It’s May! Head outside with a good book or CD and enjoy the fresh sights and smells of the season!
Pat – Circulation
Lion starring Dev Patel, Mara Rooney, and Nicole Kidman, New DVD Lion
Another statement found on a memorial really struck home with me, “As you pass by, read their names, your memory is their only grave.” p.200
Kodama by Alcest, New CD 781.66 Alcest
The latest album from blackgaze pioneers Alcest is somewhat of a return to form from their previous offering, Shelter. Known for combining the black metal and shoegaze genres, they expertly interweave walls of intense distorted guitar, delicate finger-plucked segments, harsh vocals, and melodic ethereal vocals (all in French). Kodama does away with the blast beats typical of black metal and their earlier works (a continuation from Shelter), but revives the harsh vocals absent from Shelter.
Lead vocalist/ lead guitarist Neige has said that his love of Japanese culture, specifically the anime film Princess Mononoke (J DVD Princess Mononoke), was his inspiration on Kodama. In Japanese folklore kodama are tree spirits, a prominent concept in Princess Mononoke, and appropriate subject matter for a band like Alcest. Their music is a journey to another realm, and this time the listener is whisked off to a spiritual Japan where humans and spirits collide.