Lani Parker

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03.30.15 Quarterly Reflection (Winter)12.31.13 A Lanilioness 2013
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Quarterly Reflection (Winter)

This is what I have been jamming so far this year. This isn’t a comprehensive list as I have no interest in tracking down every record I gave a cursory listen, but is representative of what has dominated my attention. As far as 2015 releases go, if it isn’t in the list, I either haven’t heard it yet or didn’t like it. List is in alphabetical order.
1Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Ecophony Rinne

4.63/5 The beginning of a fantastic trilogy of new age records that focus on life and death, expressed through a myriad of cultural styles and genres. Each installment seamlessly weaves all elements together, but this one especially is incredibly focused. My review can be found here:
2Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Symphonic Suite Akira

4.60/5 The second in the trilogy and the soundtrack to the incredible animated feat, Akira. The music is chaotic and energizing, yet also mournful and quiet. Despite its subdued pace and atmosphere, it is truly larger than life and easily ranks among the best film scores of the 80s. My review can be found here:
3Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Ecophony Gaia

4.75/5 The conclusion of the trilogy and, in my opinion, the best of the three. What starts as a warming darkness in Ecophony Rinne evolves into a vibrant expression of life. This record is so damn colorful and like any great album, does not remain confined to any one set of emotional states, but rather shifts freely between many that conflict. My review can be found here:
4Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

4.46/5 Given how much this one exploded into the stratosphere, I had no intention of giving it a spin so soon after it dropped, but I suppose a mixture of my curiosity and my love for Flying Lotus’ latest record (I listen to “Never Catch Me” about 6 times a week, at least) led to me trying it on for size anyway. No lie, this record is fantastic. It is not immaculate as some tracks don’t quite hit it home for me, but the majority of it is catchy as hell and Kendrick’s lyrics actually make sense to me which is a rarity in hip hop. In fact, it is partially because of his lyrics that “The Blacker the Berry” may end up being my favorite song of 2015.
5Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

4.11/5 The first track released, “Mr Noah”, had me incomparably excited for this record. Even though my first listen inevitably left me feeling disappointed, the record is nonetheless great and I have repeatedly returned to several tracks, chiefly “Sequential Circuits” and “Tropic of Cancer”. This is certainly not the best Panda Bear release, but there is a lot here to enjoy.
6Panda Bear

4.50/5 This record has really grown on me in the last year, due in part to “Mr Noah” captivating me so much. As much as I loathe this argument, this record requires multiple listens. So much here is buried under layers of sound that quite a bit will escape you at first. But I have found it is a fine onion that richly deserves my undivided attention. And I will admit that I have a big thing for tomboys and the title track so entirely captures those feelings so there is that.
7Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

5/5 While this piece is really only known for the core melody that opens and ends it, this entire composition gorgeous. It is one of the few ‘classical’ works I can listen to from beginning to end without my attention wandering. It is a 20th century extrapolation on a theme by a 16th century composer, one of the best remembered of a time dominated by choral music.
No Cities to Love

4.15/5 So this season of Portlandia was a bit of a let down. Some of the episodes were funny, like the Justin Long cameo as Lance’s father-in-law, but generally it was a step down from last season. Thankfully, Sleater-Kinney dropped a new record and it slays. “Bury our Friends”, “No Cities to Love” and “Price Tag” rock better and harder than anything else I have heard so far this year.
9Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food

4.45/5 I have been a fan of Talking Heads ever since I first started to listen music as a hobby (as a wee child in the late 90s). There are numerous songs by them I know like the back of my hand, despite not having listened to their early records in full until recently. Spurned on by my tour of David Bowie’s early works-which are every bit as great as they are remembered to be-I also took to tackling Talking Heads. 77 was a minor letdown, but More Songs about Buildings and Food is a true gem, rolling out classic after classic in its run-time.

4.58/5 Belonging to a genre with which I was unfamiliar before a week ago, Sternklang is pretty much something I have always wanted, but was unable to find. In fact, anytime I come across something that contains elements of what composes this record, it always diverts into shittily mixed thrash metal. I guess someone else heard those “filler” moments and decided to put them front and center and let them stand on their own. I am eternally grateful, because this shit is fucking creepy. Currently writing a review for it.
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