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Tor — Glass & Stone
Album: Drum Therapy
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2013








Released: 2012
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 3
(vocal sample: June Tabor - Clerk Saunders)
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The sidebar goes to trouble of clarifying that this artist, Tor, should not be confused with the anonymized Internet protocol - why is there no similar concern that he might be confused with the eponymous geographic feature?
I'm one of the few who remember Tor Johnson.   Gave me nightmares as a kid. 

 
Proclivities wrote:

It's pretty cool.  Tor Johnson approves.
tor johnson  
 

 MojoJojo wrote:
Is there a, "meow meow meow meow" in there?
 

There is when I hum/sing along!
If you enjoyed this, get both albums by TOR. Good stuff.
 CyrusPaul wrote:
I may have missed a previous comment....but does anyone get a Renaissance / Annie Haslam vibe from this song? 
 
June Tabor - Ashes & Diamonds - Clerk Saunders
 jbuhl wrote:
When this song starts out I envision some smokey opium den in Pakistan. 


Funny, I immediately thought of belly dancers in a smoky Marrakech hash house.
 Proclivities wrote:

It's pretty cool.  Tor Johnson approves.
tor johnson  
 
They got the moves.

There's something about sitar in electronica that's just perfect.
I may have missed a previous comment....but does anyone get a Renaissance / Annie Haslam vibe from this song? 
 Proclivities wrote:

It's pretty cool.  Tor Johnson approves.
tor johnson 

 

I thought they were the real-life versions of Boris and Natasha...{#Cheesygrin}


 jmkate wrote:
I cannot imagine anyone not currently unconscious sitting still while this song is playing.

 
It's pretty cool.  Tor Johnson approves.
tor johnson  
a piece of masterpiece theater (nothing to do with television or the bbc)
If it really IS sampled from June Tabor singing a 17th Century ballad of love and grief, then all the more power to it; trip us all on, mon!
 jbuhl wrote:
When this song starts out I envision some smokey opium den in Pakistan.
 

 
You say that like its a bad thing. :)
 
Enjoyed that..thankyou {#Iamwithstupid}
 jbuhl wrote:
When this song starts out I envision some smokey opium den in Pakistan.
 

 
You can say that again....
When this song starts out I envision some smokey opium den in Pakistan.
 
A lot of great things going on here. Sweet.
 MJdub wrote:
Took me a while to find this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaB0h1jkdPk Source of the vocal sample

I was trying to embed but I guess you can't anymore?
 
Awesome work! Thanks for the post.
Took me a while to find this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaB0h1jkdPk Source of the vocal sample

I was trying to embed but I guess you can't anymore?

Never a fiiiiii-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah
...... very early Fairport Convention 
Channels Grace Slick, to my ears. Weird, worldly, and rather infectious. Like on first listen.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Always loved this hypnotic, ancient-sounding song. Once again, I was hearing some "This Is The End —" Doors-type musings early in.

 
My mind kind of wrapped around that Doors feel too.
 WonderLizard wrote:

"Local record shop"? What is this that you speak of?

 
https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/uk-s-first-official-vinyl-charts-launch-as-vinyl-sales-soar-in-2015__8906/

It's coming back Baby!!
What a great segue from Tespassers William.  {#Bananajam}
{#Sleep}
Have been reading others' comments below - regarding no rhythm, no melody, etc. Personally, I love this, and find much to admire. 
I respect those of you who temper your negative comments, but those of you who send out judgmental comments without allowing that other people may have valid reasons for liking the music are (in my opinion) showing themselves to be childish and prejudiced.  
 fredriley wrote:

Support your local record shop if you can. Use it or lose it.

