Music: Now Playing 16.08.15

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Sequence – Stealing Sheep

Arguably one of the more stranger bands that I’d happily listen to, and definitely one of the most interesting musically. I first came across the trio from Liverpool when I heard the track Greed – also from their second album ‘Not Real’ – which has an intriguing tribalistic and hypnotic introduction, aptly fitting with the previous statement. Sequence is the opening track from the album, and like many of the others, is worth a headphones session to ensure a proper listen.

Sur la Planche – La Femme

I have to admit that I discovered this French group through the latest Renault ‘Captur’ tv ad. I believe the title translates to On the Board (with regards to surfing) and away from this line I have little knowledge of the meaning of the lyrics throughout the rest of the single. Nonetheless a very catchy and quick paced track that I can enjoy without having a clue as to what story is being told, which is always a good sign.

Le Chrome et le Coton – Jérôme Echenoz

I seem to be following some sort of theme this week, as my third and final track for this post is also French, and also discovered through a TV advertisement for a car (Citroen DS3 if you’re interested).  What I enjoy about this track is the narrative it creates between the two characters singing, and for once enjoy the consistency of the slow paced music throughout. If you’re wondering, the English translation for the title is Chromium and Cotton.

Garden Studio: The Hackney Shed

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This week Dezeen Magazine posted 12 of their favourite garden studios online, a selection of well designed spaces that anybody would be more than happy to have sit at the end of their garden. Many though (like the fantastic one pictured above) were almost small building projects in themselves, so seeing as the sun has decided to appear in recent days, I thought it would be apt to share one of the projects that would perhaps be more achievable. Below are images of the low-budget ‘Hackney Shed’ by architects Office Sian.

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Music: #NowPlaying 30.05.15

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The first one of these posts I’ve made for a few weeks, but better late than never! Three tracks I’m listening to at the moment.

A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon – Foster the People

A track that sounds as good as it’s name! Foster the People’s debut album ‘Torches’ (2011) is one of my favourites in recent years, a collection of music that I can listen to straight the way through time and time again. Like that record their second album ‘Supermodel’, which was released last year, grows on you the more and more you play it. As a band that uses a lot of electronic and catchy indie-pop beats and melodies as part of their sound, it was nice to hear this dirtier, more rock orientated track towards the end of the album. A live version from a BBC Radio 1 session below for you to have a listen.

Let It Happen – Tame Impala

Tame Impala, the best psychedelic infused band going. After the success of ‘Lonerism’, and having cemented themselves as a (deservedly) well supported and known band, it’s now time for their next progression. Let It Happen is a smoother, electronic dabbled approach to the band’s sound, and as hinted for the upcoming album, this almost eight minute track demonstrates that perfectly.

No Cities to Love – Sleater-Kinney

A track that I’ve been hearing a lot of in recent weeks and am still not getting tired of it. Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities to Love is the title track for their upcoming eighth studio album, their first in a decade. Having never listened to the group from Washington before, who formed back in 1994, I will be definitely delving into their past albums upon hearing this. Here’s the video for the single on the BBC’s Later with…Jools Holland programme.

Bordeaux Stadium – Herzog & de Meuron

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Growing up, stadia design has always been one of my greatest interests. As a dedicated follower of football it’s the one (infrequent) chance that I get to combine two of my biggest passions, the other one obviously being architecture. Often though, it’s hard to come by a project that totally fulfils both sides. Firstly, there aren’t a vast number of stadia being built or redeveloped due to the nature of the typology, particularly locally. Second of all, most are designed to be as efficient and affordable as possible, more often than not substituting architectural quality for that of a cheaper, more standardised aesthetic. So when one of architectural significance comes along, it’s something to savour.

Herzog and de Meuron’s recently completed Bordeaux Stadium is just that. Nine-hundred thin white columns elegantly support the 42,000 seater arena, built for the European Championships in 2016 and to subsequently become the home of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Meticulously designed, the structure fits pleasantly into its surroundings and with its simplistic geometry and clean lines makes for easier orientation, access and movement.

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The one question with a new stadium is always going to be regarding the atmosphere. In my opinion it will always be very difficult to top the environment created by older, more traditional football grounds, however this design does seem to keep the fans compact and close to the pitch, which will always help. The two-tier stadium hugs the pitch and from looking at the images gives great views all round. I did have a doubt about the perhaps clinical nature and appearance from such an architecturally stimulating stadium, however that’s what makes it unique, and will no doubt provide a fantastic canvas for the supporters to utilise. The interesting thing now will be to see if this ‘nouveau’ approach to the International style stadium catches on, especially in the United Kingdom.

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