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.

Zu ~ Jhator (House of Mythology)
The first of our spring slate to make it to our Recommendations page, Zu’s latest effort will come as a complete surprise to all but their most ardent fans.  The two-track outing is a masterpiece of mood, marked by its processional pace and transcendent nature.  Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion) is a welcome guest star, turning this album into the score to a soul’s ascendence.

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.

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