John Hassell

luka

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my instinctive aversion to it is still very strong. i can't condone the Steely Dan apologism.
 

luka

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but i can understand and appreciate the move in the abstract. i just can't stand the feel of the real thing against my skin.
 

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Who loves ya, baby?
 

padraig (u.s.)

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I'm sure you've seen the New Age "revival"
that's been going on for awhile now. that big compilation on Light In the Attic that came out like 7 or 8 years ago.

unlike a lotta things that get dug up and revived, New Age has always had a commercially successfully niche. it was just the antithesis of cool.

it's not just about smoothness, it was also uncool in the nerdy prog sense. Jean-Michel Jarre, Kitaro, all the terrible Berlin School synth music.

even the dug up stuff is, in my opinion, mostly terrible. as a good rule of thumb, the later you go in time - toward the later 80s - the worse it's likely to be.

some of the later Popol Vuh stuff is alright, but Florian Fricke was always kind of just his own thing
 

luka

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what a mess
 

luka

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it's like when you talk to a company representative and can't forge any human connection. they use the guidebook and company policy to short circuit any possibility of rapport.
 

luka

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and of course smile as they do so. this is the kind of experience smoothness soundtracks.
 

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Who loves ya, baby?
There are ASMR clips where people pretend to be secretaries or on the desk at a hotel. Yet another layer.
 

eleventhvolume

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fwiw I'm also a massive non-fan of Eno post-Taking Tiger Mountain - very strong case for the most overrated musical figure of the last 50 years

and before I forget, "street hassell" is the first time I've ever actually enjoyed a thread tag, kudos to whoever came up with it
Hah, agree about the Reed reference. And sounds like we have very different views of music as I'm a big fan of much of Eno up 'til the mid '80s. I wonder about our relative ages and the fact that this music was what I heard in my late teens and there've been various reports about neurology and formative development of music tastes at that age. My early teen listening - apart from Kraftwerk - was Foxx, Tubeway Army and the like, which I still love, but never listen to nowadays whereas Hassell and to a lesser extent Eno's music has continued to nourish me in my adult life.
 
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