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Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by CriedWhenBrucieLeft, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner


    Forostar Pike overview

    001-050 (have)
    Pike #008 Racks [2012]
    Pike #010 The Silent Picture Book [2012]
    Pike #011 Forgotten Library [2013]
    Pike #017 The Spirit Winds [2013]
    Pike #023 Telescape [2013]
    Pike #031 Pearson's Square [2013]
    Pike #038 It Smells Like Frogs [2013]
    Pike #039 Twisterlend [2013]
    Pike #042 Backwards Chimney [2014]
    Pike #044 You Can't Triple Stamp a Double Stamp [2014]
    Pike #045 The Coats of Claude [2014]
    Pike #049 Monument Valley [2014]

    001-050 (interested in)
    Pike #035 Thank You Ohlinger's [2013]
    Pike #036 Hollowed Out [2013]
    Pike #040 Coat of Charms [2013]

    051-072 (have)
    Pike #051 Claymation Courtyard [2014]
    Pike #065 Hold Me Forever (In memory of my mom Nancy York Carroll) [2014]

    051-072 (interested in)
    Pike #060 Footsteps [2014]
    Pike #064 Aquarium [2014]
    Pike #066 Leave the Light On [2014]
    Pike #071 Celery [2014]
    Pike #072 Closed Attractions [2014]

    073-beyond - I have 8 pikes (111, 216, 217, 224, 225, 231, 235 and 237). More acquisition: to be continued
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2017
  2. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Whole series is very strong so far. Was definitely not expecting this level of consistency. His release rate is starting to really pick up though, so we'll see how the quality changes. I actually think he could experiment a little more. He does a lot of different things on these Pikes already, but he could take it further. The thing I miss most with these Pikes is him collaborating with other musicians. Would be nice to have some occasional guest appearances. But no complaints about the music itself.

    I'm also enjoying these Pikes more than a lot of his pre-Pike albums. First of all, I think 30 minutes is a more palatable length for his music. Secondly, he seems more adventurous on these. There's more variety across, and sometimes even within, the different Pikes.
  3. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    I think as the Pikes progress a couple of things are noticeable: far less short standalone tracks & structured albums (if you like that kind of conformity, then this can be a little frustrating); longer improvised tracks (works really well in some respects, not so successful at other times); repetition of sound/tone (or rather, perhaps, a return to tone/production that isn't necessarily, in my opinion, that good sounding); chopping & changing of drum sound/production (Monti production vs. Buckethead production perhaps?); changing back-and-forth of production sound generally (as above; some material just sounds so poorly/basically recorded); more stripped-down tracks (i.e. no multiple, layered guitar parts); "collage" albums (you'll know what I mean by this when you get to them); experimentation with 7-string guitars (producing a very broody, gloom-leaden feel); more development of synth/keys as backing; some albums that really focus on a style of bass playing I haven't heard from Buckethead before; some really blues focused albums; some really Rock (i.e. AC/DC, Guns type punchy guitar tone) focused albums; random "noise" albums here & there; the Halloween Pikes & the culmination of his crazy release rate in 2015; and a real return to form, I think, post 2016 touring...

    Overall: the numbers keep on climbing (to #250+); the Pikes website hasn't changed; the format (half-hour) has stayed the same; the manner of release (Drawing editions, Signed editions, Digital release, promised Standard CD release) hasn't changed; the art-work has kept on as-is (apart from the recent couple of Pikes with some of his own paintings as covers); and the mystery & lack of how/why /insight remains.
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  4. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

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  5. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    The title track is the opening track. But indeed, Mosh:

    (pike #12) is one of the biggest examples where I'm torn between Buckethead song and album.
    Such a good title track. The melodic parts in the last three minutes are beautiful. But the album contains a twelve(!) minute long track that I immensely dislike. Immensely. Therefore I could never enjoy the album. I don't like to listen to music when I can't stand it. Neither do I skip songs. So when something like this takes 12 minutes, go figure how interested I am in getting this. With this pike, Buckethead gave a master class: "How to destroy an album".
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  6. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Without a doubt, Racks (#8) is one of the two best pikes from the first ten imo, together with The Silent Picture Book (#10).
    These shorties are some of the best short Buckethead tracks. Like you, I felt some should have been longer, which means using on a different pike.

    2. Petal 25:03
    3. Frog Charmer 26:46
    Great vibe, especially Frog Charmer. This kind of tribal Buckethead music is rare. Haven't heard anything like it in the rest of his catalogue.

