Blithe Field

Balenciaga Beats
Today’s rec comes from my colleague at Mother Jones, Will Peichsel. We first met a rally for the neo-fascist group, the Proud Boys. We aren’t neo-fascists (surprise!) we were both covering it, back when he was at a different magazine. He had bleached his hair and clearly looked like he wasn’t a fascist, which is a great point of commonality at a fascist rally. The whole thing was comically absurd and dumb. I met a guy who was carrying around a piece of plywood with pantry door handles screwed onto it. He said it was for protection against “muriatic acid-filled balloons.” Here’s the full story if you want to read about it.
Anyway, Blithe Field is sample-heavy electronic music that carries a good beat but isn’t dancey or anything like that. He uses a lot of guitars and loops of people’s voices, so it has this anthropomorphic and organic quality that I personally feel like isn’t normal in electronic music, even stuff that sounds really personal and thoughtful. It’s a project by a guy named Spencer Radcliffe. Some of the samples are super nostalgic sounding, and even though it gets closer to corny it isn’t. Sometimes it’s nice to hear sincere, human things, and not just pulsing beats and music that clearly came from a computer. Hope you enjoy it.
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