This month was full of regret for me, as some fantastic acts came through the area that I missed out on seeing. Detroit’s Movement had Caribou, Four Tet, Boys Noize, and Kraftwerk that I missed out on, and both Islands and Miike Snow came through supporting great albums that I missed due to my car being in the shop. Here’s what I got around to listening to while I wasn’t there.

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Highlights of the Month

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (2016)

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Back in October a friend of mine sent me a message that read, “Brodie’s band is on the brink of getting signed. You should come. The guy they are opening for is supposedly really good.” For some reason or another, I wasn’t able to make it and now I really regret it.

I had listened to Teens of Style when it came out and it didn’t grab me. When I listened to Teens of Denial though, I was hooked. It had the lo-fi fuzz, an expert use of tension and release, and some great sing-alongs. I can’t tell you how many times this past month I’ve yelled along “Killer Whales, Killer Whales” with the windows down and the road flying by.

Moral of the story is that when a friend invites you to a show, you go. I know I won’t make that mistake again.

Islands – Taste (2016)

islandstasteThrough long stretches of my life, I considered Islands my favourite band. I enjoyed everything that Nick Diamonds was a part of including The Unicorns, Human Highway, Mister Heavenly, and even Th’ Corn Gang. Nothing ever hit the highs of Islands first two albums (Return to the Sea and Arms Way) for me until I heard Taste. I was expecting that I would like Should I Remain Here, At Sea? more than Taste, as it was supposed to be a spiritual successor to the first album, but Taste is what I kept going back to. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the best album they’ve put out, but it is the one that gives me that same rush I got when I listened to the first couple albums, even if it isn’t consistent. Charm Offensive and No Milk, No Sugar are two great tracks that give me hope that the next album will bring Islands back to the top spot in my mind.

James Blake – The Colour In Anything (2016)

thecolourinanythingLike most people, I love every time a new James Blake album drops and because I was mostly caught off guard this time, I was even more excited about jumping into it. I imagine if you’re releasing an album with as little notification as The Colour In Anything got, you’re really looking to see if major markets are getting some storms anytime soon. This album was perfect for rainy days this month, or any other day or situation as a friend of mine said. It’s beautiful, haunting, and perfectly melancholy. I know I will be giving it a lot of play this fall when the weather turns cold.

Honourable Mention

Anderson .Paak – Malibu (2016)

homepage_large.0e1836c9After my Narduar marathon, I was compelled to listen to Anderson .Paak and while not something I was listening consistently to this month, it’s definitely something I plan on doing more of in the future. It’s such a great album to drive around to and now has a permanent place on my phone.

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What should I listen to next month? Let me know!