cd’s i bought

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I’ve been bombarded in the best of possible ways by some new music lately, and I”m happy about it. It seems I go through phases where nothing’s on my radar for a month or more, then the recommendations start pouring in from friends. My general rule is that if three people I trust tell me to get a certain record, I just go get it. Such was the case with most of these, and hopefully I’ll be one of your three people.

Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
I love loops. I love singing because I can’t do it. I love effects. This record has all of these, done by someone who is very capable of doing them all extremely well. Beautiful layered harmonies, and a slowly shifting sense of ambient direction make this a perfect headphone/tea album. Just picked it up yesterday so still discovering lots about it, but I know I really like it. Here’s a video about her process –

Know Your Neighbor: Julianna Barwick, The One-Woman Choir from wnyc culture on Vimeo.

Braids – Native Speaker
Here’s a band that I discovered on a Soundscapes listening post ( please never let record stores close) and I was into it from the first 30 seconds. Lots of unidentifiable but familiar sounds zooming around, Bjork-ish vocals, really interesting drumming, and good songs. I missed their show last weekend but heard it was great.

Iron and Wine – Walking Far from Home
This is a beautiful record with uplifting songs, really really good production, questionable saxophone solos, and great harmonies. Please go buy it now.

Honourable mentions – Buck 65′s latest 20 Odd Years, Doug Paisley’s Constant Companion, and Nick Lowe’s The Convincer. Thank god cd’s are a tax write off, geez.

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