Ulver’s new release, ATGCLVLSSCAP, is an extraordinary journey, to say the absolute least. Bells ring through the beginning portion of “England’s Hidden” ushering the listener into the fold until washes of synthesizers and strings mixed with distorted vocals overtake the senses calling to memory all the great moments of an Eluvium album.
Writing this feels very strange. The last time I wrote anything for Folkways was in September, 2010 when I reviewed Ryan Adams’ Cold Roses. For the heck of it, I revisited that review and was, frankly, heartbroken. At the time I wrote it, my wife Amy and I were only 3 months away from moving to North Carolina. Little did I know that, during my 3-year stay in North Carolina, my life would change in the most painful and beautiful ways. As I sat and read what I wrote in 2010, I was practically yelling at my past self, pleading with him to listen to reason, focus on what’s real and what’s right, and find help AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Unfortunately, all that yelling was pointless. In 2012, I slipped into the deepest, darkest depression I’ve ever experienced. The soundtrack for that time in my life was Lou Reed’s Transformer.
I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated high school; this wasn’t the problem. The problem was that I was obdurately opposed to pretending I knew what I wanted to do. While many of my peers shakily aligned themselves with potential career paths and colleges, I did nothing but ignore the impending life-change. It was in this fashion that I found myself enrolled in my local community college barely able to muster the will to attend class. Little did I realize, attending one of these classes would have a significant effect on my life but not in a way that was published in any course catalog. Continue reading
Please enjoy our selection of albums from the year 2015.
It’s the end of another year and all we have to show for it is this annual list! Read if you wish but this is likely just for the benefit of ourselves at this point!
Don’t make yourself wait!