 
"Local record shop"? What is this that you speak of?
 calle01 wrote:
Boring.. terrible :(

 
It's probably an error to ever respond to any of your endlessly negatives, but your own comments are rather consistently boring and repetitive. The mark of an immature mind is to label everything that he/she does not like as boring. You can't be doing this for attention, since these are anonymous comments, so what, really, is the point? I and many others find this interesting, which may confound you. Your loss.
Very chill and hypnotic
 Sometimes it's nice to have something drone-like (see Ravi Shankar) to relax to ..... we can't listen to Foo Fighters all the time, right? :^ /

calle01 wrote:
Boring.. terrible :(

 


I cannot imagine anyone not currently unconscious sitting still while this song is playing.
 Bacadiar wrote:
"Hey, deedle deedle deedle"

 
Crazy Frog
My earworm today. 
Always loved this hypnotic, ancient-sounding song. Once again, I was hearing some "This Is The End —" Doors-type musings early in.
Very nice segue from beth orton, bill.
Is that an electronic echo chamber or is she repeating the last syllables of words to make it sound like one? Cool song, either way.
How on earth did I rate this 1 on first listen?  Bumped straight up to 7 - soothing, enveloping, rich sounds

I'd love to splice this with How Soon is Now?

Can anyone do it, I don't have the necessary skills?


 tulfan wrote:
I do not dislike it but . . . .  does not even include the missing ingredient ot rhythm.
 
Eh? No Rhythm? I simply don't understand. Maybe it is because there are too many rhythms in it that you can't hear them? 

For me, this is fantastically danceable, which is the best indication of whether something has rhythm. 
 tulfan wrote:
I do not dislike it but would have a hard time convincing myself that it it actually "music" per se. If I cannot go away at least humming or otherwise duplicating it in some way in my own head I attribute it more to sounds than music but that it simply my own interpretation and does not even include the missing ingredient ot rhythm.

 
This song may not have the sort of melody which could send one away "humming or otherwise duplicating it"; but it undeniably has a rhythm. 

rhythm
NOUN
1. A strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound
Oddly I feel like I both love and hate this and perhaps even for the same reasons.  Not sure I can rate it on this first listen.
I do not dislike it but would have a hard time convincing myself that it it actually "music" per se. If I cannot go away at least humming or otherwise duplicating it in some way in my own head I attribute it more to sounds than music but that it simply my own interpretation and does not even include the missing ingredient ot rhythm.
Couldn't resist. . . clicked the link, bought it, and it is now part of my ever larger music collection. Thanks RP :)
Different. The static crackle is "interesting." Also, the Lyrics link says "instrumental" but there seems to actually be lyrics. Hmmm…
wow, i am in nirvana after hearing Beth Orton, Trespassers William and then this.
 jhorton wrote:
Everybody in my church who's EATEN multitudes of mushrooms loves this song!
 
Sounds like you have some hungry masses!  Let them eat mushroom cake...

hope you be having a marvelous time, jhorton...  we be doing some holy partying...  we love this sacred song...
exactly {#Yes} 

fitzworld wrote:
I don't know what it is about this song, but I dig it!

 


I don't know what it is about this song, but I dig it!
Apparently I am not hearing what everyone else is hearing.  My 2 cents is that this song blows.  An easy 2 and a quick click on PSD
 coloradojohn wrote:
God, this is weird...  But addicting...  It's got gamelan-style gonging things, ancient-type fiddlings, warbling exotic chantings and dreamily plucked strings...
I'm finding it oddly HOT! 

 
Yep. Addictive and captivating, and very RP. I like the gonging things too, which I think are hammered dulcimers (which is also reminiscent of Dead Can Dance, as another poster wrote). 8 from the weirded-out Nottingham jury.
This whole album is great just as this song is.
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, I just clicked on the RP iTunes link and downloaded this song. Cranked it up and listened again at 256kb, STUNNING!

I think when I finally open my chain of opium dens, I will play this song, like, 24-hours a day! 

 
With state governments already hitting on the gateway drug of grass taxes you probably won't need to wait long... 
 ezzyme wrote:
Just ordered the CD. Seems you must buy direct. Gotta buy retail sometimes....

