Listening to Anathallo's new album Floating World, I'm reminded of the first time I heard Sufjan Stevens' Michigan, or maybe Sigur Ros' Agaetis Byrjun. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying this is as good as those two masterpieces. In fact, at times, it's a bit of an epic mess, drawing influence from Japanese folk tales, the band's Christian beliefs, and more musical genres than I care to list.
But in terms of emotional scope and beauty, it's one of the most affecting albums released so far this year.
Hanasakajijii (Three: The Man who Made Dead Trees Bloom) mp3
It turns out Anathallo's Floating World has been blogged about quite a bit. Go here or here to read/listen to more.
buy Floating World here