2017 Music Rewind

2017 was Don­ald Trump’s first year as pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States. Per­haps it is “out­rage fatigue” at play, but it seems in ret­ro­spect that the albums that res­onat­ed with me this past year share cer­tain qual­i­ties. Most of my favorites exhib­it patience, stead­fast­ness, focus, and deter­mi­na­tion. I need­ed music that is restora­tive. I need­ed it to pro­vide space for my brain and my soul.

Jared C. Balogh — Between Probabilities (Evgeny Gerasimchuk, Grigory Bazhanov and Jared C. Balogh)

Balogh’s com­po­si­tions are com­plex thorny things some­times. Rhyth­mi­cal­ly dense, melod­i­cal­ly spiky, angu­lar in all the best ways. What a treat to hear this set of com­po­si­tions real­ized with live gui­tar (played by Evge­ny Gerasim­chuk) instead of ren­dered via com­put­er. Avail­able as a free down­load on WFMU’s Free Music Archive. Dis­clo­sure: Jared is my friend and band­mate.


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