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10. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides

SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
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Artificiality gets a bad rap. Despite the divide between “natural” and “unnatural” being a nebulous and slippery one, many people are highly invested in establishing and maintaining a hierarchy between the two. These people affix the “unnatural” label onto a laundry list of new, scary phenomena, from smartphones to genetically modified foods, hoping everyone else shares their assumption that artificiality is inherently negative. Somewhere on that list, you’ll find pretty much everything queer people do. Same-gender relationships are “unnatural.” Lack of sexual desire is “unnatural.” Feeling that you’re a different gender than everyone says you are is “unnatural,” as is anything you might do to feel more like that gender: makeup, hormone replacement therapy, plastic surgery, etc.

SOPHIE has no regard for such condemnations; throughout Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, she revels in the artificial. She takes the raw electronic elements of club bangers and alternately fashions them into blasts of industrial surrealism or impressionist strokes of ambience. The voice that declares, “My face is the front of shop” and sings about “immaterial girls” is not her own; when she does grace the mic, her voice is so unintelligibly distorted that a listener can only just make out her command to “synthesize the real.” Not since Floral Shoppe has such an engaging album sounded so much like it was made by a machine, but unlike Macintosh Plus, it’s abundantly clear that SOPHIE is human. Her face is right there on the album cover, not to mention the video for opener “It’s Okay to Cry”. And of course the album has to open with that song, the one in which SOPHIE, sounding almost human, sings, “I think your inside is your best side.” At the origin of SOPHIE’s artificiality is something as natural as sunlight: an internality, an inner truth about herself. She sees and appreciates that same inner truth in everyone — “I love every person’s insides” — and she wants you to know that, if you need to embrace the artificial in order for that inner truth to bloom outward, then why not enjoy it, as she does?

So let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that this album, this statement, made it into our Top Ten Albums of 2018 — and it was far from the only year-end accolade the album received. In an exceptionally tumultuous year for trans rights, the music scene as a whole was incredibly receptive to an album by a trans woman about the trans experience. That’s not exactly a replacement for legal and political recognition of trans people’s existence, but it’s a heartening sign that we’re on our way. –Dean M

9. Night Verses – From the Gallery of Sleep

Night Verses - From the Gallery of Sleep
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Making art out of loss seems to be a discipline in itself for the three remaining, and now fixed, musicians playing in Night Verses. Following lead singer Douglas Robinson’s departure, the band decided to take two steps back and one leap forward before starting to experiment as a full-time instrumental outfit. An early EP called Copper Wasp served as a first taste of what the trio were plotting, but it was just a snack compared to what they have discharged in From the Gallery of Sleep. Nick DePirro, Aric Improta, and Reilly Herrera are — each one of them — masters in their craft, as their impressive musicianship illustrates every multicolored soundscape Night Verses have carefully designed. The occasional vocal samples serve as beacons, while the listener is left to wonder and wander through the outfit’s world of dreams and reveries, like a fascinating journey through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. The band bend and dilate reality like a colossal hand varnishing the surface with the softest of brushes, successfully creating one of the finest instrumental albums of the year. If an image is worth a thousand words, you can be sure that From the Gallery of Sleep is worth millions. –Dewinged

8. The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

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The crushing weight of The Ocean Collective’s Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic is as vast as the concepts to which the group entail their sonic landscapes. The album itself is a juxtaposition of sounds, combined in a way that shows a gentle rising of the group’s more textured cleans and recedes with a blasting of mayhem. The deeper the listener peers into the darkening abyss, the more they’re likely to find. Phanerozoic is monolithic and somewhat unending, tying well into the contextual themes that pour through every minute of music.

