DecibelCast Vol. 17 “We All Fall Down” Mixtape

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This latest dBCast, which completes our triage of melancholic mixes (we promise the next one will be happy), is an ode to the final days of Autumn—that time of year when the air is crisp, the nights are long and we’re all recovering from /gearing up for being around our families.

The back story on this one is that I came across these great compilations of weird, psychedelic and vaguely sad folk music from the early 1970s called Acid Folk, which, totally inform the mix—even if only a few of the songs made it to the final tracklist. As far as what else made the cut, there’s a bunch of stuff from 2013, much of which you will probably recognize if you read this blog. I’ve been really digging the oddball library music-inspired sounds of British imprint Ghost Box of late, so I included some tracks from The Advisory Circle, Pye Corner Audio and The Learning Center.  And then there are the songs with Autumn-sounding names and also, some random odds and ends from the past: the lo-fi jangle pop of Cleaners from Venus, and this amazing Chilean rock supergroup from the late ’70s, Boddega, that I stumbled upon—shit, there’s even a Donavon song in there.

Hope you enjoy.

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Download We All Fall Down.zip

Tracklist

Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater”

My Bloody Valentine – “New You”

Salvia Plath – “House of Leaves”

Kelley Stoltz – “Your Face”

Maston – “Looks”

The Advancement – “Stone Folk”

Ghostface & Adrian Younge – “An Unexpected Call (Instrumental)”

King Krule – “Ocean Floor”

Cleaners From Venus – “Only a Shadow”

Boddega – “Dame Tu Amor (Give Me Your Love)”

Vashti Bunyan – “Rose Hip November”

The Advisory Circle – “Innocence Elsewhere”

Forest Swords – “An Hour”

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Secondhand Nation”

Forest Fire – “Alone With the Wires”

Sparklehorse – “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”

Donovan – “Get Thy Bearings”

Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio – “Titoli”

Young Fathers – “I Heard”

The Pastels – “Kicking Leaves”

Bry Webb – “Rivers of Gold”

Robert Gebelein – “In Search of Something”

Mark Fry – “Song for the Wild”

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Pop Obskura”

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This Norwegian five-piece has been around for over a decade, honing its sound with a steady stream of material, including 4 previous albums and at least 3 EPs.  Their latest offering Pop Obskura was released a few weeks back via German indie stalwart SPV GmbH.

Their style might loosely be classed as “post-rock,” but is really a highly textured amalgam of different influences. There’s a tangible debt to bands like Stereolab and Broadcast, a sort of high Lo-Fi thing going on (i.e. low fidelity aesthetic, but created and mixed on quality vintage analog gear).

Muscular,  propulsive rhythms recall the kraut-rock tradition, but the compositions are much denser than say bands such as Can and Neu!. Horns and organs coalesce with whirring electronics, vintage synthesized noise, shoegaze-y guitars and sugary pop-like harmonies in a complex tapestries of sound.

You can grab the first single in exchange for your email address here, and pick up the whole shebang here.

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Elevated Desecrated”

The Low Frequency in Stereo – “Curly Hair”

And here’s a guest mix they did for Some Velvet Mixtapes, which gives a pretty good idea of the diversity of influences they draw upon.  It’s a few years old but well worth a listen

The Low Frequency In Stereo Podcast

1. Broadcast – Ominous Cloud
2. Woods – Blood Dries Darker
3. Real Estate – Fake Blues
4. Hypertext – Ivy Leauge (Remix by The Gin and Tonic Youth!)
5. The Low Frequency in Stereo – Geordie La Forge (Radio Edit)
6. The Megaphonic Thrift – Dragon vs. Dust
7. The Magnetic Fields – The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
8. Spiritualized – Twelve Steps
9. Økland/Lie/Haaland – Juggernaut
10. Gabor Szabo – Three King Fishers
11. Dave Pike Set – Walking down the highway in a Raw red egg
12. Electrelane – The Valleys
13. Can – Little Star of Bethlehem