Thursday, 1 May 2014

Musical Interlude

In order to distract myself from thinking of my father or pondering the pending reestablishment of my career in unemployment, I thought I'd dedicate a post to the music that has been moving me lately. Given that I am an album type person, here are my favourite albums from recent times:
  1. Arctic Monkeys - AM: Up until AM, I did not count myself as a fan of the Arctic Monkeys; if anything, I had a problem with their style. AM went to better travelled realms of rock, which suits me fine. The opening track, Do I Wanna Know?, features this basic guitar riff that reminds me a lot of Cream's Sunshine of Your Love. And that's a huge compliment.
  2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor: Produced by that guy from LCD Soundsystem, this one is fairly original. For a while I could not stop listening to the title song; since then I fell in love with a couple of other tracks.
  3. The War on Drugs - Lost in a Dream: If you've listened to Kurt Vile's latest album last year, you would probably count this project of his (and his partners) to be a direct sequel. There are no major hits in this one, just a wonderful atmospheric tapestry of music. A great album for people that love albums, it also happens to be playing as I'm typing.
  4. Valentin Stip - Sigh: This ambient album provides for excellent background listening. It certainly proved its worth aboard long flights. Interestingly, Spotify radios based on this album produce excellent background music.
  5. EMA - The Future's Void: This album from this singer I have never heard of before took me by total surprise when I heard its opening title (embedded above). Lucky for me, there is more like it in the album that follows. Probably my favourite album at the moment.
  6. Real Estate - Atlas: Probably the weakest of the albums listed here, but still fine, easy to digest, alternative music. Again, good for flights.
  7. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness: A tormented singer with penetrating voice? Check. A great lineup of melancholy songs? Check. A good album that proves my sensitivity to the female voice yet again.
  8. Beck - Morning Phase: I am not one of Beck's biggest fans, if at all, but I do like how his albums vary. The guy does not shy from exploration, and with his latest album he stumbled upon a rich vein. Another album that proved excellent some 11km up in the air.
To those who do not mind jazz, here are a couple of albums that have been with me for more than a year now and show no sign of letting go:
  1. Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down: To be honest, I don't know how to classify this album; "crazy music" is the best I can come up with. Regardless, this album has been the best [musical] surprise that happened to me lately. My son loves it, too.
  2. Sons of Kemet - Burn: A bit more traditional than Melt Yourself Down, Burn still offers original jazz with a sound I've never heard before. I find I keep coming back to this album, which has to be a good sign.


The Musical Moshe said...

May I suggest one of my favourite Jazz pianist, David Benoit. His albums, starting with "Freedom at midnight" and "Inner motion" are wonderful, imo. Mind you it's soft jazz.

Moshe Reuveni said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I like to have good music for every mood - nothing wrong with soft jazz. However, the albums I've listed are all new (half were 2014 releases).

P.S. Google doesn't like you. Your comment was auto identified as spam.

wile.e.coyote said...

C'mon full Album? No one can hear an Album for 45 mins.
Aim us for the best song in the Album, or even better a 10 sec sound clip of the known song melody.

And no, we don't have access to Spotify, give us Youtube link.

wile.e.coyote said...

You can also add to your list.
It does not sound as good because it is Solo without old Robi.

Moshe Reuveni said...

I'm not particularly impressed with the two singles Hynde released so far from her new album. She is 63 years old, though. As in, wow.
Have you seen good old Robbie lately? Check him out at Wikipedia -
Looks a bit different to that guy with the transparent white pants.