Triple Reviews #2

1. Absencen by Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Album cover of Absencen

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.

~Goodbye~ 

Writing Soundtrack

So lately I have been writing mostly short stories and writing bits and pieces of novellas that I plan to finish one day. When I write I  like to listen to music out loud, and drink hot beverages like chocolate milk or earl grey tea. I find this funny though because most writers can’t concentrate when music is playing in the background. For some reason though, music actually helps me write. So here’s a few albums I listen to when I write. I usually listen to alternative and folk music.

1. Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World

I know this is probably one of Jimmy Eat World’s most overrated album. Although, I can’t help it, I love how “happy” it sounds. I love the fast, catchy, pop punk songs and the sweet little ballads. Bleed American also has a good equal balance between ballads and rock songs. Occasionally I do like to delve into pop punk even though a lot of people seem to hate it now.

2. Finders Keepers by 8mm Sky

Post-rock is just the perfect soundtrack for everything.

3. Any album by Nick Drake

Nick tells stories by sitting with a guitar and singing. Another reason why I love his music.

4. Smoke Ring For Halo by Kurt Vile

For some reason I find his folk songs to be really relaxing. His music is also perfect for the winter season.

5. 讓我想一想 (Let Me Think Twice) by Cheer Chen

Another relaxing folk album. It seems to bittersweet sound to it.

6. Either/Or by Elliott Smith

Again, another relaxing folk album.

7. Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins

This album is amazing, I love the synthesizers. It’s pretty addictive.

8. The Alcatraz Kid by Jeremy Messersmith

This guy is pretty cool, if you like Elliott Smith then I highly recommend him. His songs are very sweet and emotional.

9. Lots of post-rock and Neoclassical music like Ólafur Arnalds or Explosions in the Sky.

10. Any albums by Joe Hisaishi or Ryuichi Sakamoto

If I go any longer, this list would go on forever. Oh, I forgot, I will also include The Bends by Radiohead.

Here’s a Playlist.

Oh hi guys! Here’s a playlist I recently made. There will be reviews someday!

1. Jesus Fever by Kurt Vile

2. Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective (Ironically it’s not summer anymore)

3. The Gypsy King by Patrick Wolf

4. Ghost Towns by Radical Face

5. Sun by Two Door Cinema Club

6. Sleep Alone by Two Door Cinema Club

7. DEAR FREEDOM by ACIDMAN

8. Life On Mars? by David Bowie

9. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

10. Gravity by Vienna Teng

 

-tsukihana- by Nana Kitade

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1. -tsukihana-

2. Kagami no kuni Aria

3. Manon

4. -tsukihana- (Jigoku Shoujo Mistuganae Opening ver.)

5. -tsukihana- instrumental

Nana Kitade is a Japanese rock musician known for her Gothic Lolita fashion. “-tsukihana-” is her 12th single and is featured on her last album “Bondage”. She formed a band called Loveless a few months after “Bondage” ( Bondage was released in 2009). “Tsukihana” is one of my favorite songs by Nana Kitade, it’s probably one of the few songs by Nana that I actually like. Nana Kitade is indeed a very talented musician but her only flaw is her singing which she seems to have a hard time controlling. Tsukihana is a very catchy rock song that starts off slowly and speeds up as the chorus comes in. The lyrics are pretty sad when you read the translation and it fits the Jigoku Shoujo anime very well (the anime is also known as Hell Girl). Nana Kitade sings in a whispery and almost lonesome sounding voice in the verse but in the chorus, she seems to lose control and sings with rather a shaky sound. Despite her shaky singing, it is still a wonderful song and it never seems to get old. “Kagami no kuni” is also another solid rock song, but this song is a lot harder and darker than -tsukihana-. The song has an overall creepy and hard rock sound to it and Nana’s voice is pretty good until the chorus where she seems to produce high pitched yells. I’m not going to go into any detail about “Manon” because it’s a pretty typical pop rock song for Nana. But nonetheless, -tsukihana- is a pretty solid single that I can listen to without getting sick of it. By the way guys, I’m typing this post on my itouch, for some reason I find this more comfortable than typing on my computer despite the autocorrect. I also get it done faster!