2020 in Review // Albums of Comfort by Dan Kletter
2020 in Review // Albums of Comfort by Dan Kletter

2020 in Review // Albums of Comfort by Dan Kletter

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Dan Kletter is an obsessive music collector, freeform radio DJ at KFJC, and a great community enabler.Since joining KFJC in 1993, he has booked, produced, and hosted countless live, on-air performances. He runs 24 Hour Drone with The Norman Conquest. His acclaimed radio show, Psychoacoustic Soundclash, ran from 2000 to 2008.

Music helped me stay sane last year. As usual I’m a little late to the party. In no particular order, here’s some of my favorites.

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His Name Is Alive – Return To Never (Home Recordings 1979 – 1986 Vol 2) (Disciples)

Ghost Tape EXP (Disciples)

Let’s start with the rash of archival material from His Name is Alive which offer a continuous flow of dream state HNIA interval sound.

Open Spaces – Opening Space (Constellation Tatsu)

The treasure chest that is @ctatsupurr threw down the gauntlet early in the year but this cassette helped me most.

PALEMAN – Music for Three Cymbals (PLMN)

Here are 4 soothing textures made entirely from drum cymbals.

Pete and Ed – Pete and Ed, Audio Centro (Arbitrary Signs)

This Pete Nolan (Magik Markers) and Ed Yazijian collaboration could be the soundtrack for some unearthed spaghetti western.

Skyminds – Shapes & Traces (Internal Rhythm)

I don’t know how to explain this sophomore release from Bay Area musicians Michael Henning @selaroda and Sean Conrad (Ashan/Channelers) except to say that it’s exceptionally enjoyable. Pairs well with a ride up the coast to Pescadero.

Waclaw Zimpel – Ebbing in the tide (Tak Picture)

This LP of lush clarinet was recorded by @waclawzimpel in 1 take shortly before lockdowns started last year. Amazing.

Body Double – Milk Fed (ZUM)

This debut LP by Candace Lazarou @bodydoubleusa takes me back to riding around aimlessly trying to make sense of the world and my place in it.

Coral Morphologic – Coral Morphologic 2 (Discosoma Records)

Shoutout to @edsunspot who did the artwork for this cosmic LP which I learned complements the record label’s project to help restore Miami’s coral reefs.

Natalia Beylis – The Steadfast Starry Universe (Eiderdown Records)

All of the @eiderdownsounds cassettes were stellar but this mix of woozy piano and field recordings in particular by @sunkenhum is one I keep coming back to.

Maral – Push (Leaving Records)

This debut LP by @maralj1n really caught me from the opening beats. Beautifully confident and unflinching. Shout out to @georgethechen for the recommendation.

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