Tag Archives: iPad

one year after the fall

18 Oct

Amarillo

At work, my mind wanders and brings a memory of The Fall. I’d forgotten about it. It shocks me when something incredible can be buried so quickly, like an important email lost to those bolded messages stacking on top of it. The Fall was released on Christmas Day last year, the Gorillaz’s gift to the world as well as a triumph of technology: it was the first album ever recorded strictly on an iPad. Steve Jobs was around to see that one; he’ll miss all the firsts that come after it.

I go to the website my browser remembers from nine months earlier. It’s still streaming. This odd record, embedded in a random Web page. It hasn’t moved since December. I push play with the excitement of a boy finding his favorite book on a basement shelf.  Continue reading

biophilia: a brief

11 Oct

Over at Alarm, Biophilia is one of This Week's Best Albums

It would be a shame if people forgot that beneath the chatter is an album. Biophilia may be unique because of its multiplatform release, but that’s not what makes it good.

I was fortunate to be able to pen a few words on Björk’s latest release, the much-hyped Biophilia, out today on Nonesuch. Head to Alarm to read the review and listen to “Crystalline.”

The record’s been making waves for a month or so now due to its extramusical material, which includes an allegedly revolutionary app. I have neither an iPhone nor an iPad, so I’m taking more tech-savvy folks’ word on that. But I will say the concept for this album, including the vision she shared with NPR a week ago, resonates strongly with me.

It helps that the music is really cool, and that she uses one of my favorite instruments, the hang, prominently in “Virus.” Couldn’t help smiling at that. The track is gorgeous too. One of the best things she’s ever written.

Overall, it’s an album that won’t disappoint Björk fans but is surprisingly accessible too—if you’ve been just a bit too weirded out in the past, give “Crystalline” a listen and see how you feel.

More at Alarm. Album via Björk’s universe.

UPDATE: Listening to the bonus track, “Nattura,” for the first time right now, and my heart rate just doubled. Might just be the drummer in me, but this track is probably worth getting on its own if you’re not picking up the whole album.

Gonna go start the song over now.