This month was a doozy. We got some of the most anticipated records of the year from Angel Olsen, Anamanaguchi, Floating Points and Danny Brown, some surprise releases from Big Thief, Chromatics and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, along with some newcomers in Konradsen, Great Grandpa and Common Holly. All in all, fantastic stuff.
Anamanaguchi – [USA] [Polyvinyl]
The feeling when you gain the ability to quick travel in a video game and go back to worlds you’ve completed just to sightsee.
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors [Jagjaguwar]
Rose petals mingle in the wind of a dramatic snowstorm.
Big Thief – Two Hands [4AD]
Doing karate in the woods by yourself and a courier brings you a fruit basket.
Chromatics – Closer to Grey [Italians Do It Better]
A long zoom in starting from a view of a city skyline and ending on a person in a nondescript building that turns and looks at the camera.
Common Holly – When I say to you Black Lightning [Barsuk / Solitaire]
Watching a plane flying an oddly specific self-help message pass overhead in a pink and blue sky.
Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿ [Warp]
Laughing so much you experience a psychedelic episode that lasts into your forties.
Floating Points – Crush [Ninja Tune]
Completing complex equations on a giant chalk board opens a gate to a secret dimension.
Great Grandpa – Four of Arrows [Double Double Whammy]
A familiar porch light on in the distance after a miles-long walk down country roads.
Konradsen – Saints and Sebastian Stories [Cascine]
The rosy heat radiating from cheeks after sitting next to a fireplace all night.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen [Ghosteen Ltd.]
Weaving clouds into a glittering tapestry with slots for sunlight to shine through.
GR8 SONGS OF OCTOBER::
- Anamanaguchi – “Air On Line”
- Anamanaguchi – “The CRT Woods”
- Angel Olsen – “Spring”
- Anna Meredith – “Inhale Exhale”
- Battles – “Fort Greene Park”
- Big Thief – “Forgotten Eyes”
- Big Thief – “Shoulders”
- Big Thief – “Those Girls”
- Blue Hawaii – “On a High”
- Caroline Polachek – “Door”
- Chromatics – “Whispers in the Hall”
- Chromatics – “You’re No Good”
- Common Holly – “Uuu”
- Common Holly – “You Dance”
- Danny Brown – “Belly of the Best (feat. Obongjayar)”
- Danny Brown – “Savage Nomad”
- Destroyer – “Crimson Tide”
- Floating Points – “Anasickmodular”
- Floating Points – “Bias”
- Floating Points – “Environments”
- Frances Quinlan – “Rare Thing”
- Great Grandpa – “Bloom”
- Great Grandpa – “Dark Green Water”
- Kim Gordon – “Paprika Pony”
- Konradsen – “Roasted”
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Galleon Ship”
- Squirrel Flower – “Red Shoulder”
- TORRES – “Good Scare”
- Yeule – “Poison Arrow”