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I Forget Where We Were
Ooo if I wasn't such a sucker for nice atmospherics and a good echoey acoustic I'm not sure I could tolerate the cliche chorus lyrics ("Has the world gone mad / or is it me?", "Oh I am not myself today / I am not feeling okay" - the first and worst two) and its rock stadium-esque buildups. But bleak slowness is a proud shroud for this otherwise overly familiar English folk songwriter - instead of poofing it up and maybe scoring a handful of hit singles, he airs out the production, stretches out songs, and throws down a heaping dose of plain ol-fashioned sadness. Hm, more things I'm fond of.
Frame & Canvas
Sensitive Brit-pop fans of the globe, forgive me (or don't). Not particularly offensive to the ears, except for maybe when they rip a Funkadelic riff or when he says 'fuck you', but boring to the point of frustration - particularly after track 4, and that foursome ain't that great to begin with. Too jammy, too ordinary, long as hell, ambitious but lacking enthusiasm. And on more of a side note: quite guilty of the infamous 90s nothing-else-sounds-like-track 1/single trick.
Good-hearted indie-funk road rock, hooks aplenty without sacrificing its quirk or prog, and of course basswork for days. Their forays into music nerd humor, acoustic, and spoken word are also welcome, but for the true masterworks please guide your attention towards the more obvious and effortlessly breezy "Honey, Please" and "Windmilling".
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2
Since I Left You
Initially was turned off by it being an overly upbeat blob of disco-borrows, closer listens revealed much more than a patched together non-stop party mix. The catchy/complex combo is a force to be reckoned with, the amateurish/whatever goes production style is charming, and the crackly vinyl it wears on its sleeve gives it warmth. Just don't ask me which song is which.
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