Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What - just got this one so I have only listen through it once, but it sounds excellent so far.
Was really curious about this one. To get nods from you and Forrest I think I'll pick it up! About 2 months back, I dug out Simon & Garfunkel's
Greatest Hits and Bookends and had them in pretty heavy rotation. It had been a few years since I had listened any of their stuff - at least purposely - and I was pretty much in awe of their collective songwriting. I suppose when something is so omnipresent musically, it can sometimes be difficult to objectively listen and assess how *good* something really is.Ubeboet
Archival LP on Moving Furniture Records.
Heard about this one last year - probably in Vital Weekly - and found the sound snippets on the site to be stretched out shimmering drone - lovely stuff. Inquired about the LP - limited to just a few hundred (200? or so), but the quote was around 22 Euros or so w/ postage. Skipped it, then it popped up through Norman Records this year and nabbed it for 15 GBP, which after the conversion I think I saved something like $1.32
Anyway, Experimedia now has it stateside : http://www.experimedia.net/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=1677
and there is a soundcloud attached. Side A is field recordings from a buzzing fly to a creaking ship sounding as if it's going to fall out of the speakers into your listening space. Side B is the choice side - lush blend of environmental recordings and the aforementioned drones. Haunting and recommended.Tune-Yards
- Whokill on 4AD.
2nd long-player by Tune-Yards which is essentially one woman - Merrill Garbus. The first one was a (too?) eccentric blend of Newsome-ese yelps and vocal chirps along w/ some fairly stripped down percussion, yet an alluring sense of rhythm. It took a few listens to wrap my head around it. This one is more refined, and retains the elements of the first LP without really compromising on composition, just less genre hopping. Plus, her voice is more evident on this LP, almost like an Amy Winehouse (-motown, -crack, -stories about one-night stands) and adds to the whole mixture nicely.