Mittwoch, 19. Dezember 2018

This Year's Records 18/18

Bildergebnis für wooden shjips v

At the end of this eclectic selection of this year's record will stand the album I really played to death this year. Portland quartet Wooden Shjips released V shortly after my birthday in May and since then there were only a few weeks I didn't listen to this record. Some might say it is just West-Coast sound and they are not wrong at all. But how they play this kind of music is more than superb. I found the description of their sound somewhere in the internet:

The beauty of Wooden Shjips’ music is that it can just as easily fill or empty your head. Empty spaces are few and far between in their work; a sonographic representation of any of their songs would almost certainly be a near-solid hacksaw blade. But it also seems made for zoning out to: it’s not exactly background music, but it has a semi-ambient feel, a stoned and sleepy mood. V is just a little sharper than Wooden Shjips have sounded before, but there’s still something stopping the sun’s rays from hitting the ground as hard as they might. There’s smoke in the air here: it might be from wildfires, or it might just be from a joint.

Wooden Shjips - Eclipse
Wooden Shjips - Red Line
Wooden Shjips - Golden Flower

Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2018

This Year's Records 17/18

Bildergebnis für cavern of anti-matter home made lemonade

Hormone Lemonade by Cavern Of Anti-Matter is an album that grows the more you listen to it. It is not an easy was to get involved with the music of former Stereolab Tim Gane but if you found the key to this music you will get pleasure all over. How to describe? Probably a hybrid of late Kraftwerk and Kraut on a spacey journey.

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Automatic Morning 
Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Feed My Magnetic Rain
Cavern Of Anti-Matter- Remote Confection

Montag, 17. Dezember 2018

This Yea's Records 16/18

Bildergebnis für the lucid dream actualisation

There are less bands that are more underrated than Carlile's The Lucid Dream. They make records since almost 10 years and their sound get's still better with every release. I love their crossover of psyche, acid house and punk. For me an essential album because this songs can blow your head of your shoulders. Try Alone In Fear and you know what I mean.

Sonntag, 16. Dezember 2018

This Year's Records 15/18

Bildergebnis für spiritualized and nothing hurt

Every new album by Spiritualized is a good album for me. And so is And Nothing Hurts. It is nothing new just like many before but if you are a huge fan they don't can make anything wrong. All in all another album that shows everything I like by them.

Spiritualized - I'm Your Man
Spiritualized - The Morning After
Spiritualized - Sail On Through

Samstag, 15. Dezember 2018

This Year's Records 14/18

Bildergebnis für the orielles silver dollar moment

When I first listened to Silver Dollar Monent it was one of those unexpected moments I thought would never happen. I couldn't imagine that those three kids from Halifax are able to make the best pop album this year. It seems that they spent their youth listening to the best pop songs of the last decades to combine them to their own sound. An album that made fun all over the year and will be listened in the future as well.

The Orielles - 48 Percent
The Orielles - Let Your Dog Teeth Grow

Freitag, 14. Dezember 2018

This Year's Records 12+13/18

Bildergebnis für gruff rhys babelsberg

Another double feature in this countdown. Not only for the reason that this artist released their new albums almost at the same time it is a reason for this feature. It is more that I follow both artists over many years and they never made any bad records. And this happened once again. Both albums are full of great and well arranged songs. It is classic songwriting with superb arrangements. Timeless and beautiful. Nothing more to say, because the songs speak for themself.

Gruff Rhys - Frontier Man
Gruff Rhys - Oh Dear
Gruff Rhys - Selfies In The Sunset

Bildergebnis für gaz coombes world's strongest man

When Rhys on Babelsberg sometimes sounds like a reborn Lee Hazlewood, Gaz Coombes was inspired by Bowie and Lennon. I really don't know if I prefer his faster songs or the ballads. It really depends on the mood I am in. Anyway, Coombes is able to write and arrange songs far over the average. 

Gaz Coombes - Worlds Strongest Man
Gaz Coombes - Walk The Walk
Gaz Coombes - Vanishing Act