Hi @static, some feedback for your cd! It would have been sooner but then I got distracted by a lovely album from Bodies of Water, and then lots of investigations for End of the Road festival.
Firstly, I really like the nice pastel-y paper wavey type cover.
From your cd, I already know/have the songs by Apparat, Thee More Shallows, and Therese Aune. I only have that one album by Apparat, but I absolutely love that song, so I’m not sure why I hadn’t included it on my cd. It was nice to hear Thee More Shallows again, as I don’t listen to them enough. It would be great if they somehow got together again and released something new. I saw Therese Aune play last year, supporting Einar Stray Orchestra, although as she was playing solo she didn’t play my favourite song of hers (Vapid House). The Ocean Roar song is also one of the better ones from her album I think.
As for the rest, I had heard a couple of their songs many years ago (and have seen twice as a support act, for Loney Dear and Efterklang), but not sure why I never clicked enough to properly investigate and listen to more. This song is really good, and a great start to the cd - almost sounding a bit like Therese Aune with her singing. Are they still releasing music now?
Nick Huggins’ song is nice, albeit very quiet and brief so hard to remember, but might try out his other stuff.
The Power Animal vocals sort of remind me of the Flotation Toy Warning singer. I love the sounds being distorted or manipulated, or whatever is happening.
The Tarwater song reminds me of an old Kid Loco album I have, I think. It’s so relaxed and has a lovely sound to it.
Bloodgroup is a quite nice electro-poppy tune. I know of Alias, from Anticon, but never listened to him I think. Nice to hear Why?/Yoni pop up in the second half, but I think I might even prefer the first half with Alias’ singing more. & The Boats’ song is another nice relaxed/warm sounding song like The Tarwaters, very good.
I think the Snow Palms song might be my favourite. Lovely xylophone/vibraphone instrumentalness - just quite perfect from start to finish.
I think the only song I didn’t really like was the Juno song - just a bit too guitarry and fuzzy for me maybe. Actually, I started off absolutely hating it and was convinced I would skip it on future listens, but it then just progressed to not being too awful as I got used to it. So that was progress!
Anyhow, this is now officially my favourite mix I’ve received from the four themes I’ve participated in, so thank you very much. I’ve listened to it lots so far, and imagine I will continue to do so!