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EzExZeRo7497 09-11-2019 07:19 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp

Ali Akbar Khan - The 80 Minute Râga
Bisk - Strange or Funny Ha Ha?
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
Harold Budd - Abandoned Cities
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Love Is a Stream
Kiasmos - Kiasmos
New Order - Brotherhood
Philip Glass - Glassworks (or Koyaanisqatsi)
Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

choof has already suggested the caretaker's everything at the end of time, but I suggest stage 5 in particular.

rayword45 09-11-2019 08:46 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
Day 616: Dungeon Rap: The Introduction by DJ Armok / DJ Bishop / Pillbox

Scrolling through the charts as you definitely already know and I expected this to be a meme. I'm surprised it's not! Or at least I think it's not. When I think of dungeon synth I think of those absolutely horrible Burzum albums he made while locked up for stabbing that dude like a kajillion times, but this only sounds kinda like that in a few tracks and never as cheesy! The super scuzzy, lo-fi production makes me think of Screw or shit in that vein but with some obvious differences (like the fact that I'm pretty sure this isn't slowed down on most if not all tracks). The recording quality does make it so songs kinda blend into each other, further amplified by the short running time of most of these tracks.

Are they rapping in English or Ukrainian or what? It's really hard for me to tell, so I'm going off beats and atmosphere alone. In both of those aspects, this is very consistent, though picking favorite tracks will be tough. Favorite of the beatmakers (or beatchoosers if these guys are just MCs, I don't know shit about this) is definitely DJ Armok, whose style reminds me of a more polished but still raw Old Tapes-era Boards of Canada in certain places, but neither of the other two strike me as a weakest link or anything. Why is the Bandcamp digital tracklist different from the ones on YouTube and the physical? I fucking hate when bands do that. (EDIT: apparently THEY'RE ALIASES HAHAHAHA I'M AN IDIOT. Well, I definitely like more Armok songs than anything)

Some good chill-out music, occasionally with an oddly (but welcomed) sinister vibe yet never loses its fun trippy headspace, definitely want to return to this. Clearly I like shit that just numbs me out.

Oh wait they're definitely rapping in English.

Best Track: Don't Let This Be Your Death Wish or Murder
Rating: 7.5/10

rayword45 09-15-2019 09:51 PM

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Day 617 (area code baby!): All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA

This is a lot chiller than Veteran which remains one of my top albums of last year. Compared to the common Death Grips comparison that the 2018 album got, this borders on R&B for perhaps a majority of tracks. This project feels a bit more consistent with fewer obvious lows, but it definitely doesn't reach the same peaks either. This is gonna need some repeated listens to make a real verdict on it, but I'm loving dude's ability to bring a similar energy as before to a completely different style and having it mesh fairly well, and that counts for a lot.

Anyways time to go jerk off to those leaked Anthony Fantano nudes again.

Best Track: Kenan Vs. Kel
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 09-15-2019 11:13 PM

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Day 618: Polymer by Plaid (Album Choice: billperson)

Listened several times and really I shouldn't be writing this shit bc homework but I needs to remember how much I like it. I like it a lot! It's groovy and feels danceable while avoiding feeling repetitive in the slightest, and it's sequenced quite elegantly. I have no real complaints on this one!

Best Track: Drowned Sea
Rating: 8/10

rayword45 09-16-2019 01:53 AM

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Day 619: Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 6 by The Caretaker (Album Choice: choof)

Did I review one of these earlier? Lemme check.

I did. It was the third one. Either way, go read up on the story behind these albums if you want, but I'm jumping straight into the most recent part because 2019, and because I want to see how it holds without the context.

I barely remember what the other one sounded like, but I do remember how it had far more tracks, with this one only having 4 pieces. And compared to the more obviously sample-based work displayed on that earlier album, this one is far more minimalist and seemingly focused on soundscapes, or really just, like, static. The final track is absolutely gorgeous, but with the other ones I get the sense I really should've listened to this whole project lol

Oh well, one day I will listen to the whole thing as intended. For now, ehh

Best Track: Place In The World Fades Away
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 09-16-2019 02:05 PM

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Day 620: Dog Whistle by Show Me The Body

I feel like I meant to listen to this forever ago for some reason and why is eluding me. Whatever.

