Ok, so now I have Porcelain Raft’s ‘Drifting In and Out’ stuck in my head

In my defense, it is awfully earwormy.

That said, I have no idea what’s going on in the video, or why it’s so damn smoky. I will not be eating at that restaurant, that’s for sure. Second-hand smoke kills!

Bastian Void, with Fluorescent Bells on.

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I love this album. Gorgeous ambient-poppy synthy stuff. One of my favorites of 2012. And the first track, while it starts off slow, is a killer. Just wait until the drums kick in.

Floating in Space With Sir Paul McCartney

Oh, Paul McCartney! Responsible for so much good (the Ram album, 1985, Jet), and so much evil (Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Ebony and Ivory, Wonderful Christmas Time). I’d put Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, his 1993 album released under the name The Fireman, in the former category. One of the most hypnotically repetitive albums you’ll ever hear, it’s basically one big set of remixes of the same ambient/house/techno song. It sounds a lot like The Orb — not surprisingly, since McCartney’s collaborator on the project was the producer Youth, who formerly worked with The Orb — and not much like McCartney. At least until you remember that McCartney, inspired by Stockhausen, was experimenting with tape loops back when he was in The Beatles. And then of course there’s the goofy electronic pop of his 1980 song   “Temporary Secretary,” using a relentlessly repetitive synth riff as a backing for some relentlessly creepy lyrics.

Put the album on repeat for the full effect.

McCartney recently released another album under the name The Fireman. Ignore it. It’s nothing like this one, and not terribly interesting.

Let’s get pretty with Tara Cross & Stefan Tischler

Here’s a pretty synth instrumental, with occasional bursts of dissonance, by Tara Cross & Stefan Tischler. It’s from 1984, off an album titled Searchlight & Torch. I know absolutely nothing else about these two, except that the other songs I found by them on YouTube seemed deliberately and pointlessly odd and, to me, not as interesting.

Altar Eagle’s Alternative Mixes

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So the oddball synthy pop group Altar Eagle — their name is an Emily-Litella-quality pun — has put out a collection of remixes of their album Nightrunners from last year. Some good stuff on it.

It also gives me the excuse to post their awesome album cover. (Click on it for a much bigger version.)

You can have your own copy, for whatever amount you want to pay for it:

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