 
Support your local record shop if you can. Use it or lose it.
Just ordered the CD. Seems you must buy direct. Gotta buy retail sometimes....
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, I just clicked on the RP iTunes link and downloaded this song. Cranked it up and listened again at 256kb, STUNNING!

I think when I finally open my chain of opium dens, I will play this song, like, 24-hours a day! 

 
You have customers waiting. Chop chop.
"Hey, deedle deedle deedle"
Wow, I just clicked on the RP iTunes link and downloaded this song. Cranked it up and listened again at 256kb, STUNNING!

I think when I finally open my chain of opium dens, I will play this song, like, 24-hours a day! 
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
 

 
Everybody in my church who's EATEN multitudes of mushrooms loves this song!
Nice segue from Karma Police
 q4Fry wrote:
This is really strange, Irish-Hindi?
 
Hmmm, a Shamrock curry, you may be right. Or he could have called it: The Onion Router.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Sounds a lot like Sandy Denny. Is it?

 
It does sound like her voice, but I have not been able to find out for sure.  
tor
Cool groove, but when I see the name "Tor", I think of this guy first.
 
 ziggytrix wrote:

Everybody in my mushroom loves this song...
 

That is very groovy...  hope you are having a marvelous moment right this minute...

we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song....

"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth." —Mark Twain
Nice song
Sounds a lot like Sandy Denny. Is it?
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
 

 
Everybody in my mushroom loves this song...
 DearDM wrote:

Let me clarify: The "concert" was a one-man show w/a kid in a hoodie in front of a mac air.

 
So no different that Deadmau5, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, etc...

except better.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
 

 
You should move to Africa... The road to unmeasured wealth here is best achieved with a mushrooming multitude of churches. Keep me in your will.
Belly dancing music.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...
 
This has become a solid favorite. It's so hauntingly beautiful, raw and mysticious (to coin a word from my then 5 yr old daughter). The whole album is attractive.
 DearDM wrote:

coding_to_music wrote:
Tonight in Boston — gotta get driving !
 
Saw him in Boston- kinda disappointing!

 
Let me clarify: The "concert" was a one-man show w/a kid in a hoodie in front of a mac air.
Intense and lovely.
 juanos wrote:
cannot stand 2 seconds of this  {#Frustrated}

 
Next time hit the PSD button in 1.5
Not a fan of the scratchy record sounds but overall I like it. 7
This pulled me across the room, and nearly caused me to burn dinner. Interesting stuff.
 Antigone wrote:
I am liking this more and more. Hypnotic.

 
agreed....I just upped my rating on it!{#Music}
Reminiscent of Dead Can Dance
I am liking this more and more. Hypnotic.
 coloradojohn wrote:
God, this is weird...  But addicting...  It's got gamelan-style gonging things, ancient-type fiddlings, warbling exotic chantings and dreamily plucked strings...
I'm finding it oddly HOT! 

 
I'm with ya.
looking at the comments today, I see that I had previously rated this: a7. What was I thinking? It's clearly an 8!
God, this is weird...  But addicting...  It's got gamelan-style gonging things, ancient-type fiddlings, warbling exotic chantings and dreamily plucked strings...
I'm finding it oddly HOT! 
...different - had to turn it up a notch so I'll give it a 7 for first time listen...
Nice!
 Rofi wrote:
This is the main reason for me for listening to Radio Paradise,  Discovering unknown (for  Me) hidden Pearls in the world of music ! :-))
 

 
Agree!
Is there a, "meow meow meow meow" in there?
This is the main reason for me for listening to Radio Paradise,  Discovering unknown (for  Me) hidden Pearls in the world of music ! :-))
 
 juanos wrote:
cannot stand 2 seconds of this  {#Frustrated}
  OK. I'll take it. This is at least interesting and unusual by almost any standards. The sound calls to mind....something............


