Ms. Rõivassepp, I presume?

I’d like to present to you the coolest album cover I’ve seen in quite some time.

As you can see, it’s Dance of Sounds by the Karmen Rõivassepp Quartet. Rõivassepp is the vocalist for the quartet, and I assume that’s her on the cover, but I really don’t know. The band is from Denmark though she’s Estonian. They don’t have much of a presence on the web so that’s pretty much all I know.

Yes I bought the album … in high res, even. No, I haven’t listened to it yet.

Thank you for today

Death Cab for Cutie’s new album, Thank You for Today, arrived from Amazon yesterday. I ripped it last night and it’s playing as I write this.

Thank You for Today

Initial impressions are very good. “Gold Rush” is a real stand-out. It’s no surprise this track is the album’s first single.

My only real disappointment is the production of the album in regards to dynamic range. It’s yet another victim of the loudness wars. The album as a whole scores a poor DR6.

Even despite the terrible dynamic range, my impression of the material itself is very positive after my first listen.


Album cover ©2018 WEA International Inc.

Crowded music?

…sometimes I say I’m providing a house and you can provide the furniture. It’s a soundtrack, there’s space, and the audience put their own thoughts to it. Sometimes jazz musicians, we fill up all the fucking space, so people can’t lose themselves in it.

Robert Glasper, jazz pianist
regarding extended solos