Stare At Your Shoes-Ultra Vivid Scene-A Dream Of Love

Ultra Vivid Scene was the short-lived solo project of New York multi-instrumentalist Kurt Ralske. "A Dream Of Love" is a standout track from his 1988 self-titled debut. Drums awash in gated reverb and walls of gritty, melodic noise provide a lush backdrop to Ralske's sleepy vocals; the nostalgia is almost palpable. A proto-shoegaze track, if … Continue reading Stare At Your Shoes-Ultra Vivid Scene-A Dream Of Love

Daily Discovery-Majeure-Longing, Love, Loss

At this point, it's basically a cliche to commend the show Stranger Things for its score (performed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E), a nostalgic, neon-lit array of sounds indebted to classic 80's synthesizer acts like Tangerine Dream, Goblin, and Vangelis. Cliches tend to be rooted in … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Majeure-Longing, Love, Loss

Daily Listen-Cocteau Twins-A Kissed Out Red Floatboat

Scottish trio Cocteau Twins are often credited for helping to pioneer the shoegaze genre in the late 80's, with Robin Guthrie's swirling guitar haze and Elizabeth Fraser's ethereal vocals standing out as the group's most notable and influential features. Their music stands on its own, though, and would be essential even if it didn't partially … Continue reading Daily Listen-Cocteau Twins-A Kissed Out Red Floatboat

Daily Discovery-Arcade High-Save State

Pittsburgh duo Arcade High makes music that is unabashedly nostalgic, hearkening back to the days of "letterman jackets, arcade lights, fast cars, and warm summer nights." Contrasting with the air of detached irony adopted by some artists that traffic in 80's signifiers, Arcade High's love of that era's sound is enthusiastic and full-hearted. "Save State," … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Arcade High-Save State

Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass

Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass (1983, RCA//2017 reissue, WRWTFWW and Palto Flats) I first found Through The Looking Glass, a cult favorite release by criminally underrated Japanese experimental composer Midori Takada, while (surprise, surprise) looking at a Pitchfork list. I feel like a consistent, slightly embarrassing theme has arisen when talking about how I find … Continue reading Midori Takada-Through The Looking Glass

Daily Discovery-Bella Vista-Mister Wong (Jura Soundsystem Extended Edit)

Today's find is actually a reissue of an old song; not sure if that counts as cheating, but we're going to go with it anyway. Australian record label Isle of Jura just released a 12" vinyl copy of disco artist Bella Vista's 1982 single "Mister Wong," including along with the original track a "Disco Dub" … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Bella Vista-Mister Wong (Jura Soundsystem Extended Edit)