Quiet and creative grooves from Arto Lindsay, Bauer
Yesterday, I recommended some lesser known work from megastar David Bowie. Today, I’m going to dig a little deeper. Both of the discs I’m going to recommend are out of print now, but are available used from Amazon and you can get the pair for less than $6.50.
Arto Lindsay does not rock. His entire 1998 release, Noon Chill, is full of strange and thoughtful lyrics, hummable melodies, and organic percussion. The songs are quietly compelling and very catchy. Four tracks from this release are on my iPod and they live on my mellow mix.
- Whirlwind – I’m not sure if there is an actual drum kit being played here. Aside from a few plucked notes on an acoustic guitar and some spare synthesizer, the clicks and bangs are all that supports Arto‘s alto musings.
- Simply Are – The eccentric verses are memorable, but it was the refrain from this song that I could not get out of my head for weeks.
- Blue Eye Shadow – This song is all groove and no center. It passes patiently through a sections of acoustic guitar, horns, and percussion breaks, all without breaking a sweat.
- Mulata Fuzarqueira – This Latin-feeling song would be right at home on an Antonio Carlos Jobim disc.
You can get the disc used here for just $6.00.
In contrast to the quirky but consistent vibe laid down by Arto Lindsay, Bauer is a study in diversity. While much of the Dutch retro group’s 2001 release Can’t Stop Singing is very relaxed, they range around, employing banjos alongside electronic noise and other combinations to achieve a variety of feels. Three songs from this release made my iPod.
- Western Trail – The pretty melody and sweet harmonies balance the noodling banjo and squeaky weirdness dubbed in the middle of the track.
- Moving – This is another small song, with either plucked guitar or synthesized harpsichord and three-part harmonies — Oh, and more hard-to-describe electronic weirdness dubbed in near the end of the track for spice.
- The Ohio and Maine – This is an oozy song with a very modern feel. Synthesizers provide the instrumentation and percussion. There is something hauntingly familiar about the melody, too, that I cannot place. This is my favorite song on the disc.
This one appears to be available for as little as $0.25 from Amazon. Even if you only like 1 or 2 tracks, it’s a bargain.
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