1. Absencen by Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Kammerflimmer Kollektief is a German jazz experimental musical group that was formed in 1996. They recently formed a band named Schwarzenbach. Absencen is a gorgeous yet mysterious and noisy album. The album has your typical Nu Jazz structure, the organs, the sax, the drums, and all the jazz instruments. But there’s something about this album that really pulls me in, it’s very dreamy and ambient, peaceful yet destructive.
2. Heartland by Owen Pallett
Another dreamy, ambient, gorgeous album. Owen Pallett, previously known under the stage name Final Fantasy, is a Canadian musician who has done many collaborations with bands and musicians such as Linkin Park, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Fucked Up, Guthrie, and many others. Heartland is a wonderful treat for the winter with it’s striking, flourishing string orchestra, and brass, twinkling, bouncy synthesizers, pounding percussion and Owen’s airy voice. I got this album for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it and I listened to it everyday. Since Owen Pallett plays both the violin and a synthesizer, his music sounds classical yet modern due to his styles of playing the violin (he occasionally plays it like a ukulele) and his Nord synthesizer.
3. Sundark and Riverlight by Patrick Wolf
Patrick Wolf is one of many favorite musicians and he will continue to be with his fantastic songwriting and his voice. So in this album, Patrick takes some of his songs from the past and today and strips them down into an acoustic sound. Patrick plays his tenor guitar, his viola, and a string orchestra and his piano to produce a emotional and heartbreakingly beautiful album that has me repeating some of the songs over and over. Some of the songs were stripped into a such a simple and minamalistic way, that you can actually hear the rawness in Patrick’s voice.
So I’m back, I probably won’t anything new soon though, I’m a horrible blogger anyway. My blog is not dead though.