George Mayerle’s eye chart featuring characters in English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian, as well as symbols for children or illiterate adults, 1907 (via The Verge)
“Across the bottom, boxes test for color vision, a feature intended especially (according to one advertisement) for those working on railroads and steamboats.” Read all about it.
Noah Wall has this way of baritone singing, almost meditative, that contrasts the electronic orchestration in the background, taking electronic folk pop into new disco. On Public Dancer he takes his pop to vaporwave land, tossing in a surprising and smile inducing sample. Admonitions, another experimental standout, is and uplifting lofi autotune of Hindustani vocals drifting among synth tanpura drones.
Overall the album has the feel of something between Arthur Russell and Matthew Dear, warm, syncopated, lively and really really well orchestrated. This is how I imagine his mom Hèloïse must be like, to whom he dedicated this album.
MTV O Music Awards did a piece on my HOME DRONE! http://blog.omusicawards.com/2013/04/musician-creates-interactive-air-organ-with-vine/