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.
The Pirate Ship Quintet ~ Emitter (Denovali)
Post-rock is coming back this year, and so is The Pirate Ship Quintet. Silent for seven years, the band has reemerged stronger, with a new, classically-toned sound. Screamo has given way to siren song, while the compositions have grown longer and more elaborate.
Ben Chatwin ~ Altered Signals (Village Green)
First came Staccato Signals, then Drone Signals and now Altered Signals. The concluding part of the triptych invites guest artists from across the spectrum to provide alternate takes on the music. From the Mouth of the Sun, Ital Tek and Vessels are but three of the artists represented. This is a prime example of living music ~ there is no final form.
Matmos ~ Plastic Anniversary (Thrill Jockey)
Find another album that uses Legos and breast implants as instruments. Go ahead, we’ll wait! Couldn’t find any? That’s because Plastic Anniversary is one of the year’s most original albums. Last time around, Matmos used a Whirlpool to create Ultimate Care II. This time, they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary with an explosion of plastic joy.