Originally released January 5th, 2006. Loafeye’s first album for Rope Swing Cities, Everything That I Learned , is, I think, one of the defining albums of Rope Swing Cities, by one of the defining artists of Rope Swing Cities. To this day, I know very little about Loafeye, he was a very secretive guy, I at most got his first name, once upon a time, unfortunately, I no longer remember it. He was a prolific producer, sending in dozens of tracks at a time for consideration… he just kind of disappeared. I hope you enjoy this album, I still do, here is what I said then:
The music contained on Everything That I Learned can most easily be summed up as dark, dissonant and haunting. The fifteen tracks that comprise this release lead the listener on a disorienting journey through a mental space that is not necessarily comfortable to inhabit.
The underlying rhythms of the songs are almost dirge-like; trance enducing in their simplicity and and directness. The hip-hop reminiscent beats on most of the tracks enhance, not inhibit, what is the focusing point for these songs: the moaning synths and basslines.
That’s not to say that all of the sounds are dark and brooding, but even in its bright moments, everything is
distorted, as if you’re watching the sun through water… or you have cellophane wrapped around your head and are being led through the park in the summer: it’s warm and wonderful out, the sky is bright, birds are singing, bees are buzzing, but something is just not right.
Recently, over too many glasses of wine with a friend, we were listening to this release and talking about Loafeye’s music. We managed to suss out this: what makes Loafeye stand out from other artists in this genre, is the utter cleanliness of his production. Every sound is crisp and clear.
Everything That I Learned is a wonderful and touching-in-a-strange-way album that fits perfectly on lonely walks in the snow, or soothing naps in the grass, but especially on disorienting trips through the strange places in your mind.
2| Full On Broken Down
3| Gone For Good
4| Sweet Sunshine Flowing Down
6| Everything That I Learned
7| Feeling The Way
8| Heavy Mind Loss
9| Say No More
10| In The Rusty Grass
11| Cold Water Frequency
12| My Slowly Dying Heart
13| Mourning Flames Burn Bright
15| Mild Days