ARTIST: JANELLE MONÁE
ALBUM: THE ARCHANDROID
LABEL: BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT
This Sunday (Nov 6th), at 9pm, you’re invited to share a listening session with some likeminded souls, wherever you might be. This can be experienced either alone or communally, and you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to participate. Full lowdown here:
I first came across Janelle Monáe in September 2010, having caught an interview with her on BBC Radio 4 as I was driving back from Bestival. This prompted a blog post, ‘Galactic Eclectic’:
Her critically acclaimed album, ‘The ArchAndroid’, was a breath of fresh air to these ears. It was great to hear something so original and free spirited, which harked back to the concept albums of an earlier age, but with a futuristic slant via her unique approach and subject matter. As an artist she’s struck the right balance – her references are there to hear, but not in an obvious way. I can guarantee that you’ve never heard an album quite like ‘The ArchAndroid’ – Monáe is very much her own person, that’s for sure.
As I mentioned in the ‘Galactic Eclectic’ blog post, it’s the type of album that some people won’t necessarily get into first time around, but will absolutely adore by the third play. It’s not really a stick it on in the background kind of thing, but demands your full attention, which is why I feel it’s an ideal Living To Music selection – an album you need to lose yourself in to get the most out of. Hopefully this provides the opportunity for some people to experience its quirky brilliance for the first time.
Your own thoughts are always welcomed, and, should you join us for Sunday’s session, it’d be great if you could leave a comment here after you’ve listened to the album sharing your impressions – how the music affected you, who you listened to it with, where you were, plus anything else relevant to your own individual / collective experience.
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