Posts Tagged: Temporary Residence

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.

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

ACL 2020 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The year was so rough that we feared there would be no happy music.  Thankfully, we found that we had reviewed plenty in every genre!  The very concept of happiness is difficult to define, and a wide definition includes inner

ACL 2020 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The year was so rough that we feared there would be no happy music.  Thankfully, we found that we had reviewed plenty in every genre!  The very concept of happiness is difficult to define, and a wide definition includes inner

William Basinski ~ Lamentations

A low, slow, bell tolls during the opening minutes of Lamentations.  The album title references the Jewish book of mourning; the track title references John Donne. We are in a time of lamentation right now, and the bell tolls for all

William Basinski ~ Lamentations

A low, slow, bell tolls during the opening minutes of Lamentations.  The album title references the Jewish book of mourning; the track title references John Donne. We are in a time of lamentation right now, and the bell tolls for all

Bruno Bavota ~ Apartment Songs & Apartment Loops

One of my punishments as a child was being sent to my room, but I didn’t mind, because that’s where my books and records were.  During the recent pandemic, many musicians have had to stay at home, but that’s okay

Bruno Bavota ~ Apartment Songs & Apartment Loops

One of my punishments as a child was being sent to my room, but I didn’t mind, because that’s where my books and records were.  During the recent pandemic, many musicians have had to stay at home, but that’s okay

Inventions ~ Continuous Portrait

Continuous Portrait is the sonic version of recessive genes.  This is not the type of album one might expect from an ambient artist (Matthew Cooper) and part of a post-rock band (Explosions in the Sky’s Mark T. Smith). But it makes

Inventions ~ Continuous Portrait

Continuous Portrait is the sonic version of recessive genes.  This is not the type of album one might expect from an ambient artist (Matthew Cooper) and part of a post-rock band (Explosions in the Sky’s Mark T. Smith). But it makes

Field Works ~ Ultrasonic

Bats are not very popular right now.  They’ve received an inordinate amount of blame for the coronavirus, which was not their fault; and as a result, we feel kind of sorry for them.  Thankfully, we’re able to make up for

Field Works ~ Ultrasonic

Bats are not very popular right now.  They’ve received an inordinate amount of blame for the coronavirus, which was not their fault; and as a result, we feel kind of sorry for them.  Thankfully, we’re able to make up for

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are