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.

Hammock ~ Silencia (Hammock Music)
The triptych is now complete.  Over the past few years, Hammock has traveled from grief to hope, and now seeks a delicate balance.  For anyone who has ever lost someone and feels as if they are losing them still.


Blind Cave Salamander ~ The Svalbard Suite (Hypershape Records)
The seeds of the world lie dormant in the Svalbard vault while the permafrost melts around them.  The Svalbard Suite highlights this irony in a half-hour, single-track soundscape, graced with beauty and danger.


Rachel Grimes ~ The Way Forth (Temporary Residence)
Rachel Grimes’ folk opera traverses centuries of Appalachian history in search of sin and salvation.  When colonialist guilt meets minority hope, the two intertwine in a surprising barn dance.  A full-length film will follow in 2020.


Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (Constellation)
Each year, the issues seem to grow more immediate, and Matana Roberts has recorded another album for our times.  Chapter Four traces the history of slavery back to its roots and makes unsettling connections to the 21st century.


PYUR ~ Oratorio for the Underworld (Subtext)
Munich’s Sophie Schnell returns with a vengeance, presenting a dynamic electronic suite that collides with modern composition to form an exciting hybrid.  We recommend buying on Bandcamp to procure the seven bonus tracks!

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