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So The Flies Don't Come
The addled zen scientist with his inwardly infinite capacity for self-reflection just
demolishes. Flow knows exactly where to linger and stumble ("well there seem to be some
misconceptions/...there seems to.there seem/......I don't think that you understand") and
where to exalt (Busdriver).
Qua black art aspiring to splice more than samples
"Pianistic exuberance" is all that comes to mind
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Forces Of Victory
Working to better understand reggae. Tthe tension between clever lyricism throughout and monotonous (to my uninformed ears) song structure is anxiety-inducing; something should happen, but it doesn't. Maybe that's alright
barn burner of a good time. Album is comfortable playing in the background, but I keep thinking "my god that is cool" and getting pulled into it. Don't recommend this album if you're trying to get work done. Multiply realized and competing melodies and polyrhythmic percussion sound effortless.
The Bell Garden
Traditional jazz instrumentation whose accessibility probably means that it is not a very significant musical accomplishment. Relying on major keys makes the melodies appear predictable in retrospect, which might be indicative of excellent musicianship or perhaps of a lack of genuine experimentation. I certainly don't have any background in jazz and this album seems to be an excellent primer into the modern genre given its traditional forms.
Miasma & The Carousel of Headless Horses
Grandiose, dissonant chamber rock whose experimentation is duly noted, appreciated, and a grind to persevere through the last couple of songs.
The Colour in Anything
Lost my last soundoff. Album has grown on me significantly since first listen. Obtuse, soaring interplay between trademark modulated voice, its grimy synth background, and the lyric content. A pop album through and through. But done so well.
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