Favorite Music of 2012

Here are the releases that I’ve spent the most time with this year in no particular order:

Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
Twigs & Yarn – The Language of Flowers
Kane Ikin – Sublunar
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
Hiss Golden Messenger – Poor Moon
Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now
Voices From the Lake – S/T
Beach House – Bloom
The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself / Hands of Glory
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Brambles – Charcoal
The Boats – Ballads Of The Research Department
Sigur Ros – Valtari
Actress – RIP
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Band of Horses – Mirage Rock
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Tame Impala – Lonerism

The Green Kingdom – Incidental Music

The Green Kingdom – Incidental Music

The Green Kingdom - Incidental MusicThe heart of Incidental Music is the acoustic guitar: melodies, chords, drones, and percussive sounds sometimes used in a straightforward manner, while at other times abstracted and manipulated to beautiful effect. Upon this foundation the palette of sounds expands quietly to include various small acoustic instruments and vinyl samples.

The result is an album more reserved and patient than any in The Green Kingdom’s repertoire. These minimal themes serve as an apt score to the small scenes occurring around us all the time. An audio accompaniment for a spontaneous still life, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Something for those stolen moments when we stop and appreciate the beauty of minutia in the often unseen world all around us.

Incidental Music was mastered by M. Ostermeier.

Photography by Russell Burden.

three friends of winter   (4.05)
backyard epiphany   (4.24)
over treetops   (6.29)
cherry theme   (3.11)
slow bloom   (5.01)
green theme   (2.40)
flotation theme   (6.36)
rshda   (3.08)
whispered through pines   (4.07)