New Jersey based musical wizard WOOF. amazes me with each new offering. When I listen, I'm just blown away by his meticulous attention to detail in a living room recorded track. I constantly repeat "No way in hell does he do that in his living room" as I listen. And at times, I'm completely stunned, 'My Device' and 'Wake' immediately come to mind. Add 'Ampullae Of Lorenzini' to that list. I have no idea what an Ampullae is, I had to Google it, nor do I know who Lorenzini is, but I do know Ampullae Of Lorenzini is a fantastic song. It's spring, it's a dinner party with friends, it's a late night walk on a quiet street, it's a rainy day daydreaming with headphones on, and it's perfect. Find it below.
It's that time of the year. Every music blog, big and small start rolling out their favorite albums, favorite songs, and artists to watch for the upcoming year. I'm getting a late start to the festivities, but have been able to compile my lists easily. Without diving in too deep about the late start, it's been a weird year for Aimless Skylarking. I had to take some time off from blogging to discover the great outdoors again, to breathe, and remember all that was great about life. I missed most of the summer, but I didn't stop listening to music. In fact, I was able to listen to more, even obsess over some tracks and albums I would not have been able to had I been writing every day. Without any delay, here are my favorite albums of 2015, 16-20.
Mad Scientist Kelan Bonislawski aka WOOF. captures millenial melancholy and mischief with what seems like relative ease in his sonic masterpieces. He mystifies by mixing art rock, alt rock guitar growl, psych synths, and whatever fuzz and buzz he concocts in his recording studio, also known as the living room. Yes, his living room. But it's his most focused work, 'Wake', a love song, that positively stuns.
Key tracks: Wake, Baba, A Time Less Crowded
17. Novella - Land
While on vacation in the UK last May, I caught a Novella performance at the Great Escape in Brighton and became a bigger fan. I'd penciled them in as a must see, but almost missed their show when I had trouble finding the venue, only to be rescued by Leigh from Just Music I Like. I'm glad I didn't miss it. The London psych rockers debut LP was the perfect companion to many late night summer road trips to nowhere.
Key tracks: Land Gone, Sentences, Follow, Blue Swallow
Brighton 3 piece's debut LP mixes punk and textbook Seattle grunge growl. When I heard 'Good Enough' for the first time, I thought I was back in 1991.
Key tracks: Good Enough, Thursday, Ghost World, Coma Hospital
My introduction to the Welsh indie pop 5-piece was by way of one of the loveliest bittersweet heartbreakers I've heard in years, 'A Love'. There's a vulnerable tenderness, the exposed heart, in 'A Love' that conjures up memories of our own failures in love. But don't sleep on the band, 'Deep Breath' begs us to all bounce around and forget all the pain we feel.
Key tracks: Go Easy, A Love, Deep Breath
On my UK vacation last year, I saw PINS perform at the Green Door Store during the Great Escape in Brighton. Their performance was one of the highlights of my 15 day visit in the country. The steamy venue was rammed, not an inch was spared, and the band didn't disappoint with a bounce around electric performance. Lead single, 'Young Girls', is an instant earworm.
Key tracks: Young Girls, Got it Bad, Oh Lord
Many years ago, I read a piece on Prince and his new album. I don't recall which album, but remembered being entirely fascinated with the story because he had played every instrument on the album. He even recorded it all in his own studio. As a non-musician, I was blown away by his one man show, and elevated my love of his work. Years later, I've found that the practice is rather common. But, still, it's no less an impressive feat.
Kelan Bonislawski, aka WOOF., is one of those one man shows, but he's doing it all in his living room. That makes it all the more outstanding if you ask me. He captured my ear with last year's spectacularly astute Millenial anthem 'My Device', and continues to build on that appreciation with each new offering. Now he's back sharing his debut LP, Bad Connection, and after a few spins, I think the dreamy slow-burning 'Wake' might just be the best song he's done yet. 'Wake' lingers, and haunts, reminding us to savor each moment with the ones we love and cherish, yet we must also think of what lies ahead, because life is far too short. Live and love, people, live and love. Stream it below.
When I spoke to Aimless Skylarking favorite WOOF (Kelan Bonislawski) in January, he spoke of work on a new LP, and how it would be a challenge to keep those songs off of Soundcloud. When he revealed a new track last week, 'Pale Blue Dot', I wondered if he'd forgotten that bit of information. Hey, I'm not complaining at all because I think it's a good idea to tease such things. And he picked the perfect teaser track; with its kicked back spacey psychedelic vibe, it's the ideal introduction to the wonderful world of WOOF. Stream it below.
Being iced in sucks. North Alabama, as well as most of the eastern United States got slapped with a winter storm last night and are struggling in one way or another. There's about a half inch of ice on the streets here, and just about every major highway is closed. Having a day off from work sounds like a good thing, but I don't have the vacation time to cover the time off. I'd rather spend my vacation days away from home, like in the UK, not at home, stuck. Anyway, it has given me the chance to get ahead on a few things, one being this website. Expect lots of activity today.
There was lots of new music released this week, one was another track from one of our favorite artists and people, WOOF. I certainly don't know how he does it all in his living room. The sound is far too ambitious, and polished for what I'd call home recording, but it is, and it sounds so effortless. His sneaky good debut EP is out on Tree Machine Records right now, go buy it and listen to his latest offering 'Baba' below.