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.

world’s end girlfriend ~ MEGURI (Virgin Babylon)
“Just” an EP?  Not when it’s world’s end girlfriend, who packs more ideas into a small space than others do with a whole room.  MEGURI is dedicated to a loved one lost, and stands as a beautiful testament of presence and absence.

 

Jóhann Jóhannsson ~ Englabörn & Variations (Deutsche Grammophon)
Another chance to say goodbye, this time through the composer’s own music.  Jóhannsson had been preparing this album in the months before his death, working with friends to record a series of reworkings and re-imaginings.  His music is helping us through our mourning.

 

Clarice Jensen ~ For this from that will be filled (Miasmah)
Solo cello sounds like an orchestra on this debut release from the artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).  Come for the track co-composed with Jóhann Jóhannsson; stay to hear the emergence of a brand new star.

 

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson ~ A Score for Darling (Sonic Pieces)
This lovely pink album is a score for a Danish film about a dancer facing a grave illness.  The aching music reflects the wrenching decisions made by the protagonist, and brings the emotion home for those unable to view the original production.  It’s the perfect aural reflection of a visual experience.

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