"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no
small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"
This is Ian Mathers' Tumblr. I live in Canada. I've written about music and other things for Stylus, PopMatters, Resident Advisor, the Village Voice, and a few other places. Hi.
My review of the wide-ranging new Eluvium double album Nightmare Ending is up at PopMatters. It’s excellent, and also makes a part of me suspect that Cooper is giving one last tour through the phases of his work so far before embarking on something new.
Readymade — “Dreamt I Fled”
It’s good to check in every once in a while; yep, still comfortable calling this my favourite album.
I’d heard good things about For Professional Use Only; I still need to get around to playing Electronic Dream 2 (although who knows what exactly I’ve got), but the first one was great and, it turns out, one of my favourite albums ever to edit to. So I was looking forward to this one.
The version of Electronic Dream that I’ve got is 11 tracks in 35 minutes. There’s a “deluxe” version that loses “Streetz Tonight” (one of the best songs, so I assume there were rights issues or something) and adds six more tracks, but I’ve never been interested. This mixtape (and I’m not sure what qualifies it as a mixtape aside from the fact that several tracks here are instrumentals that have already been used as productions by rappers elsewhere) is 20 tracks in 67 minutes, and that right there is the biggest problem I have with it.
It’s definitely along similar lines to the songs I already liked, so it’s not as if there were a ton of songs here I wish he’d dropped; but if you reconfigured all of these tracks to be half as long, I’m pretty sure I’d like it more. I remember really liking some of track tracks, particularly towards the end, and some of them seemed harder-hitting than the Electronic Dream material in a good way (“SUCCUBI” and “World Is Lost” in particular) but mostly it seemed like a bit of a slog (my housemate agrees, so it’s not just me). Which is weird, because as I said each individual track seemed pretty good. He just needs better portion control, I guess? And I still need to see him play live.