This first half of 2016 has been a banner year with new releases from all my favorites music makers- TW Walsh set a really high bar for the year when he released Fruitless Research in February. Explosions in the Sky did not disappoint with their new album The Wilderness. Neither did David Bazan's Blanco (despite my initial fears). And of course, Radiohead dunked us headfirst in a Moon Shaped Pool, and it is amazing.
That would be enough for any good year, except I was also already anticipating the mid-June release of Starflyer 59's 14th studio release 'SLOW'. So when my vinyl preorder arrived I put it on the turntable, cranked it way up because I was home alone, and I found it pure bliss from start to finish. The first word that popped into my mind to describe it was "tight", almost as if Jason Martin had crafted each one of these songs with special keys that specifically fit into the various pleasure centers of my brain. I also feel like I connect with it lyrically more than I have the past few albums.
In interviews, Martin has described the somewhat "retrospective" nature of the new album, and I can definitely hear that. So while listening again I decided that it would be a fun game to assign each song on SLOW to the earlier SF59 album that I think it would fit in best with. So here's my list-
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