The interlude tracks are utterly pointless. The rest of the tracks range from noisy and racuous to noisy and sludgy, and while I prefer the slower ones, the whole package is good here besides those stupid spoken word bits and those only add up to like 75 seconds! At 28 minutes, this is a perfect blast of fuzz that never feels overbearing and stays interesting throughout.

Best Track: Forks and Knives
Rating: 8.5/10

rayword45 09-25-2019 12:21 AM

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Day 621: EMMANUEL by Ameer Vann

So I'm gonna try to ignore all the social aspects of the drama that happened with this dude and the rest of BROCKHAMPTON, or at least not give my own take on it as much as possible. Rather than that, I'd like to bring attention to what I said in my recent review of GINGER. I always thought the boys could bounce back without this guy, and I never found this guy to be interesting since his flow and subject matter got so utterly same-y, but considering the quality of their recent projects minus a few singles I was wondering if dude was the missing key to them making good projects as a group.

Nope. This is boring as fuck. How you gonna disappear for two years then drop a 12 minute EP that lives up exactly to what all your detractors say? Well, musical detractors, not even thinking about (perhaps well-justified) character attacks. Anyways, I have no hope for THIS guy's solo career as of right now thanks to this EP! Merlyn should've been the one to drop a solo trap tape because he actually gets people hype. This is competent, but it's bland and a drag, and being a drag within such a short running time does not bode well for bigger projects.

Best Track: Los Angeles
Rating: 4/10

rayword45 09-25-2019 02:31 AM

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Day 622: Charli by Charli XCX

Call me hipster daddy.

Just kidding, because I ain't nobody's father, and because I am basically just getting hip to this woman's music besides the two songs we all know. Just like Carly Rae Jepsen I seem to have missed some sort of hipster appraisal, or rather I ignored some sort of hipster appraisal since I always knew she had a huge /mu/-esque following.

Also, I find both of the two songs I know her from to be utterly grating garbage. But to be fair, they're not "her" songs, instead she just featured for Iggy Azalea's meme ass and... who the figgity fuck is Icona Pop? Anyways, my opinion is those songs sucked but she managed to make them suck harder, but still, it wasn't HER writing, she just came off as annoying in her delivery. Not a good starting point, but whatever.

Y'know, although I only like a select few songs from her, I totally see the bubblegummy, feel-good appeal of Carly Rae Jepsen's music as a whole, from her big hit (singular) to her nerd-adored work. It fills a certain saccharine niche that in other hands would be entirely annoying or even sickening, probably because she chooses some bangers for backing tracks.

Some of these backing tracks also slap, but I'm failing to see the specific appeal over countless other electropop artists outside of a few really hard-hitting, almost industrial sounding tracks and a few dance floor killers. The rest is just kinda.... there... for me. Inoffensive, but I don't see why people are fawning over it like no tomorrow. Also, how dare you utilize Lizzo so fucking poorly? Still, it almost never annoyed me!

Wait, people like her because of some connection to PC Music? The fuck is this? I should've guessed since she helped SOPHIE blow up but I completely missed this and y'know what I'm not even gonna try or go down this Google rabbit hole.

Best Track: Cross You Out
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 09-25-2019 06:09 AM

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Day 623: Sphere by Monkey3 (Album Choice: MarioNintendo)

This is gonna be a bad review right before I knock. Dude who requested, I'ma get to Psychedelic Porn Crumpets sooner or later but this was 2019 and it seemed like good study music. And it was.

I generally like my stoner rock more mellow and less bombastic as this felt. Going for a more metallic vibe here it seems, which comes off as fitting in some places, kinda cheesy or jam-bandy in a way.

I'm not in the right mindset rn. I have to revisit this one baked.

Best Track: Ellipsis
Rating: 5.5/10

Josemba 09-25-2019 08:29 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
Paul Hardcastle - Rain Forest

rayword45 09-25-2019 03:53 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
Day 624: Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich (Album Choice: EzExZeRo7497)

Hey sis, how long has it been since I've reviewed something you've recommended? Just so turns out this is perfect for my studious purposes. Or at least I think it is. I KNOW I've listened to several pieces by this guy before but shit's eluding me completely. Don't live like me kids or you'll end up going from smart precocious kid to wasted potential to actually stupid now. Let's stop this before it gets too pitiful.

Okay, so the music. Well, it actually got me to focus on work for a good portion of it, so it wins on that merit. And as a seamless piece, this is amazingly hypnotic in how it uses repetition to really accent the textures of each section while sucking you into its overall headspace. Was that last sentence stupid? Did it sound like thesaurus diarrhea? I don't know because I'm a fucking moron! The brief ending piece Pulses II is a fitting cap.

