[listening] What's On The Turntable?

The new Devin Townsend album Empath is a lovely blend of rock/metal/ambient/operatic/epic weirdness, and obviously something that he's poured his heart and soul into.

Here's the promo single..


and look space cats!!!

 
Magnum, 'Live at Symphony Hall'. Recorded in 2018 at Birmingham Symphony Hall. My whole family were there; it was a brilliant gig and the live album has captured it perfectly. It also features guest vocals by Tobias Sammet (of Avantasia).
 
Currently enjoying spinning Ulaid and Duke Special on the turntable, a coming together of an Irish folk band and the whimsical tunes of Duke (always worth seeing live if you get the chance) on their live album, 'A Note Let Go':


also The Waterboys latest, 'Where the Action Is':


On pre-order the new record from The Divine Comedy, 'Office Politics'. I think Neil Hammon is one of our best lyricists, and having met my wife in Cromer and having a thing for the Saxons and Normans (I might not reenact, but I do run Pendragon), their latest video was an instant hit:

 
Currently on my virtual turntable on heavy rotation, courtesy of Spotify/Sonos:

Twenty One Pilots - not sure how best to describe them because at times they remind me of Duke Special, and at others it's more Eminem. Playing all the albums in a shuffled queue isn't helping me figure out either if their sound changed over time or if all the albums contain a mix of styles.

Guaranteed to get the "what's this noise?" response from my wife either way...

This has temporarily displaced my other recent faves:
  • Daughter (atmospheric & mellow alt. pop, quite lively at times)
  • Lanterns on the Lake (ditto)
  • Chvrches (a name chosen with Google in mind and hated by spellcheckers everywhere; less mellow, more dance)
  • Soundgarden (complex time signatures apparently; that's why I can't dance to it...*)
  • Rush (you can never have too much Rush)

* to be fair, there's little or no chance of my dancing regardless of time signatures.
 
Jenny and I just got back from seeing King Crimson at the Royal Albert Hall. OMG! There are no real words to describe what we saw and heard - it was just utterly fantastic. Imagine three drummers, two guitars, saxophone and bass all playing in different time signatures simultaneously, all in a cyclic pattern that repeated every 27 bars - that's an idea of what 'Indiscipline' sounded like. Just unbelievable.
 
Been listening to a lot of doom recently. Having just turned 50 I find its more sedate pace scratches my metal itch. Stuff like Cathedral, Witchfinder General, Solstice, Pentagram and late period Amebix.
 
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