Been in a little bit. I'm sure assumptions lean towards me having caught a case of the laze. For once I can say that laziness is only part of the reason. The majority of it is that I've been on a lengthy historical kick [i.e. lots of classical, a bunch of Bowie, and finally getting into Dylan] and didn't think people really needed to hear me go on about the stuff they already knew was great and I was only just discovering. But there were new records worth reporting, and here I failed. Apologies.
One of the acts that's been able to fit between the classic album hit parade is Sweden's Studio. Their recently released Yearbook 1 has pulled a coup on my constant track switching, managing to get played all the way through every time. Somehow Studio's been able to synthesize U2-like textures with dubby sunshine electronic forms and play it all with a cosmically subdued glaze. But the low key attitude only eases you into what's ultimately a warm emotional journey. "Origin" is simply a taste of what they have to offer. The album holds an impossibly filling meal. Each track further explores the same familiar space, but in surprising and individual ways. Here's hoping they come to visit or that I go to them.