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Posted by The Ape
at 18:46 on 10 Jun 2014
Plaid are a pair of blokes who have been working together for 25 years and were as part of Black Dog Productions, part of the initial wave of 'Artificial Intelligence' albums that defined Warp as the home of electronic tinkering it is today. Yet they are rarely mentioned in the same breath as Warp's other banner artists.
Marnie Stern is the best. She is an awesome virtuoso guitarist and a touchingly emotive lyricist. All four of her albums have been released on cool-as-shit indie label Kill Rock Stars, home of Sleater Kinney and various Sleater Kinney offshoot bands, and the previous three albums were furious assaults of shredding guitars and manic math-rock.
A one-woman ambient project from Portland, Oregon, who makes some of the most depressing music you’ll hear outside of a Michael Haneke film. It’s very pretty, but hard, unforgiving work and sounds like it was recorded in your spare room. Perhaps I should’ve listened to Rizzle Kicks instead and saved this for a Monday. As it stands, Grouper has now ruined my weekend and I'm going to cancel the surprise party I was planning for my parents’ 50th anniversary tonight because I just don’t see the point anymore.