HAUNTED DREAMPOP | | | a nocturnal mix of the ethereal reverb, synths, & echoing vocals too often purely attributed to 80s UK synthpop & 4AD dreampop
Across time & region, this mix encourages a wider approach to dreampop, electronica and similarly dreamlike, dark atmospherics. Continually narrow compilations of synth-/dream-pop and the tendency to automatically present anyone outside of the UK in the shadow of 4AD & co. does a disservice to a diverse wealth of music. This sound is traced back to a large pool of early international experiments with reverb, synths, etc. in the 1960s (folk, Tropicalia, Russian innovations like Edward Artemyev’s work on the ANS synthesizer- most famously heard on his Tarkovsky film scores); to its swirling mainstream 80s heights; to its evolution in modern artists (new hybrids by Blood Orange, Johnny Jewel). Emphasizing oft-erased contributions by women in electronica, production, & more.
PART I: The Beginning (1960s-1990s)
poppies - BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE | there are other worlds - SUN RA | light & darkness / ballet - YMO | pattu engey - ILAIYARAAJA | genwaku sarete - AKINA NAKAMORI | your long shadow - JACK OR JIVE | o religio - OS MUTANTES | taiyougan - KOKUSHOKU ELEGY | zerkalo ost - EDWARD ARTEMYEV | someday is tonight - JANET JACKSON | thatness & thereness / the arrangement - RYUICHI SAKAMOTO | full-color palette - HACO | sambo no rosa - CHANCE | キスを - YAPOOS | breeze - SUGAR HICCUP | trees & flowers - STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE | night on the galactic railroad - HARUOMI HOSONO | keep your mouth shut - TRICKY | sunset (prod. JOE HISAISHI) - SYOKO | the deadly & sad - AKIKO YANO | i cry - EGYPTIAN LOVER | zoot kook - SANDII
PART II: The Future (late 1990s-now)eclipse/blue - NOSAJ THING & KAZU MAKINO | your body feels - FOUR TET | no means no - EMPRESS OF | bossalinis & fooliyones 2 - MAIN ATTRAKIONZ | 인어 - 3RD LINE BUTTERFLY | i’d rather be sleeping - GROUPER | our conversation - BLUEDAWN | untitled 6 - HYPE WILLIAMS | arabesque (all about lily chou-chou) - SALYU | sunshine (SHLOHMO remix) - LITTLE DRAGON | when the movie’s over - TWIN SHADOW | vem - MAHMUNDI | etheric device - GLASS CANDY | all the way down - CASSIE | you’re the one (orig. charli xcx) - BLOOD ORANGE | slaveless master - LOW LEAF | serpentskirt - FAYE WONG | bo peep - SHLOHMO & JEREMIH | win or lose - GRAND RESORT | do it again (prod. NA) - KELELA | looks good w/ trouble - SOLANGE | assume - LLLL | tokyo ghost - EYEDRESS | i dreamt about silence (remix) - CUUSHE
The Djerbahood project gathers 100 artists from 30 countries to paint the streets and walls of Erriadh, a village in Djerba, Tunisia. The aim of this project is to transform the village into an open-air gallery of art, during July and August. Here are some of our favorite graffitis.
Shang Ma (Chinese, b. China, based San Francisco, CA, USA) - Existence No.41, 2014