Recommendations

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.

Black to Comm ~ Seven Horses for Seven Kings (Thrill Jockey)
This album is simply amazing.  The culmination of Marc Richter’s career, Seven Horses for Seven Kings is fierce, vibrant, intelligent and immersive.  Incorporating dark ambience, drone and modern composition, the set creates a unique sonic world and invites listeners to travel its corridors.

 

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.

 

MONO ~ Nowhere Now Here (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Few bands last as long as MONO, and even fewer remain relevant over that period of time.  If 2019 is the year of post-rock revival, it starts with Nowhere Now Here.  The band takes some risks: a short vocal track, an electronic passage ~ but preserves its sense of massive scale.  The peaks are absolutely dynamic.

 

Snow Palms ~ Everything Ascending (Village Green Recordings)
Only two tracks, but what a statement from the all-new Snow Palms, no longer a solo project but a duo with friends.  The opener is one of the best electronic tracks we’ve heard all year, a ten-minute stormer with beautiful glockenspiel; the flip is a modern composition rework of another Snow Palms track, delivered with aplomb by Matt Dunkley.  We’re even more excited for the album, due to arrive later this year!

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