Ben Kuettel

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Last Active 04-23-17 3:37 pm
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Slowdive Slowdive
An excellent collection of dreamy shoegaze tracks, ranging from melancholy to more upbeat tracks. The dual vocals really elevate the songs, and the band have not lost their touch after 20 years.
Toby Driver Madonnawhore
A dreamy collection of ambient guitar pieces, making for Toby Driver's most intimate (and accessible) offering yet. Everything about Madonnawhore feels loose and fleeting. Sparse drumming comes in at times to support the floaty guitars and vocals, and the sounds create a beautiful ambience fully realized from the quieter moments of Driver's bands Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot.
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Ghostly atmospheres are abound in Ulver's latest. Being their "pop" album, there are electro-pop melodies, dark synth passages, and even a few bass drops scattered throughout the run time. The lyrics traverse all times of history and mythology, while the music recalls a strange blend of their turn of the millennium records and Wars of the Roses. Garm's vocals are back in full force as well, all making for a resounding meditation on the dark side of history, mythology, and human nature.
Sleepmakeswaves Made Of Breath Only
Sleepmakeswaves go in a proggier direction here, blending technical instrumental prowess with lush guitar work. The standout track "Midnight Sun" encapsulates these ideas stunningly, being an early contender for post-rock song of the year.
Tim Bowness Lost in the Ghost Light
Very enjoyable, atmospheric prog rock album for fans of Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree.
Blackfield Blackfield V
The songs serve as a series of brief vignettes that together form a sweeping art rock musical concept about the cycles of life relating to the ocean. It cleverly builds to the impressive ending few songs, recalling Porcupine Tree while launching Blackfield back into the hearts of fans who may have been disappointed by WTMDNA and IV.
Soen Lykaia
Soen continue to find their own voice through Lykaia. With many of their contemporaries changing musical direction or halting progress altogether, it's encouraging to hear a new band provide an excellent contribution to progressive metal. Soen used to wear their influences on their sleeve, but have impressively been moving away from this trend and are sounding more original. Lykaia might sound like Opeth, Riverside, or even Pink Floyd at times, but maintains a distinct voice and stands as an impressive, well above average album for fans of Tool, Katatonia, and other similar groups.

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  • Toondude10 I think you'd dig this https://facetheking.bandcamp.com/album/the-burning-the-falling-down
    April 22 08:32 PM
  • Mongi123 Yea I've never really explored them further than their opus, which is amazing. Wouldn't be a bad idea.
    April 19 03:55 PM
  • Mongi123 Nice I'll have to give it a listen when it drops.
    April 19 03:50 PM
  • Mongi123 Oh is the new Slowdive out?
    April 19 03:38 PM
  • kascetcadettt here's a thread where you can discuss how fantastic it is to be a part of this moment: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=174557 \\\ don't be scared to share the news with other guys in case i missed someone out and keep shining in the light of this beautiful rock n roll fireplate, god bless, hasanmedia represent
    April 19 04:21 AM

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