Stephen Malkmus – Traditional Techniques (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Stephen Malkmus – Traditional Techniques (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:06 minutes | 872 MB | Genre: Folk Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Domino Recording Co

Stephen Malkmus announces his new album, traditional techniques – out March 6th via Domino, lead single, “xian man”, and a North American tour. Traditional techniques, Malkmus’ Third solo LP without the jocks (or Pavement), is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in his singular voice. An adventurous new album in an instantly familiar mode, traditional techniques creates a serendipitous trilogy with the loose fuzz of the jocks’ Sparkle hard (2018) and the solo bedroom experiments of groove denied (2019). taken together, these three very different full-lengths in three years highlight an ever-curious songwriter committed to finding untouched territory.

Ever since he started operating as a solo artist, you can’t reproach Stephen Malkmus for going in circles or staying idle. With his 2019 album Groove Denied, the ex-leader of the band Pavement left behind his guitar-fuelled slacker indie rock in favour of a more cerebral electronic construction, a more German-sounding blend of synthetic new wave and post-rock. A year later and he’s changed his tune again with Traditional Techniques. This time, Malkmus basks in a blend of quirky folklore cultures with eclectic and sometimes over-the-top instrumentation. Emphasis on cultures, plural. American country, Oriental inflections, psy-folk, medieval music… everything goes! The tone is somewhat subdued, contemplative even, sometimes reminiscent of last century’s recordings by Alexander “Skip” Spence and Michael Hurley. With pointed lyrics, a vast toolbox which includes flute, 12-string guitar, Moog, banjo, violin and Afghan instruments, and accompanied by Chris Funk from The Decembrists and his old friend Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Stephen Malkmus has created his own concept of a troubadour artist haunted by ghosts of the past. And while the ensemble of the project as a whole is mainly acoustic, there’s an electrifying revelation, the beauty of the solo of Xian Man. All in all, strange, but extremely fascinating. – Marc Zisman

01. Stephen Malkmus – ACC Kirtan (06:19)
02. Stephen Malkmus – Xian Man (04:06)
03. Stephen Malkmus – The Greatest Own In Legal History (03:47)
04. Stephen Malkmus – Cash Up (04:06)
05. Stephen Malkmus – Shadowbanned (03:23)
06. Stephen Malkmus – What Kind Of Person (03:28)
07. Stephen Malkmus – Flowin’ Robes (02:52)
08. Stephen Malkmus – Brainwashed (04:58)
09. Stephen Malkmus – Signal Western (03:46)
10. Stephen Malkmus – Amberjack (04:15)
11. Stephen Malkmus – Juliefuckingette (03:01)


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