A Not-So-Epic Post about Epic Music
Ok, got a bit of catching up to do as it’s been about a week since I’ve had a chance to post (side note: if my next computer gives me plenty of warning signs that it’s on its last legs over the course of about six months, I think I’ll not only believe it, but I’ll also stop believing that I’m in the good graces of some mystical force that will somehow ensure my crap machinery will continue to work purely on the basis that I want it to).
Anyway, here are a bunch of things musical that I think the world should know…
Her Name is Calla‘s new album, The Quiet Lamb, is now available to pre-order from Denovali. There’s a bunch of different versions on offer, including some stunning limited editions on both CD and vinyl, not to mention some new t-shirts you can wear to let the world know how awesome your taste in music is. Definitely one of the best albums of the year. At the very least, you should go get acquainted with a couple of their previous releases, The Heritage and Long Grass EPs, which can be streamed / downloaded over at Denovali for free – just scroll down the page at the above link. (Then when you’re hooked, you can thank them for their generosity by buying The Quiet Lamb).
Speaking of great albums, Wilderness Heart, the latest album from Black Mountain, will be released in a couple of weeks. If you pre-order it now, you’ll not only get the CD or LP, but an instant download of the entire album and a poster of the cover art. I’ve played it half a dozen times already in the last couple of days, which I think is more than enough indication of how awesome it is. If you’re not yet familiar with the epic jams BM provide, you can get a sampler of tracks from all of their albums (including Wilderness Heart) via Jagjaguwar.
If that’s not enough, Mount Eerie will soon be releasing a massive double LP called Song Islands vol 2 - 31 tracks comprised of previously unreleased material and rarities, spanning 2002 – 2009. I love releases like this because they serve as excellent starting places for the uninitiated as well as giving more than enough to existing fans. Whichever category you fall into, this is well worth having. Check it out here, then figure out a way to wait patiently for it. (If you can’t, it’s available now on Amie Street). Oh, and I referred to this as ‘lost rock’ a) because it fit in with my title and the content of the album, b) because Mount Eerie is Nowhere, and c) because listening to it is like listening to a bunch of lost things being found.
Anyone that ever says it hasn’t been a great year for music just isn’t paying close enough attention to the right things.