Five Albums You Should Be Listening
To Right Now
Every two weeks, titans of the mediasphere give Nerve their music recommendations. This week: Oliver Primus, editor and founder of The 405.
1. Why?, Eskimo Snow
How could songwriter Yoni Wolf follow up the critically acclaimed Alopecia? Early talks suggested that the new album had more of a romantic feel to it, which scared me, honestly. Alopecia was an angry and in-your-face piece of work, which also made it pretty accessible. Eskimo Snow, on the other hand, requires some time. Initially I was disappointed by it, but now I could listen to it every day, and I'd probably still find some new sections and lyrics that interest me.
Listen: These Hands/ January Twenty Something
2. Stars of the Lid, And Their Refinement Of The Decline
I'm not a religious person at all, but the first time I heard And Their Refinement Of The Decline by Stars of the Lid, I fell asleep and woke up more refreshed than I've ever felt in my entire life. It's the record I throw on after a heavy night and the sort of record that could stop wars. It really is that special.
Listen: A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process
3. Tim Hecker, Harmony In Ultraviolet
Much like my first experience with Stars of the Lid, listening to Harmony In Ultraviolet by Tim Hecker was a nearly spiritual experience. However, unlike Stars, which lead to the best sleep of my life, Harmony In Ultraviolet left me in utter confusion. I came out the other side not knowing what had happened to me, like twenty years had gone past me in the blink of an eye. The way he structures sound is just about as beautiful as it gets.
4. Death Cab For Cutie, We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes
This record belongs on this list; after all, my website is named after one of the songs on it. It's also the first record I picked up by Death Cab For Cutie, and probably my favorite. Transatlanticism or Plans might be considered more "complete" albums by Death Cab fans but this was the first record that really saw Ben Gibbard and co. creating truly beautiful music (see "Company Calls Epilogue") and formed the basis for future releases. Also worth a mention is guitarist Chris Walla's production, which is sublime.
Listen: Company Calls Epilogue
5. Einar Stray, Chiaroscuro
Chiaroscuro, released just a few weeks ago, is the most beautiful debut album I've heard in a long time. Einar Stray is a twenty-year-old musical genius from Norway who channels the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Anathallo, Efterklang, and Sigur Rós. The result is a wonderfully disorienting mix of post-rock and indie. I've played this record to a lot of people over the last month or so, and I've never had such a positive response to my annoying compulsion to make people listen to music I like. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. You don't even need to listen to any previews. Just trust me.
Listen: We Were The Core Seeds