Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2015

This Year's List 3/15

Jim O'Rourke made the most perfect album this year. Not perfect in the best songs, the best sound or whatever. For me he made the best produced album this year. It was a long time ago when the former bassman of Sonic Youth made an album like this. There are a lot of reminiscences to many decades of music in it that I couldn't name all. Recorded over almost a half year with Japan-based musicians he recorded Simple Songs. But these songs are everything but simple. Eight songs with guitar, bass, drums, piano and O'Rourke's reserved voice. The songs are generally driven by by guitar and piano but strings, pedal steel, mandolin and horns are all featured prominently. Every instruments has it's place and the songs seems like a complete mosaic.

Jim O'Rourke - Friends With Benefits
Jim O'Rourke - These Hands
Jim O'Rourke - Last Year


The Swede hat gesagt…

I didn't know this LP at all, but I enjoyed your three selections so much that I immediately went off an listened to the whole thing. An excellent album.

Brian hat gesagt…

Just catching up with your picks so far, Walter, and I haven't heard any of these so far. That's what I love about this time of year. Can't wait to see what's next.