This month, we will travel the world, from Norway to Mongolia.
Album of the month: Kings Of Convenience – “Peace Or Love” – Norwegian Bossa Nova – There was no better news for me than reading a few weeks ago that a new K.O.C. record was to be released soon. After a hiatus of twelve years, the Bergen, Norway duo of Erik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye is back with a heavy-metal-meets-hardcore-techno sounding album which… no, hold on really, the good news is that there is no real surprise in this new record and that it could have been released any time in the last fifty years. The two friends are neither as young as they were when they started in the early 00’s and their new songs reflect the hopes and troubles faced by men in their mid-40’s. Their sound remains a mix of Brazilian accoustic sounds with a Scandinavian attitude and approach, served this time by a couple of overwhelming tracks sang with Canadian female singer Feist. Discover this band if not done yet and it may change your life as it changed mine twenty years ago. Welcome back Gentlemen!
Runnner-up: Enji – “Ursgal” – Mongolian Jazz – Based in Germany, Enji is a young Mongolian female artist who mixes her love of jazz with her own traditions. This record is a very interesting one as one goes from one track to another from either very standard (and beautiful) sung jazz moods to completely different ones, the latter making you feel you really are in the middle of gorgeous Mongolian landscapes.
Sleater-Kinney – “Path Of Wellness” – Pop Rock – Now a duo, this is Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker‘s 10th studio album and one of their best.
Francis Lung – “Miracle” – Pop Rock – Second Elliott Smith‘s influenced album from a former member of WU LYF.
John Grant – “Boy From Michigan” – Pop Rock – A long and ambitious album from one of my favourite current artists. It goes a bit all over the place but a few tracks are classics!
Faye Webster – “I Know I’m Funny Haha” – Country Soul – One of the most beautifully crafted album of the year ; your favourite summer record!
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – “Hope” – Experimental Blues – A fantastic guitar album from one of the best, who collaborated with Elvis Costello or Tom Waits amongst others
U.F.A of the month! : Clara Luciani – “Coeur” – (bad) French variété – What is the point in mentioning your love of Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen to eventually make such a bad record? I must have missed something…
Lest we forget: album of the previous month – The Black Keys – “Delta Kream”