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Undir áhrifum – Þórir Bogason (Just Another Snake Cult)

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Þórir Bogason í hljómsveitinni Just Another Snake Cult tók áskorun Jóns Lorange og listar hér upp fimm mikilvæg lög í sínu lífi. Hljómsveitin var auk þess einmitt að gefa út glænýjan sjóðheitan disk í seinustu viku, sem ber heitið Cupid makes a fool of me. Skífuna má hlusta á hérna, og versla í flestum plötubúðum. Og það verður að segjast að hún hljómar bara skrambi vel! Best er náttúrulega að versla beint frá bandinu og má setja sig í samband við þau Þóri og Helgu í gegnum facebook síðu sveitarinnar.

En við skulum skoða hvaða tónlist heldur Þóri gangandi. Hann bjó lengst af í Bandaríkjunum og skrifar pistilinn á ensku sér til hægðarauka. Þórir skorar svo á Steinunni Harðadóttur í hljómsveitinni DJ Flugvél og Geimskip að taka slaginn næst.

It was hard to limit to five, but I kept it to what I thought was most interesting and relevant to our latest album.  Honorable mentions:  Abba, Angelo Badalamenti, Arthur Russell, Belle and Sebastian, Caribou, Charles Manson, Cryptacize, David Bowie, Dexys Midnight Runners, Brian Eno, Broadcast, Grimes, Elliott Smith, François de Roubaix, Joe Meek, Leonard Cohen, Michael Andrews, múm, Of Montreal (especially Satanic Panic and Sunlandic Twins), Paavoharju, R Stevie Moore, Tame Impala, Timber Timbre, The Beach Boys, and first couple albums from The Shins.

Magnetic Fields – All The Umbrellas In London

The Magnetic Fields is one of the first “indie” bands I discovered as a teenager, and, they were probably ingrained into my subconscious long before that as a kid watching The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Essentially, it’s the project of songwriter Stephen Merrit, who makes experimental home recordings of these really poignant and concise pop songs. The production is decidedly lo-fi, but beautiful and highly creative. The lyrics are witty and often heart-breaking. Throughout the years their songs become more and more varied, dabbling in everything from synth-pop to shoegaze to acoustic folk. I recommend everything they did through 2004.  Holiday (1994) is a good starting point. They really set the path for me musically — if not directly stylistically, in methodology, and in showing me how beautiful and moving exploring territory outside-of-the-box can be.

James Rabbit – Coast to Coast

The biggest influences in my life have been from my friends. One of those is Tyler Martin who since 1997 has been home recording pop albums under the name James Rabbit. To date he’s recorded more than 60 full-length albums. I’d say every other album is a work of genius (and other people pick the albums I don’t). His pop compositions are often ridiculously catchy yet highly intricate and ambitious. We often nerded over home recording together, and I played in the band over the span of a couple albums. During that time I grew tremendously as a musician, took in a lot about song structure and arrangement. Friends like Tyler (James Rabbit), Rachel Fannan, John (Goodbye the Band)–just to name a few–also serve as a sobering reminder that people don’t get what they deserve in the music world. They can work hard for years and years and never get a drop of recognition despite their incredible talents.

OMD – The New Stone Age

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark started by cranking out a couple catchy early synthpop albums. These were followed by their best two albums, “Architecture and Morality” and “Dazzle Ships,” which feature a compelling synthesis between avant garde electronic music and catchy-as-hell pop.  They go back and forth from abrasive to ambient, discordant to lulling. These contrasts create an amazing mood.

Yoko Ono – Looking Over From My Hotel Window

I actually haven’t listened to any other Yoko Ono album than Approximately Infinite Universe, but it is fantastic. I like how the melodies seem like they’re elongated when she has something more to say — it’s musical, yet follows the flow of spoken language, which is something I like to play with as well. She has a great voice, great attitude.  Very expressive.

The Space Lady – Strawberry Fields

The Space Lady is a street musician who has been performing for decades.  Because her husband dodged the Vietnam draft, they had to find some way to get by under the radar, and so she took to street performing.  As you can see, she dons a viking helmet, plays a casio through a phasing effect, and sings mostly 60s psychedelic pop songs with a delightfully spacey vocal delay. With such simple tools she has created some of the nicest sounds I’ve heard in a long time.  
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