It’s been a while. To say that 2023 has been pretty much a disaster for me so far would be a massive understatement. Thankfully there’s plenty of amazing music floating around to help me get by. I wanted to get this out for the holiday weekend here in the US, and the extended track list should fit the bill nicely.
Hello, and thanks for joining me on another audio-go-round of cosmic bliss. In this episode, I’m revisiting some of my favorite bands and albums from 2018 – starting off with probably my favorite band of the moment, Ulrika Spacek. In fact, many of the artists in the episode have only flown across my radar in the past few years or so, including Lowtide, Listening Center, and The Advisory Circle.
Sprinkled in among the new blood are some long-time favorites like I Am Robot And Proud – who released a kickin’ album late last year called Lucky Static; and My Autumn Empire – aka Ben Holton, one-half of the classic British post-rock duo Epic45, with the epic title track from his latest album “Oh, Leaking Universe”.
Rounding out this episode, and easing you into oblivion, comes “A Living Thing” – the title track of the recent album from ambient kingpin Steve Swartz (Swartz Et), who has been immersed in the Detroit space/ambient/folk scene for close to two decades now. At one time, he was part of the dreampop group Au Revoir Borealis, who achieved some success in the early 2000’s. From there he went on to a more acoustic sound with his solo project For Wishes, and in the last few years has gone in a more ambient and conceptual direction. Stay tuned for a Masstransfer Rewind on Au Revoir Borealis in the coming weeks.
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As we make another trip around the wheel of life, let me take a moment to look back at some of the releases that made the year a little more bearable. Drumroll please (rimshot where necessary)…
- Landing – Bells In New Towns
This band continues to amaze with each release, progressively fine tuning their own unique soundscapes. Well done.
- Ulrika Spacek – Suggestive Listening EP
Probably my favorite new band of the moment – hoping for another full-length in the near future
- My Autumn Empire – Oh, Leaking Universe
- The Asteroid #4 – Collide
- Spiritualized – And Nothing Hurt
- Adrien75 – The Deep State
Although Mr. 75 has released several albums last year, this is my fave of the bunch
The Advisory Circle – Ways Of Seeing
- Chatham Rise – Meadowsweet
- Lazy Salon – Boot Magna
- A Year In The Country – The Quietened Mechanisms (Various)
- Lowtide – Southern Mind
- I Am Robot And Proud – Lucky Static
Swartz Et – A Living Thing
You’ll hear some of these artists on the next Sonixcursions podcast episode – on its way shortly. Subscribe to the Podcast or the Email Newsletter to get updates when new episodes are published.