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5.0 classic
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Ashes Grammar
Air France No Way Down
Animal Collective Feels
Rich, complex, without genre. Compels me to camaraderie and solitude in equal measure; considers each state to be of equal importance. Truly progressive rock that spews bullshit like the human blood runs red with it. Oh, does it.
Animal Collective Painting With
Obsessive perfectionists turn their lackadaisical ticks into seconds-long miniatures; propulsion as thematic link between growing up, growing outward, highway mirages. You can't win them all when bettering yourself. Let loose and try less.
An album ahead of its time by virtue of its tardiness. We are too late; nothing to do but wait for drone bombs, execution, hopelessness. Fuck to "4 Degrees," laugh at "Obama," consider yourself above it all; turn off the news. You're a piece of shit. ANOHNI is a piece of shit. Daniel Lopatin, I don't know, he probably sucks too. Hudson Mohawke can definitely get bent. A peculiar album where every song's a ballad without a single track functioning like much of anything, just all escalating synths and battering rams and pluvial music beds. Party like the doomsday clock's at 11:59.
Arca Xen
Avey Tare Down There
I can see this one becoming misunderstood, and perhaps my praise too as misguided loyalty. But Avey Tare is intentionally squandering great work here, which is something we've seen him do before. I consider it murky brilliance, where Avey attempts to chronicle his inner psyche at the same time he attempts to elevate us, the audience, above it. Down There acts as a warning and an invitation: we can either watch thoughtfully, wary, from the tree limbs or delve headfirst into the roots. And let me tell you, it is a fucking party down here.
Brian Eno Another Green World
Burial Untrue
Some classics are dependent on mood and place, sometimes even the time of the day they are played. Untrue is such an album. Burial splays his quickly written sophomore effort with the darkest shades of blues and greys, and swallows them whole in inky black. This is late-night drunk music, surely, or for taking the metro into the city, but what makes Untrue so vivid is its personality. Namely, that it has one. Even back when Burial's identity remained concealed, there came something desperate and longing from within the clatter. A human heart provided these tracks (dubstep, even, Untrue as the true gait of 2-step and UK garage music fused) and they ring as loud as its computer.
Danny Brown XXX
Deerhunter Weird Era Cont.
Fripp and Eno Evening Star
Gas Pop
Gas Narkopop
This feeling doesn't go away
I feel it moving through me
I want a love I had inside
Want to feel it moving through me
In dreams
I'm moving through heavy water
The love is enormous,
it's lifting me up
I'd rather be sleeping
I'd rather fall in to tidal waves
and go where the deepest currents go
Grouper A I A
Harald Grosskopf Synthesist
Jenny Hval Viscera
Julia Holter Ekstasis
Micachu and the Shapes Jewellery
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Paavoharju Laulu Laakson Kukista
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
Shugo Tokumaru Exit
Slint Spiderland
Storm and Stress Under Thunder and Fluorescent Light
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Teebs E S T A R A
E S T A R A might be more of the same, but Teebs is not.
The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
To create Tomorrow, in a Year, three separate artists (The Knife, Planningtorock and Mt. Sims) came together to write an opera for the stage based on Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, working separately from the choreographers and creative designers and meeting together to create the final piece. Those outside of Europe can only sneak peeks of the finished production through clips online, but the magnitude of the piece is housed in this monolithic soundtrack. For its hour-plus running length, the opera singers wade through amorphous clatter, threatened by great swells of drones and noises so warped they sound as if they were programmed by animals. It ebbs and flows, methodically building toward a second act steeped in resplendent pop panache of such skill that one is best left to earn its wonders through the album's preceding (and far more challenging) act. The Knife have made a name for themselves by providing great electro-pop tunes that adorn gloom and repressed sexuality with an intoxicating responsibility, and here they take that energy and consider the birth of man as only computers and animals could tell it.
The Wrens The Meadowlands
Towers Full Circle
Full Circle, in which Towers consider genre-bending metalcore as something to aspire to. Towers are not only successful, but should become the new standard. Leave any and all metalcore hang-ups at the door.
Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day
Sometimes the qualities that make an album good and pure become hard to quantify. One can only gesture to it and hope the message reads.
Women Public Strain
I connect with the guitars on Public Strain more than any artist, lyric, or else.
Yellow Swans Going Places

4.5 superb
Animal Collective Meeting of the Waters
Arca Arca
Geotic Abysma
House music drinking shroom tea.

4.0 excellent
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
I felt like I was listening to a post-punk playlist at a gay bar.

1.0 awful
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell

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