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Off To Nyc Soon

Taking a trip to NYC with a friend of mine- will be heading to the airport late tonight or early tomorrow, depending on how you wanna look at it. I'll get to meet Adam Downer when I get up there, and we may even get to see a How To Dress Well show. Regardless, though, it'll be a lot of fun for a guy who's never quite been so far north (Jon Snow would roll his eyes SO hard, I know it.) But I wanted to make a list to share some of the records I've been spinning lately, and hopefully some of the tunes I'll soon make memories to.
1Jessy Lanza
Pull My Hair Back


This an album I didn't quite expect to become so fond of. There was one day in
particular where it had me hooked- I had an appointment with my ear doctor, in
which I found out I have what's likely to be permanent tinnitus. But electronic
music is produced in such a way where there aren't many frequencies that are too
irritating to me. This record just kinda makes me think about how the music I listen
to in the future will undeniably be changed a little by my condition- nothing serious,
of course, but for example I can't quite make it through Opeth's releases with that
trebly guitar carving its way violently into my head. And I say all of this on the day
I'm going to jam with a screamo band.
2La Dispute
Rooms of the House


Now this is an interesting release because it kind of isn't- well, let me amend
myself. Rooms of the House goes by without a stir on the first listen, which gives
listeners the impression that it's not exactly worth giving a damn over. But I've
always found something special in Jordan Dreyer's lyricism, and while his delivery
on this record is a bit hit-or-miss (he tries singing and I have very mixed feelings
about that,) it's a fascinating listen for someone who got a lot of the band's prior
releases.
3The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


This record is all about home to me, and the feelings that comes with it- good or
bad, nostalgic or regretful. It's subtle, though- at least musically. The songs work
their way carefully towards a particular idea, and the lyrics are more vivid, sure,
but they aren't anything that aren't well-done by the time you get around to
devoting all your attention to them. Despite all the different types of music on this
release, though, it's one wholly engrossing album I haven't quite been able to pry
myself away from since my first listen.
4Departures
Teenage Haze


These guys are becoming one of my favorite hardcore bands. They're a bit of a
one-trick pony, but what they do- emotive melodic hardcore- is developed to a tee,
especially on this release. Departures' vocalist is fucking insane, too.
5Suis La Lune
Riala


This is a ferocious record, and one that makes me want to look into screamo more
thoroughly. The melodies on this thing are simply beautiful, especially in the title
track.
6Denzel Curry
Nostalgic 64


Possibly the most apt thing to say about this record is that it goes. Curry's rapping
is refined here, providing consistently interesting flow to accompany the monstrous
beats on display here- but the aesthetic here is possibly even more memorable
than the specifics of the release. When you hear the second half of "Dark &
Violent", you'll understand.
7ScHoolboy Q
Oxymoron


OK so I'm not listening to this anymore (full disclosure right?!) but the songs that
work on this record have stuck with me. "Break the Bank" is a killer single, and
songs like the title track and "Studio" have stuck with me because they work with
interesting production techniques, whether cliched (the latter) or innovative (the
former.)
8Jon Hopkins
Immunity


Because to not include this in any recent list of my current favorites would be
extremely dishonest of me. Such stunning atmospheres on this one, such
interesting sounds.
9Nosaj Thing
Home


How did I forget to include this one until now?! This is such a cool record for Nosaj,
because the producer has specialized in kooky beats until Home- the spooky-
sounding percussion, accompanied by the equally jarring synth sounds. And here, it
sounds like he's going for the clubs- at least inching towards them, with tracks
sporting beautiful vocalwork and melodies that are incredibly endearing. Maybe this
is what it sounds like to grow up, to move on from interesting sound experiments to
full-fledged lovesongs- whether about people or about music itself.
10The Doppelgangaz
Peace Kehd


The moments where this album breathes are when I hear real innovation in it. Take
the opening interlude, for instance: "Peace In" gets things started by working with
carefree beats and catchy work on the keys before the album descends into its first
proper track. The interlude is by far my favorite thing on this record, but there's
still a legion of solid rap tunes in its core to pique your interest in the
Doppelgangaz.
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