After a couple days of working with my friends' suggestions for a playlist for an upcoming trip, I returned to 1000 Recordings tonight with M83. One endearing thing about a Moby concert I saw about four years ago was that he referred, wryly, to his songs in succession as "yet another anthemic techno song" and "yet another" and "yet another" and so forth. It's true -- techno slides toward the anthemic. I listened to M83 with a sense that I was traveling parallel slopes, one down, one up, frequently in the music.
With thanks to jm3 via flickr for the embeddable image.
There was a Portishead sort of gloomy shadow but it was balanced by an Oldfield kind of crescendic (look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's) swirl at the same time. I liked the way it worked. It felt good. I WORKED HARDER AND HARDER. And I was glad, too, because I had just skipped across a new Flo Rida single with vocoder -- can someone please tweet @KanyeWest and tell him he has a lot to answer for this year? -- and it was good to get back to that Laurie Anderson/Mike Oldield proper vocodage. I miss Radiohead. I want more Radiohead.