The sound of the weeks (and my deadlines!) whooshing past!
Here’s what I’ve been listening to. An incomplete list because it’s been 2 months since my last Aural Chambers post and I don’t remember everything!
- Tori Amos: Ocean to Ocean (2021) — I’m warming up to it despite initial disenchantment. From The Choirgirl Hotel, Scarlet’s Walk, Boys for Pele. For some reason I have not been listening to Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink but may do so soon.
- Father John Misty: really enjoying the new album and have been listening to it on repeat.
- Cocteau Twins: Entire discography on repeat for a few nights.
- Anuna: Entire discography for the writing hours.
- Depeche Mode: Always essential listening during the deadline hours. Reminds me of my PhD candidature days also, late night bus rides home and then walking all the way uphill to my houseshare from the bus stop with headphones on.
- Alduous Harding: Her 2022 album is a delight.
- Wet Leg: Really enjoying their 2022 debut.
- Radiohead: Yorke’s The Smile project with band members made me want to listen to the Radiohead discography again!
- Arcade Fire: Been listening through their discography in anticipation of their 2022 release.
- Lord Huron: Long Lost (2021) is SUCH a great album.
- Daniel Rossen: The 2022 album.
- Of Montreal.
- Grizzly Bear: most of their discography. Still craving some new Grizzly Bear in my life.
- Alex Zhang aka Dirty Beaches. I’ve been wanting to write cyberpunk tinged space opera again so this is a necessary listen. And I’ve always got listening time for Alex Zhang.
- Classical music: Florence Price, Claude Debussy, JS Bach, John Dowland, some Phillip Glass, and various other classical music playlists and discographies (far too many to list, I listen/watch medici.tv, concerts on youtube and catch up on weekly new releases playlists on spotify).
- Bossa Nova: Ellis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto (who first enthralled me on a late night radio show in my twenties when I heard her sing Corcovado), Joao Gilberto, and the rest of the Bossa Nova luminaries, though most have very sad backstories.
- Soundtracks: Blade Runner, Witcher, Woman on Top (more bossa nova), Westworld, Fellowship of the Ring, various John Hughes movie soundtracks because that’s been the prevailing mood in Chez Nin. Also Twin Peaks, pretty much required listening when I’m in a certain writing mood.
- Beach House.
- Fiona Apple
- Mistki (her 2022 album on repeat, bloody hell what a miracle this album is)
Accompanying mixtape here.