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Jenny Hval – Year Of Love

Year Of Love is the second single to be released from Jenny Hval’s forthcoming album Classic Objects – her first studio album for 4AD. The song explores a “very troubling” experience she had of witnessing a marriage proposal at one of her performances. Plenty of artists, I’m sure, would have experienced this as a purely romantic act, and thought very little about it afterwards, but for Hval it elicited questions about how her art impacts others, and her own marriage; themes she explores and attempts to resolve over the course of the song.

Of course, you could just ignore all that and enjoy what is – lyrics aside – one of the most upbeat songs in her catalogue to date.

https://jennyhval.com

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Orlando Weeks – No End To Love

A couple of years ago I went to see ‘A Celebration of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis’ in London: a hastily thrown together live show following the death of Hollis earlier that year, with various singers stepping into their iconic frontman and creative driving force’s shoes. It was patchy to say the least, and the variety show-style version of It’s My Life was among the most painful things I’ve seen. One shining light however was Orlando Weeks, who not only resembles Hollis vocally, but seemed to be the only guest artist who not only knew, but genuinely felt the heartbreak of the Spirit of Eden-era output. His performance of I Believe In Your was quietly devastating, and he’s been on my radar since then. Talk Talk members: if you’re reading this (ha) a tour with Orlando is something I’d be very interested in.

Anyway, this is taken from his new album Hope Up, and it’s lovely.

https://www.orlandoweeks.co.uk

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Molly Nilsson – Avoid Heaven

One of the many things I love about Molly Nilsson’s music is how completely effortless it seems. Her DIY aesthetic makes it both approachable and relatable, almost as if we could all be banging out rich, emotional tunes if we just erased screentime from our lives and actually put our minds to it, as far-fetched a fantasy as that may be. Avoid Heaven from her new LP Extreme – which came out last week on Night School Records – sees Nilsson at the peak of her powers, tossing out lines like “Sometimes you just feel so powerless / And that’s the way the powerful like it I guess” over a soaring synth line, drums tripping over themselves in an effort to keep up with the propulsive majesty of it all.

https://mollynilsson.bandcamp.com/album/extreme

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DJ Python – Angel

DJ Python moves from the dark, claustrophobic polyrhythms that made 2020’s Mas Amable such a moody delight towards something far more warm-hearted and accessible with latest single Angel, a gentle 10 minute opus that skips merrily along on a broken beat, shards of sunlight glinting hazily off its soft corners and buoyant chords: perfect for sending you (or me, at least) off into the weekend with a smile and long overdue sense of optimism.

https://djpythonnyc.bandcamp.com/album/club-sentimientos-vol-2

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claire rousay, more eaze – same

claire rousay’s 2021 album a softer focus was one I regularly returned to throughout the year, usually first thing in the morning when it’s gentle melodies and evocative field recordings would make me feel infinitely better about whatever mundane task I was faced with. On same she’s teamed up with more eaze for something altogether more jarring, but no less brilliant, with the fizzing intensity of its opening few bars quickly fading to reveal a PC Music-esque core of saturated vocals and naive, plunky melodies. Part hyper-pop excess and part ambient understatement, it’s a combination that probably shouldn’t work, but absolutely does.

https://clairerousay.com

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MaisoTiff, Rival Consoles, Ben Lukas Boysen – EVASION

I’ve realised that pretty much every track I’ve posted this year has been quite intense and possibly a little on the miserable side, so here’s a light and breezy number to make you think you’re sipping mojitos on a beach. I’m not quite sure how it took three producers to make this, and what they each contributed, but it is quite nice.

http://www.rivalconsoles.net

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Scribble – Mother Of Pearl

This post is the very pinnacle of missing the boat. Mother Of Pearl was originally released nearly 40 years ago back in 1985, and even though it was reissued last year, that was in April, which I also missed. Finger. On. The. Pulse. Also: I’d never even heard of Scribble before. Thankfully what awaits you at the end of this long list of abject failures is an absolutely brilliant eight minute dream pop epic that sounds like it could have been made yesterday, and that calls to mind Talking Heads, Cocteau Twins and many more celebrated 80s pioneers.

https://scribble-oz.bandcamp.com/album/selected-works-1983-86

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Burial – Shadow Paradise

New year, new Burial, and what better way to fully embrace the January bleakness than with his amorphous, ambient-leaning Antidawn EP, which acts as both protective cloak and insidious amplifier of the cold, hash reality of the world across five expansive, spectral tracks. Burial’s work has become increasingly loose over the last decade, formal structures all but abandoned for longform sketches as various motifs are explored and then abruptly cut off as others emerge from the static-ridden gloom. Shadow Paradis stands out for me, as its final moment are among the most beautiful he’s ever conjured, and that’s saying something.

https://burial.bandcamp.com

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Huerco S – Plonk VI

The world has changed – arguably irredeemably – since Huerco S released his last album, the universally lauded and wordily titled For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have); an album which many have aped but few – if any – have bettered. February 2022 sees the release of his new LP Plonk, which, if the first tastes are anything to go by, we’re all going to be completely absorbed by for many years to come. His palette many have expanded since For Those…, but his ability to craft intoxicating sonic worlds remains as tight and impressive as ever.

https://huercos.bandcamp.com

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Nosaj Thing & KUČKA – Gemini

I wanted to start 2022 with something uplifting and positive and was sure this was a suitable choice. However after a few listens I’ve decided that actually Nosaj Things’s latest single might instead be crushingly sad and melancholy. I just can’t decide. So here it is so you can make your own mind up. Happy/Sad New Year all!

http://nosajthing.com