In a crap year with some great music, albums of 2020 existed in a weird bubble. Especially with political albums, everything felt a bit out of sync and it highlighted how long the process of writing, recording and releasing an album can be.
The only work I know by the avant-garde composer William Basinski is his 2002-03 project The Disintegration Loops, which is literally the sound of a short piece of music being played again and again until the tape is destroyed. Cleverly (or opportunistically, depending on your viewpoint), he tied it in with the 9/11 attacks and claims he finished the project as the World Trade Centre was collapsing. True or not, it’s an intriguing and groundbreaking listen.
Released in January and just coming to my attention now is the debut album from Melbourne punks CLAMM. As I’ve mentioned before, I love the Aussie punk scene at the moment, full of straight-talking, snotty bands putting their own spin on a formula that can’t go far wrong.
I’m quite pleased with myself for staying on track with this project so far. OK, it’s January 26rd and I’ve only done 20, but I didn’t start until the 7th, so I’m averaging exactly one album a day. If I can carry on at this rate for the rest of the year, I just need to find six days over the next 11 months where I can bash out two reviews. Simple as that!