I started this entry on July 29. It’s now September. A few of the albums I meant to mention have already been released. I’m just going to keep them here.
Dead Can Dance, Anastasis, Aug. 16
I debated whether to go to the duo’s show in Redmond and ultimately decided against it. For one, I’m broke, and for another, I’ve only started exploring Dead Can Dance’s back catalog. For the longest time, Spiritchaser was the only album of theirs I owned. I’ve since added Aion and the latest, Anastasis, which seems more Aion than Spiritchaser.
Tokyo Jihen, Shinyawaku, Aug. 29
I posited that Tokyo Jihen albums are like Star Trek movies — the even-numbered ones are better than the odd-numbered ones. I’m going to ignore the flotsam of color bars, which is an EP and thus not technically an album, and say Shinyawaku follows the pattern. Although a collection of b-sides, it possesses some of the band’s most interesting moments, some of which should have appearned on their albums.
Sasagawa Miwa, Oroka na Negai, Aug. 29
I thought this one was coming out on July 27.