A good year's drawing to a close and imprinted irreplacable memories of all sorts into my cortex. The good ol' work-no work game never gets boring, there's plenty of homework left, Leipzig still had some things in charge for me and trips to the Elbsandsteingebirge, Praha and the Krkonoše spiced the whole ordeal up a good bit. Relocating to Norway then gave things a quite new perspective and I can sincerely say it feels good just being here. I really do miss my cat at times, though.
Sonically a lot has happened and although I predicted these twelve months to be nowhere near as exciting as 2013 I'm impressed what the ether channeled to my membranes. Please bear with me for I'm just not able to cut this list down to three since all of these managed to set the brine in motion and they all carved their grooves into my heart:
IV. Daedelus - The Light Brigade
Never would I have expected such a unexcited release from this man again. I regard the ingenious Righteous Fists of Harmony as his most consistent effort so far and this one totally lives up to be its successor. Putting this into your cans is like arriving back at the war camp after three days of constant turmoil and shell shocking, looking at the photos of your loved ones and receiving the releasing bowl of warm soup.
III. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
I must admit I didn't think the dudes had it in them to deliver a homogenous record that doesn't stray too far off into the vast unexplored wilderness of audible experiments but instead focusing the creative lens onto a fixed spot. It's such a joy to follow the two on their endeavoring advancement ahead of today's music scene whilst always keeping the third eye keen on the glorious days past. The whitty and charming lyrics always get me and intertwine so well with the beats I find myself asking just how in all worlds they could come up with a work process allowing this perfect fusion.
II. Aphex Twin - Syro
There's no point in even trying to express the feelings arising when I turn this up. Yes, this is a prime example of a superb engineering job - every little piece is just so spot-on. And it also didn't disappoint the long wait and uneasy expectations. But these things are of absolutely no significance when it comes to the many wondrous things the music triggers in me. Times spent, people met, movements initiated, places visited, vistas beheld, waves collapsed, scents followed, just about everything seems to be caught up in here and set free all at once.
I. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else
I'm nineteen again.