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Welcome to the "New Normal"!!!

Every day, week and month that goes past sees an ever changing landscape for everybody, whether it is social distancing, wearing face-masks, cleansing hands or having to quarantine having visited foreign lands, we are all adapting to these unusual times in many ways.

And that goes for ourselves at Basically Sound too. We have now settled into our new "By Appointment" arrangements for customer visits and everyone seems to appreciate this. Not only does it ensure that we can all remain safe, it also gives us even more time to focus on the customer and their particular hi-fi needs.

But, listening to great music remains key to the reason why we are here, have that interest in hi-fi and the pleasure this brings to the listening experience. So we are continuing with our monthly About The Music newsletters going forward. There will be sending product related issues soon as there's lots to tell you about there as well.

Please continue to send in your own recommendations of albums, books & other music related suggestions that you are enjoying, along with a brief description of your thoughts about the suggestions you have made, if you so wish. Suggestions don't have to be new, older releases are equally welcome. We will use them in future issues of this publication. Just click on the "About The Music - Recommendations" button below and send your suggestions across to us.

Continue to keep yourselves safe and, of course, keep enjoying the music...

Best wishes,

Tony, Graham & Pete

Opeth - In Cauda Verenum
(Nuclear Blast/Moderbolaget)
Suggested by a couple of customers, we have edited one of the emails received to detail this album.
"Opeth have been pushing the boundaries of "Metal" for years, but their last 4 releases are beautifully expressed albums of complex and superlative playing, reaching an apogee in this, their latest. Released in both Swedish and English versions, this is a masterclass and utterly absorbing. A brilliant album from probably the best band on the planet right now."
Ludovico Einaudi - 12 Songs From Home
(Decca)
A soundtrack for lockdown, this collection of Einaudi's compositions was recorded at his Italian home during the country's pandemic struggle. Using his iPhone and played on an out-of-tune upright piano, the results act as a memory of the strange and unusual atmosphere we have all experienced over recent times and that will never be forgotten.
No studio-quality sound here, with background noises clearly audible, giving the recordings an unfinished realism. Perfect music for those moments of quiet, solemn contemplation.
Paul Weller - On Sunset
(Polydor)
Back with Polydor for his 15th album release, Paul Weller has been a constant for over 5 decades now and remains a musical chameleon, moving from The Jam, though the Style Council and now with an extensive solo career behind him, this album is an example of how his music has evolved over time.
On Sunset features ten classic, yet modern, Weller tracks. It's a soul album but it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with pop songs and ballads along with touches of experimentalism. The "Modfather" just keeps giving. 
Ray LaMontagne - Monovision
(RCA)
After his recent excursions into a more progressive sound, Ray LaMontagne returns to his Americana/folk roots with this latest release.
The album is full of obvious influences and comparisons, ranging from 'acoustic' Led Zeppelin to Van Morrison via Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens, but you can simply hear how he has developed as a singer-songwriter over the years since his 2004 debut release Trouble.
Here he revisits and builds on the weathered troubadour style of his earlier releases whilst this time playing, recording and producing everything himself, hence the album's title.
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