A Closer Listen tends to be positive in its reviews, so sometimes it’s difficult to tell which releases we like more than others.  This page lets you know what we’re listening to and enjoying the most.

Throwing Snow – Embers (Fabric)
An early contender for our year-end lists, Embers is a remarkable excursion, a non-stop hour of adventurous dance music that wraps back around to its beginning, reflecting the cover image.  But as circular as the music may be, this is a huge step forward for Ross Tones, whose prior discography was already impressive.


Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche ~ Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much (Constellation)
Pure ebullience from the Montreal collective, including the best David Byrne likeness we’ve ever heard, along with jams and chants galore.  While listening, it’s easy to forget one’s problems, and to recharge.


Tomonari Nozaki ~ Tryptych (Forwind)
After releasing a series of three beautifully interlocking EPs, Forwind presents the full set, along with a new bonus track: a well-deserved physical presentation that wraps the recordings in a tidy bow.


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