August was a fine month – nothing that stood out tremendously this month, but a few super solid releases that have kept my ears happy throughout. I was still reeling from how bad July was music-wise, so some fallout may have carried over here. During this month I had a pleasant Cocteau Twins phase and a reaffirmation that Burial’s Street Halo EP is the best work he’s ever put out. I barely went to any shows, so no big songs I saw live sticking out to me either. Just these few records and a couple of songs keeping me company.
Bodies Of Water – Spear In The City [Thousand Tongues]
A group of actors portraying cowboys get too into their roles and rove out to the desert & make a new civilization.
Brockhampton – Saturation II [self-released]
A group of friends make everyone else on the planet look incredibly lazy.
death’s dynamic shroud – Heavy Black Heart [Orange Milk Records]
A virtual community where humans have uploaded their consciences becomes infested with corrupting data, but normal life somehow finds a way to cruise along despite its newly deformed state.
Dent May – Across The Multiverse [Carpark Records]
A man dangerously obsessed with The Beach Boys moves to L.A. to reconnect with an old friend that he also happens to be in love with and brings up Pet Sounds and Neil Hamburger in every conversation he initiates at parties.
The Districts – Popular Manipulations [Fat Possum]
It’s 2005 all over again and I’m alone in my room.
EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring [City Slang]
A concert taking place in an inexhaustible chemical fire.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Mild High Club – Sketches Of Brunswick East [ATO Records]
A bunch of dudes crowd into a small, humid apartment on a rainy day, listening to Ethiopian jazz records on repeat and watching old animated movies with no sound.
Liars – TFCF [Mute]
A magic mirror that lets you watch yourself behave in alternate dimensions.
Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Warp]
Enter night mode. Walking down into a subway station without getting noticed while noticing everyone else. A closed fast food restaurant with workers mopping the floors in the dark. Headlight glare. Greasy bodega sandwich. Read receipt with no reply. Running late. From a dirty corner, looking down on the world’s inhabitants like insects.
Widowspeak – Expect The Best [Captured Tracks]
A world of feathers and shooting stars.
GR8 SONGS OF SEPTEMBER::
- Amy O – “Spacey Feeling”
- Ariel Pink – “Feels Like Heaven”
- Beck – “Dear Life”
- Bodies Of Water – “Here Among You”
- Brockhampton – “GUMMY”
- death’s dynamic shroud – “My Turned-Off Phone”
- Dent May – “Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love”
- Destroyer – “Sky’s Grey”
- Four Tet – “Planet”
- Girl Ray – “Don’t Go Back At Ten”
- Hundred Waters – “Fingers”
- Julien Baker – “Appointments”
- Kelela – “LMK”
- Liars – “Face To Face With My Face”
- Oneohtrix Point Never – “Connie”
- Photay – “Outre Lux (ft. Madison McFerrin)”
- The War On Drugs – “Holding On”
- Widowspeak – “Dog”
- Wiki – “Litt 15 (ft. Your Old Droog)”
- Zola Jesus – “Siphon”
Listen to all these songs and more on my 2017 Spotify playlist.