New sounds from Central Florida Illuminated Paths label ... and Justin Timberlake


Cover detail from Blue Songs
  • Cover detail from Blue Songs
Joshua Rogers of Illuminated Paths recently mentioned that he releases a few tapes every week, and I remember thinking, "Maybe he means a tape every few weeks," promptly filing the information away. And yet, the Illuminated Paths Facebook just premiered three new releases freshly available on their bandcamp page

Alongside BLOB and Black Magic Tamarak, there's this incredible sprawling triple album (available as a cassette or digital download) by Clément Rhétorie, Blue Songs/Una Vita Difficile/Fake Music for a Real Film, and it is stunning. The music is a smoldering, fragile collection of late-night regret instrumental sketches. Switching from electronics to guitar-based meditations, this triple album takes influences from Eno's Discreet Music, the post-rock of Tortoise, ambient, torchy bossa-jazz and maybe everything in between. Worth it.

And oh, by the way, at the exact same time I discovered Blue Songs, I find out that Justin Timberlake just premiered the brand-new tune "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Heady times.

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