Fasman’s Finds – Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Sometimes I listen to certain songs or albums to make me feel a type of way, we know what kind of mood we want to get/stay in, and we can have music be our guide. I listen to M.O.P. to feel ready to fight, aka whenever I leave my house, and I listen to whale sounds when I need to zone out (more about that in the coming weeks). This past week I needed my brain to be taken on a journey, away from specific moods or vocals. I turned on Tomeka Reid and Alexander Hawkins‘ album Shards and Constellations. The entire album is majestic, and feels like the two musicians somehow made a soundtrack to brainwaves. I kept replaying “Peace on You.” It’s almost 10 minutes long, achingly beautiful, and with enough structure and surprises to take your brain away from reality and into itself for a little bit. 

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