An occasional thread for standout purchases

Alela Diane - Cusp

I never find the long lists of purchased CDs and downloads inspire me much so here is a thread for people to pick out occasional highlights of their purchasing and maybe add a bit more detail if they want. I hope it means people will find new music they like.

I've bought all of Alela Dianes's work but this is richer and seems more consistent than other albums.

There is a bit of Laura Veirs or KD Lang in her style (although she is from Oregon not Canada) and early albums were more dusty folk/country. This latest is smoother and lyrically really interesting and it engages over several listens. A subtle pleasure but high quality I think.

If you like this try her previous albums (To Be Still possibly the best, if a bit spikier) and maybe Anna Tivel's excellent recent brace of Small Believer from last year and Heroes Walking from 2016. Very good indie country folk albums with great storytelling-style songs and a clean and natural style. Again quiet and simple albums but worth the effort.

There is a review of Cusp below with some samples. I note also that 7Digital and Qobuz have a good price for it in High Res just now although the former seems to change day to day

Cheers Bruce

https://www.theguardian.com/mu...iew-songs-motherhood

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Bruce Woodhouse posted:

Alela Diane - Cusp

I never find the long lists of purchased CDs and downloads inspire me much so here is a thread for people to pick out occasional highlights of their purchasing and maybe add a bit more detail if they want. I hope it means people will find new music they like.

I've bought all of Alela Dianes's work but this is richer and seems more consistent than other albums.

There is a bit of Laura Veirs or KD Lang in her style (although she is from Oregon not Canada) and early albums were more dusty folk/country. This latest is smoother and lyrically really interesting and it engages over several listens. A subtle pleasure but high quality I think.

If you like this try her previous albums (To Be Still possibly the best, if a bit spikier) and maybe Anna Tivel's excellent recent brace of Small Believer from last year and Heroes Walking from 2016. Very good indie country folk albums with great storytelling-style songs and a clean and natural style. Again quiet and simple albums but worth the effort.

There is a review of Cusp below with some samples. I note also that 7Digital and Qobuz have a good price for it in High Res just now although the former seems to change day to day

Cheers Bruce

https://www.theguardian.com/mu...iew-songs-motherhood

A good idea, Bruce. By a strange co-incidence, I am downloading this as I write.

Loma - S/T

Loma are an amalgamation of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg from Shearwater - a collaboration brought about when Cross Record supported Shearwater on their last tour. Given the individuality of Meiburg's writing and singing one might expect this to be a one-way trip, but nothing could be further from the resulting album.

The vocals are lead by Emily Cross's rather waif-like voice, but the main characteristic of the album is the strength of the songs and the nature of the arrangements - they're delicate and layered in such a way that each listen reveals more and in a way that's just off-kilter enough to be interesting rather than generic.

The obvious ear-catching songs are Relay Runner, Joy, and Black Willow but the heart of the album is the run from White Glass > Shadow Relief, where I'm reminded of the feel from the last two Talk Talk albums.

This is a real grower and a gem.

Bandcamp Link

A couple of videos...

And the whole album (official)

Nick Lees posted:

Loma - S/T

Loma are an amalgamation of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg from Shearwater - a collaboration brought about when Cross Record supported Shearwater on their last tour. Given the individuality of Meiburg's writing and singing one might expect this to be a one-way trip, but nothing could be further from the resulting album.

The vocals are lead by Emily Cross's rather waif-like voice, but the main characteristic of the album is the strength of the songs and the nature of the arrangements - they're delicate and layered in such a way that each listen reveals more and in a way that's just off-kilter enough to be interesting rather than generic.

The obvious ear-catching songs are Relay Runner, Joy, and Black Willow but the heart of the album is the run from White Glass > Shadow Relief, where I'm reminded of the feel from the last two Talk Talk albums.

This is a real grower and a gem.

Bandcamp Link

A couple of videos...

And the whole album (official)

Just heard a tack on Radio 6 on the drive in to work and liked what I heard.  Thanks for the links.

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