Thursday, December 07, 2017

The 1 Hundred :: Grouper - AIA





Grouper - AIA (Kranky, 2012) // New CD

Grouper is a solo project by artist Liz Harris of Portland, Oregon. Her music treads and blends the lines between ambient electronic and acoustic folk music, often within the space of a single song. AIA collects two earlier self-released efforts, Alien Observer and Dream Loss, and as those titles suggest the tone is very otherworldly, soothing, unsettling, and back again.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The 1 Hundred :: Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill (4AD, 1992) // New Vinyl

These days Mark Kozelek is known as much for his press-prodded feuds with festival organizers, reporters, and other bands as he is for the flow of releases as Sun Kil Moon or under his own name; these releases are plentiful and sometimes still quite daring and sublime. But 25 years ago a then 25 year old Kozelek and his band Red House Painters released a debut album full of slow and melancholy gems about youth, first crushes, and missing friends. It remains one of the must-haves in his ever-expanding discography.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The 1 Hundred - Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions




Sunn O)) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord, 2009) // New CD

Primarily considered a metal band, Seattle's Sunn O))) is also about stretching the genre to new heights and depths... generally depths of tone in their early work that featured low tune riffs and drones that seemed to emerge from the the universe's creation. On Monoliths & Dimensions the group collaborates with everyone from Australian experimenter Oren Ambarchi to composer Eyvind Kang to deliver a work that balances anger, beauty, despair, and grace in equal measure. Closing track "Alice" is perhaps the most stirring and epic track you'll find on an album played by guys obscured by fog machines and wearing druid robes.

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