It’s been while since we last spoke. I have soooo much to tell you. So much, in fact, that I’ll be doing all my sharing in the form of a list. Here’s what I’ve been listening to:
Motorpsycho – Here Be Monsters
Genre: Prog-rock (the hyphenated kind)
Motorpsycho’s The Death Defying Unicorn is one of the very few prog albums I would voluntarily listen to, and I more than just ‘voluntarily listen’ to it. It’s safe to say I adore the record. Here Be Monsters is not as good as that one is, but it’s still pretty amazing. I recommend it highly to fans of Wish You Were Here-era Pink Floyd, which is most people.
Deftones – Gore
Genre: Alternative metal
I don’t understand what everyone’s problem with this record is. I think it’s pretty neat. Prayers/Triangles is a great single. Hearts/Wires is great. Rubicon is a great closer. Honestly, I have no complaints about this record at all. Yes, if you want heavy shrieking Deftones, there’s not a lot of that in this album, but I think it’s one of their best albums.
Kalipo – Yaruto
Genre: Minimal electronica
I had never heard this album in full. Now I can’t stop. A common insultocompliment for music of this variety is that it’s great work music. I honestly think this album is a lot more than that. Also, do check out Kalipo’s videos on YouTube. They’re pretty amazing.
Vektor – Terminal Redux
Vektor has started to specialise in making space odyssey concept albums. This is a pretty solid album for fans of not-really-‘extreme’-extreme metal.
Blank Banshee – MEGA
I find both BB’s debut and sophomore effort are better than this album. That’s unfortunate, I guess. But that’s a pretty high bar to set Vaporwave-wise. This is an alright album, I guess. But I will always recommend BB0 and BB1 over this album. Sorry.
Lady Gaga – Joanne
As someone who is more than someone who likes a couple of her songs and less than a fan, I was looking forward to this album. While I love track one (Diamond Heart: very loop-worthy), I found the album a little patchy. That said, I still think it’s a must-listen. It’s filled with very interesting ideas, and lots of it is good straightforward pop. I’m not likely to bitch and moan (or sit still) when Perfect Illusion starts to play in a public place.
Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Genre: Black metal
It’s very rare to come across an album that changes what you thought was musically possible. Find everything you need to know about this album in Unkitsch’s review.
Suma – The Order Of Things
Good first listen album produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep-approved producer).
Other than that, not much more to say about this one.
Jan Jelinek – Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records
Solid album of youtubetronica that will be appreciated as good work music by most. Though a lot of my compliments sound like thinly veiled insults (ref: insultocompliments), I like this album.
Farben – Textstar
Genre: Minimal techno
Same guy. More accessible. In my view, not only better, but worthy of ‘great’.
Ulcerate – Shrines of Paralysis
Genre: Post-death metal, I guess.
Holy shit. This album will blow your mind and melt your face. I nearly snapped my neck when I heard it for the first time.
Cult Leader – Lightless Walk
Ok. Again. This album will blow your mind and melt your face. I nearly snapped my neck when I heard it for the first time. But in a different way. Fans of heavy punk should check this one out.
Trap Them – Crown Feral
I’m very open about my love for Trap Them. This is a good album, but I don’t feel the same way about it as I did about Blissfucker and Darker Handcraft (genre: best metal) before it. That said, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is the best produced album on this list (Kurt Ballou, Kurt Ballou, Kurt Ballou)
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Genre: Hip hop
I sense a longer piece about this album. There’s so much to say about it. One, that ATCQ are still relevant more than 30 years after they started doing this whole rap thing. Two, that they are much more than just relevant. Three, RIP Phife Dawg. Four: Songs like We the People, Dis Generation, and Melatonin are damn near perfect.
Kyuss – Blues for the Red Sun
Genre: Groove rock
A classic favourite closes the list. All fans of rock are likely to like this album or any other Kyuss album.
Until next time,