A Closer Listen tends to be positive in its reviews, so sometimes it’s difficult to tell what we like the most. This page highlights the releases we have on repeat.
Rutger Hoedemaekers ~ The Age of Oddities (FatCat/130701)
This symphonic, immersive album begins as an elegy for Jóhann Jóhannsson, but expands to an elegy ~ and an encouragement ~ for the entire world. After years of scoring work, the artist has produced a stand-alone masterpiece, an album of and for its time.
Mogwai ~ As the Love Continues (Temporary Residence)
After 25 years in the industry, the Glasgow band continues to impress, and even to improve. As the Love Continues defies the odds but justifies its title. The album is not only a gift to current fans, but may attract new ones.
Hauschka with Rob Petit & Robert Macfarlane ~ Upstream (Sonic Pieces)
In the dead of winter, the water still flows. Filmmaker Rob Petit, composer Hauschka and author Robert Macfarlane join in a multi-media tribute to the River Dee. With gorgeous poetry, evocative music and stunning images, this project is a complete package.
Ai Yamamoto ~ Pan De Sonic – Iso (Room40)
Sheltering in place can be dreary and repetitive, or playful and inviting. Ai Yamamoto chooses the latter approach, making everything from noodle preparation to remote learning seem like fun. We need her mindset as we face these final months of lockdown.
Martina Bertoni ~ Music for Empty Flats (Karlrecords)
The title may sound forlorn, but the theme is one of resilience. The album was born in a stripped flat, but represents the blossoming of the soul in winter. The title itself is an indication: once the music begins to play, the flat is no longer empty.