The good thing with Christmas holidays is that there is time for listening to music one might have missed during the year. Actually that´s why it´s useful to read the “best of lists” in newspapers, blogs etc.
So after my personal best of ´08 list – here are some further final recommendations of 2008 releases:
- Unkle -End Titles…Stories for Film: Only for people in favor of pathetic music. Some tracks are great stuff like Nocturnal or Chemical featuring Josh Homme. The CD is a kind of collection of different music by James Lavelle for movies, games etc.
- radio.string.quartet.vienna feat. Klaus Paier – Radiotree: Saw them @ Porgy & Bess some days ago. Excellent musicians, very good string arrangements. The accordion and bandoneon of Klaus Paier fits perfectly to radio.string.quartet.vienna, which made a great debut CD ´celebrating the mahavishnu orchestra´. I´m not a friend of all sorts of crossover projects, but this one is worth listening.
- Fennesz – Black Sea. Metacritic.com top 2008 ranked the album of Austrian electronic musician Christian Fennesz on nr .12. – quite a sensation. It´s a brilliant album – no doubt about that. Needs some replays to get into one or the other track.
- Alex Machacek: I somehow rediscover Alex´music during Christmas holidays and I simply don´t get it out of my mp3 playlists having some winterruns. Alex Machacek is a fantastic jazz/fusion guitar player from Austria who now successfully works and lives in Los Angeles. After the release of the great Improvision album in 2007 there is now a 2008 release of “The official Triangle Sessions” with Alex Machacek, Jeff Sipe and Neal Fountain. (Abstract Logix) This music is not only performed with technical virtuosity, but the compositions are somehow warm and passionate, too. John Mc Laughlin writes: “Alex Machacek’s music starts where other music ends.”
So that´s it with music for 2008 – we´re now looking forward to 2009.