Studderinginging!
I suddenly feel like I'm in a Byzantine themed bar in Toronto, or maybe it was Vancouver B.C.?
Very intriguing - I like this.
 uwe-nik wrote:
the beginning remembers me ...@  Dead Can Dance
 

Interesting comparison!  Dead Can Dance has a new album out — called Anastasis  (Anastasis is the Greek word for resurrection) —
 and it has an incredible song on it called "Return of the She-King"...

I like this Tor song a lot...  and yes, now that you mention it, the song does sound good and quirky, kind of like Dead Can Dance...

love it...

This is really strange, Irish-Hindi? Not super-unpleasant, but not a go-to.
cannot stand 2 seconds of this  {#Frustrated}
Ok, the rating for this deserves a bump up by one. A very creative mix.

coding_to_music wrote:
Tonight in Boston — gotta get driving !
 
Saw him in Boston- kinda disappointing!
Tonight in Boston — gotta get driving !
I always stop whatever I am doing when this song comes on.  Long overdue for a download; this is a solid 8.
the beginning remembers me ...@  Dead Can Dance

This song is good for the ears...
 
A 6 for now, but I expect that to go up on repeated listenings.
Hmm. Pretty catchy.
Very cool... raw and innovative. Will be looking out for more of him.
It's certainly a haunting piece.  What's really gnawing at me are the lyrics themselves.  I think I've managed to eek out about half of what she's singing but the rest eludes me, even after 15 or 20 listens on various gear.  Does anyone have a definitive take on it, before I go completely mad?
I like it OK its the heavy bass line that's gets me grooving;0
No worries... Hey, this is 2012 — for all we know, Tor takes estrogen by injection, has grown a lovely pair of breasts and actually sings like that!  But probably not...

Cheers!
 Curio! wrote:

Wait—seriously?

You think because he's male, you think therefore the vocals are his? {#Eh}

There are bazillions of artists that construct their music from samples, create their own loops, or use guest vocals. He's done some clever slicing, sequencing, and manipulation of this lady's voice, but I don't doubt for a second it's a sample from some woman's vocals.
 
Haha, now I'm ashamed and feeling really dumb. I've been commenting about the wrong song. I just listened this song once again and it's NOT the song I initially targeted to comment to. And, yes, this is definitely a female vocals.

I must had pressed on the song title in the right moment it changed to the next one. In any case, please ignore it all. Wrong comment to the wrong music.
 mauguima wrote:

Well, I think not: https://www.tormusic.net/bio/

In any case, I didn't want to make it a big deal. I just found his voice a little weird and definitely ambiguous. Music is ok.
 
Wait—seriously?

You think because he's male, you think therefore the vocals are his? {#Eh}

There are bazillions of artists that construct their music from samples, create their own loops, or use guest vocals. He's done some clever slicing, sequencing, and manipulation of this lady's voice, but I don't doubt for a second it's a sample from some woman's vocals.
 crogers wrote:
 

Except that you can't give up what you don't have; I believe that the vocalist is female...  {#Shifty}
 
Well, I think not: https://www.tormusic.net/bio/

In any case, I didn't want to make it a big deal. I just found his voice a little weird and definitely ambiguous. Music is ok.
 crogers wrote:
 

Except that you can't give up what you don't have; I believe that the vocalist is female...  {#Shifty}
 
No way! Seriously?
 mauguima wrote:
I'm happy there's still space for the castrati nowadays.
  

Except that you can't give up what you don't have; I believe that the vocalist is female...  {#Shifty}
probably gets better the more one drinks (or smokes)
enjoy this!
Immediately gets my attention - a solid 10!

I'm happy there's still space for the castrati nowadays.

Wow, da beginning sounded just like da end.  {#Ask}


Did Bill just say they were from Vancouver? Hope he meant my hometown...I enjoyed it.
 dpvest wrote:
I'm feelin' better already...(drum therapy) 
 
yeh, therapy is always good.. ;)
Not bad at all.
It follows nicely after Kroke, but (for me at least) it is nowhere near as good.