Ahh, January. The traffic is back, and the weather blows. Throats are sore, voices are hoarse, and there’s not an Advil anywhere to be found. But what is the most difficult to bear: after 11 months of indignant resistance, the legions of music sites, webzines, MP3 blogs and rogue start-ups all start reading each other’s year-end recommendations, taking note that much of it is rather … good. So while the rest of you are putting the lampshades back on the lamps and looking around for the cat, we’re flashing our retreat colors and admitting that we’ve missed a few. Quite a few. And this list, by all means, is not exhaustive:
For starters: Aaron Martin. This is some pretty amazing stuff. The short description? His compositions favor those of Field Rotation, if not a bit more minimal, and at times, wittier. Here is his Soundcloud page. Stream “Sea Wasp,” just below.
One more? Our pleasure: stream the still and haunted “Toby Lee,” from Sophie Hutching’s 2010 debut Becalmed:
Hat tip for all: Fluid Radio. Much more to come.