Many volumes and a handful of outstanding records: the pre-return to album releases, this August 27, is a nice warm-up.
FAVOURITE: EVAN WRIGHT
EVAN WRIGHT – Sound From out the window
Playlist track: Changesa hazy and intimate folk song
Sound From out the window was released on bandcamp, with a discretion clearly modeled on the self-effacement that can characterize songwriters for whom the guitar and the home studio are the only concessions to the outside world. Released digitally and in 33rpm, before a vinyl release (300 copies) announced for December, it is the first disc of a New York-based songwriter by adoption and a Californian by birth, Evan Wright, who until now had no released only one EP in 2018. We think of Elliott Smith for the melancholy, the immediacy, the beauty, the body-to-body with the guitar – Evan Wright is not the only one, in this fall, to recall the memories of Smith, who died eighteen years ago, we will return to this in the weeks to come. There is also a lo-fi psychedelia in the production which emancipates Wright from this tutelary figure. The artist produced this disc in total autarky: writing, recording, mixing, mastering.
THE BEACH BOYS – Feel Flow (The Sunflower & Surf’s Up session)
Playlist track: Surf’s Up A Capellaa treasure
As usual, you will find the reissues at the end of the playlist, but the boxed release (5 CDs or 4 LPs) of FeelFlowa collection of remastered and unreleased tracks centered on The Sunflower and Surf’s Up, the first two Beach Boys albums in the early 1970s, is one of the big events of the week. It’s no coincidence that the first two Beach Boys records from the Reprise Records catalogue, with Carl Wilson at the helm, receive the same treatment as Pet Sounds then Smile : less well-known, they sometimes touch the peaks.
STEVE GUNN – Other You
• Playlist track: Other Youeponymous title and opening.
• Sixth album from one of America’s most trusted songwriters. Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, well), is in production.
BABA ALI – Memory Device
• Playlist track: Thought Leaderdarkly funky
• First album by Babatunde Teemituoyo Doherty (Baba Ali on stage), emerging artist from the London scene.
WATER FROM YOUR EYES – Structure
• Playlist track: When you’re aroundfirst single, opening track
• Second album this year for a Brooklyn duo that maintains the tradition of delicate songwriting inspired by sixties pop.
YANN TIERSEN – Kerber
(EVERYTHING’S CALM / MUTE)
• Playlist track: Kerdallsolemnity and digital runaways.
• Articulated around the piano, Kerber is by far Tiersen’s most electronic sound-processing album.
RODOLPHE BURGER & ERIC MARCHAND – Glück Auf!
(LAST STRIP / [PIAS])
• Playlist track: Eisbarfree and stimulating rereading of the great classic by Grauzone
• The physical album of the second collaboration between Roldolphe Burger and Eric Marchand will be released on September 10th. A bluesy reinterpretation, recorded in sexette, of traditional pieces, sometimes drawn from little-known repertoires (Breton, Albanian, Turkish).
BIG RED MACHINE – How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?
• Playlist track: phoenixwith the Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell, already released as a single
• The joint project of Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) has something impeccable about it. Maybe too much.
LOVE-SONGS & U. SCHÜTT – Spannende Musik
(Office B / Bigwax)
• Playlist track: Unregelmäßiges Clicken (to your wishes), serene cosmic exploration
• The post-kraut-electro trio from Hamburg Love-Songs and the musician Ulf Schütte form this ephemeral group for the duration of the album Spannende Musika fertile krautrock, ambient and contemporary improvisation that could have been lent to the series UFO(s).
JASON SHARP – The turning center of a still world
• Playlist track: Velocity of Beingone of the many challenges to your senses offered by this great sound journey.
• In the purest Constellation tradition, the demanding exploration of Montreal bassist and saxophonist Jason Sharp, for whom this is the third album.
Jason Sharp | The Turning Center Of A Still World | Visual Album by Guillaume Vallée from Constellation Records on Vimeo.
Also to listen
MEN I TRUST – Untourable album
Playlist track: Sugarwhich lives up to its name, with a touch of Papas Fritas
EYEDRESS – Mullholland Dress
Playlist track: Long Nights at the 711a piece as if unearthed from a collection of indie rarities from the early 1980s, one of the many facets of Vicuña, a hyper-productive Filipino artist for whom this is the sixth album.
EVANN McINTOSH – Character Development EP
Playlist track: Coco Pebblesvery jazz rock influenced, extract from the mini-album of a very young songwriter who is learning to become an adult
THALIA ZADEK BAND – PerfectVision
Playlist track: Queasya good old rock like Thalia Zadek has been churning out for three decades
FENG SUAVE – So Much for gardening EP
Playlist track: tomb for rocketsextract from the third EP of an Amsterdam duo whose pop is very seventies soul morning.
MARISA ANDERSON / WILLIAM TYLER – Lost Futures
Playlist track: Lost Futurestrack which gives its title to the album of the two American guitarists, who undertake a description of the great outdoors with their six-string
GORILLAZ – Meanwhile EP
Playlist track: Jimmy Jimmy (feat. AJ Tracey)synthesis of the dominant hip-hop and reggae of this three-titles released by surprise.
MADI DIAZ – A History of Feeling
Playlist track: Nervousextract from the fifth album of the songwriter from Nashville, very classic in form
NILS PETTER MOLVAER – Stitches
Playlist track: A Sudden Rashdelicious trumpet flow by the Norwegian Nils-Petter Molvær, pioneer of nu jazz.
BENDIK GISKE – Cracks
Playlist track: Fluttera perfect sample of the Berlin saxophonist’s experiments around the theme of fragility.
ASA MOTO – Martino EP
(DEEWEE / BECAUSE)
Playlist track: Missing Teeththe Belgian duo’s analog prowess that shaped Altin Gün’s 2021 sound revival
NICHOLAS HAAS – Symbol
(7MUSIC / MODULOR)
Playlist track: three tripssynth pop fantasy made in France taken from Symbolthird volume of a triptych by after Love (2017) and Origin (2019).
ANDREA VON KAMPEN – That smells
Playlist track: Take back that giftcrystalline plea from a songwriter from Nebraska still little known in Europe
POWELL – Piano Music 1-7
Playlist track: Piano Music #7closing piece of seven piano essays enriched by a young London artist, Powell.
PIXIES – Live from the Warfield, San Francisco, CA May 30th 2005
Playlist track: Velouriaone of the most acceptable interpretations of this otherwise quite anecdotal live.
NEW ORDER – Be A Rebel remixed
Playlist track: Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Outlaw mix)barely listenable, like this dispensable disc
MAKOTO KUBOTA – Hawaii Champroo (1975 reissue)
(WEWANTSOUNDS / MODULOR)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – ETHIOPIAN HIT PARADE VOL. 2
AZTEC CAMERA – Backwards And Forwards The WEA Recordings 1984-1995, 9CD Box Set
(CHERRY RED RECORDS)
SUPERGRASS – In it for the money (1997) Remastered Expanded Edition
(THE ECHO LABEL LIMITED)
COSTIN MIERENAU – Cinese Moon (1978) reissue
DAVID TUDOR – Microphone reissued (1978) reissue