Welcome To 2018!!

We at A Miscellany Of Tasteful…, along with our side projects The Hip Priest, A Garden Of Earthly Delights, the Carrera-Linn Cultural Exchange and RudyCarrera.com, wish you all the best for 2018, and we thank you very much for your patronage.

We look forward to bringing you the best in tasteful music, film, books, art and interviews in the coming year, and are always happy to receive correspondence!

Best,

Rudy Carrera

[Music] King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard cross all sorts of genres so heavily that they are nearly impossible to categorize. The band move around easily in alternative music, psychedelic rock, prog, surf (not as weird as it sounds, to be honest) and garage rock.

This album is a freebie, and, as it turns out, one of their best works. Give it a listen and be converted.

[Music] Karolina Ossowska & Jeff Gburek – The Falls of Hyperion

The incredibly prolific Jeff Gburek, currently based in Poland and partnering with violinist Karolina Ossowska, put together their latest labor of love, and though I don’t normally engage in Top-Ten lists for year’s end, I think it fair to say that this release is his most beautifully crafted, most thoughtful and profound releases.

The album was recorded in Romania and Poland between September 2016 and October 2017. On top of the incredible range of instrumentation, there are many field recordings which give a life to each track that one rarely finds in experimental music.

Of particular interest are the spoken word portions of Track #4, Hyperions 4 (Lift Not The Painted Veil). From the notes left by Gburek and Ossowska, the first text is a piece written by Percy Bysshe Shelley bearing the same name.  The second is a work penned by Gburek himself.  Both are read with a warm but darkened tone which envelops the listener as much as the instrumentation does.

Easily one of 2018’s best releases, regardless of genre.

 

[Music] Percival Elliott – Forever

Percival Elliott isn’t the name of a musician, but a friendship. Two musicians, Olly Hite and Samuel Carter-Brazier, paired to make a deeply touching indie-folk sound which reminds me of the best of artists like Jeff Buckley (may his memory be eternal). If you’re curious about following their exploits, consider “liking” their Facebook or Twitter feeds.