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.
Shards ~ Find Sound (Erased Tapes)
With this release, Erased Tapes continues to expand the breadth of its roster. Find Sound finds joy in the permutations of the human voice. Vocal experimentation has seldom sounded so alluring.
Loscil ~ Equivalents (Kranky)
One of the most restive albums we’ve heard in quite some time, Loscil’s latest effort is an ambient gem. Perfectly suited to ease one into the day or calm one’s thoughts after work, Equivalents is evidence of an artist at the top of his craft.
Various Artists ~ Red Dead Redemption 2 (Original Score) (Lakeshore Records)
It’s finally here ~ the original score (or much of it, anyway) from the best selling video game of 2018. A worthy successor to the original game’s score, the sequel packs quite a punch ~ as much as a gunslinger in a bar fight in 1899.
Anoice ~ Ghost in the Clocks (Ricco)
Ghost in the Clocks is the technical follow-up to into the shadows, but the spiritual follow-up to The Black Rain. Artist Yoko Shinto provides the visual link, while the music plunges back into a world raked by catastrophe. The closing birdsong offers a modicum of hope where it is sorely needed.
YATTA ~ WAHALA (PTP)
Forgive the use of all-caps; we’re not yelling at you. But throughout the artist’s life, YATTA has had to yell to be heard. On this sophomore release, politics collide with history and psychology to produce something wholly original and stunningly relevant.