Music Discussion Thread #11: ·

Let’s discuss any and all music here. You’ve got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Do you have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here, but do please remember to also pay attention to the more niche threads; if your post would either fit better or equally well in one of them, please post it there as well. I absolutely do not want to steal traffic from those threads.

Prompt for this week Minimalism. What music do you listen to when you’re in the mood for as little music as possible? Or do you always seek out the very most? 

Sigil’s Music Journal (2018-09-13/2018-09-20)

slowsongs.jpgMarianne Schuppe – Slow Songs (2015); nosongs (2018). Two releases with a very similar approach: slow, quite vocals, accompanied by minimal e-bow playing on a lute. It results in an incredibly sparse record: listening to these songs can be frustrated by the smallest bit of outside sound, like the fucking boiling kettle that is currently washing away some of ‘the’ the first track on ‘nosongs’. Nathan Thomas, in his review of nosongs at Fluid Radio describes what makes these pieces so compelling as follows.

For me, one of the tendencies of “slow songs” that finds even fuller expression on the new album is the radical deconstruction or reconfiguration of melody. It is easy to think of melody as a continuous thread, a teleological drive from point A to point B that can easily be traced and recalled in the mind of the listener. Such threads are hard to discern in “slow songs”, and the task is even harder in its follow-up, like trying to track footprints when snowfall and snowdrift have partially obscured them

These two discs seem more like a continuation of an idea, rather than a refinement of it. I initially though that nosongs was a more minimal approach, but listening to slow songs again, I’m not sure if that’s the case. There is, perhaps, more space in some of the pieces, and the lyrics might be a bit more abstract (to be perfectly honest, that’s not something I pay attention to), but they feel like two halves of an album that just happened to be released three years apart. Slow, indeed. 9/10