The methods of making music may not have changed much in lockdown but the way its’ released and consumed surely has, especially with electronic music. With no clubs, how do you craft something for release? When should it come out? If you’re Kieran Hebden then Christmas Day is the answer to the latter. Not one, but two new albums appeared in December, and of the two – along with an odd retrospective, 871 – Parallel was the one that’s landed most with me. A selection of tracks, some of which have been released under a strange hieroglyph moniker over the past few years, which carry all the beauty of his electronica as well as anything he’s done recently. Particularly the opener, a monster 27-minute Parallel 1. It’s chimed perfectly in lockdown for me, and I’m really glad to have such a musical polymath like Four Tet around.
There’s a new Roisín Murphy album out, we may have talked about it. Róisín Machine was out last week and while there’s been a good few tracks trailed (and we’ve been playing them ever since) there’s always a slew of incredible remixes around too, none finer than the mighty Soulwax. If it were my month, this would be my album of the month. But Sufjan is probably getting second fiddle with me anyway (sorry Sufjan). It’s gonna take a mighty musical event to upstage Ms Murphy ♥️