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Stephen Malkmus

Have you ever really stopped and thought about how intricate and difficult the process of making a successful album must be? There is, of course, the basic issue of inspiration. Every artist must wring something out from deep within themselves and try to make it cohere outside in the world, make it tangible enough that it communicates something to the listener — and even icons have their struggles with writer’s block. You might come up with seven or 10 brilliant compositions, but then still have nothing lyrically, or vice versa. And that’s just the writing. There are the players, the recording circumstances, the money, the ability or luck that results in a once-in-a-lifetime performance. While not quite on the level of, say, a major blockbuster production, it can be dizzying to consider the amount of factors that must fall into place for something as comparatively contained as an album to work. It’s a wonder we get as many great ones as we do.

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For all its rustic texture, visionary put-ons, and gentle earnestness, the ninth solo album by Stephen J. Malkmus isn’t a traditional “singer/songwriter” record so much as a band album cloaked in flowing robes. Called Traditional Techniques, it was indeed assembled using tried and true methods—mostly acoustic instruments applied to simple folk-based compositions—but the record nonetheless […]