2020

was not so great, fortunately there was good music to be listened to.

Here are some of my favourite releases this year

White Walls – Grandeur
Michael Manring – Small Moments
Tigran Hamasyan – The Call Within
Ólafur Arnalds – some kind of peace
The Pineapple Thief – Versions of the Truth
Spaven X Sandunes
Plini – Impulse Voices
Puscifer – Existential Reckoning
Figueroa – The World As We Know It
Helen Mountfort – Ebb
IDLES – Ultra Mono
Jesús Rico Pérez – SCARS III
Intervals – Circadian

 

ye album lists for previous years

2019

Leprous – Pitfalls
Jakub Zytecki – Nothing Lasts, Nothing’s Lost
Tool – Fear Inoculum
The Contortionist – Our Bones EP
Bon Iver – i,i
City and Colour – A Pill for Loneliness
Cloudkicker – Unending
Mark Lettieri – Deep: The Baritone Sessions VOl1
Hildur Gudnadóttir – Joker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Deliric x Silent Strike – II
Nick Johnston – Wide Eyes In The Dark
Dub Trio – The Shape Of Dub To Come
shey baba – Requiem
Brad Mehldau – Finding Gabriel
GoGo Penguin – Ocean In A Drop EP

2018

Lucia – Samsara
GoGo Penguin – A Humdrum Star
Richard Spaven – Real Time
Ólafur Arnalds – re:member
Childish Japes – Salamander
Between The Buried And Me – Automata II
Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN – Awase
Jacob Collier – DJESSE (vol I)
Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve
Mammal Hands – Becoming
Zoe Keating – Snowmelt

2017

Richard Spaven – The Self
Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
Leprous – Malina
Björn Meyer – Provenance
David Maxim Micic – Who Bit The Moon
Childish Japes – After You’re Born
The Contortionist – Clairvoyant
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
almadeer – Igra
Iris Lune – Lost In Chatter

I’ve always loved this phrase

it’s such a good description of a huge part of my life. It means “I hear, I see, I learn” in latin. It somewhat explains why I try to keep my music as free downloadable albums.

I am self-taught at everything I am marginally good at. This, of course, has its advantages and disadvantages. An immediate disadvantage would be lacking the terminology and having to use my own convoluted maps instead of the common shortcuts. On the other hand, the biggest advantage would be coming to appreciate and treasure the learning process.

I never considered myself to be a real musician, though I’ve been playing an instrument for 20+ years. Sounds odd, I know, but bear with me. I grew up not knowing that music can be taught but instead I thought you must be born with the ‘gift’. Music must be a magical, mysterious phenomenon, no way you could reduce it to rules and structure and mathematics. I always labelled myself an amateur even when a large chunk of my income was from playing music. Damian Erskine recently changed my mind though with this video and I upgraded the label to ‘music enthusiast’.

My first album’s called ‘the Öutlet‘ and it’s more of a collection of tunes from 2003 to 2011 than an album. I put it up online because I have some very insistent friends. My second album is called ‘a drop of Calm‘ and it was composed in 2 weeks after the very difficult oct-nov of 2015. My third album is from 2017 and it’s called ‘T‘. Initially it was meant to be a soundtrack to a video-game, hence the more electronic vibe. All 3 albums are free to download, or you can pay what you want for them. They are free not because I don’t consider them valuable. Quite the contrary, they are free because they are very valuable to me.

Album no.4 is in the works

and slowly but surely it will come to fruition. I’m in the 8th year of carefully balancing a steady full time job (albeit working from home), a very actively gigging band with family life and other paraphernalia. Slowly but surely new lessons will be learned.

And talking about new lessons, here’s a video I did.

‘A day in the life of’  type of skit. And I admit it, besides having received quite a few messages on FB from absurdcus fans, the only other reason I wanted to have my albums on streaming platforms was to be able to have my own music on my Instagram stories. And it’s very cool for my cat videos to have an absurdcusian soundtrack!

Also, here’s my VIP LINK if you want a Distrokid subscription. You get a 7% discount off your first year. And it’s very easy to use, yay. Have fun!