Posts Tagged: One Little Independent

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

This year, we reviewed more modern composition albums than those in any other genre ~ not because more were submitted, but because their overall quality was so high.  We read this trend early in our Spring Music Preview, and it

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

This year, we reviewed more modern composition albums than those in any other genre ~ not because more were submitted, but because their overall quality was so high.  We read this trend early in our Spring Music Preview, and it

ACL 2021 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

Few would call 2021 a happy year, although it was graced by moments of hope: a (short lived) political shift, a vaccine, a summit on climate change.  But somehow, without warning, any day could bring a whiff of happiness: a

ACL 2021 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

Few would call 2021 a happy year, although it was graced by moments of hope: a (short lived) political shift, a vaccine, a summit on climate change.  But somehow, without warning, any day could bring a whiff of happiness: a

AVAWAVES ~ Chrysalis

AVAWAVES (Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer) is poised for crossover success with the release of their second album.  This is the sort of music that brings new people to the instrumental fold, combining beats and orchestral elements in an engaging, danceable

AVAWAVES ~ Chrysalis

AVAWAVES (Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer) is poised for crossover success with the release of their second album.  This is the sort of music that brings new people to the instrumental fold, combining beats and orchestral elements in an engaging, danceable

Manu Delago ~ Environ Me

Handpan player Manu Delago is having a lot of fun on his latest album, AND his work been good for the environment ~ as the title offers a revealing play on words.  Even the vinyl is made of recycled materials.  This

Manu Delago ~ Environ Me

Handpan player Manu Delago is having a lot of fun on his latest album, AND his work been good for the environment ~ as the title offers a revealing play on words.  Even the vinyl is made of recycled materials.  This

Sarah Neufeld ~ Detritus

If there’s a problem with solely reviewing music we like, it’s that sometimes we struggle with the levels of enthusiasm we bring to writing about a particular project. At A Closer Listen, we don’t spend time writing about records that

Sarah Neufeld ~ Detritus

If there’s a problem with solely reviewing music we like, it’s that sometimes we struggle with the levels of enthusiasm we bring to writing about a particular project. At A Closer Listen, we don’t spend time writing about records that

Music to Play on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate it! We realize that this is going to be a difficult Christmas for a lot of people who won’t be able to gather as they would like; and that many will spend

Music to Play on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate it! We realize that this is going to be a difficult Christmas for a lot of people who won’t be able to gather as they would like; and that many will spend

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.