Alabaster Jones

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Last Active 11-30-15 12:12 am
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musical taste

Currently Digging:
The Cure
Between the Buried and Me
Brian Eno

favorite bands
Subheim Foray
An oft-overlooked ambient downtempo duo originally formed in Athens, but settling into Berlin, Subheim has made some very visceral and lovely ambient music with influence coming in from downtempo and ambient techno as well. Foray, their third LP, is a pretty sweet listen, covering a nice range of emotions throughout its ten tracks. Opener "Bitter" is ominous and on-edge, setting up an unnerving atmosphere easily. Tracks like "Night Walk" are calming and comforting with the blanketing ambience, and songs like "Silence" even have a soulful vibe to them thanks to the use of vocalizations and sparse jazz instrumentation. Some of the longer tracks
Amebix No Sanctuary
I assume this is what it would sound like if you took grindcore and slowed it way down. There is certainly much more of a post-punk feel than there is a crusty one, but you can definitely see what Amebix was working towards, especially on songs like "Sanctuary" and "Sunshine Ward". The production is more akin to their second EP, Winter, than anything else, which of course means that Rob Miller runs the show. That's not a bad thing, of course, as he's typically excellent both vocally and on the bass. This would mark the end of Amebix's stint at Spiderleg Records, and although they would release their best work on other labels, their work on Sp
The Cure Pornography
For as melancholy and brooding as records like Faith and Seventeen Seconds are, they don't come very close to Pornography in terms of bleak, hopeless compositions and lyrics. And yet, things are still catchy, though it'd be a stretch to call this pop. Utilizing what is a collection of the saddest and most drab melodies and atmospheric, cold production, The Cure used everything in their arsenal to conjure a depressed, borderline nihilistic feel. And that is exactly what happens here. From Robert Smith's tortured vocals and poetically dejecting lyrics, to the steady drumming hand of Lol Tolhurst, to the dispiriting and sometimes even unnerving
Anberlin New Surrender
I've always held the belief that Anberlin is much better the faster and more aggressive they are, because they're always going to have at least a slightly catchy chorus in their songs, and for me, catchiness is better loud. That's why I'm at an impasse with New Surrender. It stars out wonderfully enough with "The Resistance", but no song ever reaches that level of speed again on the record, save for the re-recorded "Feel Good Drag", which seems like a lazy choice for the band to make. The rest of the songs are pretty sparse and slower paced, which unfortunately leads to much of the record being somewhat boring. Don't get me wrong, there are s
Krts Close Eyes To Exit
Hailing from Brooklyn, Kurtis Hairston is a man well-versed in the world of glitch hop and other forms of instrumental hip-hop, as evidenced by his well-received compilation The Dread Of An Unknown Evil and remixes of songs from Flying Lotus' Until The Quiet Comes. On his sophomore full-length, he creates a really swell mix of smooth, confident glitch hop and atmospherically potent ambient dub. The album seems to be split in this way, with the first eight songs exhibiting the former properties, while the final six, especially the beautiful and evocative "Light Of a The Harvest", exemplify the latter qualities. On the whole, it's sometimes a b
Norma Jean Meridional
After moving from a straightforward metalcore/hardcore group into a more melodic hardcore styling with 2008's The Anti-Mother, Norma Jean decided to go forward with the melodic hardcore, but not before returning to their roots to help shore up some of the shortcomings of the previous LP. The result was Meridional, a mix of melodic hardcore and metalcore that hits hard, but provides rest and resuscitation as well. The first five tracks of the record were as good as anything the band had ever done and could've went go toe-to-toe with some of the better tracks off of O God. Needless to say, this record was their best since O God, and that notion
Kiasmos Swept
On this EP we see the Icelandic duo create more of their trademark ambient, minimal techno and microhouse with a firm aesthetic and sound compositions. The songs here are driven by minimal beats, yet have beautiful pianos and short, repetitive buzzing synths that accentuate the atmosphere very well as they move in the ambience. The record sounds cold, but not in a detached or robotic way. Rather, it sounds like going outside during the nighttime winter and gazing at the stars. In general, this is a great ambient techno EP from one of the best in the business, so give it a look if you've got some time.

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  • Angelboros Great Scott. To tell you the truth, I don't think I've ever seen anyone here churn out consistently entertaining sound-offs like you do. Keep it up, man! :3
    November 26 05:50 PM
  • NewBallistics I'm a huge fan of his work. I've never listened to another game score that had me go from cheerful to scared to crying my eyes out like they did back then.
    November 5 10:11 PM
  • ArsMoriendi Yeah he thought I was bigot for supporting gay rights, but being against pedophilia/bestiality. The irony, right?
    September 27 05:13 PM
  • ArsMoriendi Was it me who did it? :o
    September 27 04:54 PM
  • 420YoloSwag420 I proofread your Gnaw Their Tongues review, enjoy!
    September 15 07:12 PM

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