Music for 2017 | Part I

Who needs some fresh new tunes on their playlists? This is what I have been listening to:

Nothing Feels Natural
by Priests
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"I thought I was a cowboy 'cause I Smoked Reds. You thought I was disgusting. All the jock frat boys called you a hipster fag and I think you liked it, I think you loved it. I wrote a bunch of songs for you but you never knew and you never deserved them. Who ever deserves anything anyway? What a stupid concept!" — JJ by Priests
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ JJ/Nothing Feels Natural


Forget
by Xiu Xiu
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Too dead to be this dumb
Too dead to be this young
Sing me to sleep
GoGo
Too dead to be a duck
Too bear to be a rug
What have I done
GoGo
 — Jenny GoGo by Xiu Xiu
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Jenny GoGo


50 Song Memoir
by The Magnetic Fields
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"Following his late-1990s triumph 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt began cannily organizing his Magnetic Fields songs. There was 2004’s alphabetic i, followed by the genre filters of 2008’s Distortion and 2009’s Realism. In 2012, Merritt took on a slightly defeatist project—“the concept is there is no concept!”—with Love at the Bottom of the Sea, an album whose lack of thematic unity resulted in a disappointingly uneven listen. Now, the Magnetic Fields return with a record that, like 69 Love Songs, forces Merritt to get focused and inspired. 50 Song Memoir is easily the best gimmick Merritt’s stumbled upon since the turn of the century. Arranged chronologically with a song for each of the first 50 years of Merritt’s life, 50 Song Memoir is a conceptually satisfying work, spanning five discs and two-and-a-half hours without feeling repetitive or samey." — Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ '68: A Cat Called Dionysus

Meraki


Meraki by Habitants
This is a brand new song (and brand new band founded by members of The Gathering), but this is the kind of music I used to listen to before I became an elitist.

Favourite albums of 2016

#10
Songs For Our Mothers
by The Fat White Family

#9
A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo
by Elza Soares

#8
Jackie Lynn
by Jackie Lynn (Circuit Des Yeux)

#7
Feelin Kinda Free
by The Drones

#6
Preoccupations
by Preoccupations

#5
Black Lights
by Samaris

#4
Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
by Xiu Xiu

#3
Hopelessness
by Anohni

#2
Blood Bitch
by Jenny Hval

#1
Welt in Klammern
by All diese Gewalt!



Honorable Mentions
by David Bowie (1947-2016)

You Want It Darker
by Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

The complete and updated list can be viewed here.
Happy 2017!

Music for 2016 | Part III

This time I have quite a handful of good releases for you guys to check out. You might see most of these on my top 10 at the end of the year. But let's see what else we get until there.

A mulher do fim do mundo
by Elza Soares
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"“Woman at the end of the world, I am, I go on, singing, till the end,” intones Elza Soares on the title track of the Brazilian singer’s 34th album. The tumult that her 79 years have contained is little short of head-spinning – having been born in a Rio favela, she was married at 12, widowed at 21, later wedding the footballer Garrincha with whom she was expelled from the country, and suffered domestic abuse, racism and seen her children die from malnutrition – yet her spirit, as this album attests, is one of emboldened resilience." — Laurie Tuffrey, The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Maria da Vila Matilde

My Woman
by Angel Olsen
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"My Woman is a record coated in the sounds of radio’s past, a potpourri of classic rock gestures and doo-wop sway, yet Olsen’s mindset is anything but nostalgic. Olsen is caught in this moment, in all of its dark inconsistencies and promises of a better world, and rather than offering us a clear statement or dogma to carry forward, she’s given us a collection of songs as willfully gorgeous and twisted as life itself. These are shadowy bedroom anthems, a detailed portraiture of the obstacles we still face as a society, and yet there is a joy coursing through this music that is undeniable and inspiring." — Sam Goldner, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Sister

Black Lights
by Samaris
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"Black Lights, then, is a summer album for people who just aren't sure if longer days are really something they want to be dealing with right now." — The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Wanted 2 Say

Skeleton Tree
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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"In July 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur—one of his twin sons with wife Susie Bick—died when he accidentally fell from a cliff near the family’s current home in Brighton, England. The writing and recording of Skeleton Tree had commenced before the tragic incident, but the album was completed in its aftermath, and its specter hangs over it like a black fog. This is a record that exists in the headspace and guts of someone who’s endured an unspeakable, inconsolable trauma. And though the songs are not explicitly about Arthur they are uncannily about coming to terms with loss and the realization that things will never be the same again." — Stuart Berman, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ I Need You

See also: Part I | Part II