Recommended Albums: August 2022

Getting later and later with these. Regardless, here’s what I loved from the month of August. From mostly-instrumental guitar freakouts, to revitalizing jazzy soul, to intriguing offerings from newcomers; August 2022 had a lot to offer.

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Listen: Dead Can Dance – “De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)” [1985]

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Sometimes on Warm Visions, I want to share brand new music. Sometimes I want to share an old track that you may not have heard of. Then sometimes I just want to post a vibe. The opening track from Dead Can Dance’s amazing 1985 album Spleen and Ideal is most certainly a vibe I want to share.

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Listen: Shabason & Krgovich – “I Am So Happy With My Little Dog” [2022]

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Well there was no way I wasn’t going to be sharing THIS. (Joseph) Shabason and (Nicholas) Krgovich, along with Chris Harris, made one of my favorite albums of 2020, Philadelphia, and have continued on a wild hot streak of creative projects of their own since then, such as this year’s Fresh Pepper. Collectively, these projects have brought me a lot of peace, as well as humor and intrigue during a time when these things are at a deficit. Not to go into “we need distractions from the nightmare around us”, but it’s refreshing to have such earnest music right now. Well, Shabason & Krgovich are back with a new album, At Scaramouche, out October 7 via Idée Fixe Records (who, as a reminder, also put out Evan J Cartwright’s fantastic bit by bit this year, which you should check out as well). The new single + video have me EXCITED for this album.

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Listen: Can – “Halleluwah” [1971]

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Not blowing any minds here, except for maybe those that haven’t listened to Can or Tago Mago before. To be fair, I hadn’t listened to Tago Mago since I was a senior in high school, and back then my brain was not ready for it. I don’t know exactly what recently brought me back to listen, but oh boy am I glad I did. Tago Mago is slowly becoming a top favorite “re-discovery” for 2022, a year where I’ve already listened to 100+ albums from the 80s. Tago has got me excited about my eventual pursuit into the 70s, and I’m not even halfway finished with my 80s list. Lordy.

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Listen: Tallies – “Catapult” [2022]

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Yes, I’m alive. Trying to get back into the swing of posting music I like. In this case, this Tallies song “Catapult” is absolutely something I like.

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Recommended Albums: July 2022

This is way late, and I apologize that the blog has been so quiet lately. Need to get better at getting stuff up here. Anyways, I listened to a lot of albums from the last month, a lot of them pretty good. While putting in the tags for this post, I realized WAY more than half the artists I’ve mentioned in some fashion below are first-timers. Always spreading outward! Either way, lots of charming, lovely and enriching music to find from July, in case you missed it.

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Listen: Plains (Katie Crutchfield + Jess Williamson) – “Problem With It” [2022]

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Today in completely unexpected super-duos, Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson have paired together as Plains, who have an album I Walked With You A Ways coming October 14 via ANTI. It’s interesting, because I saw that MJ Lenderman announced tour dates today with Plains and is playing big rooms. As much as I love Lenderman and think he should be playing as big of rooms as he wants, I didn’t think he was Webster Hall-level yet. This may explain that, especially since as of 10AM when those dates were announced, I had no idea who Plains were. Trust that time will illuminate all confusion.

Aside from the silly tour date posting, this is a great country rock tune, continuing Crutchfield’s deeper dive into the genre. Excited to hear Williamson on lead vocals on some later tracks as well, I hope. Check the song out below:

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The Best Albums, EPs + Songs of 2022 So Far

Here’s a comprehensive look of my favorite music of 2022 so far – there have been some heaters, that’s for sure. Scroll down for my Top 25 LPs (in my personal preferential order), as well as Top 4 EPs (ranked) + Top 40 songs (unranked). It’s a game of numbers here. I just completely look past the musical merit and assign numbers here at Warm Visions dot net. Just kidding, that’s not true. I’m listening to music during nearly every waking second of my adult life. Check it all out below and find a new favorite:

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Listen: Hatchie – “Quicksand” [2022]

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A quick late night listen post, the first in many months. Sorry about that! There will be a big post that will swallow this one up shortly. I’ve listened to this track so many times over the last week because I too feel like I’ve been sinking into quicksand (quicksaAand). Feeling like the Hatchie album Giving The World Away is going to keep growing on me. Check the track out below:

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Recommended Albums: June 2022

In an attempt to make up for Recommended Albums of May 2022, I’m READY for June 2022. It helped that there were some true home runs. Also what are the chances we have two records by musicians from São Paulo, Brazil. This is also the first time that I’ve featured a video game soundtrack here. That was the 11th album I added. Crazy, right? That’s a good sign for sure. Either way – here are my favorite albums + songs of June 2022. Best of 2022 so far coming soon.

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