Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass
Considered a Holy Grail of Japanese music by many, Through The Looking Glass is a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring contemplative ambient sounds with an admirably precise use of marimba.
Midori Takada - Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream
Horsebeach – Beauty & Sadness
Horsebeach is the Manchester-based project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Kennedy. Beauty And Sadness is a deeply textured LP fusing a C86 jangle with chirping synths, grooving rhythms and expansive ambience.
Horsebeach - Beauty & Sadness
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
A thoroughly enjoyable catchy and sonically inventive work from Austin’s finest produced by Dave Fridmann.
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
Conor Oberst – Salutations
Last year's excellent Ruminations was a set originally intended to be fleshed out with a band arrangement. The band Oberst had in mind was The Felice Brothers with Jim Keltner on drums who play on this much-anticipated follow-up.
Conor Oberst – Napalm
Depeche Mode – Spirit
Basildon's best follow up 2013's Delta Machine with their 14th studio album, Spirit which marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco. Their single is another overtly political song prescient of the times.
Depeche Mode - Where's The Revolution
Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker – Room 29
“A comfortable venue for a nervous breakdown”. “Is there anything sadder than a hotel room that hasn’t been fucked in?”. Such is the ethereal and earthy mixture of piano and words in this usual collaboration between the composer and the dryly delivering Pulp frontman, all about the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood, a place of celebrity excess, sex and drug overdose. Beautiful, funny, sad, and certainly worth booking in for.
Chilly Gonzalez and Jarvis Cocker – Room 29
This week's selection is by Michael Moloney, aka llamalpaca from the vinyl-only record and design store, Chameleon, with additions by The Landlord.
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