Category Archives: Spotify

Spotify – the music streaming service

Listening to Sean Taylor – "The Path into Blue"

Uau! Listening to Sean Taylor – “The Path into Blue”. The first track, titled “This is England”, manages to sing about Spotify, “Brexit” and algorithms in a sensible way! Amazing. Rich lyrics, sometimes even poetic. I am enjoying it via a 1024 kbps stream and, as I write, a guitar screams in superb definition, on track 3, titled “Grenfell”.

You cannot get 1024 kbps via Spotify, but this is the only way I know to share it:

Listening to Until Ben – "Binaries Traveller"

Mostly electronic music, exactly how I like it: it is “electronic” in the sense of heavily created with computer-assisted techniques, but it features vocals (chorus), acoustic instruments (synthetized, I suppose), non-recurring events for a more credible “atmosphere” or “landscaping” of the audio stage, exotic audio patterns that don’t remember me of anyone else – an indicator of originality.

The overall creation denotes rich creativity. It works; it is effective in bringing the listener to a different dimension. Very well done.

Listening to Nomina – "The Chroma Plateau"

Similar to Ascendant. This is calm electronic music, painting audio landscapes for the listener to slowly absorb. The proximity to Ascendant’s last album is more than genre-based: to my preferences, both creators could benefit from a better use of punctual silences and other simple elements, for a less monotonic results. For example, the artist “Ultramarine” achieves this with non-recurrent audio events featuring samples from the everyday world, namely water flowing, a cork popping out of the bottle, etc.

Listening to Dan Misha Goldman – "Champion of the Afterworld"

For some reason, music from Canada has been coming my way. This Toronto creator performs mostly slow compositions, with eventual lyrics. “Champion of the Afterworld” is an album labeled as “folk”, but I am not sure about that classification.
“Folk music” should be closer to traditional songs, passed from one generation to the next. These tracks do not feel traditional. To me, they feel innovative! They paint audio landscapes, sometimes with no lyrics at all (as in “Corners Reprise”), or they chant beyond-superficial phrases. Tracks like “Pipo Romero”, featuring a classical guitar, might justify the “folk” label; still, the blending of it all is different and very pleasurable!

Here is the corresponding Spotify playlist: