My Records of the year...

maybe a bit early....here are my most played LPs/ files....

1. Jamie Saft: loneliness road (can‘t stop spinning this, best Jazz trio recording- Not a single boring note imho)

2. Matthew Halsall: when the world was gone (2016?- it‘s like a musical flood, diving into...)

3. Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunk: Bach H-Moll Messe (download, it sounds great too)

4. Pegido: greetings from Amarillo (tip from audiostream, great guitar transformiert me in the planes...)

5. The Still: the Still (bronze rat recording, Vinyl, guess this is hard to find but worth it)

6. Aldous Harding: Party (strange and beautiful recording....dont watch the video called Blend :–) 

7. Julie Byrne: Not Even happiness (took me 5sec to buy the record)

 

ralf

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Ralf, thank you for sharing these.

1. Jamie Saft: loneliness road (can‘t stop spinning this, best Jazz trio recording- Not a single boring note imho)

Outstanding recording with an exceptional band - picked this up on Qobuz for £7.99. Although, I have to say the decision to bring Iggy Pop in on vocals on three of the track was just completely wrong and I really love Iggy - Raw Power is up there with the great albums of all time. 

2. Matthew Halsall: when the world was gone (2016?- it‘s like a musical flood, diving into...)

Beautiful album - sourced it on Boomkat for £6.99 

3. Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunk: Bach H-Moll Messe (download, it sounds great too)

I'm sure this is awesome but alas, not my bag.

4. Pegido: greetings from Amarillo (tip from audiostream, great guitar transformiert me in the planes...)

Interesting but I have binged too much this year on Steve Gunn, Daniel Backman and William Tyler.

5. The Still: the Still (bronze rat recording, Vinyl, guess this is hard to find but worth it)

Another bargain on Qobuz at £5.59 and a plus as Bronzerat on Qobuz have a Gemma Ray album Down Baby Down which somehow slipped through my net.

6. Aldous Harding: Party (strange and beautiful recording....dont watch the video called Blend :–) 

Already had this wonderful follow-up to her debut album.

7. Julie Byrne: Not Even happiness (took me 5sec to buy the record)

This was on my radar, so thanks for jogging my memory - agree 5 seconds and it's a buy. Some nice stuff of her's on Bandcamp which is worth checking out.

So out of your 7 recommendations:-

4 buys (Jamie Saft, Matthew Halsall, The Still, Julie Byne) for an outlay of around £25

1 not my genre (Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunk)

1 a possibility on further listening (Hayden Pegido) 

1 purchased on release (Aldous Harding)

Thanks again,

Andy

Grateful Dead: Cornell 1977

Tommy Smith: Embodying the Light

Thelonious Monk: Liaisons Dangereuse

IF Music Presents You Need This: An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note (1975 to 1985) Compiled By Jean-Claude

Bill Evans: On A Monday Evening

Jack DeJohnette: Hudson

Denys Baptiste: Late Trane

Shabaka: Wisdom of Elders

 

My 2 most played albums this year are:

Aldous Harding - Party:  This is a wonderful album and highly addictive 

Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life: A superb country album

Another album that has been getting regular plays is the new one from Cara Dillon - Wanderer:  yet another wonderful record from the Irish folk singer.

I was hanging on before posting my best of the year in the hope that December might throw out something brilliant because it has been a mediocre year for new music I think. Albums that were good but not brilliant. Few disappointments (Alt-J for example)

Here's my top 5 new albums (not re-issues) in no particular order.

London Grammar: Truth is a Beautiful Thing. Took a while for it to grow on me, but the extended edition with demos sealed it. Possibly most played of the year.

Joan Shelley (eponymous). Lovely lyrical and delicate country folk album. Produced by Jeff Tweedy.

Iron + Wine: Beast Epic. A decent return to form and also a simpler style to his last few, but Our Endless Numbered Days remains the top of his output for me.

Slowdive: Slowdive. Not a band I had encountered before but I really liked this, and it also opened up a bit of an exploration of their back catalogue and the shoe-gaze genre. Ended up buying My Bloody Valentine as a result so must have been a good thing. The Cigarettes After Sex album is in a similar vein to Slowdive and is pretty good. Daft name though.

Public Service Broadcasting: Every Valley. Generally good. Love the welsh choir in the final track-proper tingle factor.

Hope someone can find something in this they can enjoy

Bruce

 

Um. So far I've bought 129 albums that were first released this year (which I'm taking as my criteria as otherwise I'd just give up). I've whittled that down to a short (!) list of 37 (one per artist, and some cruel exclusions), which I'll work into a readable list with a breakdown by genre and a couple of words to give guidance and hopefully links/videos where available.

