Angelo De Augustine: What Are You Listening To?
The second record from Angelo De Augustine, Swim Inside the Moon, (out now on Asthmatic Kitty) is a collection of intimate songs guided by a hushed voice and tingling acoustics. This personal nature is a result of the album’s recording and execution. Angelo recorded the album in his bathroom, with his microphone against his shower wall.
Like Vashti Bunyan and Nick Drake, De Augustine’s music is otherworldly. There is a messenger-type feel to the record, as if De Augustine is a vessel to communicate a perspective of Earth from another planet. To accompany the release of this tranquil record, De Augustine has given an exclusive, lunar-influenced TIDAL playlist.
Claude Debussy, “Claire De Lune”
According to my knowledge, this seems to be one of the few pieces written during the French Romantic period with a lunar theme that has become popular today. It is a very recognizable composition and has found its way beyond the symphony orchestra and into countless films and television programs. A careful listener may also associate Claude Debussy’s compositions with having an influence pertaining to chordal structure on early American jazz recordings.
Joe Meek, “I Hear a New World”
A pioneer of early recording technology and a craftsman of much of his own studio equipment. According to my research, he is often cited as one of the first people to implement the ‘vari-speed’ technique on human voices, utilizing the recording of different tape speeds to increase pitch. This is now universally known as the ‘chipmunk’ effect.
Sufjan Stevens/Bryce Dessner/Nico Muhly/James McAlister, “The Moon”
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to open their Los Angeles concert at Hollywood Cemetery last month. It was a wonderful experience, and this piece was one of my favorites from the night, as I stood next to a giant pyramid tomb.
Moses Sumney, “Man on the Moon”
A talented artist who is releasing a new album called Aromanticism via Jagjaguwar on September 22.
Ivor Cutler, “Gravity Begins at Home”
I bet everyone wishes he was their grandfather. There is a fantastic BBC short film titled In Search of the Great English Eccentric that he was featured in.
Brian Eno, “Slow Ice, Old Moon”
This sounds like what you might hear inside a cave under the moon’s surface.
Ella Fitzgerald, “Round Midnight”
One of my mom’s favorite albums when she was young.
Sun Ra, “The Night of the Purple Moon”
For some reason this reminds me of the movie where Wallace and Gromit visit the moon because they are out of cheese for their crackers.
Joao Gilberto, “Eclipse”
My old soccer coach used to try to get us to listen to his records before games.
Wes Montgomery, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”
I believe he was one of the first jazz guitar players to use octaves as a melodic line in a song. According to further research, one can see how this technique became more widespread when Jimi Hendrix started using the same technique years later.
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