This is the second of five write ups I’m doing on the physical records I’ve bought this year, with the remaining three coming over the next week(ish) or whenever I feel like it I’m an adult I got things to do fucking whatever. Listen along on Spootify and check out part I back here if you didn’t yet

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Trance Frendz


Why did I buy this? I think the first time I heard either of these guys was when Nils Frahm put out his (very dope) album Solo as a free download. Since then I’ve been steadily delving into more and more of his work (go listen to Nonkeen after you’re done here) and that of associated acts like Ólafur Arnalds and other Erased Tapes artists. This album is a beautifully sparse work of mostly piano-centric music that is all too easy to lose oneself in. Every time I listen to it I struggle with the fact that these two guys composed and recorded this entire album in a single night and it turned out this fucking good. Desert Island Tracks: 21:05 / 03:06

Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness


Why did I buy this? As you might have guessed from the first instalment of this list I kind of like Explosions in the Sky. I think I bought this after checking out the thing that they did. I think. I know for sure I had heard Disintegration Anxiety and Logic of a Dream because I specifically remember being blown away by the two video pieces that accompanied their release. Maybe I just saw those. Whatever, it’s not important. What is important is that this album is a great template for how to make post-rock while not getting stale, pushing the limits of the bands style while incorporating more glitchy electronic moments while still capturing that emotional core that is at the centre of what Explosions in the Sky do. It’s stunning. Desert Island Tracks: Disintegration Anxiety / Colors in Space

Parquet Courts – Human Performance


Why did I buy this? A large part of why I listened to this album in the first place was the gorgeous album artwork. I had tried listening to Parquet Courts when Light Up Gold was first getting attention but for whatever reason it just didn’t click with me. I had the exact opposite happen with Human Performance. From the first listen there was something about this album that had me immediately hooked. Every listen since I’ve been trying to pin down exactly what that something is, and every listen I’ve enjoyed the album a bit more. Desert Island Tracks: Captive of the Sun / Berlin Got Blurry

Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


Why did I buy this? Because it’s one of the most perfect albums ever made. Do I really have to say more than that? I do? Really? Okay. I was late to the Brand New party. My first time hearing this album was at least a couple years after Daisy had been and gone (that album is dope af btw and I will not stand for any anti-Daisy slander). I think the first Brand New I heard was probably drunken singalongs to The Archers Bows Have Broken. No wait, somebody showed me Okay I Believe You… years before that. I have no excuse for why I didn’t immediately seek out all their work, but I’ve done it now so leave me alone. Here’s hoping we get that new album in 2017. Desert Island Tracks: Limousine (MS Rebridge) / The Archers Bows Have Broken

Savages – Adore Life


Why did I buy this? I do admit I haven’t listened to all that much post-punk really despite liking what I have heard. This album is easily the best work in the genre I’ve heard thus far tho. Each song simmers with intensity, whether propulsing along rapidly or slowly unfurling menacingly. Every idea on the album seems fully fleshed out, no moment is overdone, no part of the album lags under the weight of the material like it could in lesser hands. It’s brilliantly heavy, start to finish. Desert Island Tracks: Adore / T.I.W.Y.G.


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