Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists compiled by our favorite artists. This week: LindstrÝm and Hisato Higuchi.
Listed: LindstrÝm + Hisato Higuchi
Norwegian producer Hans-Peter LindstrÝm has recently released It's A Feedelity Affair, a collection of singles and one-offs quietly released over the past few years. It's not his first record, nor is it his most widely released (that's probably last year's masterpiece, a collaboration with Prins Thomas). Few modern dance artists are as versatile, and are as able to combine seriousness with lightheartedness quite as well and as consistently as LindstrÝm. Perhaps this versatility is a result of not being fundamentally rooted in dance music, as his "Listed" contribution demonstrates.
1. Queen - Jazz
I'm a head-over-heels fan, and IMH all of their albums from 1971-1984 are essential. however, Jazz was the one which opened the door into their world of progressive pop-music. I got introduced to it when i was 14, and it will remain in my top ten album forever.
2. Todd Rundgren - Todd (1974)
This is my favourite album from the master of weird psychedelic and beautiful experimental popmusic. It's got both the great popsongs & the futuristic production. I love the way he uses noise and synthesized effects to tie the album together, and together with perfect pop-tracks makes this an absolutely essential album from the 70's.
3. Holger Czukay - Movies
This Holger Czukay solo-album is the best Can-album, and represent everything i like from Can: The extreme chord-progressions, the fluffy guitars and the use of old "vocal-recordings-samples". Recently i discovered another great Harvest-release from about the same period of time: a norwegian guy called Alf Emil Eik recorded an album with some of the same tension & magic.
4. Kiss - Destroyer
Destroyer shows how a great producer can make a mediocre rock band sound fantastic.
5. Paul McCartney - Ram
It probably wasn't an "important" album when it got released, but it never fails to make an impression on me everytime i hear it. The most interesting beetle does a back-to-nature album which is as good as any Beatles-material. "Back Seat Of My Car" is one of those silly songs that sticks to your head forever...
6. Rainbow - Difficult To Cure
A fantastic late 70's US FM-rock album from some of the Deep Purple members. The Don Airy keyboard-solo on "Spotlight Kid" is simply jawbreaking. Also is the hammond-solo from the breakdown on their "version" of Beethovens Ninth. Gives me chills everytime i hear it, and i'm sure i spent weeks trying to learn it when i was a kid.
7. Curt Boettcher - Misty Mirage
A fantastic album from one of the guys from Millennium (?). Baroque sunshine pop with supernice melodies & great instrumentation.
8. Diana Ross - Everything Is Everything
My favourite pop-album from Diana Ross on Motown. She's got a amazing voice, and this is one of the Motown-albums that's good all the way from start to end. She's sure got lots of other great (maybe even better) single tracks, but this is the only good album from Diana. Perfect for those days you're tired of music, but still feel for listening to to something ...
9. Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
A timeless album that'll sound fresh a hundred years from now.
10. Nik Kershaw - Human Racing
How come this guy ended up as an 80's teen-idol?
Hisato Higuchi was born in Nagoya, Japan and now lives in Tokyo. A guitarist and vocalist, Hisato first embarked on his artistic travels as a puppeteer for a theater company. In 1999 he started creating music in his home studio and eventually released his debut CD EP She in 2003. Higuchi's spectral tone and haunting sing-style has best been described by Volcanic Tongue's David Keenan as "beautiful melodic/melancholic space-blues that touch on poles as precious as Mazzacane, Keiji Haino and Patty Waters." Higuchi's 2004 11 2005 4 on his own Ghost Disc label was one of the best recordings of 2005, and his more recent Dialogue on Family Vineyard appears destined for equal regard this year. Read Alexander Provan's review of Dialogue here. (Bio info courtesy of Dusted contributor Eric Weddle's Family Vineyard website, translation by Mari Kojima and Klent Smith.)
1. Masayuki Takayanagi / New Direction Unit/ Mass Hysterism (Jinya)
In August, Takayanagiís albums were released. I mostly listened to it at the end of this summer.
2. The Blithe Sons - Arm Of The Starfish (Family Vineyard)
One of my favorite musicians nowadays is Loren Chasse. There are many of his works that have been released, and Iíve been recently trying to listen to them all.
3. Charalambides - Avintageburden (Kranky)
I was really amazed when I first heard Christina Carterís singing voice accompanied by fantastic electric guitar melody, and the song lasted for 7 minutes without losing its excitement. Their guitar solos are also amazingly magical.
4. Merzbow - Bloody Sea (important)
They have released so many albums, and they still do. What Iíve listen to so far is only a small part of their creation yet the excitement that this album gives me is incredible. Songs are really heavy but they are not just impromptu enthusiasm. I feel their calculated, awakening intention in those songs.
5. Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire (Capital)
I listened to this album a lot last week. I guess it would be some kind of conceptional album? If you watch different kinds of footages in the DVD you could say itís his mind variation, maybe? The balance between vocal and instruments is great.
6. Munehiro Narita - Electric Guitar Works (ARCHIVE)
This album is interestingly unique as was his last album Narita. Narita showed the balanced relation between noisiness and silence. On the other hand, I think this new album emphasizes roughness and his inquiring mind.
7. Fushitsusya - Hiso (PSF)
I especially like this album among other albums of Fushitusha (Keiji Haino). The first song is consisted of unique riffs and large-scale tension and it is overwhelmingly powerful.
8. Kijyu Yoshida - Kagami No Onnatachi (Film)
It was this spring when I first saw this film. Since then, Iíve been obsessed with this movie and think about of it a lot. This is really a wonderful movie, I totally recommend to you!!
9. Don Delillo - Mao2 (book)
I read this novel early this year even though it was published long time ago. The structure of this novel is great as well as the story, but what is most remarkable about this novel is the strength each line has.
10. John Coltrane - Expresion (impulse!)
Miles Davis, Robert Wyatt, Loren Connors, and John Coltrane. Iíve been fascinated with the music these musicians created for long time.
By Dusted Magazine