Lovely Recordings Hosted by Brice Lang

Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).

Tame Impala: Currents (Modular/Universal, 2015)
This is probably my favorite album to play on my HiFi and has gotten more playtime than anything else in the last year. The psychedelic synths and twisty-turny arrangements hooked me right away. Tame Impala is one of many great bands I discovered through my girlfriend, who graciously puts up with my HiFi obsession.

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Kendrick Lamar: good kid m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg, 2012)
I grew up on a steady diet of punk rock—a genre which, in my mind, shared little with rap and hip hop. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that my fellow punk rock loving friends started playing this album periodically. My appreciation for Kendrick Lamar developed slowly over time and now I’m a proper fan. I may not know much about hip hop in general, but I think Kendrick has a unique approach.

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Mimicking Birds: Eons (Glacial Pace, 2014)
This band hails from Portland, Oregon, where I lived for ten years before moving to D.C. for a job. They remind me of home. I play this album almost ritualistically on weekend mornings as others sleep and I sip my coffee and read. I once saw them play a show at a cinema in Portland with the BBC’s Planet Earth screening silently behind them. It was a cool effect.

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Alvvays: Alvvays (Polyvinyl Record Co., 2014)
(Pronounced, “Always”). Burned in my brain is the memory of playing this album at sunrise, while driving up to Mt. Hood for skiing. I had a smile on my face from ear to ear. My girlfriend and I share one of these tracks as “our song”, but I won’t tell which! Their new album drops September 8.

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O'Brother: Garden Window (Triple Crown Records, 2011)
I’d be remiss not to include some straight up rock albums on this list. After all, I’ve gravitated towards the heavier stuff my whole life. Sadly, my HiFi system doesn’t play quite as much of it these days since the GF doesn’t share my tastes. I first heard O’ Brother opening for Thrice in 2012. They absolutely blew the doors off.

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Colour Revolt: Plunder, Beg, And Curse (Fat Possum Records, 2008)
I discovered this band under similar circumstances; they opened a show for another band I love, These Arms Are Snakes. Hilariously, the album description in Tidal (essentially a review) is a fairly brutal panning. I heartily disagree. No accounting for taste, I guess.

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David Bazan: Blanco (Barsuk Records, 2016)
Somehow David Bazan flew beneath my radar for years. I finally saw him perform at Mississippi Studios in Portland in 2016. I remember that performance as one of my all-time favorite “live sounds”. It’s a phenomenal sounding small venue that did well to capture David’s stripped down acoustic guitar and bold, authoritative vocals. He played a number of songs from Blanco that night, which was interesting because the record is more synth and drum heavy.

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Sylvan Esso: What Now (Loma Vista Recordings, 2017)
My surprise pop hit of 2017 so far. Polished, slick, catchy. I’m particularly enamored with the penultimate track, “Slack Jaw”, with Amelia Meath’s intimate vocals laid atop a sparse arrangement of blips and pops.

Available from Tidal

Mew: No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories, The World Is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away (Columbia Records, 2009)
Shiny, angular, Danish pop with odd time signatures, interludes, and meticulous arrangements. Fun fact: “Introducing Palace Players” has been my ringtone since 2009!

Available from Tidal

My HiFi journey first began in 2014 at a neat shop in Portland, Oregon called Echo Audio where I picked up an old receiver and bookshelf speakers for $500. Since then, my system has gone through a few stages of major upgrades as I’ve increased my knowledge and funds have allowed. My favorite home pastime is to discover and share musical moments on the HiFi with my girlfriend and our dog, Nagbe.


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COMMENTS
lestes's picture

Thanks for sharing. Mostly new to me here and I'm mostly blown away at first blush. Looking forward to where it will lead me! Cheers

jond's picture

Thanks and nice to "meet" a fellow DCer!

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