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Hiatus Kaiyote
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Wolves in the Throne Room Black Cascade
Diminishing their use of ambient, folky acoustic passages and female vocals and replacing them with a shoegaze influence and rawer, more furious playing, Black Cascade might just be the best record WITTR has released so far. Impassioned riffs are the bread and butter of the album ("The Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog"), but the notion that Nathan Weaver turns in his best vocal performance so far and his brother Aaron Weaver is an unstoppable, ferocious beast on the drums throughout the record make it so much more. Sure, this is the most bare-bones release the band had made in their discography so far, but therein lies its charm: it's relentless
4.5
05.08.15
Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon
Utilizing a gorgeous combination of neo-soul, electronic, funk, rhythm and blues, jazz, world music, and the occasional sprinkling of hip-hop, Hiatus Kaiyote has released one of the most ambitious and gratifying records of the year so far. Though extensively eclectic, each song from the album contains a style, an image, that never wavers. This is a good thing, because that style is something all their own, dubbed "future soul", and it never fails to impress. From Nai Palm's sublime and intimate vocals to Perrin Moss' smooth-as-butter drumming, everything here sounds so passionate and involved that is hard not to fall in love with it. The lyri
5.0
05.05.15
Self Defense Family Talia b/w Taxying
To be honest, this is my first taste of Self Defense Family, a band which has been well-known for being remarkably hardworking, churning out albums, EP's, singles, and splits like it's just another day at the office. Their music however, is anything but. "Talia" opens with a distinct western twang to the guitars, and the gruff vocals fit excellently. The song swells near the end, adding pianos and harmonicas to the mix to create a wonderful ending. "Taxying" sounds a bit more standard, but audible bass work and a nice guitar line manage to make a pretty good song. Altogether, a pretty good release from the band, who I personally can't wait to
3.5
05.01.15
Clarence Clarity No Now
Noisy, ambitious, and entirely unconventional, Clarence Clarity's debut full length is really something to behold. To call this album "alternative R&B" is not doing justice to how varied and eclectic these tracks are. The one-two punch of "Off My Grid" and "Those Who Can't, Cheat" is absolute can't-miss material, and the former easily stacks up as one of the best songs of 2015 so far. The amount of experimentation that works within these songs transforms something relatively simple into a cohesive piece made up of layers of instrumentation and vocal chops. Aside from a couple of unstructured and needlessly abrasive interludes, and some simila
4.5
05.01.15
Baths Obsidian
In stark contrast to the mellow, content, and fun debut album of his that was Cerulean, Will Wiesenfeld, or Baths, puts together a dark, nervous album that serves as the antithesis to his acclaimed debut. Even from the opener, "Worsening", you understand that things are much different, as the glitchy downtempo has been replaced with a more subdued, straightforward sound. That is not to say that he's lost his charm, though. You can still tell it's Baths producing the record, and though his work is more stripped back, he lets his voice take the spotlight this time around. The first half of the record is considerably better than the second, with
3.5
04.28.15
Touche Amore Is Survived By
Here, the screamo-tinged hardcore band Touche Amore sacrifice rage-ridden bursts of emotion for a more structured, yet still cathartic, sound. "Just Exist" is a fantastic opener with some of the best lyrics the band has employed so far, and it truly sets the stage for the rest of the album to perform on. Adding a minute or two onto songs that would have originally been about a minute, the band does some great, subtle things that show a definite maturation. For instance, some of the tracks have thin little backing vocal harmonies that accentuate the passionate yells, and still others have a wonderful break in the action that lets a song regain
4.0
04.25.15
Every Time I Die Last Night in Town
With their debut full length, Every Time I Die makes an improvement in the department they had lacked in on the Botch-worshipping The Burial Plot Bidding War, which was the production. It sounds so much crisper here, and the vocals are not as raspy and irritating as they were before. This gives the band a chance to show what they have. The lyrics written by Keith Buckley are pretty interesting, and while the instrumentation still bears an obvious influence, the songwriting has improved as well. Still, there is a lack of a truly stand-out track, or even a stand-out moment on this record. The songs are solid, but they lack an identity, which ca
3.0
04.25.15

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  • LordePots yeah bud :]
    April 11 09:23 PM
  • Hep Kat mello music is an incredible stable of artists. all their posse cuts are fantastic. self sacrifice is one of my favorite rap albums of all time, but persona is quickly becoming my second fave by them
    April 9 05:13 PM
  • Hep Kat yeah give is such a cool band. their music is so refreshingly positive, and, by proxy, the whole "flower" schtick is really sweet. i dig the new LP and new 7" a lot. i listen to them pretty frequently on my turntable. PT3 is really good too, spitta really showed up lyrically on that one. it's pretty overwhelming how much better rap in 2015 is compared to last year, which i considered to be an off year when stacked up against the rest of the decade so far
    April 8 08:14 AM
  • Hep Kat Yeah that new Maxo bangs screw, the new Pile is great too, I have the LP coming in the mail. I've also been jamming that Raw Poetic/K-Def album a lot, I'm eagerly awaiting the vinyl pressing this summer. The new Kendrick is okay, but I've never really been all that impressed with him, so I'm mostly indifferent about it. I like the new Give 7" a lot too, and I've also taken quite a liking to the two Doctor Nod tapes from last year
    April 6 02:43 PM
  • Hep Kat Nothing at all while I was in the hospital. But right now I'm mostly listening to the new Mello Music Group
    April 6 12:01 AM

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