When 'Music Of The Spheres' didn't gravitate towards our orbit we said 'to hell with it' and followed 'The Path Of The Clouds' instead
If all things were equal then Ed Sheeran may have made the cut for our final five favourite new album releases of October, but they're not, and he didn't! Whilst Coldplay didn't give us the shivers, we didn't warm to their new album either; the inter galactic record lacked atmosphere amongst other things. Elton John however continued his re-imagining with 'The Lockdown Sessions', and he secured a number one single with Dua Lipa to boot. Duran Duran popped up on our radar again and ABBA released their third single from their highly anticipated new album 'VOYAGE'. Also on the comeback trail was Adele as she released the first single from her upcoming fourth album, '30'. 'Easy On Me' also secured Adele a number one single as she apologised in song for the part she played in her divorce. Heartbreak and pain also feature heavily in our top five choices. You may not be reaching for the Kleenex as quickly as you might with Adele but you'll still be gripped by the emotion in many of the songs featured on these incredible albums.
Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure.
The phrase fabulous at forty can most definitely be applied to singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler as she has written, recorded and produced her best work to date on her new album - The Path Of The Clouds. Nadler's ninth solo album, made as the artist turned 40, follows on from her covers album Instead Of Dreaming and her work with Stephen Brodsky on Droneflower but shares more similarities with her last solo album of new material; For My Crimes. At the time, back in 2018, For My Crimes could have been cited as the high point in a career that stretches back nearly twenty years now. Tracks such as All Out Of Catastrophes, Said Goodbye To That Car, I Can't Listen To Gene Clark Anymore and Blue Vapor saw Nadler's songwriting skills reach new and extraordinary heights. Just over three years on from that album Marissa Nadler has once again surpassed herself with an album that is exquisitely crafted and utterly beguiling.
The beauty of Marissa Nadler's latest release comes from it's cohesive atmospherics and superlative performances. Everything on The Path Of The Clouds is so well balanced and so well conceived. There are no jarring moments, just waves of joyous sound, arranged so seamlessly that you lose yourself in the unfolding soundscapes that develop throughout the record.
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October is the month to 'Prioritise Pleasure' from 'Ocean To Ocean' as you enjoy 'Music Of The Spheres' in 'The Path Of The Clouds'
With the ghastly delights of Halloween, and the long awaited thrills and spills of the latest Bond movie to look forward to, as well as International Music Day, World Food Day, World Mental Health Day and of course Mole Day (Not what you may think) October has a lot to pack in. As the festive season fast approaches there also appears to be an extra impetus given to making sure that new releases come to market in a timely fashion and do not get caught up in the Christmas chaos. Whatever your thoughts on the inevitable new batch of sleigh bell enhanced holiday songs, you know that there's no point competing with the likes of Mariah Carey and getting lost in the increased traffic. October is in just the right place to ensure that your new music will be heard and that it will hopefully gain enough momentum to give it an extra boost of sales come Christmas. With that in mind we've picked our top five albums that we're sure will delight your ears this month.
Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
Yes, I know, it's far too early to call out contenders for the Top Ten Albums of 2021 but, if In Quiet Moments by Lost Horizons doesn't feature I'll be more than a tad amazed. In Quiet Moments, Lost Horizons second album, and their follow up to 2017's Ojalá, is an epic 16 track record of quite stunning beauty and crafted with an amazing array of disperate creativity.
The completion of In Quiet Moments sees the second installment of the double album arrive on February 26th, the first part having been released towards the end of last year on December 4th. Each part contains eight songs, and both are as brilliant and beguiling as each other. The artistry that has been brought to bear here is quite breathtaking at times. There are tracks throughout the sixteen that are worth the price of the entire album on their own, they're that good.
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From Boston (Massachusetts) to an old school Brighton boozer in the shadows of the town's main railway station, Marissa Nadler came to perform on the second of her UK dates. Before taking her tour to the far reaches of Europe and beyond with dates in Turkey, Russia and Scandinavia amongst others, the American songstress took up a brief residence in the upstairs room of The Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street.
Marissa, in her little black, backless cocktail dress with a slit up one side to the thigh, looked like a fifties torch singer from some chic film noir. With her hair set in waves pulled around to one side, her delicate disposition and her sophisticated air, it really wouldn't have mattered a jot where the location of Nadler's gig was. Once she started to sing, bathed in a dim blue light, you yourself could have been in a speakeasy wearing your three-piece pinstriped suit and fedora, sipping on your Tom Collins and pulling on your Chesterfield.
To add further to the cosmopolitan flavour of the evening, the support slot was filled by Anglo-French duo Greenness. The locally based Electro-Acoustic couple of Cess Frangi (Struggling to overcome a cold) and Graham Pratt played out a varied, "experimental" set on Korg and guitar. The gentle tenderness of 'Mother' showed no signs of being impaired by any ailment as the French vocalist sang out with an extended range over a sparse but effective soundtrack. Cess joked about her short sightedness and her first attempt at writing a song in English before breaking into the high vocal, stripped-back, acoustic 'Blurry' and penultimately performed last year's single 'Dance With The Light'. The more rhythmic track, apparently accompanied by a video set in Brighton's Queen's Park where the pair are seen cavorting with antlers on their heads ("It's very Brighton", she said), was their best of the night and had a definite Bat For Lashes feel about it.
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There's something indescribably fascinating about staring through a window, a voyeurism that fills a need deep down in many people's souls. Marissa Nadler confesses to being something of a home bird, spending much of her time when at home in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighbourhood, using the distance between a pane of glass and the real world as the muse for her quintessentially Gothic folk songs.
Strangers is an odd title for her seventh album since emerging in the early noughties, only because the characters that inhabit it's hazy passages are drawn both from memory but from all around her circle, some references necessarily obtuse, some less so; familiarity it seems, pays the rent.
Becoming more open and experiential in song writing terms has in every respect has been something of a gradual process for Nadler, as rumblings from fans of her earlier neoclassicism about nudging towards the mainstream - following for instance in the footsteps of Sharon Van Etten - lingered faintly around Stranger's predecessor, July. If she was abashed by this aversion to change, the sometime unlikely collaborator with renowned dirge metallists Sunn O )) makes few concessions to it here, continuing the process of topical enrichment spurred on by marriage and getting sober begun some years ago.
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