Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
5 songs, 20 min listening time.
Table of contents
1) “Can We (with Kacy Hill)” – Jim-E Stack
What a way to end an album. Take a bow Jim-E Stack.
On the whole the album has its ups and downs not being perfect but it was a pleasant listen. This track however shows exactly what Jim-E Stack can do: use a brilliant featured artist and fantastic production to elevate something profoundly. That chorus of just the sounds Kacy Hill makes is really very good. Bordering on a mumble but more high pitched and with melody, then that crescendo of drums ending on the Star Wars zap sound is divine. Really very good. This has been on multiple repeats for me. I like to think this was just made in his room using a few pieces of tech and that pleases me. Jim-E Stack produced and co-wrote a lot of songs on Kacy Hill’s recent album “Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again”. Apparently they are boyfriend and girlfriend.
2) “Two Wooden Spoons” – This Is The Kit
A beautiful song. No wonder this is the song that started it all for This Is The Kit. I loved their most recent album but this might still be one of their best tracks.
Album: “Where It Lives” (2011)
Label: Disco-ordination Records
Repetitive but very good. A cracking ending. I’ve been a fan of Romare for a while and this just strengthens his credentials in my eyes.
4) “Good Time” – JFDR
This takes a few listens. The first part isn’t the most comfortable but then the ending of the song is terrific. JFDR is the latest project from Iceland’s Jófríður Ákadóttir. She is signed to Sigur Rós’ record label KRUNK!
EP: “Dream On EP” (2020)
5) “This Is How We Walk on the Moon” – Arthur Russell
Beautiful yet harrowing. A terrific piece by today’s standards. Then you learn about it. Arthur Russell was an American cellist who died aged 40 from AIDS in the early nineties, in relative obscurity and nearly broke. Throughout the 2000s, a series of reissues, compilations, books, and a biographical documentary helped to raise his profile. The song feels even more powerful armed with that.
This track forms part of the soundtrack for the 2020 HBO series “Love Life”. The two people behind the soundtrack Dan Romer and Mike Tuccillo seem to be onto something both having numerous soundtracks to their name individually as well as together including most recently the Ramy series.
Album: “Love Life (Music from the Original TV Series)” (2020)
Label: Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.