Like Autumn, this mix is mostly bleak with a few moments of hope.
Scott Walker - Farmer In The City This Heat - Diet Of Worms Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Song of Joy Brian Eno & Robert Fripp - Lupus John Maus - Forever And Ever And Ever Oneohtrix Point Never - Describing Bodies Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn’s Done Come Van Dyke Parks - Public Domain Lucio Battisti - I Giardini di Marzo Velvet Underground - Jesus (Closet Mix) Serge Gainsbourg - Ah! Melody Robert Wyatt - Sea Song
Cameron Reed (aka. Babe Rainbow), is one of the most active musicians in the music scene in Vancouver. He is involved with many different projects and works with many people to bring to life amazing local festivals to Vancouver. I have special respect for the man for such dedication.
The new album is interesting. Every song is in itself a different genre. He tries to get away from the concept of sticking to a certain theme in the whole album. The only thing is that the theme is Endlessness. I love how the traditional concept of rhythm in this album is questioned from time to time. And the type of space the music produces. In Chains for instance, you may get a sense that the song is in 4/4, but the song tricks you. It plays with your perception. The spacing in the song is also quiet impressive, the pan of a ‘wow pedal esqu sound’ that starts from your right side and goes to the left while the voice is affirmatively in the center produces a great sense of space.
Bounty, written in 3/4, with drumming that have lots of echo and reverb effect, is another great song in the album. The melody is very simple. The play is on space creation and rhythm. I highly recommend this song to be listened on either really good speakers or a flat headphone. As I said, the rhythm is in 3/4 (the rhythm of the heartbeat). Trust me, it feels like your heart is beating when you listen to it. The high-pitched dissonant notes that are constantly playing in the background produce a space of horror/unknown to the ear. Definitely something to tune the ears to. Again, the space is definitely a jepy element of the album and it runs with the theme of endlessness regardless of the shift in the mood and sometime genre of the musicin the album.
Most of the songs in the album don’t have a definitive ending, which also conforms to the endlessness theme, the major theme of the album. Overall, I really like the album and think Cameron did a fantastic job.
Can’t wait to see him playing the music live on Saturday, September 17th at the Astoria
“Vancouver underground electro/dubstep poster boy Cameron Reed’s latest offering as Babe Rainbow takes a dreamier, more ambient turn here than on last year’s Shaved EP, but his new stuff will still send some creeping shivers running up your spine. Reed is at his most slasher film/psycho thriller-textured on opener It’s All Happening, at his most tongue-in-cheek on the bumpy Set Loose (where one would swear the vocal loop keeps repeating, “That’s bull——”) and at his most Jean Michel Jarre-esque on the swirling, oozing Bounty and on the glitchy, ethereal closer Chains. Add a hint of hypnotic hip-hop with G-Side’s Yung Clova on Greed, and Endless Path becomes a musical exercise that, while not entirely redefining the dubstep genre, makes for a ghostly cinematic addition to the canon.”—The Vancouver Sun: Babe Rainbow ‘Endless Path EP’ - 3.5 Stars
“Later that night, Vancouver’s Babe Rainbow smoked out the Savoy room upstairs at Metropolis with a head-spinning set of soft focus electronics and cough syrup hip-hop beats. Perfect for sitting down, getting lost in the haze and losing track of your surroundings.”—MUTEK_12
“Endless Path appears to be a narrative in the same manner as By the Throat. This EP serves a dual purpose as both a metaphor of the moral degradation and religious ignorance of modern urban culture and the individual descent into such a culture. Shaved told the story of a morally-vacant drug-addict joining a coven. Now, Endless Path further explores this character as he begins to question the world around him through the point-of-view of his new coven peer-group. For this individual what was new and exciting in Shaved has become ominous and contemplative in Endless Path. This individual is beginning to understand that there are endless deeper levels to everything. I simply cannot praise Babe Rainbow enough, and I am pleased he did not make me wait too long for Endless Path. As soon as I had heard Shaved I knew I had found a very talented man. I understand that this music is not for everyone. Minimalist abstract electronic music is the ass-end of the techno world. If you like Babe Rainbow check-out Access to Arasaka, Akira Yamaoka, Ben Frost, Blackfilm, Datach’i, Drew Neumann, James Blake, Mark Korven, Phalangius, This Will Destroy You, and Vexed.”—
[i am sure that this is the most psychologically “disturbing” song i’ve ever heard. you HAVE to experience it. it is utterly brilliant and beautiful - seriously. it’s not triggering or relating to any specific fear, it’s a mostly instrumental track that is like madness “personified.” i’ve never heard anything like it!]
Babe Rainbow has just dropped his new EP “Endless Paths” and is streaming the stunning cut “Set Loose.” The Canadian producer made us laugh with the Richard D. James-esque music video for “It’s All Happening,” but with the new song “Set Loose” (found on just released EP “Endless Paths”), Babe Rainbow mesmerizes and the washes of synths, reverb-laden, hand-clapped beats and disembodied voices. This is electronic music as it should be—beautiful, revelatory, and so good it makes every other music project seem just okay.
“Set Loose” is already one of the best songs of 2011 and a perfect soundtrack for the summer—one that can be put on a loop without the risk of growing old. It’s just wave upon wave of electronic beauty in the tradition of Boards of Canada, the ambient work of Aphex Twin and Odd Nosdam. The rest of the “Endless Paths” EP explores darker, more schizophrenic shades to great effect.
“Spatial, crackling post-dubstep EP; driven by lumbering rhythms spooked with haunting atmospherics. Following a 2010 Warp debut, ‘Endless Path’, continues Babe Rainbow’s schizoid vision of electronic paranoia, mania and rhythmical maladjustment. Essential.”—BLEEP - High Quality Music and Media from Bleep.com