Dec 11, 2011

Sundaze 1150

Hello, as 2011 draws to a close,the EU is awaiting nervously what the Wallstreet and City crooks make of their latest fudge, we 99% can only wonder why these financial terrorists aren't arrested and send off to a hardlabour camp to break stones for the rest of their lives. Their cynical games with the lives of the 99% deserve the harshest of punishments.

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As announced lot's of John Foxx this month, expect his biography coming Aetix..For ten years now, Foxx has proved a masterful alchemist of minimalism, delicacy and evocation. He may be the quiet man, a ghost in the shadows, but when he steps out, he is Luminous... few can be described as quite so visionary.


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John Foxx - Hand Held Skies


John Foxx- Skyscraper


Foxx attended a birthday celebration screening of a friend’s private film collection in Baltimore. The films in the collection were all short pieces collected from various sources, including surveillance agencies and Hollywood cutting room floors. Foxx was transfixed by the strangeness and beauty of the clips. A few weeks later Foxx was working on some new pieces of music when he realized he was writing in the aftermath of the film screening. He gave in to the memories and wrote a small collection of musical pieces relating to his memory of the film clips he had seen. It became an instrumental solo album called Tiny Colour Movies consisting of fifteen instrumental tracks inspired by the short art films he had seen.

His official website described these as having the "filmic, atmospheric approach" of the Metamatic-era instrumental B-sides "Glimmer", "Film One" and "Mr No". On 18 November 2006, Foxx gave a performance of the work at the Duke of York's cinema in Brighton, where Tiny Colour Movies was premiered as part of the city's Film Festival. Edited versions of the movies were shown on a big screen for the first time with Foxx playing a mix of live and recorded accompaniment from the album. This 'film' was shown again at Fulham Palace in July 2007 and then in a slightly revised format at the ICA and as part of the 21st International Film Festival in Leeds during November that year.


John Foxx - Tiny Colour Movies (flac 215mb)

01 Stray Sinatra Neurone 3:35
02 Lost New York 2:54
03 Kurf├╝rstendamm 7:22
04 Skyscraper 4:22
05 The Projectionist 2:50
06 Looped Los Angeles 6:01
07 Points Of Departure 0:56
08 X-Ray Vision 2:58
09 Smokescreen 2:26
10 Underwater Automobiles 2:49
11 A Peripheral Character 2:33
12 Shadow City 2:21
13 Interlude 0:42
14 Thought Experiment 2:17
15 Hand-Held Skies 3:35

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Four years in the making, and his third release of 2009, Mirrorball has its roots back in the Twins Victorialand heyday c1986, synchronising at the point where Foxx (V2) began to dissolve. Robin Guthrie's trademark reverb-soaked guitars create an expansive backdrop that is as beautiful as it is inventive. Mirrorball is a melodically affecting exercise in ethereal ambience -- precisely what you might expect from two artists whose CVs list collaborations with Harold Budd. That's not to set Budd up as an overarching influence, though: Foxx and Guthrie come to this album with their own long-established and distinctive pedigrees, the former as an electronic pioneer and the latter as chief architect of the Cocteau Twins' unique dream pop lullabies.

Mirrorball bears the musical fingerprints of both, combining Guthrie's trademark hypnotic, echo-laden melodies with the kind of otherworldly, cavernous spaces that Foxx mapped on Cathedral Oceans. Like David Bowie on "Warsawa" (and Guthrie's former bandmate Elizabeth Fraser), Foxx sings lyrics that aren't recognizable as English; he favors improvised vocals that suggest a hybrid of Latin and glossolalia. Foxx's sonorous baritone -- often set amid austere synth washes, slow, droplet-like piano notes, and Guthrie's reverberating waves of guitar -- contributes a hauntingly beautiful, almost liturgical gravitas.

Mirrorball is by no means a predominantly abstract endeavor. Far from it. Alongside Another Green World and the instrumental suites on Low and Heroes, Mirrorball shows that ambient music isn't only about epic soundscapes: skillful practitioners can also bring that aesthetic to bear on more compact tunes whose brevity belies their richness. Foxx and Guthrie's work makes that point emphatically. Much like its namesake, Mirrorball is a shimmering, multi-faceted artifact.
For all its self-indulgent opulence, there is nothing grandiose about Mirrorball. It is natural and effortless, ethereal, exultant, tender, luxurious and decadent. .


John Foxx and Robin Guthrie - Mirrorball (flac 180mb)

01 Mirrorball 4:15
02 My Life As An Echo 3:06
03 The Perfect Line 4:55
04 Spectroscope 3:24
05 Estrellita 4:48
06 Luminous 4:32
07 Sunshower 3:53
08 Ultramarine 4:34
09 Empire Skyline 4:11

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho

Could you please re-up the Foxx/Guthrie collaboration?

Thank you

Peter Tron said...

i love the way john foxx reinvented himself!

AJ said...

Hi Rho,
Would you re-up Mirrorball please?

Thanks

AJ said...

Thanks Rho,
The Zippyshare upload of Mirrorball isn't available. Can you retry?

Thanks

Rho said...

Its working now AJ, case of forgetting to enter the new link

AJ said...

Thanks Rho

Anonymous said...

Can you reup John Foxx - Tiny Colour Movies, please? It would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Rho for the reup. I'm gonna enjoy these albums!

Roger Murphy said...

Hi Rho

Seems the link to Tiny Coloured Movies is not working;

https://www41.zippyshare.com/v/HTHa6yfl/file.html

Kindest regards
Roger Roobarb : )

Rho said...

Hello Roger that's odd as Zippyshare notes it's live and its last download was yesterday, maybe you should try again