i looked at landscapes
by Sean
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Two folky indie cutlets, of the usual high calibre:

Adem - "Ringing In My Ear". It's no surprise that Adem's debut was released on Domino: if there's another artist that their sound recalls, it's Domino's James Yorkston and the Athletes. Rhythmic acoustic guitar playing and a yearning vocal melody coaxed out from the repetition. Adem Ilhan is one third of the IDM outfit called Fridge (another third, Kieran Hebden, records as Four Tet). Here, however, clipping organic samples have been replaced with the natural tap and squeak of a folkie, and the po face of Fridge's electronica has been overtaken by an everyman's smile. The strength of this song is that Adem's not trying too hard - he's not pushing or whining or demanding attention. It's by no means Julie Doiron, though: he's still singing loud, and glad, but there's the feeling that sunlight would be a fine audience on its own, that these are meditations in a bright kitchen as vegetables are chopped up.

Clem Snide - "I'll Be Your Mirror". A soft, downplayed take on "I'll Be Your Mirror," from Clem Snide's Beautiful EP. Throughout the song, it is kept wonderfully quiet: even when the cello joins the voice and guitar, there's still a sense of inertia. Eef's refusing to give the tune flash or overblown emotion; it makes everything thoughtful, delicate, but most of all, honest. You can see the creases under the eyes, hear the awkward pauses between verses. "I'll be your mirror / reflect what you are." As the other vocals chime in, totally unassumingly, the song steps up from pretty and into the beautiful.

RIP parka 3.

Posted by Sean at April 28, 2004 1:11 AM

Hey Sean, did you see that Said The Gramophone was name-checked in the Village Voice by Douglas Wolk?


Posted by Matthew at April 28, 2004 7:46 AM

Yikes, no I didn't! Thanks so much for giving me the head's up. (And it was fun [hearing you] talk[ing] yesterday.)

Posted by Sean at April 28, 2004 10:09 AM

that adem song = great -- nice

Posted by mr. blair at April 28, 2004 12:41 PM

damn, that aden song is beautiful. i love the vibraphone that comes in about halfway through. sounds a bit like cat stevens.

Posted by trivia at April 28, 2004 4:05 PM

Excelent version of my fav tune from the Velvet Underground. Thanks.

Posted by rafadro at April 28, 2004 11:52 PM

really dig the adem song, thanks.

Posted by justin why at April 29, 2004 12:25 AM

both really good choices. you have been _ON_ lately.

Posted by Hillary at April 29, 2004 10:19 AM

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