Dans October 2015 Top 10
I’ve taken the liberty of putting together my top 10 of albums that have been on continuous circulation on my daily commute to work over the past few months… Its the main time I listen to music at the moment and the 2hr round trip allows me the luxury of deep listening. Gotta do something with the time right?
In reverse Order..
10. Emmetronica – Emmett Elvin – Lots of beauty and aggressiveness all merged together into a wonderful package. There is a lot of material here and one of those albums where you listen and go OH YEAH THIS BIT! I LOVE THIS BIT!.
9. The Wall – Pink Floyd – haven’t put this on for a few years and its one of those that you realise has never really left you. Influenced so deeply.. nice one Floyd
8. 10,000 Days – Tool – I haven’t delved into Metal / Heavy stuff for quite some time and this has reignited my passion for deep and dark guitar based music. Ambient and mathematical, vocals deep and sombre. This is a very good MOOD album
7. Pandora – We Are Kin – yeah I know.. I do actually listen to it.. quite a bit… we made something we wanted to listen to so nerr…
6. Sluggo – Mike Keneally – Cardboard Dog… CARDBOARD DOG… I have NO idea what this is about but it really grabs me and says ‘you need to listen to me’. This is a cracking Rock album that breaks quite a few rules, there are plenty of superb Rock riffs Keneally style, then you get this ‘choo choo’ train coming up before one of the maddest chorus’s you are likely to hear. Wonderful bluesy / jazzy piano moments and all round great SOUND. I’ve only scratched the surface of this but I’m loving it more and more..
5. You Must Be This Tall – Mike Keneally – This is a weird one… Mike enjoys the mixture of low-fi instrumentation coupled with dry guitars and acoustics (often doubling each other) and the odd departure on this album gives a real sense of a transition. It feels like the middle ground between Scambot and Sluggo which is a very good place to be. The instrumental title track comes in with this powerful pre-chorus that never quite becomes a chorus, its hard to explain but the ascending movement that falls back down just before the heavy guitar drops in. Its just a moment of musical clarity, this is what its all about.. Also ‘Popes’ (video below) is one of my kids favourite tunes, kind of like the sopranos theme tune done as a parody (ish).
4. Amnesiac – Radiohead – My synthesized needs are very much taken care of here, looping and hypnotic. Deep and emotional, inventive and bizarre at times. Also makes me think of anime’s like Ghost in the Shell with is use of FM style percussion synth sounds, proper nostalgic. Then chuck on top the ballad style approach and i’m in some kind of musical limbo (in a good way). Defintiely my favourite Radiohead album by a good distance.
3. I Heard You Listening – Echolyn – Elbow meets Yes and a helping of American Rock. This album is another expertly crafted example of beautiful songwriting coupled with energetic rock tracks that grabs you from start to finish. I love the piano being out front as an anchoring instrument throughout, and the choice moments of classic synth tones that are easy to overuse but are delicately and sparingly placed from beginning to end… and the HARMONIES… whoa… All this time we’re given is one of my favourite hooks I’ve heard for a long time. I could listen to the chorus part on loop for a good hour and still not get bored. Beautiful album.
2. Rise Up Forgotten Return Destroyed – Shineback – A bit of a monster this one. Laid back grooves, ambience that massive attack would be proud of and utterly mental heavy synth with a middle eastern melodic vibes. Some incredibly inventive use of vocals, harmonisation and effects. Sounds that I have never heard outside of heavy trance / dub-step and electronica before. But most importantly the songs are wonderfully crafted and the album just flows as one, I really don’t like jumping into a random track from it. This one is a beginning to end kinda thing.
1. Scambot 1 – Mike Keneally – This album is a masterpiece. It has started to make sense after a ridiculous amount of listens. It travels through lo-fi quirkiness into acoustic heart-felt americana whilst stopping for a Cat Bran Sammich on the way (I don’t know either). Now I’ve never really gotten into music that sounds quite free-form, but this album has taught me. It’s, at times, utterly bizarre composition has sunk into my brain and now the whole album (by the way the special edition 2nd disc is an utter delight) is part of my life. It’s music as it should be, exactly what it wants to be – nothing more, nothing less.
OOOH AND SCAMBOT 2 IS COMING SOOOON