May Musical Highlights

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;

Let’s Wrestle’s new album “Nursing Home” hit the shelves this month and I had a bash at reviewing it here.

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”;

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  1. #1 by Kuz on May 30, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    Don’t get too demoralised, I for one would be gutted if you let this blog wither. Just keep writing and readers will return.I’m struggling myself due to family responsibilities but I’m determined not to give up.

    I’m glad you have discovered Alcest, amazing band. The debut Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde is also fantastic. The man behind it – Neige – has been involved with a few excellent groups, particularly Les Discrets and to a slightly lesser extent, Amesoeurs.

    Three Trapped Tigers sounds interesting, thanks for the heads up.

    • #2 by IPreferTheirOldStuff on May 30, 2011 - 1:11 pm

      Thanks mate, that’s the sort of thing I need to hear! I think it doesn’t help that I’m out of work at the moment so don’t have much going on and forget most other people have lives they’re getting on with! 🙂

      I’m also determined not to give it up, I’ve seen my writing improve over the months so will keep going, I just need to stop looking at the site stats page so often!

      I gave Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde a liste on Spotify recently, it’s a lot more shoegaze than I was expecting! I’ll try and check out the other two you mention.

      Thanks again for your comment. 🙂

      • #3 by IPreferTheirOldStuff on May 30, 2011 - 1:12 pm

        *listen. Writing’s improved, spelling obviously hasn’t!

  2. #4 by knowingisknowing on May 31, 2011 - 10:20 am

    I also will encourage you to keep writing. I have found myself at times feeling like giving up on my blog as well. The thing is you are passionate about music. Just keep doing what you are doing, I have found a lot of great music info through your blog! Speaking of Alcest, I’m currently listening to their rerecorded/reissue of Le Secret. Stunning stuff. I’m really digging it.
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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