The first post of the year, and the decade, will begin with a themed blog of sorts.  We used to do this all the time, but not so much recently, so it’s a joy to do three recommendations that all create a similar feel.  Today’s themed sound?  They’re calling it ‘chill wave’, a kind of drifting electro surf pop, a sound that floats out of the speakers like perfume.  All good bloggers were probably visitors to other blogs prior to creating their own and we are no different.  Some blogs tower above the rest and seem on the blogroll of just about every music critic.  As big as The Recommender has become, blogs such as Discodust and Big Stereo were massive before our birth.  It’s these two well-written taste makers that are the source of today’s first selection, Feathers, so once again credit where credit is due.  We strongly believe that showing appreciation of other blogs is important to both encourage readership and build strong communities online.  We aren’t competition, we are neighbours.  Anyway, a find like Feathers is exactly the reason we love a good blog surf, as this wave took us on a dreamy ride.  As you can see from their virtually empty Myspace, it’s all about the music, so very little is known about them.  Actually, to be honest, pretty much zero is known about them.  They follow in the footsteps of a sound that was prominent throughout 2009, with the likes of Washed Out and The Sound Of Arrows.  A sound that fits somewhere between that retro, echoing, ethereal noise synonymous with many Swedish labels and the melodic electro pop that is found on Neon Gold‘s label.  A hybrid link to some of  last year’s emerging sounds seems a fitting way to transfer into 2010.    (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        FEATHERS – WEIRD SUMMER

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2009 was for the year that this Canadian DJ finally made his deserved splash.  Prior to his debut album he had been a one-man production machine, remixing the likes of Fan Death, Datarock, The Presets, Crystal Castles and Health, amongst many others.  All are worthy of your investigation and time, but it’s his solo, self-penned work that piles on the credibility.  His debut album, Continent, released in 2009 on the excellent Paper Bag Records, was about as enjoyable and consistent as an album gets.  Inspired by the dreams DJ Shadow has at his deepest drifting, this is very special music.  The Songs have a regularity about them that give off a distinctive, elegant aroma.  At first we thought that this was his beat, which we will talk about later, but it’s actually something more subtle than that.  It’s a certain feeling, a shine, a glossy lacquer, perhaps a hazy mist that aimlessly coats each song, so that it warms your toes as you listen.  It’s the last open air party of the summer;  emotional and somewhat out of energy, but ultimately the sound that’s your lasting memory of an amazing night.  Looking back to his beats there’s this pace to them that puts his signature firmly on each track in indelible ink.  They are as rhythmical as a disco heartbeat, slow and unstoppable.  Totally huge and totally mesmerising, they feel like a submarine coming at you silently out of the darkness.  Sometimes it takes as long as five minutes for the butterfly to emerge in your hand, so slow is the pace, but it’s wings are truly beautiful.  There’s raindrop synths and the occasional simple house chord, but although your first glance may mistake it as basic bedroom music, this is actually intelligent electronic music of the highest order.   (MB)


Find him here:      Myspace

Here him here:      CFCF – MONOLITH

Here him here:      CFCF – BIG LOVE

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With us selecting three rather similar artists for today’s post, you may think we’ll run out of descriptions with this last solo artist, but adjectives are not something we are short of here at The Recommender.  Besides, we couldn’t leave out this guy from a blog post like this, he’s way too ‘on the money’.  He’s perhaps more Californian surf than the others, with his 60s infused echoing vocals that Beach Boy-loving hippies used to cling to.  The guitars move from the pretty and gentle, sounding like he wafted his fingers over the strings as if they were the heads of flowers, but then the chords occasionally open up to a fuzz that sounds as if they were recorded with 50 year old equipment.  Perhaps they were.  This lover of all things retro and psychedelic, who’s real name is Chaz Bundick, plans to release two separate albums during 2010, which, considering his music seems so fitting for the laziest of days, means that he’s seemingly been a rather busy boy.  The first album is called Causers Of This and is due out on Carpark Records in February.  It’s packed with music that is admittedly a little flat in it’s pace and energy, but smooth and soothing enough to feel slick and a little sexual.  It’s like the quiet but confident girl at the beach party.  Make sure you wander over this time and get to know her.  Chaz did and it shows.  After all this sun-gazing, it will perhaps be a surprise for you to know that this fella actually comes from the East Coast’s South Carolina, making it all as dreamy as the holiday you never had.   (MB)

Find him here:       Myspace

Hear him here:       TORO Y MOI – BLESSA


6 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 67”

  1. 1 Phil
    January 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Ahhh man when I read the intro to this post, all I could think was…. Please include Toro Y Moi! I was quite rebellious and downloaded the album a couple of days ago – immaculate stuff!

  2. 3 Nathan
    January 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Really happy to see CFCF on here, one of my favorite albums from last year. Panesian Nights was also awesome.

    • January 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      CFCF’s Panesian Nights, his EP from earlier in 2009, was also very special. Everyone should hunt that out too if they like Continent.

      Glad you’re a fan Nathan.

  3. 5 Lil' Sarah
    January 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Great post! Love all 3 bands – a perfect antidote to cold, depressing January days, now where’s that beach….

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