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.
Stafrænn Hákon ~ Hausi (Vogor)
Returning to an all-instrumental sound after more than a decade, Stafrænn Hákon is likely to thrill old fans while attracting new ones as well. The buoyancy of this music makes it the happiest album of the season.
Dmitry Evgrafov ~ Comprehension of Light (Fatcat)
The world needs light now more than ever. Dmitry Evgrafov understands that light is best appreciated after a struggle with darkness. His latest album rises from a cavern, blinks its eyes and embraces the day.
Hammock ~ Mysterium (Hammockmusic)
This music will break your heart over and over again. Dedicated to a nephew who died too young, Mysterium wraps itself around the listener like a blanket of consolation. The sorrow is palpable, the comfort sublime.
Cam Butler ~ Find Your Love (Self-released)
This heroic album comes across like the soundtrack to the best western you’ve never seen. Backed by a 14-piece orchestra and full band, Butler’s guitar comes alive in a way we’ve never heard before ~ the white-hatted cowboy on a matching stallion, leading the charge.
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.