Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 06-29-15 2:44 am
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Son Lux
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Son Lux Bones
Somehow, trip-hop producer Ryan Lott, better known as Son Lux, was able to turn shimmering rays of light into sounds. That's really what I can gather from this record, it sounds like it's alive with beams of light. From the stellar and beautiful trip-hop production on the tracks, that all seem to have some sort of weird noise as the crux of their beat, to the pianos and strings that are always put to great use on Lott's records, we have a lot going on here. It's not overbearing, though, as the album paces itself pretty nicely by having some great stuff in the beginning ("Flight", "You Don't Know Me") and some absolutely masterful tracks at th
Washed Out High Times
One of the esteemed members of the chillwave scene, Washed Out has been making atmospherically potent electronic music for a but now. While nowadays he seems to stick to the formula of airy and ethereal production surrounding swirling vocals, his formula was a but different back we he began. Sure, the tracks "Belong" and "Phone Call" bring the signature Washed Out sound, but it's the shorter, vocal-less tracks like "Good Luck" and "Luck" that show another side of him on this, his debut EP. The production is kind of lo-fi, with a constant stream of static behind the music on every track. The record has an authentic charm, while at the same tim
Hozier Hozier
It's nearly been a year, and "Take Me To Church" has been mauled to death by every radio station I can think of at the moment. Yes, Hozier might be the newest "indie" (read: indie for radio-only listeners) act that people who don't know any better gush over as being original and groundbreaking, but forgetting all of that, he does put together a really good album here. He has a nice formula for his songwriting: on the bluesy numbers, a good riff and some soulful backing vocals is the norm. On piano-driven tracks, he subdues his voice before turning it lose later in the song, rather impressively. And on tracks were he mans the acoustic guitar,
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
12 has always been and band whose style is hard to put into words. In a way, they are very scatterbrained and randomized, but retain moments of calculated structure as well. Mongrel is no different, given the tranquil and subdued experimentation woven within abrasive, spontaneous mathcore riffing and drumming. This is not the 12 you heard on Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses, or even Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear. This is the bands tightest, most technically proficient effort so far in their discography. The grind influence that shone on their debut is all but gone, and the sloppy play of their sophomore effort has turned tighter this time around. Still,
Sorority Noise Joy, Departed
A nice blend of pop-punk, emo, and acoustic rock, the sophomore effort from Hartford's own Sorority Noise is an exercise in catchy, fun, and relatable indie punk. The effective one-two punch of opener "Blissth" and "Corrigan" starts things out on the right foot with their memorable choruses, but softer escapades like "Fluorescent Black", "Your Soft Blood", and "Fuchsia" are just as enjoyable in their own right due to their quaint instrumentals and beautiful vocals. The best song, however, is "Using", a heartfelt memoir of dealing with addiction and feeling suicidal, with a fantastic climax that ends in a triumph. The album might not do anythi
Haste the Day Coward
This marks the second straight year a band I used to jam in middle school has returned from hiatus. Needless to say, this album was a wave of nostalgia for me, but for a new listener, it won't be. That being said, this album does have some great melodies and riffs, with the two vocalists trading off well done harsh vocals song after song. The drumming is as good as it's ever been, and some great songs are made here, closer "Gnaw" being of particular note. So, if you need a solid slab of modern metalcore, Haste The Day has you covered.
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
At this point, if you haven't at least checked out a Trophy Scars record, you're doing something wrong. I'm not going to sit here and try to explain the appeal of the band, but in context, it's easy to explain the appeal of this EP. What I mean by that is, if you've heard the counterpart to this EP, 2010's Darkness, Oh Hell, it's obvious enough why you should listen to this record, which is a very evocative and effective sequel. Though it's not quite as good as its predecessor, it's got some great material on it, especially the wondrously engaging love song "Never Dead". The use of samples is very fitting and gives everything a timeless feel

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  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy sweet soundoff btwq
    June 4 03:45 PM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy youre missing the last 2 tracks on predatory headlights
    June 4 03:41 PM
  • CK Some of those riffs though, holy crap
    June 1 11:07 PM
  • CK Just listened to Endless. The melody was great, but I can't say I dug the breakdown too much...
    June 1 11:00 PM
  • CK Not gonna list your rec cuz you already rec'd two, and I'm trying to keep a limit of two per person, but I'm listening to the Crinn now so I don't forget. Some interesting production, but really good music!
    June 1 10:55 PM

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