We’re not even done with November, and already there’s a proliferation of Best Of 2012 lists percolating through those corners of the internet us music geeks tend to inhabit. I feel genuinely sorry for that girl or guy whose post-rock masterpiece – the one recorded using obsolete hardware in the spare bedroom and self-released on cassette or 8-track cartridge – will be out in mid-December, when the muso hive mind will still be far too busy salivating about the last Yeasayer record to notice (a disc, incidentally, which probably qualifies for the coveted LGM Underwhelming Album of the Year accolade).
As per the music blogger’s charter – it dictates that anyone who writes about contemporary music, in whatever capacity, has to publish such a list, lest the record gods compel Muse to release another ubiquitous LP – my Best Of 2012 is sitting compiled and semi-written on my own obsolete hardware, scheduled to appear sometime in the middle of next month. In the meantime, the thing that grabs me when browsing the current “best of” lists from whatever website, or hip record store, or in The Jazzateer’s Gazette, is just how different – with one notable exception – my selection is from any other. To the point where I’m seriously beginning to suspect just how far distanced from the curve I’m becoming. Musical receptors incapable of assimilating those hip new sounds the indie mainframe has taken to its heart. Or perhaps I’ve been listening to all the wrong records. Those recorded in 1989, and reissued under cover of darkness with a contemporary copyright and a subversive wink.
Below the words: two tracks from Towers, the latest Baltic Fleet album – sadly yet to be spotted in any year-end round up (although I suspect it may crop up in a few broadly off-centre lists before December plays out). There’s an agreeable vibe playing out here. Something driven by bass-laden synth motifs. A darkness abutting the late 80’s allusions, multi-instrumentalist Paul Fleming pushing at the tight structures of each individual track, which in turn permits the listener the space and vantage to experience.
Baltic Fleet / March Of The Saxons
Baltic Fleet / Engage