Saturday, 9 February 2013

SONG FOR TODAY: Black Reindeer - Broke

Today marks exactly two years since the very first SONG FOR TODAY featured on this blog. On February 9th 2011, the feature was launched with Gene's incredible and underrated 1999 single 'As Good As It Gets'. Today we mark Song For Today's 2nd birthday with an excellent track from Stephen Jones's latest album. 

After announcing the end of Babybird last year, cult hero Stephen Jones became Black Reindeer. Largely instrumental, and consisting of soundtrack-like pieces, this was the sort of music that Jones has always considered his personal favourite.

The latest Black Reindeer LP is a departure from the first two, and demonstrates an evolution. It's more varied, more defined, there are rare vocals, and the music has began to soak up traces of Jones's other project Death Of The Neighbourhood. This is apparent onthe excellent 'Broke' with its unsettling falsetto, slow hip hop beats and eerie jazz samples. 

Overall it's the strongest and most complete sounding Black Reindeer album yet. Prolific as ever, Jones has further plans for this year that include another DOTN record, a possible solo album under his own name, and maybe more Black Reindeer recordings. Good to hear he's keeping busy. Long may this magical music continue. Like the previous albums, it's available digitally, but this time round Jones is releasing an ultra-limited run of 50 handmade CDs. Read my full review of it (and listen in full) HERE.

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