Recommendations

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.

Tomaga ~ Intimate Immensity (Hands in the Dark)
The last testament of Tomaga leaves a lasting impression.  Tom Relleen burned twice as bright for too short a time; the album is a time capsule of his greatest work with Valentina Magaletti.  After a journey through ritual, rhythm and trance, the title track leads us down the path to mourning.

 

Justina Jaruševičiūtė ~ Silhouettes (piano and coffee records)
An album tailor-made for long, sleepless nights, Silhouettes is a gift to the person pacing the room, making a sandwich or journalling franticly before the racing thoughts begin to flee.  The sun will eventually rise, but in the meantime there is a secret symphony to enjoy.

 

Bell Orchestre ~ House Music (Erased Tapes)
The album may have been conceived in a house, but part of the message seems to be, get outside.  House Music is the Bell Orchestre’s first album in over a decade, an explosion of pent-up energy that mimics our own as we reach the end of the pandemic and a long emotional winter.

 

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.

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