I call this avantgarde sailor EBM. And I don’t even know why I sense any trace of EMB around here, but somehow I feel that this has some kind of an odd relation to it. This thing is hard to explain, but there are some tracks that I just cannot keep re-listening. And this is my one post so far that could best make use of a smiley. This music demands a smile – it’s hilarious. Oddly though, it’s not a completely comedic way of hilarious, it’s just fun, easy, and non-serious. Probably not completely coincidental that it keeps reminding me of Eläkeläiset.
Burzum – Sôl austan, Mâni vestan
What I like about Burzum is that it’s soothing like My Dying Bride but doesn’t have the doom edge to it. I love listening to The Angel and the Dark River, the only caveat is that it sets my mood and mindset to a specific place. Burzum leaves me where I am, it just provides calmness and space for me to float in. Well, maybe not all Burzum records, but this one and Hliðskjálf certainly are like that.
VNDL – Gahrena: Structures
Part intimate, part exploration. Ambient and glitches and noises.
Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
I listen to a very little amount of pop music so it’s no surprise that I am a late comer to take a bow for this album that was released in 2013. However I just cannot not put this one up here and note that this is what exceptional pop music sounds like. All those r&b “superstars” should stand in line to learn some tricks here. Featuring of Prince and Erykah Badu is powerful of course, but the record as a whole is way more that that, and with many faces of many genres beyond r&b.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Smooth jazzy, laid-back music for a Sunday afternoon chillin’. Also great album cover and band name. Their new album is out right now, but not yet available on Rdio and anyway this one is worth a mention on its own.