Kassin, slowly dreaming
Damon & Naomi have just announced the next record on their 20-20-20 label
. The release will be by Brazillian musician Alexandre Kassin. The album, released under the name Kassin, is called Sonhando Devagar (which translates as Slowly Dreaming) and was originally released in Brazil in 2011. It is now getting its first release on vinyl and outside of Brazil.
Kassin’s first songwriting project since the +2’s, and his first proper solo release, is likewise a concept album: a set of songs about dreams. This is no routine mishmash of oneiric whimsy, however; Kassin’s unconscious turns out to be both lucid and precise. He dreams (and therefore sings) about eating zebra (“Natural World”) and bananas (“Potassium”); about losing cell phone signal (“Out of Service”) and his heart (“When You Are Dancing Samba”); about sex in a handicapped bathroom (“Gym Pants”), and the similarities between ice cream and bodily fluids (“Absorb You”). It is a journey as deadpan as it is surprising. And you can dance to the whole thing.
The album is available on LP through 20-20-20 and comes in a 3D gatefold sleeve (with a download code of course).
In his now blossoming alternate career as a journalist Damon has written an article for Pitchfork discussing how we listen to music in the modern age and an app that tries to take us back to the way we used to listen to it.
For a listener like me, whose prized teen possession was a turntable with a smoked plastic dustcover, CanOpener makes music on headphones sound more “realistic” because I feel I can better locate where it comes from.
Headphones, for all their clarity and detail, leave a blank in the middle of our foreheads. As a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers puts it: “There are large errors in sound position perception associated with headphones, especially for the most important visual direction, out in front…it is very difficult to externalize sounds and avoid the inside-the-head sensation.”
Review: The CanOpener App and the Problem of Headphone Listening by Damon Krukowski
Former Luna bassist Justin Harwood has written and directed High Road, a web seires about a community radio station in rural New Zealand. The whole of the rather splendid first series is available to watch on YouTube and Vimeo (and embedded below).
Keep an eye out during the title sequences for plenty of wonderful records… including a few that had Justin’s name on the back!
You can also follow the series on Facebook.
The new video, just debuted on Stereogum, is the latest in Naomi’s extracurricular work as a video director, following videos she has already made for Julia Holter and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Future Bible Heroes is another of the bands of Stephin Merrit (of Magnetic Fields and The 6ths).
Future Bible Heroes – Living, Loving, Partygoing from stereogum on Vimeo.
Cheval Sombre (facebook), who’s first, self-titled, album was released on Dean & Britta’s Double Feature Records is about to release his second album, Mad Love. The album comes out in November on lovely indie Sonic Cathedral and again has substantial contributions from Dean and Britta, as well as members of MGMT, and is co-produced by Sonic Boom.