Monday, November 17, 2008

Fifteen Steps

PM: 8 Miles w/ Strides, Blvd, East Side Loops

I did one of my usual loops tonight and the hard part was stopping. This is a recurring theme in my blog posts which is a good thing. In the old days I would have tacked on an extra 2-4 miles just because I felt good. This time is the last time and I am not messing around. Lashed a few strides after because I need to start introducing pace into my legs.

I am listening to an artiste that records solo-instrumental post rock soundscapes. He is from Rome but records under the name French Teen Idol. The album I'm playing is "Enlightened False Consciousness". I was directed to this project from a Sigur-Ros blog that I know and trust so well. And despite the music being more M83 or Mogwai in sound I can see why any Sigur Ros fan would like it. The kind of music that makes you want to sit in a room of candles or lie on the floor and dream. Melodic techno, house music, progressive house all these sounds that I know and love eventually on a long enough music line reach half way to the sound of Radiohead. Along that point is music like Frenh Teen Idol. Its full of lush pads, melancholic piano and random vocal samples. I have listened to this album through twice and it reminds me of the first time I heard Far Away Trains Passing By, an album by Ulrich Schnauss.

It may not be everyones cup of tea but I have a serious spongy spot for this ambient music. It makes me think and it makes me focus. Knee is feeling a lot better and right now listening to this album I'm a seriously happy camper.

The beauty is that the album is available for free download. The philosophy being that Art, like knowledge, should be free to the world. So take the time, snag the album, leave some feedback and next time your feeling down have a listen and remember that someone poured their heart and soul into this work and gave it to you so you could feel better.

01. The following takes place between 0'00'' and 57'30''
02. The longest night
03. Memento
04. Departure
05. The fleeting beauty of a butterfly
06. Compromise your (he)art
07. Ode to a departing friend
08. Enlightened false consciousness
09. Stay
10. Rebirth

Enlightened False Consciousness by French Teen Idol

Peace and Love,


PS I'll post his self titled first album tomorrow. It is also free.

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