Posts tagged ‘classical’

February 18, 2012

Bon Iver – AIR Studio Sessions

This video is a must-see for any fan of Bon Iver and worth more than the usual recommendation for all other music lovers.

A recorded album is an experience of close intimacy with a compilation of songs, infinitively repeatable as the same version, put in a storytelling order and mastered to perfection. Seeing a Live performance brings your physically close to the artist – and to hundreds of people with the same feelings for his music.

The rather new trend of recording studio sessions is a great blend of both, giving you something between album and live performance.

Bon Iver‘s latest studio sessions at the AIR Studios in London are a masterpiece. As a collaboration between 4AD and Jagjaguwar, they present five captivating versions of old and new songs. Equipped with two Steinway & Sons grand pianos, Justin Vernon and Sean Carey interpret these tunes in a minimalistically pure, yet classical way.

Vernon’s high-pitched vocals and the characteristic instrumentation generate a thick atmosphere of airlessly floating intensity. Nevertheless, its highlight certainly is a stunning cover of Bonnie Raitt‘s I Can’t Make You Love Me, unfolding itself as the centerpiece at 8:10 minutes. At this point, no one will doubt the weight of Sean Carey’s voice, giving an almost angelic touch to Bon Iver’s unique style.

Take 25 minutes of rest for this one – they are more than worth it.

1. Hinnom, TX
2. Wash.
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Babys
5. Beth/Rest

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January 11, 2012

Art Documentary: PressPausePlay

An unmissable documentary about art in the digital age for any passionate art and music lover: PressPausePlay. Fully available on Vimeo or their homepage.

As the production studio House of Radon describes the video:

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? A Film About Hope, Fear and Digital Culture.”

It shows the various chances and benefits of the digitalization and democratization of arts and creative industry, yet it doesn’t neglect negative aspects and risks (yes, these actually exist!). 

“Cultural democracy or mediocrity?”

It is a high-quality, 1,5h video containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators in music, movies, photography and advertising, including Ólafur Arnalds, Apparat, Moby, Bon Iver, Hot Chip, Keith Harris, Lykke Li, Robyn, authors from Pitchfork, or Napster-founder Sean Parker, underlined with beautfiful tunes and  powerful eye-candy.

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