Author Archives: JB

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our list, in which we survey the best compilations. We shall keep the introductory waffle to part one, but suffice to say – we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible for this

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part Two

Welcome to the second half of our list, in which we survey the best compilations. We shall keep the introductory waffle to part one, but suffice to say – we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible for this

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part One

 You may not think of compilations with the same nostalgia that you treat the first record you bought in a shop. But there is a good chance that your first opportunity of experiencing music in a physical form, be it

The 40 Best Compilation Albums of All Time ~ Part One

 You may not think of compilations with the same nostalgia that you treat the first record you bought in a shop. But there is a good chance that your first opportunity of experiencing music in a physical form, be it

THLTTLDBB ~ SeeUSearching

We like seasonally appropriate music at ACL – you may have noticed our articles about Summer and Winter music, and if not, may we suggest you take a look at them, at a time that suits? Releasing a record that

THLTTLDBB ~ SeeUSearching

We like seasonally appropriate music at ACL – you may have noticed our articles about Summer and Winter music, and if not, may we suggest you take a look at them, at a time that suits? Releasing a record that

Pulselovers ~ Circles Within Circles

We’re currently working on an article about compilation albums at ACL, which has prompted a few thoughts regarding the tracks included. We’re covering all manner of compilation, from collections of existing tracks to themed CDs of new and unreleased material.

Pulselovers ~ Circles Within Circles

We’re currently working on an article about compilation albums at ACL, which has prompted a few thoughts regarding the tracks included. We’re covering all manner of compilation, from collections of existing tracks to themed CDs of new and unreleased material.

Precipitation ~ Glass Horizon

Zefan Sramek has been recording as Precipitation for over a decade, but Glass Horizon is his first full-length vinyl edition. It follows a string of cassette, CD-R, and digital releases, with (as far as we can tell) a solitary 12”.

Precipitation ~ Glass Horizon

Zefan Sramek has been recording as Precipitation for over a decade, but Glass Horizon is his first full-length vinyl edition. It follows a string of cassette, CD-R, and digital releases, with (as far as we can tell) a solitary 12”.

The 25 Best Summer Albums of All Time

The keenly observant reader of A Closer Listen will have noticed that we tend to focus on one season above the rest. Our Best Winter Albums of All Time features are among the most viewed in our history, so we

The 25 Best Summer Albums of All Time

The keenly observant reader of A Closer Listen will have noticed that we tend to focus on one season above the rest. Our Best Winter Albums of All Time features are among the most viewed in our history, so we

Anteloper ~ Pink Dolphins

jaimie branch had the word Anteloper reserved as a project title before the group existed, but as she and Jason Nazary started rehearsing as a duo, it was clear what their name should be. It’s a portmanteau of antelope and

Anteloper ~ Pink Dolphins

jaimie branch had the word Anteloper reserved as a project title before the group existed, but as she and Jason Nazary started rehearsing as a duo, it was clear what their name should be. It’s a portmanteau of antelope and

SPECIMENS ~ Intersections

Alex Ives has been refreshingly candid when providing notes about his previous albums. In 2017, he said of Sculptures, “I didn’t want to make a record intentionally difficult to listen to, but I wanted uncomfortable moments.” A year later, for

SPECIMENS ~ Intersections

Alex Ives has been refreshingly candid when providing notes about his previous albums. In 2017, he said of Sculptures, “I didn’t want to make a record intentionally difficult to listen to, but I wanted uncomfortable moments.” A year later, for