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2021 31 Jan

My favourite 16 longplayers 2021 (first half)

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 1 Comment

Nova Materia‘s new album came by midnight. A place nearby a nature reserve. My home. A taxi stopped, motor still running, ringing the bell, a young man said sorry for being so late, we had both our masks on, I received the envelope. Inside, the cover of the vinyl had something familiar (the old Made To Measure-label from Bruxelles back again!), set for release at the end of June. First pressing, fresh from the factory, a short note added, and, hand-written, the permission to play it – first time ever –  in my next night show. If I like it. Too kind. I cannot remember I ever got an album under such circumstances. Secret delivery by night. I was awake, had done my little meditation exercise – a glass of „Two Left Feet“, two candles burning, my record-player in motion, gave it a go. I didn‘t know the name of the composers –  that can happen, months ago, I couldn‘t relate anything with Floating Points.

I listened to the album from start to end. „To enjoy in all its aural elements, please listen on headphones. Compatible with stereo on loudspeakers.“ These guys care for sound, don‘t they? My headphones are quite good ones, and though their suggestion is old school, it makes sense. The sound quality stunning *, and more important, the whole album is a quiet burner. A revelation. A journey through an ancient area, real, surreal, desolate, full of mythology, history, horizon.

 

 

 

 

Now here comes the challenge. It‘s known as „The Stonehenge Trap“. Imagine you are impressed by  the aura of such a power spot, and want your music to be informed with it, live up to its nameless mysteries. So what will happen with fresh field recordings, the music in your mind at hand (in fragments)? It can all too easily end up in some „new age nirwana“. Or „electro-acoustic ivory tower studies“. Nothing like that. Listened a second time, a third time. I was caught inside, softly seduced, on the other side. A lesson in getting there, A five-star album in the rare genre of where-am-i-music. I will play it under the moon in June, 2.20 a.m., full circle. Eduardo Henriquez und Caroline Chaspoul have painted their masterpiece.

 

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01.
 Lambchop: Showtunes ***** / 02. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, LSO: Promises / 03. Nova Materia: Xpujil ***** / 04. Nik Bärtsch: Entendre ***** / 05. The Mountain Goats: Dark In Here ***** / 06. Marc Johnson: Overpass ***** / 07. Sons of Kemet: Black To the Future ****1/2 / 08. Portico Quartet: Terrain ****1/2 / 09. Pino Palladino and Blake Mills: Notes with Attachments ****1/2 / 10. Eivind Aarset: Phantasmagoria ****1/2 (VÖ: 24.9.2021) / 11. Lana Del Ray: Chemtrails Over The Country Club ****1/2 / 12. St. Vincent: Daddy‘s Home ****1/2 / 13.  The Coral: Coral Island **** / 13. Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker: Descension (OOOC) **** / 15. Kari Ikonen: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions **** / 16. Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis: She Walks In Beauty ****
 

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Dies ist jetzt der Klartext. Mit allen Nennungen. XPUJIL von Nova Materia wird als LP, CD und DL verfügbar sein. Von Lambchop empfehle ich die whity vinyl-Version mit 45 rpm. Da kann man auch besser lesen, was im Klappcover abgedruckt ist. Es ist aber so und so eine fantastische Aufnahme. Promises und Entendre gibt es mittlerweile auch auf Vinyl. Meine Endjahresliste dann am 6.12.21.


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