Jake’s Monthly Discoveries 34 – April 2021

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

5 songs, 20 min listening time.

Introducing recent books and films I’ve enjoyed.

Author: Jake

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Music

1) “Death (or S.F.?)” – Twain

A beautiful track. I listened to it nonstop as I walked the two miles to the dentist. The pandemic has made me realise how much I love walking and everyone should be doing a lot more of it and planning it into their day. The album is also a treat but this is the highlight for me. Haunting in a way but also full of joy.

SingAlbumle: “New Miami Sound” (2019)
Label: Keeled Scales

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2) “Videosphere” – Lake Turner

That start. Come on. A corker in the making. Lovely production with good meandering vocals over the top. Turner was introduced to the Kompakt family by his collaborator Yannis Philippakis of Foals.

Album: “Videosphere” (2020)
Label: Kompakt

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3) “The beginning” – Andy Stott, Alison Skidmore

Those synths are naughty. You think it’s going to break out into a drum and base track but then it heads another way. Layered sounds are used to brilliant affect while the drums seem cheeky and push the track along. All of this is accentuated by the random vocals that make for a track that surprises you every time.

Album: “Never The Right Time” (2021)
Label: Modern Love

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4) “Is This Our Earth” – Lane 8

Well is it? We’ve fucked it over enough. A banger.

Single: “Is This Our Earth” (2021)
Label: Anjunadeep

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5) “The First Day” – Villagers

Villagers are hit and miss for me but this is a hit. It takes a different turn to that which you would expect. Big sounds accompanied by the familiar singing. It works for me. Conor O’Brien’s fifth album, “Fever Dreams”, is set to be released on August 20.

Single: “The First Day” (2021)
Label: Domino Recording

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Books

1) “Invisible Women” – Caroline Criado Perez (2020)

Women have it stacked against them. Whether through lots of unpaid care work or poorly designed cars; this opened my eyes as a privileged white boy and made me check myself. Eye opening and something everyone should read especially privileged white boys.

Publisher: Vintage

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2) “Three Women” – Lisa Taddeo (2019)

A corker of a book. One of the best nonfiction books I’ve read. So good it reads like fiction. It tells the story of three women’s romantic lives but it’s not as fun as it sounds with some ugly sexism and antiquated ways of thinking rearing its head. It will leave you wanting to know more but raises good points about relationships and makes you reflect on how you feel about them.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Films

1) “Matthias and Maxime” – Xavier Dolan (2019)

A terrific film. Love and heartbreak is shown in a brilliant way using minimal dialogue, scenes and a group of friends that keep you gripped throughout. I can tell that it’s already one of my favourite films that I want to return to just a few weeks after having watched it. Not many films can do that. A gut wrenching ending featuring a phone call is worth hanging around for.

Production companies: Sons of Manuel, Telefilm Canada

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2) “Dheepan” – Jacques Audiard (2015)

Stunning. With an incredible ending representing someone cracking under extreme pressure in a stairwell. That sentence does not do it justice. The acting is under appreciated and some of the best of the last ten years that no one talks about. Is it because they are people of colour with hard to pronounce names in the Western world?

Production companies: Canal+, Ciné+, France 2 Cinéma, France Télévisions, Page 114, Why Not Productions

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