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Music Recommendations

 
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  • Electronic Music
 
    

It's not what you think.

When many people hear "electronic music," they imagine a monotonous thumping beat with a euro-trash woman trying to sound soulful as she sings about missing her "baby."  But like any genre, the good stuff is a little harder to find. 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

Just Randomly:

 
 

here's a tiny sampling of other bands I love that are fairly well-known... so I won't go into great detail:

  • Yo La Tengo (every album since "Painful")
  • Deathcab For Cutie (especially "Transatlanticism")
  • The Kings of Convenience
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Smiths
  • Wilco (especially "A Ghost Is Born")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about the artists featured in Doki-Doki?  Your DVD lists all the bands and song titles in the credits, so check'em out.

 

  Music Recommendations 2

   
Warning: Most of these songs are highly repetitive.  All of these musicians can either take you into a blissful hypnotic state or make you want to kick your dog, depending on your mood and personality.

 

 
 

Melodic Electronic Music

 
Apart from Clue to Kalo and Dntel on the Doki-Doki soundtrack, there are plenty of electronic musicians that appeal to your pop sensibilities. 

The upstart M83 have exploded onto the "over-the-top-French-retro-synthesizer" scene formerly ruled by Air.  My new favorite track is "Don't Save Us From The Flames" on their latest release, Before The Dawn Heals Us.  I hope to use this track in the film after next.  Be careful if you go to their website, as some people have found themselves stuck in an endless loop that looks like a 1982 computer game! 

Another favorite is I Am Robot And Proud.  The Toronto-based laptop composer makes surprisingly emotional music out of a limited range of xylophone-like bloops and bleeps.  Other than his two full-lengths, Grace Days and The Catch, look for the single "Robot vs. Heidi."

 

 
"Glitch-tronica" Music  
    This is for the more experimental set.  There are a million labels people use for music composed largely of clicks, whirs, and other percussive sounds, but I got stuck on "glitch-tronica."  Don't get scared off; the artists I'm highlighting are actually very listenable.

E*vax and Mum are some of the farther-out-there bands.  My favorite album by the Icelandic Mum is their experimental masterpiece, Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK.   The whole album works in its entirety, but I particularly dig the track "Sunday Night Just Keeps On Rolling".  Talk about repression and release...

Both Greg Davis and The Album Leaf mix a lot of real-life instruments for an earthier sound.  Some of Davis' songs don't even use computers or synthesizers, such as the acoustic "Arbor" from the album of the same name. 

Nobukazu Takemura and Takagi Masakatsu are my Japanese favorites in this category.   Zoning out to Takemura's 10-minute track, "Icefall," is quite an experience.  My new film, August Evening, may have a few tracks from Masakatsu, especially from Journal for People and Image Garden.

 

 
   
   

The next issue will cover alt-country.

Music Recommendations (first issue)