An otherworldly (and opaque) video companion to Sigur Rós' beautiful track, "Ekki múkk."
As we enter the first days of March, I have decided to alter the "Alloy Recommendation" feature a bit. To-date I have offered one album per month and featured tracks from that album throughout the month. While that has worked pretty well I am interested in mixing things up more. So, beginning this month, I will be recommending an album each week and playing select tracks from that album on the weekly "live" show as well as the "Live365" music web stream. This week's recommended album of the week is an ECM retro-classic, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays' 1981 release, "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls."
This month's "Alloy" recommendation is the latest release from the cellar and point, "ambit." The beauty of this album is its incredible musical diversity making pigeonholing it into one specific genre difficult and likely a fool's game. With creative syncopation and unexpected compositional twist and turns, it explores a broad musical spectrum that is at turns captivating, energizing, and reverent. Quite a varied palette! All this month "Alloy" will showcase tracks from this recommended album.
NPR released a new "Tiny Desk Concert" on Wednesday featuring Daniel Lanois (electronics), Brian Blade (drums), and Jim Wilson (bass). Up front, I must share that I am a big fan of Daniel Lanois' ambient work.
January's "Alloy Recommendation" is not a "new" album or release. If you are a frequent listener to "Alloy" you are already familiar with my appreciation of jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell.
Missed the show but want to hear the featured music? I got you covered. You can now listen to "Alloy" between broadcasts...sort of! I have created a "live365" web streaming version of the show. Every week I will be releasing a playlist that features as many tracks as I can from that week's show. Also, because I am not limited to one-hour, I will be adding tracks that I could not feature on the show due to time constraints.
I have been juggling a number of projects lately. In the midst of the creative chaos staying focused on the essentials has been challenging to say the least. While researching some music-related things I ran across a terrific Bill Frisell interview on the "All About Jazz" site.