I may be some time.

2017 - Part One (Part Two or Three, as this took me forever, another day)

Excuse the categories, it's a personal view and a rough guide. Videos and Bandcamp links where available.

Pop

Saint Etienne - Home Counties

Anyone familiar with any of their albums will find themselves at home here. Gentle melodic pop that takes you back to 1994.

 Dreadzone - Dread Times

Poppier, in a roots way, than their more dub/house style on the 90’s this is a terrific album full of bouncy tunes. They tour regularly and never fail to reduce the venue to a pulsating heap.

Psych

62 Miles From Space – Time Shifts E.P.

Languid pop-psych 1967-style

Bandcamp Link

Cobalt Chapel - Cobalt Chapel

One half (the not-so-good-looking half) is Jarod from I Monster, Regal Worm etc. The music is very much in the if-you-like-Broadcast camp. One of the contenders for my top album of the year.

Bandcamp Link

Heron Oblivion - The Chapel

Pretty much the studio album from last year played live, with the addition of two other numbers. But that doesn’t do this justice. The twin guitars show their true wildness here, eve if Meg’s voice is straining a bit to keep up the intensity (she’s wonderful, but no Grace Slick in that way).

Bandcamp Link

Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

This could equally be in the pop section though it shows both psych and bits of krautrock roots.

Bandcamp Link

Eat lights Become lights - Nature Reserve

Krautrock from the Moon Duo/Silver Apples end of things. They’re all dead good and this one’s as strong as the rest.

Bandcamp Link

Berlin Electronica

Arcane - Live @ E-day 2017

Arcane (aka Paul Lawler) tends to specialise in Schmoelling-era Tangerine Dream sounds (with a touch of Jean-Michel Jarre) – i.e. a mixture of sequencing and tunes – frequently the big ones that were a feature of Poland, Exit et al. This is a live concert and covers several of his old and new stuff.

Bandcamp Link

Michael Brückner - Trees Of Olivandá

Another tuneful Tangerine Dream- inspired album. Lots of lovely synth sounds throughout! This is an album teaser:

Bandcamp Link

Perge – Catharsis

This Perge album purports to be a live recording from their 1977 American tour. Of course, with all things Perge it’s nothing of the sort and is in fact a modern studio tribute to Tangerine Dream’s Encore tour of that date. Doesn’t stop it from being just perfect though! Another trailer:

Bandcamp Link

Pyramid Peak – Roots

Atmospheric (with sequencers, of course)

Bandcamp Link

Syn - fauni-genus

No videos for this, but if you liked Tangerine Dream’s Atem and/or Edger Froese’s Epsilon In Malaysian Pale then you’ll love this – no sequencing, just washes. Perfect late night music.

Bandcamp Link

Electronica/Chill

Siddhartha Barnhoorn - Tears in the Rain

Neon Vandal - Tears In The Rain: Music From The Motion Picture

These two need to be considered as an item, as they are both contributing soundtracks to the fan-made sequel short to the original Blade Runner film, Tears In The Rain. There’s no hiding from (and no shame in that) the fact that they channel Vangelis’s score directly – and they’d sit very well as an extra additional disk to the Anniversary set.

Bandcamp Link

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Jon Brooks – Autres Directions

(Aka The Advisory Circle, King Of Woolworths) makes electronic music that’s reminiscent of Biosphere and other more abstract, beatless musicians. This is a travelogue of a journey to France and back. If you like this then check out Agri Montana (Bandcamp Link).

Bandcamp Link

The Irresistible Force - Kira Kira

Chill like it’s 1998 with Mixmaster Morris, thanks to Tobyjug!

Bandcamp Link

Moon Wiring Club - Tantalising Mews

Hauntology. Creepy samples, with creepy music. To be played late at night with little or no lighting. Best listening position: behind the sofa. He’s been at it now for 10 years and they tend to come out at around Christmas. This year it’s a double CD (and there’s also a new LP – Cateared Choclatiers which is damned fine too) and it’s possibly his best.

Website Link

There’s a Bandcamp site but the latest stuff isn’t there yet:

Bandcamp Link

Roedelius, Chaplin & Heath - Triptych in Blue

Lovely, quiet afternoon music, mixing electronics with acoustic instruments. And yes, it's that Roedelius.

Bandcamp Link

Pauline Anna Strom - Trans-Millenia Music

This a collection of her work from the mid-eighties. Classic Hearts Of Space type space music. A double CD and all excellent.

Bandcamp Link

Com Truise – Iteration

Modern electronica with a strong Vangelis (to my ears) influence. Warning: the video’s a bit disturbing.

