Monday, December 7, 2009

Lymbyc Systym (SCQ Year-End Questionnaire Part V)

Like an amalgamation of several bands I love yet bearing a trajectory all their own, Lymbyc Systym (aka Jared and Michael Bell) struck a chord in me with last month’s Shutter Release. With a West Coast tour in the works for January and a new free mp3 available here, Jared ponders the year’s most important moments.

SCQ: What have been some of your favourite records of 2009? Gush away.

Instead of listing the albums everyone already knows, here are some slightly under the radar 2009 albums that I really liked, and I think deserve more attention:
Ambivalence Avenue - Bibio
Christopher Tignor - Core Memory Unwound
Sleep Whale - Houseboat
Silver Pines - Forces

Non-2009 music I've been listening to lately:
Pulling Our Weight - The Radio Dept.
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Erik Satie - Gymnopédies
And Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid

SCQ: Be it from the radio, lost on Myspace or from your roster, what song(s) could you not stop spinning?

Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (Paul Epworth Remix)
This counts as 2009, right? I'm a sucker for a love song with a beat, and I think the remix is even better than the original.

SCQ: Seldom celebrated but crucial to The Album’s identity is cover-art. Can you offer any shortlist of personal favourites from the past year?

Here is a short list of favorites. Admittedly, I've only seen these covers because the albums are really popular. Although, I'm sure there are many great album covers from this year that I still have not seen.
Wilco (The Album) - Wilco
It's Blitz! - Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimist

SCQ: When you look back on what transpired this year, what will stand out as your most memorable professional moment(s) of 2009?

Touring with Broken Social Scene and The Books was the highlight of my year. Both of these bands have been incredibly influential to the way we listen to and create music. It was an honor to meet them, hang out and share the stage with them. Watching each of these bands up close for multiple nights in a row gave me some invaluable insights.

SCQ: Most of us probably haven’t thought as far as New Years Eve plans but still, looking forward, what do you have on the horizon for 2010?

We have a lot of tour plans in the works for 2010 to support Shutter Release: US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe & Asia.

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