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2014 23 Jul

The August List

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

It’s a very hot summer in Germany, and this may have influenced a bit next month’s choice of recommendations. Just look at the cover of King Creosote’s new record, and you know what I mean. The Scotsman and the legendary Mike Cooper transcend the so-called folk idiom without sacrificing its roots. Both artists, one in 2014, one in 1970, enrich the old traditions with a broad palette of emotions and arrangements reaching from chamber music to free floating jazz, from cinematic string moods to surprising breaks. And, yeah, it’s the best time for „beach books“. The old prejudice is that on beaches the value of literature has a lighter weight, but that’s nonsense. Discover the Hitchcock-fuelled world of love and desaster of Anne Goldmann’s „Lichtschacht“, or a nearly timeless introduction into the history of philosophy. One of the books you can read with 17, and 71. Time moves in circles – and anniversaries: in September the cd of the month will probably be the forthcoming debut of Erik Honore on Hubro Records, or the forthcoming record of Arve Henriksen (with strings) on Rune Grammofon. Both essential figures of the Punktfestival of Kristiansand that will celebrate its 10th edition in September (4th-6th). 

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