Weird Dance Music
Beautiful release from a Kid who is not only tidy but never fails to disappoint. Simultaneously tender and aggressive, intricate yet innocent, textured but with sincerity. Charming and delicate harmonies weave between sporadic, glitching electronic rhythms with lyrics that are somehow playful but melancholic. Well done Kiddo!
Fave tracks Fragment 2, Toy Plane in Ice, Ein Tidy Luftballon
Listening to this album is like revisiting your entire childhood by digging through old memorabilia. Each track has an innocent and naive nature about it that brings forth a strong feeling of joy and wonder.
Favorite track: Berlin 08.
Super Duper Limited 12" Vinyl via Hauch Records :))
20 Copies In Australia (this Bandcamp) and 80 over in Europe (Below Links). Edition of 100 numbered units, comes in hand-stamped (actually four different stamps) disco bag.
Compiling tracks from 2006 - 2010 that were only digitally distributed before, the 12" also contains a square 12" paper inlay featuring a picture of the painting "geisterfisch im positiven sprung" by meike conrad-janssen and the credits.
Big thanks to Paul for putting out this special compilation of my early works! Having tracks like Flower and Toy Plane in Ice on Vinyl makes me super happy.
Includes unlimited streaming of selected works 06-10
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Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
High Quality Original Masters for these chosen tracks, including a new old stock track, Social Butter. I've already released these tracks so i've put this download up as pay what you like. Hope you enjoy! :)
All music and production by Tidy Kid between 2006 to 2010. Re-mastered for Vinyl in 2019.
Music from a tidy kid
Most people conceive of music and painting as distinct entities. The former is what you hear, the latter is what you see. You may look at something while listening to something else, or you can listen to something while looking at something else. The distinction seems clear-cut, but is it, though?
Because for some people, their perception begs to differ. To them, imagery and soundscapes intertwine. Visuals vibrate their eardrums, while sounds generate colours and shapes, for after all – it's just wavelengths. Marly Lüske wants his vibrancy to arrange like sketches on canvas. Each of his almost ten releases extrapolates such a serial approach, like an exhibition: in which every image expects a next step, yet can be all by itself; a bit interwoven, but none of the 16 tracks on “selected works” is nebulous or trancy; it is more like watching a work of art proceed.
A tag like “electro-acoustic” implies a kind of multi-layering that still recognises each layer. Foreground, background, focus: like a picture, grasping the whole, yet relating each element to one another – the synthetic code. And like a picture, the gist of tidy kid's music draws from both sequence and synchronicity. You become the work as you produce its perception. By avoiding to be overwhelming or arbitrary, tidy kid moves towards an intelligent dance music; not just lo-fi, always considerate. Dancing, smart – a smart dance.
His work is comprehensible yet surprising, as it goes beyond understanding. A childlike approach, but without immaturity – more like an asset of its becoming. As if you were to re-experience something, in a new light. Reminiscent of pop, always experimental, out and striving to walk a fine line between art and everyday. Lo-Fi, thus defined, is originality; a music that is self-contained. No simulation. No servitude to whatever patterns spook around the airwaves. Every instrumentality discloses both its boundaries and capabilities. A one-take will capture the moment, truly, beyond perfection. A nylon-guitar does exhibit this softness, which blurs the edges. You see and hear things unfold, seperate from one another – in order to re-engage. The music sucks you in, rather than that it strikes a chord; you're under a spell, summoned by ancient story-tellers.
Speaking of fairy-tales. The name tidy-kid is a fabrication, an alter ego that invites us to follow through various adventures of the ear and eye; every project yields a new frame of reference and illuminates rules, which then again are set to be bent or broken. A notion that comes close might be that of a progressive nursery rhyme refracting at its instruments and its way of production. The character then adds a third dimension: a narrative. Tidy kid pursues its own story and in continuing to do so surprises – even itself.
“Selected works” gives a kind interim result, thus allowing to triangulate its character, illuminating in stories like 'social butter' or 'coma for dogs'. This is what it would sound like, if a dadaist decided to not exhaust meaning in provocation, but to produce something in and of itself.
Naturally there’s a dialogue between the Australian and the German (more precisely: Berlin). One might picture a flâneur, logging impressions into musical sketches. At the same time, 'selected works' itself makes a great companion on such journeys. Including those fragments, that is: observations, that do not entirely fit the frame of reference. Fragments 3 and 2 are to be found on 'selected works', fragment one – anywhere else.
The cover is an oil-painting of an unmanned boat floating on greenish-yellow water. It is called “Geisterfisch im positiven Sprung” (“Ghostfish on a positive jump”), by Meike Conrad-Janssen, who always embodies a certain 'leggerezza'. 'Ease' is a fitting word in this entire collection, just like “ein tidy luftballon”.
Now, let's get into this vessel and navigate presumably light water. As goes the saying: with a tidy mind.
(georg seeßlen ~ 2019)
Social Butter (new old stock)
I lost My Mind
Ein Tidy Luftballon
They Stole Her Mother
Toy Plane In Ice
Coma For Dog
Yes Baby Yes
Coming Up Trumps
The Chicago wunderkind's debut album is half lo-fi hip-hop pianos and breakneck drumming, half polished pop songs full of orchestral arrangements and whimsical but melancholic melodies. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 23, 2020