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.

Zu ~ Jhator (House of Mythology)
The first of our spring slate to make it to our Recommendations page, Zu’s latest effort will come as a complete surprise to all but their most ardent fans.  The two-track outing is a masterpiece of mood, marked by its processional pace and transcendent nature.  Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion) is a welcome guest star, turning this album into the score to a soul’s ascendence.

The Inward Circles ~ And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies (Corbel Stone Press)
The return of Richard Skelton may catch many off guard ~ this may be the artist’s most foreboding work to date.  Skelton writes of “a desire to obliterate, to destroy, and to discover anew.”  And Right Lines does exactly this, building mood through density and abrasion.


Iceland Symphony Orchestra ~ Recurrence (Sono Luminus)
Directed by Daniel Bjarnason, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra tackles works by a wide variety of Icelandic composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Bjarnason himself.  The selection of compositions melded to the grace of the players produces one of the year’s most thrilling albums.

Max Richter ~ Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon)
Devastating in its intimacy, Three Worlds is a reflection of the life and works of Virginia Woolf, beginning with the tolling of Big Ben and ending in the lapping of waves.  In the middle, emotions course through the music like chemotherapy through veins, hoping to heal, yet taking their own bittersweet toll.

Throwing Snow – Embers (Fabric)
An early contender for our year-end lists, Embers is a remarkable excursion, a non-stop hour of adventurous dance music that wraps back around to its beginning, reflecting the cover image.  But as circular as the music may be, this is a huge step forward for Ross Tones, whose prior discography was already impressive.

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