Reviews for "Zero"
permalink Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 1:05 PM
your song introduction makes the listening that much more meaningful. thank you for sharing. anchor is the perfect addition to this track, and really does keep the track true to Lars.
this is a great mix, with its sections and sound exploration.
permalink Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 1:16 PM
beautifully conceived & mixed up. a bevy of ’s. a magnum of Estancia to you, Lars, & Anchor for being just yourselves.
permalink Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 1:23 PM
I like the oddball loose beat, with the xylophone, odd synth sounds… and Anchor’s rich voice is the perfect grounding for all the synth sounds.
permalink Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 3:19 AM
A grand surprise and an honor too - to be included in this mix.
I will have to admit that your interpretation of this difficult lyric is exactly what I had wished for when I first penned/sang it. It had all the mystery and humour combined of such an offering - Lars music seems tailor made for it - your expertise evident and the care an attention given the tech aspects and composition is clear!
In the last review I wrote something you probably didn’t catch, something like ” be prepared for the next one”. It’s a relief and a joy for me that you write “exactly” because I had cut part of the pella. In fact I’ve downloaded your tracks since the times of the Baudelaire project, because your lyrics are the most original on this site, so no surprise at all, the honour is mine!
permalink Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 7:18 PM
I very much like this, and your description of your thinking behind it - inspiring. Musically, it’s quirky for my taste, but there is this compelling internal consistency about this - maybe the pop song architecture? I’ve listened to it a couple times already and bookmarked it for my ipod. Fodder for some electro-renaissance genre? Does that exist yet?
electro-renaissance: wow!!! Quirky: a good description. If I have time in the future, I may go back to the mix and put all the synths a little down, generally I like quirky things happening in the background, but this time I wanted to give an homage to Lars J Brouwer, check his secret remix to understand what I mean..
permalink Tue, Nov 9, 2010 @ 7:31 AM
This is really bloody excellent. Excellent choice of vocals. The combination of Anchor’s delivery and the soundscape reminds me of the early 80s (think Simple Minds “Boys from Brazil” before they turned irrelevant)
permalink Sat, Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:34 PM
A great quirky intro lets us know we are in for a good time. We all need a bit of modernist flurry of fun. This reminds me a bit of one of my favorites, the netlabel artist Cagey House, with a strong shade of Bowie. I love that little melodic drone that you use to contrast with the vocals. Nice use of the vocals. The “horn” substitute/insert is great! You’ve got a real feel for the material here, and make Anchor’s vocal stand out and demand notice. It’s as if we’ve gone from Manchester to the Great Library of Diode Happiness, and stopped on our way at a funhouse. Nice one.
permalink Sat, Nov 13, 2010 @ 5:28 PM
Bravissimo! They way the track evolved from reggae-flavored glitch to something with ancient celtic hand drumming was masterful! The pipe/horn sound is a fantastic color. And the way you used the vocals is terrific. I really enjoyed listening to this track which is a departure from your usual pop flavored tasties. Love it!
I lived in Scotland for sometime, I really like celtic culture, in fact I had a bagpipe in mind for this song, but I didn’t have any bagpipe sound to use in my sampler, so I went for an indian shennay, which is used much in the same way, with a solo complemented by one or two drones.