Music Friyay: Yann Tiersen, Altin Gün, Thus Owls, Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett

Music brings people together. Communities are created and fostered through melodies, which is why it’s important to promote excellent work by musicians both popular and obscure from all over the world, hoping its influence will reach our Brooklyn audiences. As a music lover myself, I’m always searching for new music (regardless of when it was released).

Here are four of my picks for this week:

Altin Gün – On

This is an amazing Turkish psychedelic, funk band who just released an album this year called On. It’s a gorgeous blend of different genres and nostalgic psychedelia vibes that you don’t want to miss. My favorite: “Caney.”

Yann Tiersen – Tempelhof

Tiersen released the single for his forthcoming and 10th album, All, and it’s absolutely breathtaking and inspiring. As a huge Tiersen fan, I’m always anxiously awaiting new music, and this is an incredibly meditative piece that reflects a range of emotions and styles, largely atmospheric, as if you are sitting in a glass seashell watching animals drift by. Tiersen told The Quietus, “‘Tempelhof’ is a bewitching precursor to the album, which continues the environmental theme, joining field recordings from the Tempelhof airport (on the new single) with the ambient sounds of California’s redwood forests – “places that are resonant and far away from civilisation — where I can work, letting the wilderness find its into my music.” Preorder the album here.

Thus Owls – The Mountain That We Live Upon

The band, which is run by Erika and Simon Angell, released their fourth album with the accompaniment of a seven-piece band. The album is a beautiful reflection on intimacy and relationships, with a naturalistic yet spooky edge. My favorite: “Shadows.”

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett – Full Circle

Hawkshaw, an accomplished session keyboardist, collaborated with drummer Brian Bennett to release Full Circle. Both musicians are groundbreaking (Bennett’s drums have been used by Drake and Hawkshaw’s organ sounds have been used by hip hop artists), the two came together to create a jazzy, synth masterpiece. My favorite: “Midnight Jazz.”

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