It’s worth noting that The Ocean’s philosophy on their music doesn’t stem from an outwards show of flamboyance, instead maintaining a firm grip on what is real and what works for the band as they channel each part of a storyline. The music itself ebbs and flows naturally, crescendoing where it needs to then letting the pressure go. Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic is melodic, heavy, conceptually intelligent and well-placed, leaving listeners with an album as beautiful as it is expansive. We’ve heard Part 1; now we’ve just got to wait for the second chapter. –Nocte

7. Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

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“The personal is political” is a mantra decades old, and one espoused by several of my favourite artists. Julien Baker, for example, used it as as a justification for her last album’s excessive concern with the ego, in a time of seemingly unending political turmoil. Frances Quinlan, on the other hand, side-steps this notion altogether on Bark Your Head Off, Dog, an album personal and political in equal measure, though also — strangely — not. This is, in large part, due to Quinlan’s ability to blur the line between anecdote and narrative with considerable success, blowing apart such dichotomies with disturbing ease. For this reason, the repetition of a line like “so strange to be shaped by such strange men” serves a multitude of purposes. On both “Not Abel” and “What the Writer Meant”, it allows Quinlan to question the common wisdom of the Bible. The former, in particular, exudes a striking empathy for the murderous brother within the story of Cain and Abel: “What if the details there were suddenly shared? / Tender moments siblings keep secret.” Later on in the song, however, she reframes God’s question, “Where?”, and answers in her own voice, “When you asked me that question it sounded like a joke / A rubber hand extended to shake”. It’s difficult to ascertain just what Quinlan’s mind turns to at that moment, but her response is too impassioned, too readily-given to be shrugged off as impersonal. Out of context, the line is also quite literal: how strange, indeed, to be dictated by institutions helmed by people as weird — if not weirder — than the rest of us, weird as we are. That isn’t any kind of ‘statement,’ however — it’s framed more as an observation, filled not with just disdain and confusion, but empathy and compassion and a desire to understand.

As both Pitchfork’s Jayson Greene and Sputnik’s own theacademy so aptly put it, Quinlan’s voice is one that “cuts.” It’s one of ample emotion, both in terms of power and plasticity, conforming the distinct voices of the album’s various characters while, at the same time, remaining all her own. Bark Your Head Off, Dog is, despite this, Hop Along at their most straightforward. Both the songwriting and progression of the album are linear in nature. Yet the album is, more often than not, quite complex, even elusive. It’s an emotional powerhouse in spite, and as a result of, its simplicity. –BlushfulHippocrene

6. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
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In many ways, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love feels like the sequel to Sunbather that New Bermuda didn’t. As good of a record as Bermuda was, its deviance into a more blackened and primitive sound felt reactionary, as if Deafheaven were trying to prove to the haters that they, too, could belong in black metal. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love doesn’t feel bogged down by that baggage, but rather carries the vibe of a band freed from expectation. It holds steadfast to classic Deafheaven-isms — shimmering, glitter-soaked guitars smeared across a maelstrom of necrotic rasps and militant drumming — but also allows the band to revel in their newfound sonic liberation. Embracing the glut of their non-metal influences, this is easily their most ‘alternative’ effort; Deafheaven have never widened their scope as much as they have there. The album’s overall aesthetic reeks of grunge, while tracks like the Chelsea Wolfe/Ben Chisholm-fronted “Night People” pinpoint a dark and despondent post-punk influence in its icy duet. These elements have always been a part of their sound, but never wielded on this scale and with this much confidence. And despite this increase of ‘outside’ inspirations, Deafheaven have retained their nuance, reducing the would-be disparities to a cellular level, and renewing them into something whole and cohesive. Ultimately, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love is probably the most “Deafheaven” album to date, and another de(a)fining statement in their controversial yet illustrious career. –TheSpirit

5. Foxing – Nearer My God

Foxing - Nearer My God
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I’ll never forget first discovering Foxing a year before my start at university, drawn to the emotional outpouring that was “Rory” (from The Albatross) and fascinated by their unique approach to the emo scene. After moving to their hometown of St. Louis and discovering Conor Murphy nearly shared my name and a love for wailing trumpets, I felt this intense connection to the band. Like watching a child grow up, I was there for their album release party for Dealer, an album that slightly departed from their roots, but one that gained a certain beauty within the restraint found amidst its atmosphere. Their growing success didn’t come without hardships, however, as seen with the loss of their founding bassist Josh Coll and a severe car accident that left the band traumatized and appreciative of their life here on Earth.

