Some painful project deadlines made for a baron month of screentime:
- “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.
- “After Life” (TV series 2019) I choked up every episode without fail. A genuine warmth underpins the dark humour.
- “Surviving America’s Most Hated Family” (TV documentary 2019) L Theroux navigates his rage-enducing subjects with typical poise and intelligence.
- “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.
- “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:
- “Singularity” (Jon Hopkins 2018) On. Repeat. My most listened to album of 2018, according to Spotify, keeps on giving.
- “I See You” (The xx 2017) One of my go-tos when visiting London on my lonesome for work. Feels right.
- “Everything Must Go” (Manic Street Preachers 1996) Revisited after watching documentary above. It stands the test of time.
- “Truth is a Beautiful Thing” (London Grammar 2017) This is a beautiful thing (with the headphones on, in particular).
- “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.
- “Emerald Rush – Solomun Remix” (Jon Hopkins, Solomun 2019) A remix that stands up to the original.
- “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.
- “A Bath Full of Ecstasy” (Hot Chip 2019) My soft spot for this rabble continues.