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.
Thomas William Hill ~ Asylum for Eve (Village Green)
Origamibiro founder Thomas William Hill has been working in the TV scoring field for years, and his first solo album under his own name collects restructured versions of his best pieces. Found sound and prepared piano factor highly in the equation; violin and banjo add bursts of color. TV has never sounded so good.
Max Richter ~ Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon)
Devastating in its intimacy, Three Worlds is a reflection of the life and works of Virginia Woolf, beginning with the tolling of Big Ben and ending in the lapping of waves. In the middle, emotions course through the music like chemotherapy through veins, hoping to heal, yet taking their own bittersweet toll.
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.
Bonobo ~ Migration (Ninja Tune)
Simon Green’s latest album is his best in over a decade, a smooth-flowing meditation on travel and concepts of home. Instrumental tracks dominate, but a few well-placed vocal tracks reinforce its yearning tone. A mixture of electronic and organic elements ~ including piano, strings and field recordings ~ make this a rich and well-rounded experience.