Current favourite album
There’s a subtle hint in the name of my blog that I’m not a fan of a certain chart hit compilation series, now in its early seventies.
In fact, I’m not a huge fan of compilations full stop, but here is an exception I’d like to highlight.
‘Dark Was The Night’ is a 4AD compilation album in support of the Red Hot Organisation, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.
I discovered the album via an advert in The Word magazine and was immediately interested because the artists listed included several of my favourite recent favourites such as Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Spoon and Conor Oberst. In addition it includes several others that had been on my radar such as The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, The National and Andrew Bird.
So, I duly downloaded and was delighted to see it contained 32 tracks, and although most of the songs tend to the folky end of indie rock that’s exactly my current genre of choice. All of the tracks are exclusive to this album, so it’s not like you’re duplicating songs you have elsewhere.
I was instantly hooked when I started to listen, and overall I’d say the standard was uniformly excellent. The contributions from artists I was familiar with didn’t let me down, and some of the new ones turned out to be very nice surprises.
For me, the absolute standout track is ‘Sleepless’ by The Decemberists, a band who I find fascinating and intend to write more about soon. It’s over eight minutes long, but is hauntingly beautiful and quite unlike anything I’ve heard recently.
Other favourite tracks include:
- Feeling Good – My Brightest Diamond
- Lenin – Arcade Fire
- Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) & Aaron Dessner
- Well-Alright – Spoon
- Lua – Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
- Cello Song – The Books featuring Joses Gonzalez (great cover of Nick Drake’s classic)
- Happiness – Rice Boy Sleeps
- Gentle Hour – Yo La Tengo
If you like any of the artists mentioned above, or are curious to find out what they sound like, this is well worth paying just under a tenner for the download.
Other albums I’m enjoying
A few other recent notable mentions include:
- Treasury Library Canada by Woodpigeon
- First Love by Emmy The Great
- Solid Air (Remastered) by John Martyn
- The Airborne Toxic Event by The Airborne Toxic Event
What’s new for you?
How about you? What are your current favourites, and latest discoveries?
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