Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Records in a bag from Reckless, Chicago...

I wonder if Reckless Records gets a mention on any of the unheard tracks Sufjan Stevens is set to release from last year's masterful "Illinois"? It should.

This month we've really come good with a bumper crop from the shop. First up is "Center Cities" by I Am Robot + Proud, perfect electronica for Indie types with blissfully vivid keyboard melodies dripped onto simple beats to create summery, naive melodies. "The Ruling Class" finds Jeff Tweedy, Jim O'Rourke and Glen Kotche's Loose Fur project in territory much more familiar to the average Wilco fan than their last, more experimental outing on Domino. In fact it's effectively a Wilco song, so no complaints here.

Also picked up Willie Nelson's "You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker, the choice cut from which is the standard, "Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me". Willie gives it a lovely lilting flow set off by the fiddle and peddle steel guitar.

Glissandro 70 on Constellation Records provide a hypnotic Post-Rock entry with "Something", an all too short 2.45 of circular rhythmic repetition that layers-up to beautiful effect.

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