Here are the albums of the week, now including two soundtracks that overlap with an earlier post. Regardless, these three were bound to show up eventually.
Pink Floyd – Meddle
While everyone and their mother has heard Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall, my favorite Pink Floyd albums have always been Meddle and Animals. Meddle in particular has what is probably my favorite Floyd song – Echoes. While this type of slow, atmospheric music is certainly not for everyone (especially with Echoes being 23 minutes long), if you’re a fan of mellow prog rock or have simply never had this album show up on your radar before, check it out.
Genre: Progressive rock
Sawano Hiroyuki – Kill la Kill
While I couldn’t decide on any one in particular, I mentioned Sawano Hiroyuki’s soundtracks in my Top 10 OSTs post. Recently, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for Kill la Kill pretty frequently, and while I’m not sure about if being my favorite of the three I’ve heard, it certainly is quite the interesting album. The first thing I noticed was the strange titles for the songs, half of which are variations of the anime title – Kiryuu G@ KiLL, Kiryuu ha KILL, Hiru La lill, etc (these look pretty crazy with the original Japanese characters in there as well). While there aren’t any single tracks that are completely encompassing the various styles across the album, check out Before my body is dry. DON’T LOSE YOUR WAYYYYYY~
Genre: There’s rock-ish stuff, metal-ish stuff, electronic-ish stuff, orchestral-ish stuff…
The Pillows – FLCL OST No.3
And following up on one soundtrack, I felt the need to include this one simply because I completely forgot about it in my OST list. Rather than retroactively replacing something, I decided to just give it a spot here. The entirety of the soundtrack is made up of songs by The Pillows, a Japanese alt rock band. While FLCL is easily memorable for how whacky it is, the music remains the best part and provides a great experience as a part of the series or on its own. While I haven’t listened to The Pillows outside of this soundtrack yet, it’s safe to say that I’d be interested in hearing more – this music is awesome.
Genre: Alternative rock, indie rock, power pop