7 Day Mixtape Vol. 2 – HOUSES
Thats right folks, we’re back with our second installment of the 7 Day Mixtape. This weeks mix is by Dexter Tortoriello, one half of Chicago based duo, Houses. I’ve listened to this one a few times over and let me tell you, you’re in for a treat. Perfect music to listen to while staying inside during these cold winter days. Visit Houses at the any of the websites below. They deserve your attention.
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1. The Music Tapes – Kolyada 2
This is just a really beautiful song – an orchestra of musical saws playing in harmony. The album it comes off (For Clouds and Tornados) is one of my favorite records and has a few of these arrangements scattered throughout it. The album is still one of a kind so many years later.
2. William Basinski – DLP 1.1 (Excerpt)
There aren’t a whole lot of words for this song, and the 2 minutes of it I included here don’t really do it any justice. The original track is over an hour long and follows the playing of a 20 year old tape loop from it’s start until it’s completely eaten by the tape heads. It’s truly one of the most incredible things I’ve ever heard.
3. Careful – Turns Out
Careful’s album Oh, Light was in my top 5 of 2010 and probably gets more play than any other album right now for me. “Turns Out” really wrecks me. There’s so much captured in the song. When listened to as a part of the album it offers a lot of closure. I recommend just buying the album yourself.
4. Edward Hamel – I Was There (Excerpt)
This is the tail end of a 26 minute composition sent to me by Edward – A Chicago based modern composer known for his static ridden sound installations and immense productions. It offers a great sense of relief to me – reminds me of old Eno.
5. The Lord Dog Bird – The Shedding Path
This song is so simple, using one electric guitar and a loop pedal, but it’s effect is really massive for me. His voice croons and rises above the striking guitar notes in the best way.
6. Micah P. Hinson – The Day Texas Sank To The Bottom Of The Sea
This song is important – plain and simple. It’s incredibly honest and just about as heartbreaking as a song can be. I have a real soft spot for songs that start out with one person and a guitar and end with a 20 person choir, drums, organs, and strings. This is one of those things you sit and listen to alone.
7. Unknown – Sleep My Darlin
I don’t know who performs this song, but it came on the vinyl soundtrack for Harmony Korine’s ‘Trash Humpers’. It’s a rather peaceful song unless you’ve seen the movie, in which case it’s sort of horrifying. I happen to adore it.