Actor Jeff Bridges has a likeable gentle quality and a scratched gravelled voice that you could listen to for hours. Well now, the voice behind the actor who played acclaimed roles in The Big Lebowski, True Grit and Tron is being put to good use in a strange partnership with Squarespace where The Dude has recorded an ambient album to help induce you into sleep called Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes, in which Bridges’ voice takes you on some gentle journeys (up a mountain with an office chair) set to ambient tones and natural noise.
It’s “a unique album of relaxing sounds, guided meditations, and stories designed to lull you to sleep.”
As someone who compiles an ambient playlist, I want this.
The music was composed by Keefus Green who has played on soundtracks of True Detective and The Fall as well as tracks from Elton John, Charli XCX and T-Bone Burnett.
“While working on the ‘Sleeping Tapes’ album we put in some long hours,” Bridges told the Wall Street Journal. “Listening back to our day’s works, I’d often drift off. I’d wake up and smile saying, ‘This stuff works.’”
We’ve waited two years for a sequel. Just as it looked like nothing would arrive, over the horizon comes another suited and booted, locked and loaded, ’80s-heavy action movie soundtrack mixtape to complete the Blood Bros trilogy. BLOOD BROS III Back In America features songs from Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Vision Quest, Teen Wolf, MacGruber, St. Elmo’s Fire, Lost Boys, Youngblood and Highlander 2. Get that testosterone pumpin’! Inject yourself with some questionable horse tranquilliser! Roll that inspirational training montage! We’re about to kick ass…
Our heroes Derek “DJA” Allen & Dirty South Joe have been dragged through the wringer. Training, fighting and winning on this level doesn’t come without a heavy price to pay. Lovers, family and friends have been all but forgotten, as the road through hell has no room for passengers. BLOOD BROS have but one mistress and her name is America! Lady Liberty might be getting DP’d tonight, but it’s the bad guys who are f*cked!
What’s the product of a musician who grows up in a generation whose musical zeitgeist could be described as bombastic, whose peers are prone to asking “where’s the drop?” and who are winning the loudness war by mass adoption of soul-crushing non-dynamic chart dance? What’s the product of someone versed in electro/acoustic composition but equally informed by popular culture? Anna Meredith’s ‘Nautilus’ sounds like that juxtaposition. Like the razor-wire claustrophobic strings of Justice’s ‘Stress’, the song’s galloping cascading horns provide the repetition. But it’s not utilitarian or mechanical, soul drips from its crevasses, as does severe bombast. Then three minutes in, a big beat drops following a LFO-synth into battle and were off. Exuberant!
Anna Meredith is a Scottish composer whose credentials include being a resident composer of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performed with the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Last Night of the Proms and mentored Goldie in his composter forays. ‘Nautilus’ is taken from the Black Prince Fury EP, which features a song that samples ‘The Power Of Love’ by Jennifer Rushe and was released on indie label Moshi Moshi Records. I’m not sure what but she’s the future of something. A video for the track and ‘The Power Of Love’ track follows…
Amazing video for Hot Chip’s ‘Don’t Deny Your Heart’ by Peter Serafinowicz. Reminds me of Super Furry Animals’ ‘Play It Cool’ except cooler and um, more homoerotic. “THE DIMENSION OF DANCE!” Wait for the genuine bellow-aching laugh bit. A contender for video of the year.
Well, this is amazing. Bonus points to Chairlift for recording a Japanese version of their song and making a video for it. Too cool. Caroline Polacheck lived in Tokyo when she was younger so she’s a natural. Love the “Something Something Something” intelligible bit.