It’s been a big week of podcast-edits for me, and as well as layering in loads of music (often instrumentals) I’ve been listening to lots of instrumental music even when not editing. There are some new and old favourites here.
Something for everyone, hopefully.
Five things that I dig at any rate.
1. Chris Armour, Funderstruck
Chris is a young Wellington-based guitarist and his brand new album is fully instrumental. A hark back to classic West Coast jump blues, boogie and such. Some great musicians and some killer playing. Well worth your time. If this track is your introduction to this album take the time to check out the whole thing – click that link above. And get on board.
2. Jonathan Crayford, Dark Light
A couple of months ago I had a long chat with Jonathan Crayford. This was a real thrill for me as I don’t know him well at all and have always wanted to have a long chat with him – so much of his music has amazed me across the last decade and a half. I have an episode of the podcast coming up where you’ll hear the chat I had with Jonathan. It’s sent me back to a lot of his music, you’ll be able to hear snippets in under us talking. But also I’ve just been playing this album a lot again – three terrific players, some wonderful tunes, and the title track is a mini-masterpiece in and of itself.
3. Paul Kelly, Gunnamatta
I had a chat this week with Stu from Yeastie Boys – he told me about many of the stories behind the making of their beers including naming each beer. There’s always a music connection. The story behind their biggest seller starts with Stu hearing a Paul Kelly piece – the title. Kelly, such a great singer/songwriter, a great lyricist, also creates hypnotic, enticing instrumental music. For Stu this track got him nostalgic and that thought process was what started the recipe-creating for a tea-infused beer…
4. Ben Frost, Threshold of Faith
There’s new music in the world by Ben Frost – an EP and an album. He’s less a musician than he is a sound-artist, a sonic architect…okay, it starts to sound wanky when you say that but I love this guy’s dark waves of sound. I was a huge fan of his A U R O R A album and his soundtrack work and other soundscapes too. I’ve been playing this one a bit already, because it’s good news when there’s new Ben Frost to take in.
5. The Angelica Sanchez Trio, What The Birds Tell Me
New to me just this week but already hooked – the selling point, in particular, was drummer Tyshawn Sorey – I’ve been playing lots of things he’s featured on this week (he’s also a composer and pianist in his own right). I love the float of this music and the edge. The dance between chaos and structure, it’s reaffirmed things I spoke about with Jonathan Crayford. It’s a new favourite jazz album to take me into the weekend…