Bandcamp Link

Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts

Swedish chill, formerly of Ultimae Records fame.

Bandcamp Link

Forest Swords – Compassion

It’s modern electronica, but vaguely unclassifiable. Whilst the video is reminiscent of Massive Attack, this doesn’t necessarily apply across the album. But there’s something really gripping about the whole thing. Another contender for my album of the year.

Bandcamp Link

Gary Shaw posted:

2017 - Part One (Part Two or Three, as this took me forever, another day)

Gary - considered, informative and interesting (WHY might anyone be interested?).

I wish similar purpose could be shown in the "What are you listening to .... ) thread.

Although: I am a fan of the uncaptioned, untitled cover art - especially when that art is also artfully anonymous. A quantum package of information that approaches zero magnitude.

2017 - Part Two (I've done my back in so there will have to be a Part Three when I'm up to it, which majors on Stoner/Space Rock, some odds and s0ds, and a couple of disappointments). This is much shorter, you'll be relieved to hear.

Jazz

Saagara – 2

Saagara is one Polish gent, Wacław Zimpel, who plays wind instruments (mostly clarinet) with backing from a group of Indian musicians from Bengaluru. The resultant music is rather unique, with certain aspects of North Indian coming through, but with a clear Western edge too and a hint of klezmer. Though it avoids the sort of bland clichés this mixture can often result this sort of fusion. The rhythms make for great walking music!

Bandcamp Link

Hampshire & Foat - Galaxies Like Grains of Sand

This is Greg Foat (piano) and Warren Hampshire (lots of different things) with a few guests, making gentle, late night chamber jazz.

Bandcamp Link

Americana

Arbouretum – Song Of The Rose

Dave Heumann writes great songs, has a great voice and plays a mean guitar. The band have a mellow mix of mid-tempo Crazy Horse with a full-flavouring of Gordon Lightfoot (it’s no surprise they recorded a wonderful E.P. of Lightfoot songs). They don’t make many records, but each one is a treasure. Another in line for my album of the year.

Bandcamp Link

Shearwater - The Sky Is A Blank Screen

Confession: I’m a Shearwater nut. But even in that context this is a super live album. The set’s mostly taken from the superb, and mostly rather angry, Jet Plane & Oxbow tour of last year, though there are a couple of studio acoustic tracks. Jonathan Meiburg’s voice can go from a gentle croon (there’s a video of him covering a Roy Orbison song out there) to a David Thomas bellow. Note: The video is from that tour, but isn't the one used on the album but it's a fair representation.

Bandcamp Link

Prog

Agusa – Agusa

Swedish. Their version of prog is instrumental and to me sounds like a delightful collision between Focus and to a certain extent Jethro Tull. It’s always melody-driven and never descends into technoflash with 20 time changes a track. Very, very early 70s.

Note: There are two Bandcamp sources – the band’s (which I link to) and their US label’s (which I don’t). The download is the same (24/96) but the band’s costs less than half the price!

Bandcamp Link

2017 - Part Three (This segment brought to you courtesy of Voltarol and numerous ice-packs)

Space/Stoner Rock (Needless to say all need to be played very loud)

Oulu Space Jam Collective - Deep Harpalonia

Finnish hippie space cadets (much in the vein of Oresund Space Collective) that specialise in long live jams, the content of which is determined by the group members at the time. In this case the basic drums/bass/guitar are augmented by sitar and melotron (sadly fake, but who cares) and on the video a nice lady dancing with a hoop.

Often with this type of music, the attention wanders after a bit, but here they keep the atmosphere going for an hour. If you like this try also Harvest Sage.

Bandcamp Link

 Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe

Good old fashioned 70s-style stoner rock from Germany. Their whole catalogue is excellent and this is well up to standard.

Bandcamp Link

Space Debris - Behind The Gate

More German heavy rock. This time instrumental with lashings of Hammond organ and Hendrix-cum-Trower guitar.

Bandcamp Link

The Spacelords - Water Planet

Definitely something in the water in Germany these days. Drums, bass, guitar, swooshy synths. Instrumental. Psychedelic hard rock in an Earthless style. If this appeals go next to their “synapse” album and whack Pyroclastic Monster up loud.

Bandcamp Link

Lamagaia - S/T

Swedish. If you like early Hawkwind’s take on space/krautrock, then this is there or thereabouts. Mostly instrumental.

Bandcamp Link

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed The Rats

English (hooray, I hear some say). Brutal, no-nonsense stoner metal that says “Yes, we’ve listened to a lot of early Black Sabbath and Motorhead!”. This is the short track off the album.

