Recommendations

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.

AGF aka poemproducer aka Antye Greie ~ commissioned work
Question:  When is a compilation not a compilation?  Answer:  When the original works have been modified and sequenced to create something more than the sum of its parts, representing a singular vision.  An amazing entry point to AGF’s work.

 

Lillien Rosarian ~ a day in bel bruit (Self-Released)
A gorgeous ambient album that operates as a short story, a day in bel bruit imagines a town in which the residents have been replaced by radio waves.  The evocative tape loops spark the imagination; close the eyes, and one can still picture the cover.

 

Jambinai ~ ONDA (Bella Union)
Wholly original South Korean post-rock blended with hardcore and nourished by traditional instruments ~ what’s not to love?  Add the political bent and positive vibe, and it’s another example of why 2019 is The Year That Post-Rock Returned (Even Though It Never Left).

 

Resina ~ Traces – Remixes (FatCat/130701)
Resina’s original album was one of our favorites last year, and this year she turns her material over to a series of stellar remixers that include Ben Frost and Ian William Craig.  The results are impressive in their own right: a brand new way to hear the music.

 

Kate Carr ~ Contact
Making contact is about more than saying hello; it involves human connection, a trait endangered by modern technology.  Ironically, the things meant to draw us closer together have wedged us further apart, as Carr’s composition explores by placing human and machine in uncomfortable duet.

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