Iron & Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean
James Blake: s/t
John Vanderslice: White Wilderness (2)
Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha
Belong: October Language
Arp: The Soft Wave
I listened to the James Blake album in full for the first time and I realize (as I suspected I would), that he doesn't really fit into my soft rock screed the way I tried to squeeze him. My opinion of him and his record has progressed upward, from "eww" to "meh"; I found it to be interesting at times but overall somewhat one-dimensional.
I also streamed the new PJ Harvey album. I love a few early PJ albums but I can't say I've kept up with her since Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. I have lots of respect for her as an artist and fully support her doing whatever she wants to do... though hearing this record didn't move me all that much.
I intended to pick up the new Seefeel album, but it wasn't there when I went looking. Instead I saw Succour, their 1995 followup to the acclaimed Quique album. "Well," I said to myself, "I've never heard this one before, so I guess new Seefeel is new Seefeel." And guess what? I'm pretty into this record. Based on the one listen, at least. This mood and tone is sort of exactly where I'm at right now—exactly one notch above ambient.
- Seefeel: Ruby-Ha