Good album. Or song I guess. Back to work.

Best Track: I'm not picking that for this album
Rating: 8/10

choof 09-26-2019 11:04 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
you gotta do this

rayword45 09-26-2019 11:18 AM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp

Originally Posted by choof (Post 4699212)

I hate you

aperson 09-28-2019 04:20 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
ekcle - yoja

rayword45 09-30-2019 04:11 PM

Re: Recommend me some 2019 albums halp
Day 625: Nostalgia Critic's The Wall by Rob Scallon & Doug Walker (Album Choice: choob)

I don't care about The Wall. I don't care about Nostalgia Critic. This album thusly is unfunny, tedious and often cringe-y, but I've definitely heard worse. The singing is annoying as fuck but otherwise it's mostly musically competent, probably because it's mostly BASED on an album I find "competent".

If this is intended as a backhanded response to #ChangeTheChannel with such great titles like We Don't Need Victimization that makes it funnier. Same rating tho

Best Track: The SpongeBob theme cover
Rating: 3/10

rayword45 09-30-2019 10:00 PM

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Day 626: Schism by Le Dom

It shouldn't be hard to find where I've been googling in my search for music that will help my broken ADD-ass brain focus on doing my homework. You know it. It's basic as fuck like me.

Anyways, I don't get this EP. It was catchy and headbumpy at first, then I was annoyed and this is REALLY brief. Meh.

Best Track: Primal
Rating: 5/10

rayword45 10-1-2019 12:10 AM

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Day 627: Bones by Datach'i

I see I was recommended an album from this dude way back in 2013 by April. Never got to that, but maybe now I will?

This album starts off really strong, then peters off quite a bit in the middle, ending almost as good as the first few tracks. Seeing how this guy is called flashcore I assume this is his most melodic work, but the less melodic tracks aren't doing much for me beyond study music. The whole thing is pretty minimalistic but it shows how much of a difference a simple ass synthline does for my simple ass.

Study. Study. Study. Dexter's Laboratory clip. I still like this way more than the last one.

Best Track: Rockledge 3A
Rating: 7/10

rayword45 10-1-2019 01:13 AM

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Day 628: ATAXIA by Rian Treanor

Well, it's better than the last minimalistic electronic EP I listened to, a couple of hours ago. Maintained my interest just a little bit more despite being longer. Not every song is my cup of tea though.

I'm tired and cannot sleep halp

Best Track: ATAXIA_B1
Rating: 6/10

rayword45 10-2-2019 11:03 PM

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Day 629: Rain Forest by Paul Hardcastle (Album Choice: Josemba)

I can't tell if this stuff reminds me most of vaporwave, 80s era direct-to-VHS informationals (is that even a word) or modern vaporwave offshoots like future funk. This came before all of that except the VHS stuff. It's kitschy, but god I love the vibe and it never stops being groovy save for a briefly annoying midsection in Forest Fire. Good recommendation, and I'm not just saying that to be nice. This totally slaps AND works for homework purposes.

Maybe that latter part is a dumb benchmark to be using. Ah well fuck you. Someone do a search on this thread and see how many times I've said "fuck you".

Best Track: Panic (I hope this guy is cooler than Morrissey)
Rating: 8.5/10

rayword45 10-3-2019 11:52 PM

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Day 630: Voyager VII by Cygnus

I saw this guy live exactly 4 years ago to this day as he opened for Autechre. He actually put on the best set of the night, the only other competition being some DJ that played two seperate 90 minute sets whereas everyone else got 45 minutes. I never checked his music out, but what better time than now?

This is not better than Autechre, or at least my favorites of theirs. Some of these tracks groove hard, and then a bunch bore the fucking shit out of me. Also 57 minutes is too long, and some of the sound effects are cheesy as all hell. Still, I commend the album for successfully maintaining the "video game outer space" sound dude was going for even when the tracks don't hit, and maybe I'll like this more with repeat listens.

I don't know why but this soundtrack reminds me a lot of the Beat Therapy album I reviewed that was the soundtrack to a game I played as a child. I recently switched from new-line Android to an old beat up iPhone 6 and wanted to download the game but it seems it isn't compatible with my phone :(

Best Track: 39.46 Light Years
Rating: 6/10

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