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Fractured Air 04: Secret Speed (A Mixtape by Lee Noble)

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To listen on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/fractured_air/fractured-air-04-secret-speed

Lee Noble is an L.A based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Earlier this year saw the release of his new album, ‘Ruiner’ on the ever-dependable Bathetic Records and is undeniably one of the hidden gems of 2013. The eerie atmosphere of the lo-fi folk haze of ambient swirls and Noble’s drifting vocals immerses the listener into an otherworldly dimension. The songs serve as one organic whole, where a gorgeous ebb and flow of enchanting sounds beautifully heightens all that surrounds you.
Lee Noble describing his mix: “It’s sort of a weird mix, but all tracks I can’t stop listening to. Going from lots of analog synth music to some slightly psychedelic folk/lo-fi, then a couple epic moments before a Pere Ubu denouement. It’s a pretty random list, some non-sequiturs in there but all stuff I love.”
Lee Noble also runs the No Kings record label, based in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

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Fractured Air 04: Secret Speed (A Mixtape by Lee Noble)

Tracklist:

01 Main Title from “Zombi 2” – Fabio Frizzi
02 Cherish – Ike Yard
03 Toho Picture – Xeno & Oaklander
04 Westbound – Pretty How Town
05 Winona – Drop Nineteens
06 Got to Be Certain – Kylie Minogue
07 Secret Speech – Horsehair Everywhere
08 Washing – Sparkling Wide Pressure
09 For Kate I Wait – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
10 Wand in the Beak of the Yellow Bird #3 – Kane Pour
11 Franny – Félicia Atkinson
12 Making of Cyborg from “Ghost in the Shell” – Kenji Kawai
13 Sentionauts from “Beyond the Black Rainbow” – Jeremy Schmidt
14 Untitled 2 “Manhunter” – James Rushford and Joe Talia
15 Corpse – Live Skull
16 Humor Me – Pere Ubu

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Track-by-track Guide:

01 Main Title from “Zombi 2” – Fabio Frizzi
Italian horror soundtrack music at it’s finest. I just recently got into this score, which has lots of warm synths and stoic drum machines like this track and will also go into passages of kind of like Haitian drumming. A good mix!

02 Cherish – Ike Yard
Keeping things synthy and getting really stark. Ike Yard has some amazing tracks, I like this one for that sheet of guitar noise that comes in.

03 Toho Picture – Xeno & Oaklander
All analog all the time. I love the chord progression on this song, one of the few X&O tracks with none of their distinctive vocals. Thinking of lots of movie soundtracks on this mix, and the title fits, could be the rejected opening credits soundtrack to Toho Studios’ Inframan or some Godzilla flick.

04 Westbound – Pretty How Town
A guy in San Diego posted this on a modular synth forum as a demo of some of the patching techniques he was using. All modular with no midi and no sequencer. Magic! Really nice melody.

05 Winona – Drop Nineteens
Never mind any of the above, must remember 90s shoe-gazy guitar bands, like Drop Nineteens, who you may recognize for their amazing song “Delaware” which was featured on the Nickelodeon show Pete and Pete. This song is about Winona Rider.

06 Got to Be Certain – Kylie Minogue
I love old Kylie Minogue. This is from her first album, which is super synthy.

07 Secret Speech – Horsehair Everywhere
Switching gears here, I thought it would be funny to follow Kylie with this. This is an improv group I’m in with friends from Tennessee. We just have parties and record unconscious freak-out music. This was on an LP that was released by La Station Radar in France.

08 Washing – Sparkling Wide Pressure
My friend Frank Baugh’s (also in Horsehair Everywhere) long time solo project. Every track is great. This one’s from a tape called “I Think I Feel Clear Now” released by Maggot Valley in 2009.

09 For Kate I Wait – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Even more psych lo-fi. From “The Doldrums” I get this song stuck in my head a lot. It also has a great music video of Ariel in a sequined shirt talking on the phone.

10 Wand in the Beak of the Yellow Bird #3 – Kane Pour
Track from tape of the same name. I don’t know who this guy is or what’s going on besides he used to put tapes out on Housecraft and Rotifer, two of the best labels. Beautiful, damaged music.

11 Franny – Félicia Atkinson
Sparse, beautiful, haunting… a perfect song.

12 Making of Cyborg from “Ghost in the Shell” – Kenji Kawai
Bookends with the last track, keeping it sparse and then adding the whole choir. I love those bells. From the opening credits of the classic(?) anime. I guess I really like opening credits music.

13 Sentionauts from “Beyond the Black Rainbow” – Jeremy Schmidt
From the recent movie, which was somewhat coma-inducing. Score is ace though, and this organ riff is huge!

14 Untitled 2 “Manhunter” – James Rushford and Joe Talia
My friend Gher from Turin played this album for me when I was on tour. It came out on Graham Lambkin’s KYE label this year. Two side-long tracks culminate in this segment. It’s so slow and heavy.

15 Corpse – Live Skull
I put this on just about every mix I’ve ever made. So cool. It’s from the first issue of Tellus cassette magazine in 1983, before Thalia Zedek joined the band. This is what a band should sound like.

16 Humor Me – Pere Ubu
Such a memorable song. Dave Thomas is making crazy choices. It’s a joke!

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To listen on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/fractured_air/fractured-air-04-secret-speed

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http://leenoble.bandcamp.com
http://nokingsrecord.co
http://batheticrecords.com

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October 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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