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 * * * * *
"“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
by Angel Olsen * * * * *
"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
by Samaris * * * * *
"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
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds * * * * *
"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
Early this summer (or late spring), an original birthday gift took us for the first time to the renown Karlovy Vary International Film Fest in the Czech Republic. And this is what we saw:
The Eagle Huntress
by Otto Bell | USA | 2016 * * * * * Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan has just one wish – to become an eagle huntress, thereby continuing the family tradition. In order to fulfill her dream she must overcome one remaining fundamental obstacle: falconry is usually the purview of men. Tinged with a touch of fairy tale, this Sundance audience favorite is set in the breathtaking mountains of Mongolia and is all the more unbelievable for being a true story.
One Week And One Day
by Asaph Polonsky | Israel | 2016 * * * * * In contrast to dramas focusing on protagonists who succumb to an illness, here the main characters are people who must come to terms with such a tragedy – an aging couple who have lost their only son. Initially, carrying on seems impossible but humorous moments crop up at even the toughest of times, making it thinkable to take the first step toward regaining their equilibrium.
Death By Death
by Xavier Seron | Belgium, France | 2016 * * * * * Michel is the prototype of the outsider. On top of that he’s an inveterate hypochondriac obsessed with visions of death. And why wouldn’t he be, when he’s pathologically dependent on his self-centered mother, a woman who endured cancer and will speak of nothing else. This markedly stylized work serves up a litany of wild and absurd situations with sophisticated humor.
United States Of Love
by Tomasz Wasilewski | Poland, Sweden | 2016 * * * * * The advent of the 1990s brought fundamental social change and a wealth of new possibilities. The film’s four heroines of different ages long for fulfilment in their lives and want to be part of that change. Created by one of the most distinctive artists working in Poland, the picture is dominated by exquisitely captured moments of searing, wretched desire for love and intimacy, and also by precise lensing from Oleg Mutu. Silver Bear for Best Script at this year’s Berlinale.
by Jim Jarmusch | USA | 2016 * * * * * Paterson is both a bus driver and a poet. He lives with his wife in the town of Paterson, once celebrated, now forgotten. The seven days, during which Jarmusch’s poetic film follows the rhythms of the couple’s life, unfold simply through the director’s gentle humor and his observation of the minute details that make up Paterson’s internal world.