Of course I am late with this one. It’s definitely March by now, and I should be preparing my February releases post, but hey, at least I took my time listening to those featured right here. And there was plenty of amazing music to listen to!
Check out the ones that I completely loved, was hyped about, or just found extremely impressive and worth listening.
Howard – Religion
I started my month with the amazing band Howard and their phenomenal brand new album. I was so desperate to get it, that I had even pre-ordered a copy from PledgeMusic, and written a review, which doesn’t happen that often on my blog – but I know it should.
I was delighted by the delicacy of their sound on Religion, which is also an amazingly consistent, coherent, and multidimensional album. Whilst listening to it, you can cry, laugh, wonder what the hell is the meaning of life, or just sit back and relax. Just pay attention to the fact how good Howard’s new release makes you feel.
In conclusion, I still think this was my number one album in January, and it was such an amazing start to the new year full of music.
Björk – Vulnicura
The best description of what happened in January with the unexpected early release of her brand new album is the sentence that I overheard somewhere, which simply said that Björk just had pulled a Beyoncé – with the difference that Vulnicura is a better reason to be happy about (I still think Bey’s one was also great tho).
This is a must listen not only for every Björk fan, but also for every music enthusiast in this world. This woman is a living legend and better do something about it yourself (aka listen to her exceptional talent) or you’ll regret it later on.
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
At first, I wasn’t really sure if I should include it in my favourite albums of January, because I didn’t really feel the vibe of this release. I felt like I haven’t had listened to it that much, and I decided to give it one last chance, and… something’s changed since then. I fell in love with everything – the album cover, the sound, even the tracks’ titles.
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
This absofuckinlutely mesmerising release was the essence of my last few weeks. Being a music freak that I am, I sometimes grab a notepad and write down my thoughts while listening to the particular album – in this case, I wrote down 4 or 5 pages with nothing but words of admiration. Benjamin, as a self-taught musician, appears even more authentic in my eyes, and delights with the unusual tempo of his music. This rhythmically surprising and sophisticated album will suit everyone who seeks uniqueness in the releases that they listen to.
Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
Again, even though B&S are really popular these days, and everyone seems to be so much into them, it’s still not the release that I would go for and spend 10 pounds or so on. But some invisible, unclear force makes me wanna go back to this album again and again, and by now I feel like I memorised the lyrics to the song ’Nobody’s Empire’ just perfectly. This has to mean something – and Girls In Peacetime definitely meant something for me after its release.
Man Without Country – Maximum Entropy
My first impression of this release was how beautifully aesthetic the cover looks like. Like all these covers for such great albums that are usually unsung, but deserve much more attention.
I also like the fact that – at least for me – Maximum Entropy guarantees a little bit more decisive sound that I usually tend to be choosing in terms of music, and then it goes to delicate, covering almost every sphere of vibrancy that I love. A definitive plus for the cool titles!
Låpsley – Understudy EP
Last but not least. Låpsley is Låpsley, and her music speaks for itself. Let this short sentence be the introduction to her career and my series of posts featuring her work, and at the same time the beautiful ending to my favourite January releases.