Pretend it’s January for a moment. The year was new enough that you were still resolved to get moving on those resolutions. Christmas decorations were stubbornly hanging for just a few more weeks. Your return pile was growing smaller. The snow was growing deeper. And the Seahawks hadn’t yet given away the Big Game to the Patriots.
There also happened to be a slew of awesome albums that were released to warm our cold winter ears with.
That was January.
Now it’s February and I’m a bit behind on my new approach to my #Tunesday series; that new approach being to choose only one choice cut for the entire month. It’s tougher than I thought it would be, especially because there were just so many great releases last month. But I couldn’t just give up on January out of complicated indecision on my part, as laughably maddening as it was.
Continuously tapping me, or rather bleeping and beeping me on the shoulder for #Tunesday mention then is “Guidecca” off of the self titled debut from Ghost Culture. James Greenwood, the secretive British artist going by the name of Ghost Culture, has given us a great album full of electro pop minimalism. With synth nods to Depeche Mode’s Speak and Spell and a breathier more muted version of the vocal stylings of Bernard Sumner, Ghost Culture brings the very early 80s into 2015 with a dash of solid yet restrained club beats and 21st century trepidation.
January’s #Tunesday’s pick “Guidecca” pulls us into its electro echo chamber and wraps us up in a sweetly balanced melody that we could float around in for a long time.
This is a great album for headphones or the loud amp stack.
Canv.us is meant to be a platform for me to share my interests and observations with my varied personal passions and professional loves….
But with only so many hours in the day, a fun but demanding job, a family that includes my attention deserving wife and daughters, and [insert daily fire drill here], I’ve been primarily focusing on my love of music for the past year and a half via my weekly #Tunesday posts.
But with the turn of the year into 2015, I thought I would pause and try something different. So I’ve skipped the past few weeks of music posts and am instead going to be doing a rewind retrospective at the end of every month to choose the one new release that is on my heavy rotation list. Choosing just one is probably going to be a tall order given the prolific world of great weekly music releases we live in today but I’m going to give it a shot.
Professionally, I have this really unique experience of working at The Seattle Public Library as its first Marketing Director that I’ve been meaning to share more of. My fellow marketers and experience designers out there might get something out of more frequent posts from me on this particular subject. And even if you don’t, then hopefully I’ve been providing you with some new tunes to listen to and enjoy.
So, I’ll see you soon!
One week ago, I was totally out of commission. A brutal sore throat that left me unable to talk, barely able to eat or drink (with every attempted swallow sending a spasm of pain through my body) and really wanting to pull the throat out of my neck and replace it with a new one. Every hour at night I awoke covered in sweat, some soul searing nightmare pulling me up through a thick medicine fog. And during the day, what little energy I did have, was spent searching for just about any type of painkiller that could bring some relief; the cruel irony of course being that none of them really offered any help. And so I was left trying to keep myself from swallowing as much as possible which is about as intuitive and easy as attempting to keep oneself from breathing.
Thankfully, one week later, not only am I in much better shape with just a bit of lingering throat pain but I am also listening to the one painkiller that I was missing all last week and that would have really helped. After 14 years of a a dark and rocky hiatus, D’Angelo has released Black Messiah, his follow up to 2000’s uber-successful Voodoo, this new gift being to us the listener, a cohesive collection of parts; part tracks of love and loss, part calls to the people to take action against injustice, part brilliance, part wtf.
I’ve talked some about the healing qualities of music over the years but, I’m steely serious…. Black Messiah would have helped me through all of that pain last week, if only it had been released then. Instead though, out of the blue, we have this gift to us from a musician who now reminds us how deeply his reach into the double helix of music runs. A timely gift that surely musses up many a person’s carefully curated list of their top and favorite releases of 2014. It should go without saying (though here I am saying it anyway) that “Betray My Heart” has just rocked my top 2014 #Tunesday track list.
It’s a very, very good release, with one hand pointing into the past and the other carrying a lantern’s flickering light, draping a golden glow over the shadows of the future. Onto the heavy rotation stack it goes.