By Ryan Meehan
Album: ID Noir “Self Titled”
Dennis Hockaday is Idpyramid, Jon Burns is Centaur Noir, and together they are ID Noir. A lot of what Dennis does it more of experimental music. His stuff kind of falls under the Six Finger Satellite / US Maple / Residents genres. (I’m not really sure what you would call that…Schizophrenicore?) Jon on the other hand I believe is more of a pop-folk songwriter. The Centaur Noir music is equal parts folky and poppy, but isn’t hipster which has become almost unheard of when it comes to sandwiching those two words together.
So here’s a song by song breakdown of what this album had to offer. It’s hard to give an unbiased record review when you know the individuals who made the record, so I’ll try to remain objective and do my best.
1. Your Name: Anybody who knows Dennis knows he listens to a lot of Sonic Youth and the guitar hook that drives the song sounds like Goo-era SY, only with more reverb on the higher-register guitar.
2. Eagleman: Obviously a lot of portamento in the main keyboard sample here. Don’t know why it reminds me of Trans Am, but it does. The song titles is three syllables and so is the sample, so you can kind of hear the song title is your head while the samples plays.
3. Hardest Part: I don’t know if it is or not, but there is some kind of running water sample at the beginning that makes me want to piss. I like the sound of those old keyboards that actually breathed air. They make a ton of noise though.
4. Reservations: More of a kind of western sounding thing going on in this track.
5. Olivia: The start of this kind of reminds me a little of a soundtrack from a Francis Ford Coppola film. Then it comes in with this AphexTwinesque sounding breakbeat. Probably my favorite song on the album.
6. Take Three: Spacy. Heartbeat kick underneath and just some really spacy guitar stuff going on. Just weird.
7. Eagleman Two: I think this is the sample from the first Eagleman recorded backwards and then overdubbed with synth effects. No drums at all on this track. Intended as a remix.
8. Good Olde Days: Shortest cut on the CD at 2:15. Lyrics first appear to be an old man telling a story, but by the end of it sounds like Jon telling that old man to go fuck himself which is totally on my wing of the mental ward. The video to this song is here: http://www.youtube.com/user/jonnybeevideos#p/u/16/QMLML0Da0B0
9. Future: This song kind of reminds me of Trans Am too. Lot of bass heavy low noise going on here.
10. Wheelchair Chariot: It sounds like this one is a sample of William S. Burroughs talking about “six pimpish young men”. Song ends with this shuffle feeling thing.
This record is good for those who are into more of the ambitious ambient sort of music. Ambient music is very hard to make because there’s so much space in a track. And it’s way more difficult to do slower music than it is faster music. You might think I’m nuts for saying this, but it’s a lot harder to be in a band like Low than it is to be in a band like Cradle of Filth. If you are Cradle you can makes 50 mistakes halfway through a set and no one will notice, but if you’re in a band like Low if you make more than 3 mistakes it’ll be so obvious that people will probably start to leave. The Id Noir record had some songs that are just ambient, but some really up-beat stuff as well.
I should additionally mention that Jon also makes some pretty crazy videos and he makes fucking tons of them. Here’s the link to his Youtube channel. (You’re welcome and pour yourself something stiff there’s a lot to go through. Maylane’s video for “I’m not having it” comes to mind) http://www.youtube.com/user/jonnybeevideos. And the video he put together for “How Does he get to the Moon” is awesome, but I’m a little bit prejudiced because I think the last two minutes of that song is one of the most frightening things I’ve heard in my whole life. http://www.youtube.com/user/jonnybeevideos#p/u/34/11fmWad_QGs.
A lot coming from these dudes in the near future, as the new Meth and Goats record is also coming out shortly. Dennis is constantly putting out new ID material, and Jon just did this really innovative record of cover songs where he took the midi versions of all of these pop songs and changed all of the vocals around. Here’s some of that: http://www.youtube.com/user/jonnybeevideos#p/u/13/Da_jdhEHNRg
Label website: http://deepcutsrecords.blogspot.com/
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