    Since a week I'm revisiting the 1-49 pikes to see if anything (r)evokes interest and until now March of the Slunks (#9) and View Master (#15) have done very well.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  7. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    But Launched is so bizarre & recorded-in-a-cupboard sounding. Who else would record this? It's so funny, I love it. And it amuses me even more that you don't like it! :lol:

    Bucket's just messing with you; throwing in crazy tracks, keeping you on your toes...
  8. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Just bought Pikes #245 through to #251 in the sale. I have to say I'm really impressed with these; some really different stuff I haven't really heard from him before e.g. like the keys on Other Portals (#247); gorgeous stuff. Listened to Rivers in the Seas (Pike #247) and Adrift in Sleepwakefulness (Pike #248) earlier today. Damn this is good. This is some of the best production and most cohesive short songwriting I've heard from him since the early Pikes. Some of it's right back to that Sunbursts/The Patrolman feel; absolutely love this stuff. All of the heavy stuff recently has just been a bit dull/generic.
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  9. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    It's back!

    Pike 49: Monument Valley - Some nice moody clean/acoustic guitar work on here. I really enjoy 2-3 long pieces as opposed to a handful of shorter ones. Lots of room for Buckethead to develop ideas.

    Pike 50: Pitch Dark - Similar format of long songs, although musically this album sets itself apart from the previous one. More involved soloing instead of hypnotic chord driven excursions. Even sonically, the album is completely different. The previous Pike felt very bass heavy and dark. This album is lighter with more high frequencies and more acoustic guitar rather than clean guitars. Small details that make a huge difference.

    Pike 51: Claymation Courtyard - Loved this one. It seems every few Pikes, Buckethead will deliver a really classic sounding album. Something reminiscent of Bucketheadland but with good production. This album really shows Buckethead's great melodic taste. This is what turned me on to his music in the first place. So many great riffs and melodies on this thing.

    Pike 52: Factory: This one is probably not for everyone, but I loved this Pike. I like when Buckethead gets a little weird and he does it well here. Nice mixture of electronics, guitar, and noise. Love the way the tracks flow into each other. But also there's a lot of variety here. There are some really heavy parts, some soft parts, some bluesy parts. It's schizophrenic but in a way that works. A nice slab of variety.

    Pike 53: City of Ferris Wheels - The downside to an album consisting primarily of one or two long songs is that if the main idea doesn't do anything for you, it's going to be a long listen. This was my experience with this album. I didn't really care for the muddy bass synth riff and the soloing didn't do much for me. The weird noises are fun but otherwise I found it to be pretty uninspired. Definitely seems like a "filler" album.

    Pike 54: The Frankensteins Monsters Blinds - Total opposite to the previous Pike. A much nicer funky riff and more energetic soloing. It's still a more traditional blues style which isn't my favorite side of Buckethead, but he does it well here.

    Pike 55: The Miskatonic Scale - This is another one I highly recommend. Been awhile since Buckethead gave himself a chance to really shred on one of these albums. He does it here in addition to delivering a set of face melting riffs. Some pretty proggy sounding riffs on this too. Lots of syncopated stuff. Also lots of musical ideas introduced early on and reprised later, showing at least some level of preplanning.

    Pike 56: Cycle: This one is very bass heavy. Lots of hypnotic grooves and drones. It's one of his more introspective albums and probably requires the right frame of mind to enjoy, but there are some very cool ideas here. Some really nice atmospheric stuff.

    Pike 57: Night Gallery - This one didn't do much for me. Lots of different ideas strung together arbitrarily that don't do much for me. Also a lot of noodling and longs songs that never really go anywhere.

    Pike 58: Outpost - Lots of funky Pikes lately. Not complaining, I dig it. This is a good one. Love the interaction between Buckethead's guitar and the synth bass. It's a recent addition to his music but it really helps with giving this music some depth, rather than just random guitar noodlings.

    Pike 59: Ydrapoej - Another one not for the faint of heart, but I loved this. Very manic, but there are so many great ideas. They're quick and easy to miss, but that just draws my attention to this even more. Love the sudden shifts from ultra heavy to mellow. And then the more atonal stuff in between. It also reminded me of his earlier xenochrony albums. Wouldn't be surprised if there is some xenochrony happening. Either way, great stuff.

    Pike 60: Footsteps - Is this Buckethead's longest song so far? This was really good. Just a 30 minute mellow jam. One of his more relaxing pieces. The type of tune you could put on and zone out to. Very good stuff.
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