Staff List: Giacomo Cortese

2014 has been a bit complex for me, a year full of different feelings and situations and that has deeply influenced my musical tastes. I needed something polished, something elaborate and connected to my classical background and, at the same time, something captivating and catchy. I was looking for pop, but in a different way. I was seeking something new and original, which is also one of the reasons that drove me here at Going Solo. That’s why my album of the year is Gist Is by Adult Jazz, a work that satisfies my desire of quality and newness. It contains songs that I can listen in loop for a whole week without getting tired of them, like Hum and its endearing incipit or the elegant folk-jazz of Am Gone. Every single track of Gist Is drives the listener in its own world. And they’re all very different but connected by a common thread. Last but not least, I’ve chosen Adult Jazz cause I feel like they’ve been unfairly snubbed and really deserve a voice to give them the earned praise insted. Gist Is is maybe not the best album of 2014 in absolute terms, but it’been without doubt a beloved companion to me this year. And I owe it something.




Other records I liked a lot:

Tycho – Awake
The Antlers – Familiars
Natural Snow Buildings – The Night Country
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Honeyblood – Honeyblood
How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart
Grouper – Ruins
Caribou – Our Love
Aphex Twin – Syro
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra- Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon
Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Sea Oleena – Shallow
These Ghosts – Still The Waves
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap