Behind the Shadow Drops : Harmonic
Debut album from the solo project of Takaakira Goto aka Taka - Behind the Shadow Drops. Taka is the guitarist and composer to the lovely and epic Mono. Let's start with what Harmonic is not. It is not a rehashing of Mono. I would not even call it a reinterpretation. Harmonic features Taka's beautiful composition juxtaposed to John McEntire's (Tortoise) percussion and electronic ambient influence. Does the ambient electronic background work well with Taka's composition? In some ways it makes complete sense. All it is, is a different context, like a shift in the refraction of light. The story telling, the feeling, is still deeply palpable and goes to show just how true to authentic emotive expression Taka is. I gave this a first spin late last night with headphones on and was effortlessly taken away. I love that I get to immerse myself in and enjoy Taka's expressions through the angle of Behind the Shadow Drops. For me, this will be a heavy winter album and I can not wait to give it a spin upon first snow.
"Look out for yourself should be the rule" 💙 this record is one of my absolute faveourties alough widely regarded as one of Billie's weaker efforts (she was literally dying when it was recorded in 1959) i see it as one of her strongest, her voice had gained a beautiful, pure, angelic tone that could tug at anyone's heartstrings and send shivers down anyone's spine, the lyrics were the story of her long, sadly mostly painful life, yet the recording is beautifully brutal and I would highly recommend it... it's 1AM and I have a lecture at 9 but I'm just sitting here in pure awe of Billie, rest in peace baby 💙
Steven Wilson : To the Bone
Fans were curious and concerned about what "Steven Wilson Pop" would sound like. I knew it was going to be brilliant and ever unique so as to make the words pop and progressive fall away as meaningless. To the Bone is so immaculately produced. Pop or prog, this album is just another example of how masterful Steven Wilson is. There are some very catchy tunes that nod to Wilson's pop influences (I fucking love Permanating). I'm going to say there is a very signature sound to Wilson's storytelling and his production of coherent beauty. All that said, it is not my favorite album from him and I don't think more time with it is going to change that. As a fan though, it is an album I absolutely appreciate and thoroughly enjoy. Beyond fans, I'm not sure the impact this album will have. Seems like it charted exceptionally well, and that is a credit again to Wilson's mastery and craftsmanship. Excellent work here.
Steven Wilson : Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. is another masterpiece by Steven Wilson. It is a concept album based on the story of Joyce Carol Vincent whose death went unnoticed for years. Let that register for a moment. That is an immense undertaking to create a working narrative of, and in so many ways could have easily lost its direction and weight. But HCE is arguably Wilson's most complete work and proves that he is a master of not only technical proficiency and composition, but of storytelling as a whole with both the written word and played note. Wilson's writing hits hard at times and does justice to this human story. It creates a plot that sounds as if the plot itself journaled its own very personal tale. It is cryptic only in the way our personal agonizing thoughts may be cryptic, with heartbreaking and at times terrifying clarity. At other times Wilson plays such intimate beauty that creates the empathy for the story's character.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. is the album that I think most fans will consider his best. It is, without question, absolutely brilliant.
#stevenwilson#handcannoterase#nowspinning#vinyl#records#vinylrecords#instavinyl#igvinylcommunity#vinylcommunity#vinylcollective "Reason never seems to come to guilty men
Things that meant so much mean nothing in the end
Their function is disfunction and to hide the truth
Distracted by their faith, ignoring every proof
A garden wall
A mother’s call
A love is born
And after all the sleep that falls on me
And in the city there are those that live alone
Twilight brings the from the gloom into our homes
And hiding there among the wreckage left behind
They see things that haunt them
when they close their eyes"
Vinyl: James Brown "The Payback". #jamesbrown#thepayback Thoughts: the best James Brown song IMO is The Payback. Great tune. Great bridge. Break breakdown. The rest of the album is solid but no where near as tight.
Steven Wilson : The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
Steven Wilson has a vast discography spanning between his solo releases and his time with Porcupine Tree. The man is prolific. But this is the album that I would direct someone to if they have never heard any of his music. I would direct them towards Raven because it is, to me, without question his most brilliant work and one of the most brilliant albums ever made, period. Raven is in the leagues of DSOTM for me, and that is not a surprise as the legendary Alan Parsons joins Wilson to produce these six beautiful short stories. Listening to this album is like opening a book of wonder that immerses you with the feel of the cover and the smell of the pages even before you read the first word. The production on each track shows us Wilson's vast instrumental prowess but is masterfully directed towards creating the world of each character and narrative, as opposed to simply showcasing technical musicianship. I would say I'ld love to see a graphic novel to accompany these stories, but I think the album, the narratives, and the production are all so whole and intertwined so beautifully, that to do so would only take away from the immersive experience the album itself provides. That said, a video game has been made based on the story of the track Drive Home. I'm not a gamer but I would love to play this game - the trailer for it is beautiful:
If you haven't listened to this album, definitely do yourself a favor. The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) is a masterpiece.