Lovely New Albums to Laze Around and Listen To

danieltalsky | Albums,Reviews | Monday, March 8th, 2010

Real Estate – Real Estate


A truly beautiful album, with soft guitar music and soft singing that nonetheless has a wonderful feel to it and somehow never feels boring.  Strange for such an even album, where many songs use the same guitar themes.  I love it more and more as time goes on.

Real Estate songs… Atlantic city:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/05-Atlantic-City.mp3|titles=Real Estate – Atlantic City]

and Fake Blues:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/06-Fake-Blues.mp3|titles=Real Estate – Fake Blues]

Jim O'Rourke – The Visitor


One album, one amazing 40 minute track.  There's no singing, just the gentlest, subtlest guitar.  Then, as it wears on, Jim slowly draws you in with sweet little compositional tricks and weaves in other instruments.  This could soothe you while you have a deep conversation with someone, or you could listen to every note and feel its richness.  I doubt I'll ever get sick of this album.

Here's just a little sample, the only one I could find… actually not a bad pick, this is where it really starts to pick up:

Beach House – Teen Dream

On the surface, this is easy to compare to Real Estate.  Swoony/hazy guitars, gentle singing, an even-gentle feeling.  I would say that Beach House is more feminine, and the production is much more dense.  Real Estate feels stripped down, where Beach House is a thicker, more layered sound.

Beach House – Silver Soul:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/02-Silver-Soul.mp3|titles=Beach House – Silver Soul]

Toro y Moi – Causers of This


A sweet mix of gentle beats, Animal Collective-like singing, electronic sounds, and little hip-hop flourishes.

Toro Y Moi – Talamak:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/08-Talamak.mp3|titles=Toro Y Moi – Talamak]

Toro Y Moi – Blessa:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/01-Blessa.mp3|titles=Toro Y Moi – Blessa]

Julianna Warwick – Florine

Lay in a huge church with light streaming in the stained glass windows.  Take a deep breath and close your eyes.  Take a bong hit (this is a very accepting church).  Now put on Florine.  I think that for twenty-four minutes you'll feel like you made the right decision.

Julianna Barwick – Sunlight Heaven:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/01-Sunlight-Heaven.mp3|titles=Julianna Barwick – Sunlight, Heaven]

Anjos:

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/05-Anjos.mp3|titles=Toro Y Moi – Anjos]
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