Sound & vision, July 2019

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Some painful project deadlines made for a baron month of screentime:

  1. “Tour de France” (TV event) An epic few weeks of racing. Gutted for fellow countryman Geraint though second place is hell of an achievement. E Bernal is something else on those mountains though.
  2. After Life” (TV series 2019) I choked up every episode without fail. A genuine warmth underpins the dark humour.
  3. Surviving America’s Most Hated Family” (TV documentary 2019) L Theroux navigates his rage-enducing subjects with typical poise and intelligence.
  4. Escape from History” (2017) The Manic Street Preachers recount the recording and release of Everything Must Go. Taken back to my younger self. A magical time, especially for Welsh bands.
  5. Adventureland” (2009) Rewatched. I’m a sucker for coming-of-age films with an eighties backdrop. Job done.

My work patterns shape my listening habits. This month was all about the search for flow states which means vocals are a no-go. Looping beats and melodies are the order of the day. A charismatic Glastonbury performance from Stormzy drew me into his sphere though:

  1. Singularity” (Jon Hopkins 2018) On. Repeat. My most listened to album of 2018, according to Spotify, keeps on giving.
  2. I See You” (The xx 2017) One of my go-tos when visiting London on my lonesome for work. Feels right.
  3. Everything Must Go” (Manic Street Preachers 1996) Revisited after watching documentary above. It stands the test of time.
  4. Truth is a Beautiful Thing” (London Grammar 2017) This is a beautiful thing (with the headphones on, in particular).
  5. Seven Days Walking (Day 5)” (Ludovico Einaudi 2019) For when the ears tired of beats. You know what to expect with Einaudi but he does it so damn well.
  6. Emerald Rush – Solomun Remix” (Jon Hopkins, Solomun 2019) A remix that stands up to the original.
  7. Gang Signs & Prayer” (Stormzy 2017) This boy has chops. His talent outruns the production at times but no doubt it will all come together soon. Potential for Kendrick-esque musical heights.
  8. A Bath Full of Ecstasy” (Hot Chip 2019) My soft spot for this rabble continues.