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.
Jilk ~ Joy in the End (Project Mooncircle)
Everything you love about Jilk, pushed to a higher level: the electronics, the intricate rhythms, the sense of flow. The album is a statement of hope in a troubled world, proceeding from “The End of Joy” to “Joy in the End”, offering listeners a reason to go on. Come for the beats, stay for the message.
bvdub ~ Heartless (n5MD)
Brock Van Wey’s peace may be fragile, but it’s hard won. The events of recent months have taken a toll on all of us, and on this album, bvdub shows us that he understands. A deeply personal album, Heartless is both a commentary on human inclusion and exclusion and a statement of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. There’s still enough goodness in the world. We can still believe in each other.
Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano ~ Everything (Erased Tapes)
One could write a term paper on David O’Reilly’s immersive single-player PS4 game and its accompanying 3+ hour score. When dealing with everything, one never runs out of things to say! Everything is one of the year’s most fascinating triumphs ~ we recommend the clear vinyl edition, which comes with a game key and a digital download of all 43 tracks.