This has been the soundtrack to my week:
1. Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM – Our Secret World
Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the best living guitarists, in my estimation – and this record features some killer arrangements. The soloing on this number is absolutely incredible.
2. Moderat – Moderat
Moderat’s new record is great, but I keep on coming back to this track from their début – it’s a brilliant piece of sound design, with clarity and depth in equal measure.
3. Thomas Ades – Chased Overhead
I’ve been getting more and more in Ades recently – I think this is my favourite at the minute. It has a brilliant sense of narrative and line.
4. George Friedrich Haas – In Vain
I first heard this nearly a year ago, at a screening in Trinity College – we watched the Simon Rattle performance in the dark. Absolutely terrifying.
5. Kevin Shields and Patti Smith – The Coral Sea
A very intense listen from a somewhat unlikely pairing, Shields’ guitar accompaniment is restrained but incredibly effective – the second CD in particular, showcases some beautiful chord voicings, while Smith is, as always, completely unrestrained and honest in what she does.