For more than a year it’s been bugging me that iTunes “sometimes” would auto-rate played tracks. It happened on some albums, yet not all albums. Back in May 2018 I posted this video on YouTube showing the behaviour:
As you can see iTunes here automatically rates “En Masse” (track 10) from the moment it starts playing.
Back then I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, yet today I found out when this behaviour occurs: it happens when you’ve rated the album itself. For whatever reason iTunes copies over the album rating onto each track when you start playing it.
I don’t like this behaviour, as it’s unwanted: an album can be 5 stars, yet that does not mean all individual tracks on it are 5 stars.
(*) For the “Nachtlicht” album (from the second video) I’d make an exception though … it’s an exceptionally great album by Eefje de Visser and would highly recommend it to all who speak Belgian/Dutch!
Yesterday I’ve tweeted about this one, but it’s too great to not mention here too. It’s the video clip for “Bear Claws” by “The Academic”.
For this video the band has used the lag of a Facebook Live video to their advantage. By doing so, they’ve created a loop sampler. Also note the clever use of the lighting which changes color per “section“, creating a nice visual effect too.
“The Lotus Tree” is a “Rock, Sludge, Metal, Post-Metal, Post-Rock” band from my hometown Deinze. Although I’m no big fan of metal nor screamo-stuff, I am a rather big post-rock fan (Slint!), thus making me like their sound.
Whilst listening to this one I found myself nodding along with the track, and getting drawn into it more and more over time. The screamo-level – something that can turn me off when too much – is quite OK as it’s rather distant and doesn’t dominate the track at all.
There’s an album-release planned next friday, with some tracks – such as this one – already available on SoundCloud.