Of Information And Belief (roba di gusto del 2017)


(Sempre grazie @thepulpit)

(L’ordine dei dischi è casualissimo)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Luciferian Towers
Shannon Wright – Division
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
The New Year – Snow
Piano Magic – Closure
Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
Christian Frederickson, Jason Noble, Ryan Rumery – The Painted Bird | Amidst
Lysistrata – The Thread
Adrian Crowley – Dark Eyed Messenger
Esmerine – Mechanics Of Dominion
Jessica Moss – Pools Of Light
Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Memory Drwaings – The Nearest Exit
Michael Chapman – 50
The Necks – Unfold
Tara Jane O’Neil – Tara Jane O’Neil
Astrïd & Rachel Grimes-Through The Sparkle
Watter – History Of The Future
Colin Stetson – All This Is Do For Glory
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
Balmorhea – Clear Language
Gunn-Trucinsky Duo – Bay Head
Slowdive – Slowdive
David Grubbs – Creep Mission
Allred & Broderick – Find The Ways
Visionary Hours – Beyond The White

Annunci

Great albums of the past: Polar – Comes With A Smile

Since forming in 1994, Valencia (Spain)-based Polar has written and played music while constantly increasing its fanbase in the musicians’ own country.
You can easily understand the reason why Polar’s music is well worth investigation upon hearing the band’s album “Comes With A Smile”, released by the Spanish label Jabalina. You will be fascinated by Polar’s sublime melodies, delicate instrumentation, beautiful arrangements, and equally beautiful vocals.
The album opens with the instrumental “Red Leaves Falling.” A soundtrack to an imaginary movie, this song shines with its gentle guitar strums and haunting melodies. “No Chances” is possibly one of the most moving song I’ve ever heard. At its beginning, the slow pace creates a rare atmosphere almost as impercetible as silence, and when the vocals finally kick in I realize that no other band had ever followed in the footsteps of Galaxie 500 so well.
“Home” showcases richer guitar textures, and it’s the most powerful track of the album in a way that The New Year fans will truly appreciate. “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” is obviously inspired by Sam Peckinpah’s movie. The sound is warm and the arrangements are nothing more than perfect, while the strings and harmonica played by singer and guitarist Jesus de Santos will break your heart into pieces. “Understand” has a long instrumental intro. Strings are brought in to flesh out some of the most memorable melodies you’re going to hear, and the drumming is subliminal and hypnotic. I played this song hundreds of times, and the more I listen to it the more I like it.
Produced and mixed by Stuart Nicol and Marcus Mackay (The Zephyrs’ singer and drummer) at the Glaswegian Diving Bell Lounge Studios, “Comes With A Smile” is a diverse, compelling, and wonderful record.

MP3 PolarNo Chances

MySpace: Polar

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And now for something completely different: i miei album ed E.P. dell’anno

#1 Frontier Ruckus – The Orion Songbook (Quite Scientific) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Frontier RuckusOrion Town 2

#2 Astronautalis – Pomegranate (Eyeball Records) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Astronautalis The Story Of My Life

#3 A Weather – Cove (Team Love) [post]
ascolta: MP3 A WeatherOh My Stars

#4 Sun Kil Moon – April (Caldo Verde)
ascolta: MP3 Sun Kil MoonHeron Blue

#5 The Bookhouse Boys – S/T (Black Records) [post]
ascolta: The Bookhouse BoysThe Valley

#6 Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds And A Sound (Expunged Records)
ascolta: MP3 Blind PilotThe Story I Heard

#7 Shearwater – Rook (Matador)
ascolta: MP3 ShearwaterLeviathan, Bound

#8 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns (self-released) [post]
ascolta: MP3 The Rural Alberta AdvantageDon’t Haunt This Place

#9 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – S/T (Say Hey Records) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Miles Benjamin Anthony RobinsonBuriedfed

#10 Gregor Samsa – Rest (Own Records)
ascolta: MP3 Gregor SamsaJeroen Van Aken

#11 Dark Captain Light Captain – Miracle Kicker (Loaf) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Dark Captain Light Captain Circles

#12 Damien Jurado – Caught In The Trees (Secretly Canadian) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Damien JuradoGillian Was A Horse

#13 Eef Barzelay – Lose Big (429 Records) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Eef Barzelay Lose Big

#14 The New Year – S/T (Touch and Go) [post]
ascolta: MP3 The New YearThe Company I Can Get

#15 Baseball – Animal Kingdom (Stomp)
ascolta: MP3 Baseball Soft Boy Factory

#16 Schvendes – Sweet Talk Your Enemies (Good Cop Bad Cop)
ascolta: MP3 SchvendesSmall Mercies Sweet Graves

#17 The Olympic Symphonium – More In Sorrow Than In Anger (Forward Music Group)
ascolta: MP3 The Olympic SymphoniumIntentions Alone

#18 Vanilla Swingers – S/T (Radio Ballads) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Vanilla SwingersGoodbye Lennon

#19 Lotte Kestner – China Mountain (self-released)
ascolta: MP3 Lotte KestnerTemperature

#20 Windy & Carl – Songs For The Broken Hearted (Kranky)
ascolta: MP3 Windy & CarlSnow Covers Everything

E.P.

#1 Brian Borcherdt – Coyotes (Hand Drawn Dracula) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Brian BorcherdtEvil Twin

#2 Screaming Tea Party – Golden Blue (Stolen Recordings) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Screaming Tea PartyGolden Blue

#3 Honey Pine Dresser – Island Gardens (self-released) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Honey Pine DresserJellyfish

#4 Surf City – Surf City EP (Morr Music) [post]
ascolta: MP3 Surf CityHeadin’ Inside

#5 Falcon – Falcon EP (self-released)
ascolta: MP3 FalconThe Sandfighter

More Than Ever

A distanza di quattro anni dall’ottimo The End Is Near (a sua volta seguito dello splendido Newness Ends da dieci-singoli-dieci), i New Year tornano in circolazione con nuovo album.
Arriveranno in Italia il prossimo autunno (e, avendoli già visti in concerto, possiamo garantire il valore assoluto), ma di dischi in uscita e live (quasi) imminenti discuteremo nei prossimi mesi. Oggi, piuttosto, vogliamo tornare al periodo precedente, quello griffato Bedhead e, a nostro soggettivissimo parere, superiore persino all’eccellenza dell’avventura successiva. Ne abbiamo già parlato altrove, ma, visti tempi e mode attuali, non pare mai abbastanza.
L’atteggiamento slow core dilatato, vicino-per attitudine- a certo post rock del periodo (crescendo trattenuti evidenti in gruppi come i Windsor For The Derby, non a caso inizialmente compagni nella Trance Syndicate), aperto, tuttavia, al concetto di canzone. Da What Fun Life Was (esordio, 1994) a Transaction De Novo (opera ultima del 1998, non contando il trascurabile Macha Loved Bedhead Bedhead Loved Macha uscito per i tipi di Jetset nel 2000) mutano alcuni atteggiamenti, vi è un avvicinamento a ciò che avverrà sotto il marchio New Year, l’incomunicabilità voluta e trovata da altri (si pensi ai santissimi Codeine) è toccata sempre più di sfuggita, ma mai scompare quell’approccio rarefatto tipico di certa musica narcolettica.
E proprio in Transaction De Novo è presente More Than Ever, fra i brani simbolo (con Half-thought) per chi vuole un punto di contatto fra Bedhead e New Year. Una serenità apparente, gracile nel farsi brano, eppure decisa nell’evidenziare quella purezza strumentale che sempre ha accompagnato i fratelli Kadane. Ed ancora oggi è qualcosa di splendido.

More Than Ever