Monday, November 29, 2010

Cantoma

Not sure how I missed this but apparently Cantoma released a new album earlier this year- Out of Town. I have only given it a brief listen but I am thrilled to add this to my library as their first, self titled album has been the soundtrack to just about every zen, down tempo moment I have enjoyed over the past few years. I have fond memories of watching the sunset on the edge of the rain forest in Costa Rica, laying in the hammock with Colleen on our honeymoon in Barbados, hangin out on the patio for a summer bbq, and wiping the cobwebs away on many a hazy weekend mornings to these guys. I'm lovin' that my atmospheric chillout mix just got extended...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sufjan's Impossible Soul

I have now spent enough time with Sufjan Stevens' new album Age of Adz to not only appreciate it, but love it. For me, it has been the hardest album to get into as it is his most schizophrenic, exploratory project to date. It's one of those albums that you can't put on to suite your mood. Rather, you must let go of yourself and step inside Sufjan's world and let him take you where he will. My favorite song on the album is the last: Impossible Soul. If you didn't know, you'd think this single song is the entire album. At 25 minutes it takes you from Sufjan's soft signature emo-orchestration, up through an episode of auto-tuned cyberstaticity, on to some sort of high school musical group sing along, and back down and out with his more familiar stripped down acoustic stylings. It's a trip, but a journey worth taking. Here it is in parts: