Archive for October, 2014

Borgman

October 13th, 2014 | Film | 0 Comments

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Borgman is a Dutch thriller that came out in 2013, but has in recent months been making its way around the independent theatre circuit in North America. It is now available on DVD and On Demand. I picked it up at my favourite local bar/screening room/video rental place, Brooklyn’s excellent Videology.

Directed by Alex Van Warmerdam, Borgman is a strange, unnerving film about a group of human-like beings (they’re not exactly human because they have certain special powers) who subtly invade a family’s home and life. The film and its villains are creepy in the way classic European folk tales (like that of that erlking) can be, but the film is not a retelling of an old story, nor is it clear if the film’s villains are anything we’re familiar with, like vampires. Some parts of the film (as well as online commentators) suggest that they’re angels or demons or something. In any case, we never find out. We kind of just have to go with it.

The narrative starts rolling when Camiel Borgman (pictured on the poster above) knocks on the door of a nice house and asks the man who answers if he can take a shower, as he’s a traveler and hasn’t been able to clean himself in some time. The man, understandably weirded out, tells him no, but Borgman says he knows the man’s wife, in a feeble lie that quickly becomes obvious. Regardless, he makes the man very upset to the point that he loses his patience with the stranger, beating him to the ground until the wife manages restrain her husband. Feeling guilty for her husband’s behaviour, she later lets the man temporarily stay in their shed and takes care of him. And so it begins. Soon Borgman manages to ingratiate himself and his friends with every member of the family, including the kids. As he does so, he insidiously turns the wife against her husband, in part by manipulating her dreams at night as he crouches, naked, on top of her asleep in bed.

What’s interesting about Borgman is how mysterious it is. Some viewers might be infuriated by the lack of answers the film offers, but others will be drawn in by the often incomprehensible actions of whatever it is these nefarious persons working with Borgman are. Personally, I would’ve liked some answers by the end. Where did the idea for these things even come from? Is the film a morality tale? A modern retelling of the story of Adam and Eve? Or is Alex Van Warmerdam just laughing somewhere at how confounded everyone writing about this film is? I don’t know. But maybe for some the mystery is simply better off without a big reveal at the end.

Dilly Dally

October 12th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment

10704409_10152352466231519_602268639793220912_oToronto’s Dilly Dally have been around for a while, making a catchy little racket. Those of us in Toronto (or who used to be in Toronto) have been feeling it for a while. Glad to see everyone else (i.e. Pitchfork) catching on. They’ve got a 7″ dropping this week on Fat Possum.

(Btw, for those keeping track, this was also recorded with Josh Korody and his studio partner Leon Taheny.)

Cochlear Kill

October 11th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Melbourne shoegazers Cochlear Kill add some electronic and suuuper 80s elements into the melodic, heavily My Bloody Valentine-indebted mix to produce a winning combo on “Insomi-Stations”, off their upcoming EP, Colour Me Radd.

Also thought I’d post their older but still pretty solid track “To Anywhere But Here”, which, even down to its title, is a My Bloody Valentine rewrite, albeit a good one.

Fou

October 8th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Fort Worth, Texas-based dream pop crew Fou join Julia Brown in making really beautiful, intimate, heartfelt tunes for a new generation of heartbreak. That’s not to say the two bands really sound alike (also, Fou‘s recordings aren’t really lo-fi) but there’s a similar sentiment.

Strange what grows in odd places.

Ashan

October 4th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Oakland-based Ashan makes electronic music inspired by nature. It’s got a bit of a new age vibe to it. He probably does yoga.