Bandcamp Link

 Classical

Though I bought a fair few classical albums this year they were, with this one exception, released prior to 2017, so didn’t count.

Víkingur Ólafsson : Philip Glass: Piano Works

This might be a bit of a revelation to those who think Glass’s piano work is one-dimensional.  Here Ólafsson takes a goodly sample and puts them in a new light without taking too many liberties with them. Beautifully recorded too. Recommended to fans of Glass as well as those dipping a toe in the minimal water.

Absolutely No Idea What These Are

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister – Planetarium

Planetarium was originally a modern classical piece written by Nico Muhly and subsequently turned into something quite different (in parts) by Stevens and Dessner. Consequently it’s very diverse but rocky bits, and Sufjan-y bits, electronic bits and orchestral bits. This makes it a bit cifficult to get hold of on the first few listens, but after that it fits together really well.

I’ll post a few videos to give a little perspective…

And lastly this live one of the more out-there bits…

 Charlie Cawood - The Divine Abstract

Brought to you courtesy of DenisA, without whose live adventures this place and my music collection would be a lot duller. Not a clue as to categorising this, but it’s instrumental, a mixture of all sorts of things Eastern and Western. The closest I can come is Penguin Café.

No videos, but I urge you to gallop over to Bandcamp.

Bandcamp Link

Aquaserge  - Laisse ça être

There’s something about French music…this is a bit pop, a bit prog, a bit psychedelic, a bit mad. A bit Albert Marcoeur, a bit Stereolab. No one track is exactly the same style as another, yet it makes a whole. Another contender for album of the year.

Bandcamp Link

Re-issue Of The Year

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Especially the 24/96 version. This remix simply transforms it and even more than normal serves as a Tardis, taking me back 50 years. Sigh.

Not Bad, But Expected Much Better

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through War

Very good musically, appalling production (compressed, loud)

Steven Wilson – To The Bone

A little lacking in the usual Wilson magic

 

That's it. And well done if you got this far without shouting "Pseud!"

Some of my 2017 Music Enjoyment - Part 1 of 4

1982 - Chromola

Info - ( http://hubromusic.com/1982-chromola/ )

My first Hubro Music label purchase - Wonderful Pipe organ, plus violin/drums trio 

Mario Batkovic - Mario Batkovic (Wonderful Accordian Player)

https://invada.bandcamp.com/album/mario-batkovic

Info - http://www.batkovic.com/en/about/ 

 

Charlie Cawood - The Divine Abstract (Magical Ensemble, composed and orchestrated by Charlie)

https://charliecawood.bandcamp.../the-divine-abstract 

Sarah Davachi - All My Circles Run (Ensemble compositions & a change from Sarah's usual vintage synth, ambient bliss)

Previous albums are worth exploring - https://sarahdavachi.bandcamp.com/music 

https://sarahdavachi.bandcamp....m/all-my-circles-run 

The Evil Usses - Amateur Pro Wrestling (Lively band from Bristol) 

https://stolenbodyrecords.band...mateur-pro-wrestling  

That's all for now, another 15 to follow.

6+

Ian William Craig - Live in Durbē (Voice, Tronica & Noise) - Absolute Goosebumps at his Café OTO gig last year.

IWC- On the final night of my first tour, a strange concoction of exhaustion, attention and Latvian hospitality was poured into my cassette machines and this is what it sounded like.

https://ianwilliamcraig.bandca...m/album/live-in-durb 

Five-Storey Ensemble - Night en Face (My Ensemble collections have expanded this year, heard on the Steve Davis, 'Interesting Alternative Show')

https://altrockproductions.ban.../album/night-en-face

FOUDRE!? - Earth

I found this after seeing a FB post from Christine Ott (friend of Michael Bearpark) & seeing this on YT...

https://gizehrecords.bandcamp.com/album/earth 

Lusine Grigoryan - Komitas: Piano Compositions (A new composer & pianist for my ears - lovely)

http://lusinegrigoryan.com/node/38#audiojs_wrapper0

Katie Haverly - The Aviary (2015) - Bought this year, a fabulous singer (demo quality) & a new album out next year.

https://katiehaverly.bandcamp.com/album/the-aviary 

Live clip - 

 

James Holden & The Animal Spirits - The Animal Spirits

Fantastic gig at the Islington Assembly Hall a few days ago, as witnessed by James Holden's peers - Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) & Anthony Child (DJ Surgeon).

Full Album

Time for a Cuppa...

