Agaetis Byrjun – Sigur Ros (1999)

Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros (1999)

Translated from its native Icelandic tongue, “agaetis byrjun” becomes “a good beginning.” Appropriate! Want to talk stark, unfettered beauty? Want to talk rich instrumentation and incredible (if unintelligible to my English ears) vocals? This album is your conversation piece. The album art shows a picture of a fetus in the womb, and I have to wonder if that’s what they had in mind when making this album. I know I’m really grasping here, but I think if you got some decent headphones, sunk into a really big beanbag chair, and listened to this, you might just feel like the album art. Leave yourself an airhole if you try that, though.

Choice Cut: Svefn-g-englar

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Floating Into the Night – Julee Cruise (1989)

Floating Into the Night - Julee Cruise (1989)

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge David Lynch fan, so of course I would love the shit out of this. Lynch wrote all the lyrics here and Angelo Badalamenti provided the synth arrangements, with six of these songs showing up in either Blue Velvet or Twin Peaks. But best of all is Julee Cruise’s soaring, innocent voice, which just thrives in such a chill, pristine environment of dark ambient neo-twee, (the album’s title sums it up nicely). The perfect soundtrack for wandering around aimlessly at night looking for your purpose.

Choice Cut: Falling
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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts – M83 (2003)

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts - M83 (2003)

Do you like it when genres become blurred together and you cannot figure out if you are listening to rock, electronic, ambient, or something else altogether? If so, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is an album that you want to pick up and give a couple of spins. This album will have you questioning what genre you are listening to throughout the entire album.  The synthesisers and drums give it a very electronic vibe, but the chord progressions sound very rockish. These two factors mix very well together.

Choice Cut: Unrecorded
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