I’ve been listening to lots of music in the last couple of weeks. Its not all necessarily new music that’s just been released, but its been keeping me happy so I thought I’d mention it here.
I’ve been meaning to get a Moving Hearts album for a long time and bought ‘the platinum collection’ on Amazon last week while I was buying a book for my nephew. It was interesting to hear what they sounded like, and the type of music Christy Moore was making at that time, which is obviously why I was interested in hearing the band in the firstplace. I prefer how Christy and Declan play these songs live now. That’s not saying they aren’t good of course, but just that I prefer them more acoustic.
I might have given Moving Hearts more of a chance if I hadn’t become adicted to ‘the road to Escondido’ by JJ Cale and Eric Clapton. I recently found out its the album I listened to and loved on the journey to Thailand. They both play so well together, and its one of those albums that just puts you in a good mood.
‘Rhythm and repose’ is the first solo album from Glen Hansard, released on 15th June. It neither sounds like a frames album or a Swell Season album, which is exactly what I was hoping he would make. If its a solo album it has to sound different from what he’s done in the past. He has been working with different musicians in New York, and along with a different producer its all sounding good. Some of the tracks display that raw emotion in his music that you usually only hear properly when he plays live, and that’s what I love about it. The vocals sound much more mature. and From reading and hearing him talk about it in interviews, he seems like he’s in a really happy place musically right now, and that sound transfers to the album. Its an album that could be easily dismissed at first, but if you give it a chance it really grows on you.
Paul Simon’s 1986 album ‘graceland’ is one of my favourite albums of all time. I only heard it for the first time when I was studying in Belfast. A friend called Ronan gave me about ten albums on mini-disc, I liked most of them but was adicted to ‘graceland’ straight away. Naturally I was delighted to get a copy of the new
and its brilliant. The DVD documentary ‘under African skies’ tells the story of Simon contraversially making the trip to Africa in 1984, the impact that had on the musicians, and the making of the Grammy award winning album. Its a fascinating story, and well worth buying for the DVD alone.
So, what are other people listening to these days?