artist Maud Lübeck
Title Lobotom
Label 7ème Ciel
Year 2012
Design Graphisme/Illustrations: Damian O’Hara
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Notes This is the second time Hard Format has featured 7ème Ciel. I have a soft spot for music presented in books and Damian O’Hara’s bold, graphic design and illustrations don’t disappoint. The 30 or so minutes of music are beguiling, but all too brief. Here’s what 7ème Ciel’s website has to say about this project:

Lobotom charts the adventures of Emma, a young woman who is charmed by a real estate ad for a house to let on an island. When she enters the house, she falls through the floor and continues her tour in the haunted basement. She then finds herself in a strange and unusual universe. It is none other than her own body and she wants to take possession of it.

Also - Birch Book
Listen This isn’t the music on this album, but I couldn’t find a sample so will have to suffice. I liked it anyway.

Record made of wood

Author: Colin | Published: 10/5/13
Previous Memory Drawings – Music For Another Loss; Directorsound – I Hunt Alone (Second Language) Next Maud Lübeck – Lobotom

Made by Amanda Ghassaei who previously made a record using a 3d printer. Beautiful to behold.

Details on Wired.

Memory Drawings – Music For Another Loss; Directorsound – I Hunt Alone (Second Language)

Author: Colin | Published: 5/5/13
Previous Scott Walker – Bish Bosch Next Record made of wood

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Artist 1-5: Memory Drawings; 6-11: Directorsound
Title 1-5: Music For Another Loss; 6-11: I Hunt Alone
Label Second Language
Year 2012
Design 1-5: Jeff Teader @ Oskar, photographs by David Agasi and Bradley Hanson; 6-11: Martin Masai Andersen/Andersen M Studio
Music Second Language
Notes It’s been rather a long time since Hard Format last featured a release by Second Language so here are two in (slight) mitigation. I’m sure it must be the most featured label here by now and deservedly so in view of the care with which each release is produced. I particularly like the melancholy feel of the Memory Drawings design, its mixture of misty views and sharply delineated shadows.
Also - Tyneham House
- Mark Fry/The A. Lords – I Lived In Trees
- Minute Papillon
- Klima – Serenades and Serinettes
- Vertical Integration
- Dollboy – Ghost Stations
- Ghostwriter – The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association
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