On a flight to New York, I plugged my headphones into the seat-back media center and searched for a new record in the folk genre. Pretty slim pickin' so I went with Ray LaMontagne's newest album "Supernova."
I'm astonished by how good this album is. Try it yourself: play the song "Pick Up a Gun," close your eyes, and slide away from your current obsessions into a clouded daze amid the candied daffodils.
This is not the LaMontagne you've come to know, his smooth voice spending a rainy day crooning and swooning over lost loves. No, this is rich, multi-layered, organic, well-constructed psychedelic groove with more than a few hints towards some of the greatest folk and psychedelic artists from the 60's. I was able to pick up nods to Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Turtles, The Cars, Iron Butterfly, Rod Stewart (?!), Mark (forgot his name - who did the Alice and wonderland inspired record), Mamas and Papas, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and more!
Any fan of Folk rock and psychedelic music must have a listen!
Next, in the World Music genre, another stellar find, an album called "Slide Guitar Ragas" by D Bhattacharya. Indelible electric sitar transcriptions tacked onto a tapestry of the river-like drone and tabla, it's easy to get lost in here. The album is comprised of five 15-20 minute tracks I don't want to ever end. Sounds like I'll need to buy some music when I get off this flight...
Update: I bought the Ragas album, and I love to listen to it with a background of rain/thunder sounds from an iPhone app called "Relax melodies." Highly recommended!