Friday, September 21, 2012

TravelMarx Music Summer 2012

TravelMarx Music Summer 2012
This was supposed to be a spring 2012 list, but time slipped away and now it is the end of summer. I guess it it gave us some more time to refine the list and hone in on what really stuck, musically. So here it is going top to bottom, left to right on each row:

1. Marissa Nadler - “The Sister”. Haunting.

2. MGMT - “Oracular Spectacular”. Catchy. “Weekend War” lyrics: “Now I can shoot a gun to kill my lunch, And I don’t have to love or think too much.” Not sure what it means, but we like it.

3. Sondre Lerche “Faces Down”. Great song writing.

4. Girish - “Diamonds in the Sun”. We heard a couple of tracks in yoga and decided to give it a try.

5. Various Artists - “The Now Sound Redesigned”. Reworked songs from the 1960s group The Free Design.

6. The Antlers “Undersea”. Drift. Love this EP!

7. Melody Gardot “The Absence”.

8. Various Artists - “Hotel Costes 14”. The Hotel Costes is still going strong. This release in particular has a lot of good tracks.

9. Damon Albarn “Dr. Dee”. A strange release that grows on you. Very interesting when used in a mix.

10. Jun Miyake - “Mondo Erotica”. We first encountered Miyake on the Pina Soundtrack.

11. Air “Le Voyage Dans La Lune”. Another funky Air album paying homage to A Trip to the Moon the 1902 Frech film written and directed by Georges Méliès.

12. Danger Mouse and Danielle Luppi - “Rome”. A black drippy heart on the cover says it all.

13. Spiritualized “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light”

14. Elbow “The Seldom Seen Kid”.

15. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - “Here”.

16. The Black Heart Procession - “Six”. Something keeps us drawn to Black Heart Procession’s albums.

17. Dead Can Dance “Anastasis”. Oh boy, first new Kate Bush late year and now Dead Can Dance.

18. Damien Jurado “And Now That I’m in Your Shadow”.

19. Slowdive “Pygmalion”. An old release that recently re-purchased digitally. What atmosphere!

20. Radio Citizen “Berlin Serengeti”.

21. The Lumineers “The Lumineers”. A solid album that works start to finish.

22. The Shins - “Port of Morrow”.

23. Of Monsters and Men - “My Head is an Animal”. We happened to be at our friends’ house getting ready to leave and we heard “Little Talks” with that infectious “Hey!”. By the next day we listened to the whole album a dozen times and it doesn’t get old.

24. Kings of Convenience “Riot on an Empty Street”. Sounds like a script to my life….love “Misread” and that tinkling piano riff.

25. Roxy Music - “Avalon”. We started listening to this 1982 release again after an uncle, who sent this cassette to us in the 1980s, passed away recently. So RIP RPB, “True to Life”.

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