Articles by Ljubinko Zivkovic
With Always, Cave prove one more constant with ’space jam’ bands – if they are really good, their music just keeps growing on you. Cave are that good.
Patrick R. Pärk has come up with something excellent for a lazy afternoon with your headphones on.
With Obey, the Exploded View seem to have done quite a good job of presenting the concept they deal in – and that is exploring the subliminal in all of its aspects.
The musical excellence presented on The Crossing simply accentuates the potency of Escovedo’s lyrical message, making this album probably one of the strongest musical/lyrical statements this year.
All this adds up to an avant-garde prog album that doesn’t make you run for a handful of headache tablets after you are finished listening.
The only ‘problem’ is that after you’ve gone once through XXXX Bitter Irony, you have a nagging feeling you have to immediately give it yet another run.
With Animals is some of the best nocturnal music to be heard recently.
On Don’t Look Away Alexander Tucker comes over as an artist with a musical/lyrical/visual vision that works.
It often happens that albums which gave an initial impression of being just a pleasant distraction turn out to actually have quite a substance and to contain music that you will often return to. Living in Symbol is one of those albums.
With Revisions #1, Mirek Coutigny shows promise that he can turn into a true musical voice.
In essence, for Borderlands, The Myrrors may have conjured all those Zabriskie Point soundtrack spirits, but they have mixed all those sounds up, and like the Arizona sand, have thrown it up in the air and let it hang out there. Slowly.
Papa M is able to conjure exactly the musical theme and images he sets out to do, probably the hardest thing to do with this kind of atmospheric music.
Sometimes it is better to hit the perfect sense of a certain genre than trying to invent the new musical wheel, and with Preservation, The Black Delta Movement is able to do exactly that.
Parades Against Parades “I don’t care if you’ve heard it before” attitude works, because they not only know what they’re doing but they do it in such a great, cool manner, making you wonder what they put in the food and drink up there in Saskatoon!
An intricate and varying set of psych variations recalling The Fiery Furnace’s best moments, with free jazz moments as an extra bonus.
Finally, a conceptual piece of (musical) art that really works.
Deciding whether you want to pick up Dancehall and their The Band depends on what you feel at the moment and whether you want to pick up an energy drink or this album, or, preferably, whether you need to irritate your neighbours, at least for half an hour.
Serpentwithfeet just made sure I open my best of the year list a bit earlier this time around.
Dobrowolski has come up with a set of beautiful music that transcends the terms as modern classical, ambient or ‘video games music, for that matter.
Portico Quartet comes up with a set of musical sketches that stand on their own merit.
Will from The Goats comes up with a short, sharp and weird one.