Jack O' The Clock - Outsider Songs (A fabulous collection of cover songs & a FREE download)

https://jackotheclock.bandcamp...album/outsider-songs

Loscil - Monument Builders (2016)  - https://loscil.bandcamp.com/album/monument-builders 

As I've been collection Loscil for about a year, his ambient catalogue might appeal. I started with Plume - https://loscil.bandcamp.com/music 

Matt Mehlan - The Mehlans

On the way to see Palm in September, I listened to an early release of the album (due to a cassette order). It's been making me smile ever since.

https://shinkoyo.bandcamp.com/album/the-mehlans 

Arvo Pärt - A Portrait (This opened my ears to appreciate to the beauty of AP) 

Samples  - https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/NA%208182 


Palm - Shadow Expert (One of the most exciting bands I've seen in years)

KEXP 'Live' in July

https://palmnewyork.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-expert


Prescott - Thing Or Two

If you want to workout with some weird shape throwing after your knee/hip surgery, then look no further than Kev Hopper's infectious quartet.

https://thoofa.bandcamp.com/album/thing-or-two

Another Tea Break...

Gary Shaw posted:

2017 - Part Two (I've done my back in so there will have to be a Part Three when I'm up to it, which majors on Stoner/Space Rock, some odds and s0ds, and a couple of disappointments). This is much shorter, you'll be relieved to hear.

 

Really excellent stuff here. I particularly liked Agusa (snapped up all their stuff at a pinch on bandcamp). Plus thanks for the Heron Oblivion live tip. I missed that one.

I see from your profile you're a Man of Kent or Kentish Man did you catch Jane Weaver recently in Folkestone (The Quarthouse) or Ramsgate (Music Hall)? - seems Kent is often a forgotten place when it comes to band tours. 

In the Agusa / Focus style you might like to check out a band called Solution - two albums on Qobuz at £2.99 each:-

http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/alb...lution/5099994980059

http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/alb...lution/5099994980752

Andy

Thanks for the Solution links - they've been plonked straight into my Favourites for later (currently being blasted by Dvorak 7).

Kent is a bit of a tour afterthought, though the Forum in Tunbridge Wells gets some goodies. My problem is not being able to stand for long, so Folkestone and Margate (who irritatingly get the wonderful Trembling Bells) are out for me.

Agusa:  "Prog" is such a broad church that it's hard to recommend on that basis, but Agusa were one of those bands that, as soon as I heard the first track, something went *ping* in a good way. 

To you and to anyone else interested,  you could consider doing what a few us here do and that is follow each other on Bandcamp. I've picked up loads of stuff on the back of other weirdos that way. My Bandcamp Link

Gary Shaw posted:

2017 - Part One (Part Two or Three, as this took me forever, another day)

Excuse the categories, it's a personal view and a rough guide. Videos and Bandcamp links where available.

 

Thanks so much for this - what a resource. Here are some stats:

  • I had 2 already
  • I listened to them all. They were all worth listening to. 
  • I bought 2 on the spot.

I should also say thanks for the very handy youtube links, which mean its easy to listen to them. A model for the what are you listening to thread I reckon.

Thanks again! Much appreciated

PS just followed you on bandcamp

 

sjt posted:
Gary Shaw posted:

2017 - Part One (Part Two or Three, as this took me forever, another day)

Excuse the categories, it's a personal view and a rough guide. Videos and Bandcamp links where available.

 

Thanks so much for this - what a resource. Here are some stats:

  • I had 2 already
  • I listened to them all. They were all worth listening to. 
  • I bought 2 on the spot.

I should also say thanks for the very handy youtube links, which mean its easy to listen to them. A model for the what are you listening to thread I reckon.

Thanks again! Much appreciated

PS just followed you on bandcamp

 

sjt, Gary is the man  

Adam Meredith posted:
Gary Shaw posted:

2017 - Part One (Part Two or Three, as this took me forever, another day)

Gary - considered, informative and interesting (WHY might anyone be interested?).

I wish similar purpose could be shown in the "What are you listening to .... ) thread.

Although: I am a fan of the uncaptioned, untitled cover art - especially when that art is also artfully anonymous. A quantum package of information that approaches zero magnitude.

Hi Adam,

Cheers. I honestly still feel I’m paying back a debt that goes back to circa 2001 and the recommendations that I’ve garnered since then. And when you think that most of those contained no streaming links, no pretty pictures...just a few words to describe, persuade, but with the power to change ones tastes. 

I’ll add that it’s as important for people to say: “That’s awful, what we’re you thinking of?”,because it helps when people ask for recommendations (e.g. I’d probably never suggest punk to Dr. Bruce)  

Nick

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