Another month gone and I think I ought to apologise for the relative infrequency of posts on this blog in recent weeks, I seem to be suffering from blog apathy at the moment. After spending quite a while on a couple of posts recently to see them get almost zero views has demoralised me slightly. I’m blaming the arrival of spring and better weather, people have better things to do than read blogs I guess, I also should not care how many views I’m getting but can’t help that feeling of “Validate me! Validate me!!”
Anyway, back to business. What has been tickling IPreferTheirOldStuff’s ears this month?
First off it’s the first new material from Burial since 2007 (ignoring the collaborations with Four Tet and Thom Yorke), the Street Halo EP. Consisting of three tracks that stick to the winning formula of 2007’s “Untrue”, it’s another slice of crackly, late night loveliness. It still surprises me that I love this stuff so much as, from what I’ve heard, dubstep is not a genre I’m mad on aside from this.
Leicester’s Maybeshewill released their third album this month, “I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone”, and although it eschews the vocal samples used in the two previous albums (some might argue used too much on predecessor “Sing The Word Hope In Four Part Harmony”) it could still rank up there as my favourite of theirs so far. It certainly contains my favourite tune of the year so far;
Okkervil River released their new one “I Am Very Far” this month and it’s a real grower. Here’s a video for “Wake and Be Fine” from it;
Although I’ve only given it one listen so far, I got an advance copy of the debut by London trio Three Trapped Tigers off emusic and it sounds interesting, in a similar vein to Adebisi Shank, 65daysofstatic or asiwyfa; instrumental, mathy, disjointed, fun! Here’s the opening track from it, “Cramm”;
Finally, I want to share my obsession of the month! It is not an album from this year but from 2010 by French band Alcest, the album is “Écailles De Lune” and has been on almost constant rotation since I first heard it. I was led to them after reading they were similar to Agalloch who have been my discovery of the year so far. This is a live video of their great tune “Percées de lumière”;