My recent trip to New Zealand was on the whole quite fruitless when it came to buying music, last time I bought a dozen or so discs. I bought only one used CD this time, and the two other CDs I got were from my brother who graciously let me take anything I desired from his large collection of CDs, so I took a couple. I did however get a brillo birthday present from him which made my day, as well as a couple of double-ups he had. And I have since added a few more after arriving back in Japan, so here is what I have in no particular order.
Burial – Subtemple/Beachfires
This is what my brother gave me for my birthday, and when he handed it to me I was quite flabbergasted. I never thought I would see another Burial release on vinyl as they are hard to get, in Japan at least, so I was extremely chuffed to get it. When I think back on all of the birthday presents I have ever received, I must say that this one takes the crown.
This is a very Burial release in that it is very atmospheric, so much so that it is pretty much devoid of actual melody and is more of a series of random crackly sounds and ghostly voices, but that is what I like about Burial. Judge for yourself though…
YouTube comment for this release: People are hating on this but it’s actually top tier dark ambient. Foreboding and uneasy, perfect to set up the stage for Beachfires, which is the epic culmination. I think they’re meant to be listened back to back, the split is just so people don’t feel too intimidated by the length. If there was a sonic representation of the coming of Cthulhu, this would be it.
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
Last week I went into Book Off to see what is what and found this. I was not aware of this 2011 album so I was most pleased to find it.
And it is another great Arctic Monkeys release. Not really much more needs to be said about it.
The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
Another Book Off find, and another album I had never seen before. And also another great listen. Fun stuff.
That is all I will write about for now. There are plenty more but I have not listened to them yet, so I will do so then report back.