A curated culling of our CD collection. The seasonal songs we can’t get out of our heads, as well as what’s making the workday go a little faster at Rye & Rivet HQ.

It’s been way too long since we did one of these, hasn’t it? As the Magnetic Fields so moodily put it, “the book of love has music in it; in fact that’s where music comes from”. In that spirit, we decided to revive our monthly playlist to give you something Valentine-y to listen to through February. Whether you’re fretting over some far-off object of love or just waiting until February 15th to stock up on half-price chocolates for one, here’s what you should be listening to.

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Image Courtesy of  Gumball

Image Courtesy of Gumball

Ta-Ku, the Australian producer recently released the excellent "Love Again," the first single from his upcoming project Songs to Make Up To. If this collaboration with JMSN and Sango is anything to go by, we might have the sleeper EP of the year.


Some blurb about how this is a revolving door of ALBUMS, EACH SET BASED ON A THEME. 

No matter the harshest conditions, trees stay eternal whilst the shrub around them come and go. Their bark, that seemingly lifeless outer-shell protects the more fragile core from the wear and tear of daily life, keeping it at an even keel, no matter what's going on around it. Trees can convey several different meaning so what better way to set the tone of your album by gracing with album art that contains some prominent yet ambigious use of bark or branch. This month's essentials is the definitive set of great albums featuring trees. 

Feist's Metals, the former Broken Social Scene member's fourth full-length album, explored aimed for a sound she described as "modern ancient", mixing old and new instruments. She stated that the album had "more chaos and movement and noise than I've had before." The music of Metals is influenced by genres such as jazz and the blues. The lyrics of Metals contain a lot of "nature imagery", as Feist was fascinated by the weather since "it makes you feel so minute." They also contemplate topics such as dying love, mortality and solitude. Adrew Bird's Noble Beast, his fifth solo album, is, in many ways, a record that asks you to forget the way you currently approach the album. It didn't click for me on early listens. The sometimes drifting song structures, frequent tonal shifts, odd lyrics, and interludes presented a stuffed canvas full of interesting sounds that didn't seem to have a focal point, didn't seem to have a place where you were supposed to enter the composition. Eventually, however, everything fell into place. Marinating in an album in this way is old-fashioned in the overloaded peer-to-peer era, but it's a fitting approach from Bird, a guy who often wrestles with the implications of modern technology and communications.

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