Buried Treasures & Opinions on Brian Eno

Jim and Greg go hunting for Buried Treasures: great, lesser-known albums from this year that deserve more attention. Later they review new albums from First Aid Kit and Brian Eno with house musician Karl Hyde.

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List: Buried Treasures

X marks the spot! Jim and Greg done their best Indiana Jones getups and go hunting for musical Buried Treasures: artists you may not have heard, but certainly should. Here's what they turned up:

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Karl Hyde & Brian Eno Someday World

Pop/Rock icon (and enabler of the Sound Opinions drinking game) Brian Eno boasts a tremendous library of groundbreaking work, as well as a long history of rich collaborations, including joint projects with artists such as the Talking Heads, David Bowie, U2, and Coldplay. Most recently, Eno joined forces with electronic Underworlder Karl Hyde. The partnership produced two albums, Someday World and High Life, both released in rapid succession this year. Jim believes the that the two albums must be considered together, with the latter, High life, simply an extension of the first and former Someday World. That one was a“poppier”album, mostly comprised of Eno's previously unfinished pieces bolstered by Hyde's intervention. From Jim's perspective, the duo's attempt to combine Phillip Glass-minimalism with afro-beats is“not the greatest in the world”(a staggering response from the "unofficial president of the Brian Eno fan club). And most importantly it fails to provide Eno fans with what they truly want: more singing Eno. That said, an ever-faithful student, he asserts a Buy It stance for himself and a Try It for the rest of us.

Unlike Jim, Greg argues that these two albums must be viewed as two distinct entities—separate endeavors each with their own merits and shortcomings. Although he dishes out a borderline Trash It rating to the patchwork Someday World, he remarks that“the duo really hit their stride,”with this second, more experimental attempt and gladly jumps on board Jim's Eno train to give High Life a Buy It.

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First Aid Kit Stay Gold

The Swedish duo First Aid Kit has released its 3rd album and its major label debut, Stay Gold. The band mixes 1970's folk rock with pop and country. Greg says this record is the darkest in their catalogue, but it's not despairing. They make the pain sound bearable. He says they aren‘t doing anything new sonically, but it’s a tight, efficient, beautiful album. That said, their best record is yet to come. Therefore he gives Stay Gold a Try It rating. Jim thinks Greg is not giving this release enough credit. He loves hearing this foreign take on American roots music and says Buy It rating.


Featured Songs

  1. Kan Wakan, Like I Need You, Moving On, Universal/Verve/Virgin EMI, 2014
  2. Got a Girl, Did We Live Too Fast, Did We Live Too Fast, Bulk Recordings, 2014
  3. Courtney Barnett, Avant Gardner, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, Universal, 2013
  4. The Muffs, Weird Boy Next Door, Whoop Dee Doo, Cherry Red, 2014
  5. Claudettes, Deep Soul for High Society, Infernal Piano Plot… Hatched!, Spanks-a-Lot Records/Yellow Dog Records, 2013
  6. Claudettes, Infernal Piano Plot…Hatched!, Infernal Piano Plot…Hatched!, Spanks-a-Lot Records/ Yellow Do Records, 2013
  7. Big Freedia, Dangerous, Just Be Free, Queen Diva Music, 2014
  8. Sylvan Esso, Coffee, Sylvan Esso, Dine Alone Music, 2014
  9. Tweens, Be Mean, Tweens, Frenchkiss Records, 2014
  10. Rustie, Raptor, Green Language, Warp, 2014
  11. Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, Return, High Life, Warp, 2014
  12. Underworld, Born Slippy, Rush Hour Vol. 3, Universal Distribution, 1995
  13. Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, Lilac, High Life, Warp, 2014
  14. First Aid Kit, Waitress Song, Stay Gold, Columbia/Sony Music, 2014
  15. First Aid Kit, Cedar Lane, Stay Gold, Columbia/Sony Music, 2014
  16. First Aid Kit, Emmylou, The Lion's Roar, Wichita, 2012
  17. FKA Twigs, Two Weeks, LP1, Young Turks, 2014
  18. Kevin Lyttle, Call Me, Kevin Lyttle, Atlantic, 2004
  19. Beck, Heart is a Drum, Morning Phase, Virgin EMI, 2014
  20. Prince, Darling Nikki, Purple Rain, Warner Bros., 1984
  21. Prince,“Let's Go Crazy,”Purple Rain, Warner Bros. 1984


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