Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Cheju – Waiting For Tomorrow (Distant Noise)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:34 PM PST


Over the last five years, Wil Bolton (aka Cheju) has easily emerged as one of the UK post-IDM / leftfield electronic scene’s most prolific operators, with an intimidating backcatalogue of physical and web releases that would put to shame many other artists who’ve been putting out tracks for twice as long. This latest album for Distant Noise ‘Waiting For Tomorrow’ certainly sees this prolific workrate continuing, emerging just a few months after his preceding Broken Waves collection on Bolton’s own Boltfish Recordings label. In comparison to earlier Cheju releases such as his Bubble Wrap EP, which was a purely synthetic affair, the eleven tracks gathered here see Bolton instead centering around the use of treated guitars and piano as source material, a shift that sees his meticulous digital productions taking on a distinctly more warm and human-sounding feel.

Whereas on previous Cheju albums the harsh, buzzing synthetic rhythms that stutter beneath ‘Grid Reference’ might have emphasised the cold digital pristine-ness surrounding them, here they’re beautifully counterbalanced by the delicate, almost wide-eyed guitar strokes that flicker gently around them. It’s a metaphor that applies to much of this album – while ‘Sitka’ builds a relentlessly slow emotional undertow by fusing twinkling bells and bluesy guitar bends with fluttering IDM rhythms and what sounds like a Fender Rhodes, before ‘Rose Window’ places complex, flexing snare patterns stuttering beneath a wash of chiming treated guitar plucks and blurred-out bass synths that’s part neo-folk, part prog-rock wander. In this case, it’s precisely this warm, human-sounding edge that results in Waiting For Tomorrow being one of Bolton’s most immediately accessible and satisfying Cheju albums to date.

Chris Downton

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“Back to the Future” – Extended Playlist 161109 – www.2ser.com 107.3FM

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 05:42 AM PST

The future never sounded as good as it did in the past…and an especially big thanks to Matt Vaughan from Sydney Sunday night legend Loose Ends for reminding us of the splendour that is Tones on Tail!

Yours truly, Captain Stuck in the Future…

Coming up Nextended -

Monday 23 November 09
“Monikas on 45″ – Monika Enterprise Vinyl Special

This coming week we get into the black plastic groove with our newly arrived swag of Monika records twelves. Laurenz of Australia Pike's 10 inches will also make a highly percussive appearance. Ach wie gut, dass niemand weiss…
Visit Monika and her friends online: www.monika-enterprise.de / www.myspace.com/monikaenterprise

More themes at your leisure, please, to extendedplay@2ser.com .

# > Australian artist or release

Filewile – One Space Town
("Blueskywell" – 2009, Mouthwatering)

John Foxx – He’s A Liquid
("Metamatic" – 1980, Virgin)

Eurythmics – You Take Some Lentils And You Take Some Rice
("Who’s That Girl" single – 1983, rca)

Chris & Cosey – Impulse
("Trance" – 1982, Rough Trade)

Hard Corps – Des hommes
("Metal & Flesh" – 1990, Concrete Prod.)

Anne Clark – Lovers Audition
("Changing Places" – 1983, Red Flame)

Cabaret Voltaire – Over And Over
("Liste Up With Cabaret Voltaire" 2xCD – 1990, Grey Area of Mute)

Fad Gadget – The Box
("Fireside Favourites" – 1980, Mute)

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Two Against Three
("My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (reissue)" – 1981, Nonesuch)

Cupol – Like This For Ages
("Like This For Ages" 12inch – 1980, 4AD)

XTC – The Somnambulist
("Generals And Majors" 2×7inch – 1980, Virgin)

He Said – Do You Mean That?
("Hail" – 1986, Mute)

Harold Budd, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser – Bloody And Blunt
("The Moon And The Melodies" – 1986, 4AD)

Harmonia & Eno – When Shade Was Born
("Tracks And Traces" – 2009, Grönland)

Virgin Prunes – Theme For Thought
("If I Die, I Die" – 1982, Rough Trade)

Broadcast and The Focus Group – A Quiet Moment
("Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age" – 2009, Warp)

Tones on Tail – Twist
("Christian Says" 12inch – 1984, Beggars Banquet)

Qua – Good Morning Sun (Wagons Retelling)
("Good Morning Sun Remix EP" EP – 2009, Love & Mercy) #

Curse ov Dialect – Runaway Tears
("Crisis Tales" – 2009, Mistletone) #

The Wolfgang Press – Slow As A Child
("The Burden Of Mules" – 1983, 4AD)

# > Australian artist or release

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“Back to the Future” – Extended Playlist 161109 – www.2ser.com 107.3FM is a post from: Cyclic Defrost Magazine.