ISO50 Premiere: Nitemoves Themes

Posted by Jakub


I know some of you have been bugging me for this stream so i’m happy to be able to share the Nitemoves Themes LP on the blog. Rory is one my dearest friends and the talented man you see on stage with Tycho and Com Truise and the one that posts the great vintage motor posts here. I hope you enjoy and give feedback, i’m sure Rory will stop in here and answer any questions below in the comments.


Like a dusty memory whose vivid nostalgia renders you powerless to resist smiling, the newest full-length from Nitemoves, Themes has a certain power to flood your mind with imagery, but not without reminding you of your frame of reference in the now. Setting out to refine his sound following the release of his Moodgadget debut, Longlines, Rory O’Connor, who over the past few years has been touring the world as the drummer for both Com Truise and Tycho, has left us speechless over how far things have advanced. A colorful collage of live instrumentation, modern technology, and analog recording techniques, Themes holds the listener from start to finish.

Opening with the frenetic Polypel, the tone of Themes is established in subtle details that shimmer as the horizon comes into view. Not long into the second track, Veaquis, the listener is engulfed in warm synth-drenched nostalgia that washes over the ears, punctuated by live drums. Drawing on decades bygone, Themes continues to flutter like the reflection of light off water, giving in to raw emotion that plays out in syncopated drums, F1 screams and ambient swells, fading away to gently return the listener to their childhood bedroom with a music box at their feet.

25 Comments Leave A Comment


Jordan says:

November 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

He was absolutely amazing live at funfunfun fest, most talented drummer I saw throughout the whole festival. (Bonobo’s drummer came close but no match for Rory)

Also Jakub if it was your decision to play Four Tet while tycho set up it was a GREAT ONE.

Instant buy on this, good shit man.


Leo Utskot says:

November 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Scott og Shelby should really help these guys out with the album cover. The base design is nice, but the inlay of “Themes” in the corner is really awful. The condensed font doesn’t work, the margin around the text is wrong (too much up top) and if feels like an afterthought.

Great album otherwise.


Rory says:

November 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

Thanks everyone for the kind words! @leo- FYI The mockup is basically 100% accurate to the original packaging, right down to the condensed font and printing offset on the lower right. Scott is a fan of the design if you need someone to tell you how to feel about it.


Katie says:

November 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

This is wicked. Saw you guys last night at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, and you all have a killer stage presence, even Rory back there on the drums. Please come back, we need your fresh/ocean vibes out here in the desert.


Beebo says:

November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

Just bought this on iTunes and it’s absolutely great. So heavily inspired by Com Truise, I instantly rolled it into my Com Truise playlist. What a fatty indeed!


Rory says:

November 14, 2013 at 1:33 am

Thank you guys all so much for the positive words, when I set out to make this record last year it was kind of an ideological experiment, I wanted to make a modern electronic record with minimal use of the computer, the 500 lb gorilla in everyone modern studio. I focused on actually playing parts, recording synths, drums, guitars, trying to get away from my usual meticulous automation and VST workflow. So I started workshopping ideas on a 4 track, getting real takes and playing real synths to get the sort of dynamics you only get by performing a song. It feels representive or of me as a musician. It makes me really happy that a few of you are enjoying it.


Yucatan Suckaman says:

November 14, 2013 at 6:33 am

You should talk more about the 500 lb gorilla in the room especially the instrument credits and what feedback HE had that made it on the record.


Gabriel moura says:

November 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

Imagine : tycho , nitemoves and com truise on tour or in a festival , one can only dream lol


Deekay says:

December 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

This is a fantastic LP. I would absolutely love to have this on vinyl. Ten toes and ten fingers crossed (twenty digits total) that happens in my lifetime.


Deekay says:

December 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Not done. I just realized that if Nitemoves, Tycho and Washed Out each put out a new vinyl album on a weekly basis, I’d sign up for a subscription and in 2 years I’d be living on the street in a cardboard and wax lean-to with no way to listen to those or any of my records.