The JLR Album of the Year

Okay, this is one of the final posts on 2008, this time on the subject of music, and then I’m moving on. I’m not going to get into a big musical list, or even a small one, frankly because I’m just not that great at writing about music. It’s not my department, ya dig? I can tell you how some sounds went into my ears and how I enjoyed the result, but I can’t tell you stuff like “this track has a brief but melancholy burst of strings reminiscent of the early 70s work of Barry Quasar, but without the almost crucially alchemic blend that his late brother Theodore’s tambourine provided.” Even writing like that in jest makes me feel apologetic.

So without going into every single thing about the album, I’d have to say the one that got the most plays was Chad VanGaalen’s Soft Airplane. I first learned of this man’s many melodic talents after bumping into an embedded YouTube of his “Molten Light” video (I think here at first, but the video seems to be down), which has some great, haunting animation. Turns out he’s a ding-dong animator, and has a lot more where that came from available on the Internet.

I thought that one song might just be a fluke whose potency was amplified by the awesome video, but countless listens to Soft Airplane have proven me wrong over and over again. I like the whole thing from beginning to end, which is more than I can say for most records, so if you get a chance to give it a spin or watch his videos, do so.

I’m going to be flying out of Louisville in a bit, finally ending my extended break and returning to the streets of rage known as Hoboken. See you there.

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