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01.26.13 — “Third Rail to Paradise” by Lid Emba

Sean Moore (Lid Emba)

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Third Rail to Paradise” by Lid Emba (2013, from the forthcoming album Terminal Muse: Yellow).

Lid Emba is the stage name for Atlanta’s Sean Moore. He creates a sort of unclassifiable experimental instrumental electronic-ish, post-rock-ish drone. I got something about this song in the mailbag today, and after a couple of careful listens, I’m pretty into it. He has a new record coming out on February 26. Terminal Muse: Yellow is the third in a trio of albums under the main title Terminal Muse. …Yellow has been preceded by …Red (2010), then …Blue (2011). There have also been two other Lid Emba Albums.

Everything that I know about this guy is what I learned in that email and on the soundcloud pages. He has a facebook page, but it’s operated by the record label (Stickfigure Recordings). Everything that I’ve read suggests that he’s not that into social media and prefers to live a reclusive life.

At some point in the not too distant past, Moore contracted Hepatitis C. The treatment for that is pretty brutal, and there’s always a chance of re-infection and/or permanent liver damage. While he was being treated, he came up with the idea for the trilogy of albums. I guess he calls hepatitis his “terminal muse”.

His stage name is something that apparently came to him in a dream when he was a kid. In his dream, he saw it on an album cover, but he never got a chance to use it until he started this solo project.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s song:
“Third Rail to Paradise” by Lid Emba

In the first thirty seconds, it sounds like it’s one of those really experimental noise-for-the-sake-of-noise things that you might expect out of one of those weird Godspeed You! Black Emperor side projects. However, by the time it gets to the 0:45 mark, it takes a turn in the direction of Stereolab. And that’s when I realized that I like it. Bass guitar, organs, and drums. In a weird sort of way, it sounds like each of those things is completely independent of everything else. Somehow, though, when they’re all mashed together, it makes sense. In another way, about a minute later, I’m reminded a bit of The Sea and Cake. And that’s another reason to get excited about this. There’s another section between about 3:30 and about 5:00 that I don’t know what to make of, nor do I know what to compare it to. In part of it, the drum bit sounds like chop of helicopter blades, and that’s kinda strange. The rest of it is a different but not entirely unfamiliar thing.

This reminds me a little of a lot of things that I like, so my curiosity is certainly piqued.

For now, you can download the track from soundcloud. While you’re on that page, you might as well read the essay about the time that the 10-year old Sean Moore accidentally captured an audio recording of his dog getting hit by a car.

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