the crystal method
i am still here... that last post was supposed to have been done about two weeks ago, and the fact that i didn't get around to publishing it until now--and yet it's still so short--is an indication of how busy and preoccupied i've been. and i've got a few more weeks of this at least. i've been spending a lot of time wrapping up a dissertation and needing to focus a lot more than usual, so the bulk of my listening lately has been instrumental or nearly so. it was thus a nice bit of timing when tristen at filter magazine sent me the new lp by the crystal method, divided by night. though many of the songs don't fit my instrumental criteria for study listening, enough of them do, and the rest of the album is full of the big beats and driving rhythms that are the hallmark of the crystal method and somehow conducive to heightening concentration. despite the many great guest vocals to be found (matisyahu, emily haines, meiko, lmfao), my favorite selection so far is "smile?", an instrumental piece that floats along over competing synth hooks that are alternatingly playful and menacing, playful and menacing, until confusion reigns and the title becomes punctuated with uncertainty.
and what another great album cover...
the crystal method : "smile?"
from the forthcoming lp divided by night (tiny e records, may 12, 2009)