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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My favorite album so far this year

With 2014 a little over a month underway, there's one album that's stood out to me thus far. I've really enjoyed releases by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, James Vincent McMorrow, Hospitality, and others, but the album I keep returning to is the debut LP by Louis Weeks.

Louis Weeks is a Washington DC based composer / songwriter who spends his day job writing music for tv and movies. In his spare time, he's been crafting his debut LP, which he released January 14 after two years of work. The album, "shift/away," does an incredible job of combining digital elements with more organic sounds. I was introduced to Louis Weeks by the excellent We Listen For You blog, which described Weeks' music as having "that rare quality in electronic music of feeling handmade as if the machines that go into producing the sound were as organic as the vocals that accompany them." One of my favorite tracks, "Bloodline," sounds like a song from an indie folk album with only occasional synthetic sounds filtering in and out. That this song works so well and fits in amongst the others is a testament to Weeks' genre defying sound.

Another album highlight is the track "Fold," but the whole thing is wonderful and worthy of repeated listens.

Even better, the whole album is currently available for whatever price you'd like (yes, including $0) on his Bandcamp page. You can click here to go get it.

Want to check out Louis Weeks?

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