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Deerhunter Fading Frontier
Monomaniacal discord-days have come-n-gone, and with 'em goes much of the desperate+damaged despondence that arguably supplied the lifeblood and a considerable amount of drive to their previous output. Maybe it's just his very-much-broadcast car accident talking, but this feels like Cox's adieu to a former self; and instead of gravitating towards another gothic transfusion, we're fittingly served something temperate and reserved, reclusive and bittersweet. To call it cozy+complacent would be unfair since actual contentment is never quite felt, but the terse passivity does place this in a comfort zone of sorts. I could've gone for a bit more i
The Black Dog Neither/Neither
The electronic expertise of these ebon-pup-vets shines through, but real ear-catchers are rather intermittent: the title track's sparse sway-beat+lone-pitch synth-scream buildup, the magnetic "Them" with its ninja-esque scratch-clips, the explosion-fraught closed-off-room rave-jerk of "Commodification". Their dark+sedulous gamut that stretches from ambient to no-nonsense-boogie-worthy caters to/should placate those seeking to scratch a multifaceted techno-itch, but between the full-package glut and interludial bog-down, someone somewhere's attention is gettin' sapped. Given most of the beats, I'm gonna go ahead and chiefly blame the ambience
Ghost (SWE) Meliora
Scale the Summit V
Even whilst scaling an actual summit, these mum-prog drill exercises translated only as obviously-adept-yet-utterly-neutral. They certainly know how to perform this here metal+rock music, all of 'em pulling together to instinctively channel a 4-way Berklee audition. But with near-to-no personality -- not even the vox-omit, but just a real lack of salient flourishes -- this just feels like drab talent. It'd be straight-up erroneous to say there's not notable moments, or proclaim this as Unpleasant Listening. Skillz-Gone-Sterilized however, that I could see.
God Is an Astronaut Helios/Erebus
The skepticism that comes with predominantly Greek song-titles from a non-Greek band is overpowered by a post-path of refined tone-centric prudence and impeccable flux -- perhaps a bit prosaic at its core, but winning-n-worldly when it comes to transitioning from rigid+urgent rock-outs to pensive+shimmery atmospherics and slow-jams. Notable qualities include the ability to resist dragging sections out into tedium, upholding persuasive space-aura throughout, and the interjection of pianos/the most faintly tender vox ever. As far as the English titles go -- who knew something named "Pig Powder" could exude beauty?
Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
While promptly inaugurating continuous heart-stop-splendor with opener "Feel You", she has the gall to ask ME if I'M mythological. As if -- they're the ones spawning the stuff of legends, what with all these exquisite string+voice combos soaring to the heavens and beyond. They can slow down time and sweep you into a protracted elysian atmosphere or neatly pack it up into invigorated high-tier quirk-pop; baggy-bass and hopscotch-drums are nimble and vital when they apply, fiery sax and wistful spoken word thrown in for why-nots. Holter's poetic ambiguity can tend to get swallowed or float on by, so she drills it into the realm of unforgettable
Cold Beat Into The Air
Whiffs of ferocity-n-dissonance do show up during the first four portions of this buoyant gal-led-punk platter, as does the electronic leanings -- then in swoops centerpiece "Cracks", which auspiciously fuses all these traits into a delightfully clamant force to be reckoned with. Gelid throwback-synths and mech-beats gain prevalence as things proceed, but nada quite lives up to that decisive first half; the all-electro endeavors in particular coming off a bit stiff when pitted against their dynamic full-band compeers. So they've got a prosperous forte and an emergent alternative -- hey, some bands don't have either.

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  • cjbizzlebizzle Oh shiiiiii
    November 7 11:18 AM
  • qwe3 you really manage to capture the essence of albums in them mate, so if you could translate that to reviews i'm sure you'd be one of the better reviewers on the site. which i'm told is a big deal.
    October 18 10:14 AM
  • qwe3 great soundoffs, i prefer them to your reviews, as you obv do.
    October 16 06:25 AM
  • PappyMason Nice sound-off for that Miguel album man. Despite its flaws, it's a great listen!
    September 2 06:27 PM
  • cheapcrayon yo brudda
    July 10 11:06 PM

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