Thursday, June 20, 2013

Susan Balmar - CCG

In a vein similar to Jar Moff's brilliant 12", Commercial Mouth, Susan Balmar cobbles together samples which sometimes cohere into beats, but more often wobble into disjunctive, abstract messes--which is why they're so amazing. On CCG, Balmar seems to have stumbled into a haven for misfit sounds, sounds which she lovingly tugs together, knitting everything into a beautiful grotesquery of demented anti-hip hop. Just brilliant.

Andy Ducett

Broken Deer - Polaraura

No vetting needed here, a new Broken Deer album means a new post up on FG. Halfway through Polaraura and I already feel like I'm disappearing in the eerily beautiful lo-fi folk weirdness.

Jennifer Davis

Ori Toor + Kingdom Crumbs

Brilliant video by Ori Toor coupled with this great track by Kingdom Crumbs, whose self-titled debut album came out last year. Surprised this is the first time I'm hearing of Kingdom Crumbs. Brilliant debut reminiscent of Shabazz Palaces. Listen and download the whole album below.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

2013 Halfway Checkpoint

We're approaching the halfway point of the year again and I'm more on-again-off-again with FG than I've ever been. My listening habits have gone lax. It's been almost a year since my headphones broke and two years since we buried my iPod. That means the only music listening I do is in the car and occasionally on the laptop. Add to that an approaching cross-country move from Rhode Island to Missouri and you'll get a sense of odd factors inhibiting my listening habits as of late. That said, I have still been listening to a lot of really awesome music. Forest Gospel as a whole (you may know) roots for the underdogs. I always assume if you've found you're way here, you're already aware of My Bloody Valentine (and their newest album). That said, this list does not cater to any demographic. This is simply my favorite 25 records so far this year (in alphabetical order). And yes, Justin Timberlake's 20/20 is among them (and perhaps more surprisingly, Vampire Weekend). Would be happy to hear what you are enjoying most this year in the comments.

Alan Licht - Four Years Older
Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
Cindy Lee - Tatlashea
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record
Eluvium - Nightmare Ending
The Flaming Lips - The Terror
The Focus Group - The Elektrik Karousel
Iceage - You're Nothing
Jar Moff - Commercial Mouth
Justin Timberlake - 20/20
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
L. Pierre - The Island Come True
Little Women - Lung
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Marisa Anderson - Mercury
Marnie Stern - The Chronicles of Marnia
Millipede - The Lower World
Mostly Other People Do The Killing - Slippery Rock
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Sam Hamilton - Integrifolia
Thundercat - Apocalypse
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Zs - Grain