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2015 Year in Half Review
We're halfway through the year already. Soon enough it'll be time to whack out another year end list. I say, what about half a year list?
Music is churned out at an amazingly thick and fast factory made chocolate bar rate with little room being made for anything exciting nowadays. It's made for a near impossible task of listening to anything being released for more than a week at a time.
However, out there somewhere, a something or another knocks you out. A tasteful reminder of great music hits both ears. Everything is good again. For a minute or two, at least.
So here be in half, 2015. half a year review.
Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree "Perpetual", 12k
A bright silent light. So tranquil that at times you forget you're listening to anything at all. The piano notes are like little drops of rain falling on your head. A sensation that doesn't come around all too often enough.
Bong “We are, we were and we will have been”, Ritual Productions
Snails pace would be doing this group a disservice, the pace is not even a pace. The gods created time for mountains to slowly erupt with volcanic activity. Now and again. This is the mountain. It stays and it slays.
Saturnalia Temple “To the Other”, Listenable
A nocturnal crawl through the wastelands of black space. A pounding and repetitive dark art that can work well for one and bore the tits off of another. A murky sinister journey drowning in its own filth.
listening to: Healing Music of Rana
The year that was streaming online, or the year that was no longer physical.
The Top 4
1. WATTER – This World
Featuring members of post-rock instrumental group Grails and the seminal Slint, this took me by surprise for its lingering touches of icy melancholy. It feels longer than it actually is.
2. EARTH – Primitive & Deadly
Additional vocals from Mark Lanegan and a woman I've never heard of set to slow, lumbering steam train ride music from a spaghetti western, adds another dimension to Dylan Carlson's creation.
3. SWANS – To Be Kind
Monumental, abrasive, life-swallowing, choke-hold filled set of songs all wrapped up in a world of everything. Cathartic and brilliant.
4. BONG – Stoner Rock
Timeless meditative hypnotic ritual ancient long amplified, lost in a desert, exhausted from the heat.
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