The playlist – the tunes of the week at OTR HQ
Including Sarah Neufeld, Loyle Carner, Mica Levi, Sampha, Brian Eno, Rex Orange County and many more
Brian Eno “Reflection” (Warp)
A deep wash of meditative, soothing, occasionally sombre and thought-provoking work from the master.
Julie Byrne “Not Even Happiness” (Basin Rock)
Songs which are full of atmosphere and intrigue from the American singer-songwriter’s second album which seeks to unpack and remake what folk music can do.
Mica Levi “Jackie OST” (Editions Milan Music)
An Oscar nomination for Mica “Micachu” Levi for a masterpiece which works on and off the big screen.
Loyle Carner “Everything’s Gone” (AMF)
A massive album in every sense from the Croydon rapper who has a great eye and ear for killer lines and great musical landscapes. Playing Dublin’s Workman’s Club next Thursday.
Sampha “Process” (Young Turks)
Long anticipated album from the dude who has worked with everyone from Beyonce to Drake highlights his own magnificent talents with songs like “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (below)
Various “The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986″ (Light In the Attic)
Scene-setting exploration of European cosmic, ambient, new age, chill-out, prog and whatever-you’re-having-yourself sounds compiled by Douglas Mcgowan and featuring the likes of Vangelis, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Bernard Xolotl, Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner (“Shiva’s Dance” below) and many more.
Rex Orange County “Bcos u will never b free” (Self release)
A name for 2017, Surrey dude Alex O’Connor’s debut collection is full of bright tunes and introspective musings. One to watch for sure
Hannah Epperson “Circles (Iris)” (Listenrecords)
Beautiful sampler from the Vancouver violin-and-loop pedal sonic weaver for her “Upsweep” album.
Sarah Neufeld “The Ridge” (SN Music)
More Canucks with violins. Solo album from the Arcade Fire violinist and composer comes full of inventive, engaging and shape-shifting textures. Playing Dublin’s Bello Bar next Thursday.