Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week 010 - 7/26/2016

Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate
Release Date: May 20th, 2016
Genre: Pop Punk/Emo
Price: £6 ($7.90)
For Fans Of: Snowing, Brave, Dads
Recommended Tracks: Common Cold, Stay Warm, Breathe Deep, Minnesota
Tiny Moving Parts are that one 'emo' band that blends technicality and pop into some odd homunculus of 'shout along' tracks that stay in the membrane for days on end. Even when exploring depression and anxiety and all the like-wise thematics, you can't really help but tap a foot and shout a few lines alongside the quick moving instruments and energetic production. As odd as that may be. Arguably the most fun 'depression' record of the year.
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Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Faster
Release Date: October 13th, 2009
Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop
Price: $7.00
For Fans Of: Laura Stevenson, The Dodos, Andrew Bird, Of Montreal
Recommended Tracks: Cool Yourself, When We Swarm, Good Bye Good Luck, Oh No, Burn You Up, Easy
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down have explored many different styles since their formation a decade ago. On this particular record, they've taken the fun indie pop path and the result is a well played record that puts complexity in the backseat for soft, layered pop music that excites and emphasizes quality over quantity.
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Release Date: Feburary 9th, 2016
Genre: Experimental Hip Hop
Price: $3.00
For Fans Of: Arca, Clarence Clarity, Young Fathers
Recommended Tracks: Graace, Pretty Girl, Ble$$ings, Purgatory4u, Hal0, Gloat
Without a doubt the weirdest record I've heard all year. Take the production of pre-2012 Arca and throw it through a hip-hop filter sprinkled with semi-subtle lyricism of vacant faith. The result is FLANCH. Glitchy production and vocals that find itself thrown through vocoders and pitch shifting filters, the production here is surprisingly on point. Finding room for variety and cohesion from the seemingly random, and chaotic soundscape. However, its fitting, finding room to encapsulate the feelings of having a large aspect of your life, that being the religious upbringing, suddenly become absent from your mindset. And just like FLANCH say, "For the rest of you, just known FLANCH is putting out some hot tracks."
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Super BorgBoy - Kill Alpha Male
Release Date: June 17th, 2016
Genre: Electronic/Synthwave
Price: $6.00
For Fans Of: Perturbator
Recommended Tracks: M-City Morning Star, Conflict At Cafe Do Rei, Gatekeeper's Network, Two Codes Combine, Escape From Western Tower
Sent in by the man behind Super BorgBoy himself, this little collection of lightly synthwave flavored electronica is an excellent, relaxing electronic record that emphasizes warm melodies and pleasing samples to paint a futuristic city landscape. This record utilizes the best suited synthwork to be extremely pleasing and exciting and there really isn't much more to ask for. Enjoy it!
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elephantelephone - Sam's Bedroom
Release Date: December 3rd, 2010
Genre: Folk/Singer-Songwriter Stuff
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Jeff Rosenstock
Recommended Tracks: Going Home, I Should Have Known, On The Radio, Stephanie, She Said She Fell
Quirky folksy pop music that carries a lot of charm with the mostly straight-forward nature of a guy playing a guitar. The soundscape is accompanied with the reserved inclusion of harmonicas, piano, and saxophones that give the tracks of this record some well included life and fun. Add that with some incredibly catchy hooks and morbid lyrics and you get an aptly hilarious, heartfelt, and downright exciting record from a sadly obscure act.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Week 009 - 07/20/2016

Week 009 - Sure its still week nine. I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates, computer issues generally bogged down my ability to continue this blog. But for the most part that hurdle is out of the way so updates should return to a consistent Monday/Friday schedule. Enjoy this selection, some of my favorites are on here. 

Jack O' the Clock - All My Friends
Release Date: March 15th, 2013
Genre: Avant Folk/Prog Folk
Price: $9.00
For Fans Of: Gentle Giant, Peter Gabriel
Recommended Tracks: All My Friends Are Dead, A Lot Of People Are Dead Wrong, The Pilot, Disaster, Old Friends In A Hole, All My Friends Are In My Head
I relate to the title track of this record, as all my friends ARE dead. Life is lonely. All My Friends is a modern folk record mixed with various 70s prog rock bands. The end product is an interesting concept album that is chocked full of a full string assemble that mix classical elements and contemporary southern influence with the technical work of the aforementioned 70s prog rock bands. An incredibly compelling record, this one is easily worth the price of admission and a quick browse from anyone remotely interested in the progressive rock genre. 

Son Lux - Stranger Forms
Release Date: June 17th, 2016
Genre: Electronic/Folk
Price: $7.00
For Fans Of: Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: You Don't Own Me, Redone, We Are The One, Breathe
Son Lux' newest release is a collection or re-recordings of his previous LP, Bones. Each of the tracks featured here have been completely reconstructed with a massive overhaul in lyrics, sound design, and instrumentals. What you get is an excellent record that has enough dynamics to stand out as an individual release as opposed to a novel extension of it's predecessor. All I can say is that "You Don't Own Me" is a jam and a half with the sexy trumpet assemble added into the mix. Give it a look if you're unfamiliar with Son Lux' work.
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verydeadly - Courteous Spector
Release Date: July 1st, 2016
Genre: Art Pop
Price: $6.66
For Fans Of: Thom Yorke, Peter Silberman, Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: Patchwork, Courteous Spector, To Those Little Eyes, The Lucky, Back Again?, To Death, Wink Blink Flutter Bat
verydeadly's latest release is a dreamy, heavenly pop record that shares an incredibly disturbing resemblance to Thom Yorke's vocal work. On this record, guitars and "sparkly" keys litter the soundscape with a intricate mannerism and elegancy that suits the softly sung, heavily drawn out vocal work of the project's vocalist. Incredibly pleasing and beautiful for the ears, this record is a piece of ear candy everyone should check out. 

Igorrr - Hallelujah
Release Date: December 21st, 2012
Genre: Breakcore/Metal
Price: €9 ($9.91 USD)
For Fans Of: Ruby My Dear
Recommended Tracks: Tout Petit Moineau, Absolute Psalm, Lullaby For a Fat Jellyfish, Corpus Tristis, Infinite Loops
Oh Igorrr, how does one describe thee? Insane? Chaotic? Nonsensical cob salad of every genre and sound you can think of? I don't know if anyone calls this record a "cob salad" per se, but it's an apt description of what Hallelujah is. An insane, absolute "anything-goes" project that blends passages of opera with percussion heavy breakcore and metal. Though to further extend the insanity, screams, devastating drum blasts, and... chicken noises... are thrown in the mix to let everyone know that Igorrr isn't playing around. This record is such a beautiful storm of chaos that you can't keep your eyes away from the scatterbrained display Igorrr puts on, and with a keen knack for masterful production, it makes this record an absolute must.
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Corey Palmer - Love Trade
Release Date: Janurary 27th, 2015
Genre: Indie Pop
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Broken Bells
Recommended Tracks: Records, Slow Reactor, It's All You Know, All the Signs, Get Real
Corey Palmer's debut EP is an interesting collection of tracks with an even more interesting sound design. An indie pop record with heavy electronica elements, this EP offers quite an interesting variety sonically with percussion, pianos, and synths being textured in such a heavenly matter. Corey Palmer's soft vocals also provide an equally interesting addition to the albums overall sound. Hard to adequately describe, but give "Records" a quick listen and see what I mean. This is without doubt a promising project.
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