Best of 2009: Wixel and his “a year in albums” diary-project
Things I was excited about in 2009 pt.6Sonic Youth covers by unknown to me project called Wixel. I downloaded and… was shocked by the freshness, originality of the music, and easiness with which it seemed to emit the hands and the minds of the player(s). After quick googling I found out that Wixel is the one-man project (with support by long-time collaborators when performing live) by a Belgian guy Wim Maesschalck, who released several albums, plays/ed in a few bands, runs a label Slaapwel Records (which translates as Sleep Well Records) and a blog or even a few. Further reading is revealed that the guy is very intelligent, full of ideas, energy, very generous on words (reading his elaborate and inventive musings written in a good language is serious, er, fun) and as it turned out – also on the music.
musical soup or alphabetical listening for example) is a kind of diary/self-imposed vow – to release 12 albums in the year 2009. He set himself a few rules in hope that self-restrictions only reinforce creativity. Albums, not EPs or singles, and not just MP3s, but physical albums with real packaging (albeit handmade), with mail-order and stuff. But at the same time each album can be freely downloaded in 320 kbps! Pay only if you really want to. I rushed to download... I must confess that I also downloaded virtually everything else created by Wim, and, what can I say... I was astonished again – almost everything was really, really good – original and fresh music with soul, ideas, warm sound, and with feet in very diverse waters – post-rock, acoustic or electronic ambient/sound-design, loopery, field recordings, lo-fi quiet and loud pop songs, and even a few gentle intelligent dubstep/downtempo beats...
So, I cordially recommend y'all to check any or all of the monthly albums from
– I especially like An Empty Canvas, Slaapliedjes [which translates as Lullabies], Clouds (actuallty the whole 1st half of the year is immense), Somewhere between The Sun & The Moon pt 2, but principially they’re all good.