NOW: DESTROYER – KAPUTT (2011)
Now don’t get scared by the name of this group. It is not a heavy metal hair band from the 80’s. It is a new beautiful piece of music that is going to be on my top list of best music of the year. The sound is soothing 70’s with a crisp production. Mellow and relaxing yet flowing too with some great electronics in the mix. Think Steely Dan, Al Stewart, and other storytellers of that era. This a new sound landscape to discover.
THEN: STEELY DAN – AJA (1977)
This album was one of the great masterpieces of the era. Each song was longer than we were used to, and flowed like a carpet ride along the sky. The instruments were so jazzy and smooth. Go and rediscover this classic piece of art. The cover was so shiny and slick. I remember the original album cover having a heavy gloss on it to match the sound of the music. This was the first time this was achieved in album cover art. Turn it up and turn down the lights to float into the land of AJA.