Tuesday, March 22, 2005


13&goD - "Soft Atlas"

This is the b-side off the first single to be extruded from the upcoming 13&goD collaboration. This Voltron-like team of experimental musicians is half-German (the Acher brothers & Console of the Notwist) and half-American (Doseone, Jel, & Dax Pierson of Themselves). Who said you couldn't mix glitchy electronic pop with off-the-wall, almost stream-of-consciousness free-rap? The philosophical meandering, the stark & minimal piano, the Speak-n-Spell samples, the lazily delivered but well harmonized rounds of the repetitive rhyme that takes us out...it all adds up to a pretty hypnotizing track. I feel like I'm caught in this state of dreaming like Wiley Wiggins was in Waking Life, and I can't tell what's real and what's dream. My heads even bobbing up and down, as if I was dozing off in my front of my computer...idgkle ziuyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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If you can listen to .ram files, you can get a sneak-preview of the self-titled full-length record at Alien Transistor, the site which bears the same name as the recording studio that belongs to 13&goD/Notwist member Markus Acher.
You can bet your sweet ace in the hole that I'll be tracking that disc down as soon as it becomes available (May 3rd on Anticon). Til' then, if you're the impatient type, you can find this song on the flipside of 13&goD's "Men of Station/Soft Atlas" double-single 12" or CD, out now and available from Midheaven. If you pick that up, you'll also be treated to a couple remixes from Alias, Why?, and Hrvatski. Sweeeeet.


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