As well as the Tindersticks box set, i ordered a couple of other new releases from the UK. "Smother" by Wild Beasts has a bit on an 80's 'Tears for Fears' feel to it. Electro-acoustic, romantic falsetto. Go and watch Albatross on Youtube. Fleet Foxes' second album "Helplessness Blues" continues their gorgeous harmonies and songwriting. Hopw can a US group sound so English? Watch them on Vimeo. Alexi Murdoch sounds very Nick Drake on his second album, "Towards the Sun". nice.
But wait there's more, courtesy of local Sanity. Arctic Monkey's "Suck It and See" is brilliant. Clealy Alex Turner's "Last Shadow Puppets" excursion has paid off in terms of great retro Brit sound. k.d. lang's "Sing It Loud" is about to get its first playing. she could sing the phone book and I'd still love it. Ben Harper's "Give Till It's Gone". perhaps a bit 'more of the same', but he's exploring meaning, faith, humanity. Watch here.
Paul Simon's "So Beautiful or so What" is as good as everyone says. a bit of a "Graceland" feel in parts, but mainly good songwriting, acoustic and rhtythmic. and lots of religious imagery. and I really like moby's 'destroyer'. i know, you think 'another moby album'. but really, this is worth a listen. Video for "The Day" here. GO WATCH IT!!! Is this a confessional. it seems quite personal.
I've actually been buying less music, but that's taken a bit of a turn this month... emusic offered me some free credit... it's about $5 an album so, I got these..
"Magnetic Skyline" by Kelly Joe Phelps and Corinne West. stunning acoustic americana. i've loved his work for years. together they're sublime.
"Follow Your Bliss" by Po Girl - canadian urban roots trio. more country actually. swing, clarinet, banjo. nice. a bit like Syd Straw in places
"Mirepoix and Smoke" by Ben Weaver - laid back, folky. he's somes like someone and its buggin me! who is it?
"Singularity" by Robby Krieger - The Doors' guitarist plays jazz. fabulous!
"The Stand Ins" by Okkervil River - punky country stuff
"The Birth of a Band" by Quincy Jones - early big band work by the man. "Tuxedo Junction". you get the idea.
"The Love Songs" by Giant Sand - what? more americana? what's going on here? howe gelb. a master. what can I say?
"Consumed" and "Closer" by Plastikman - richie hawtin's electronic experiments. this is in my 'alt worship' music collection
"Love and Death" by Ebo Taylor - 74 year old Ghana jazzman. crazy.
"A Casual Introduction 1981-2001" by Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice - making up for things that I missed in the 80's...
"Time Without Consequence" by Alexi Murdoch - see above for Nick Drake references
"Wind in the Wires" by Patrick Wolf - 2005 second album from this multi-talented and strange lad
enough then? i think so...