In comes Nearer My God, a burst of fervent energy that contrasts lyrics like, “I feel like a houseplant” or “When all you really want is somewhere between here and the ground.” Emotionally drained now, Conor sings of false love and lack of hope, often employing his wispy falsettos throughout the course of the album. Instrumentally, the band break the boundaries of their own sound, often exploding into symphonic beauty like on the closing of “Grand Paradise” or the face-melting solo of “Lich Prince”. Single “Gameshark” sounds closer to Portugal. The Man rather than Prawn or Moving Mountains, featuring upbeat electronic drum samples and anthemic hooks carried by the Conor’s weightless vocals. Even at their most adventurous, they succeed wildly, as seen within the 9-minute epic of “Five Cups”, the first of Nearer My God‘s songs to turn down the energy a bit in favor of elongated synthetic hallways that maze in and out of each other. Although I’ve probably taken on the false role of a proud father, watching this band grow into their own shoes over the course of the past 7 years has been equal parts rewarding and heart-wrenching. Yet, as the airplanes land on the melancholy runways of “Lambert”, Conor simply turns away and says, “Gave back a note from the other one / To tell them all to go home.” –Connor S.

4. IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance.

IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance.
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I once dated a punk girl. Her definition of punk was, roughly, “to defy the norm and what’s expected of you at all costs.” I always found this definition to be quite at odds with the genre at times. While I generally love music that defies expectations, I never found punk’s listless lack of variation from the same three chords and some guy screaming over repetitive guitar riffs all that interesting, let alone revolutionary. I mean, sure, when it grew out of a resistance to pompous and overwrought rock music at the time, it was groundbreaking. But artists have been regurgitating the same music for decades now, capitalizing on the very ideas they’re ‘rebelling’ against.

Then in come IDLES.

While I mistook their debut for delivering more of the same, this album definitively supplants them as the new punk giants, taking cues from the old lurching acts of brazen aggression and fusing it with progressive lyrics and unexpected musical homages. They defy punk music’s norms in thrilling ways, therefore becoming closer to its core values. It’s punk to deliver a ballad about your stillborn daughter in the middle of your punk record. It’s punk to defy the ferocious conservative hatred in your home country. It’s punk to make whatever in the beautiful fuck “Colossus” is and then use it as your opener. It’s punk because we’re not expecting it. They just have to be careful now — next time it will be. –neekafat

3. mewithoutYou – [Untitled]

mewithoutYou - [Untitled]
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2018 was a banner year for Sputnik darlings mewithoutYou. In August, the band announced an EP to precede a new full-length album, and already the community was shoveling coal into the hype train’s furnace. While the EP is, comparatively, a slower, crackling burn, this album is a roaring blaze — sending plumes of black smoke to the sky as the vehicle that is mewithoutYou melts the rails beneath their wheels, seemingly destined to come off the track at any second.

From the album’s first moments, the band affirms that the LP will be a wild affair, and they do not disappoint. Aaron Weiss’ lyrics are god-tier, as always, but he has a new vigor in a voice revived, turning in a remarkable performance — especially for a guy that has been doing this for nearly 20 years. He even ups the ante with “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore”, eschewing animals and parables to offer the listener an unmasked glimpse at what has been tormenting him so. In fact, the entire band sounds fresh, as if each member knew he had to pull out all the stops to bring out the best in one another.

This album is certainly not be the doomsday that closed out Pale Horses, but it takes the urgency of “Rainbow Signs”‘ most desperate moments and almost normalizes it across the canvas of an entire album, creating a declaration against the mental struggles of every day life. With [Untitled], mewithoutYou have somehow exceeded insurmountable expectations and have even managed to bring some old fans back into the fold, providing an album that listeners will be talking about for years to come. –dbizzles

I lay down to write this blurb. I just got back from a 12-hour overnight shift after a normal 10-hour day before. I am exhausted, but in the way that I won’t think too carefully so that I’ll drown out my thoughts with over-analysis. I’ll probably even forget to properly edit this before I inevitably crash.

I tend to feel things more easily and deeply when I’m tired. Just now a whole wave of emotions from guilt to love to anger to loneliness hit me all at once, right as I’m supposed to get this write-up in on time. It’s a bit on the nose, sure, but this sudden eruption of feelings and thoughts with no care to restrain them evokes the colorful shattering of what was once a neatly contained orb on the album cover in front of me. The music ascribes to the same belief: unrestrained thought or feeling, ideas and emotions changing suddenly and breathless on whatever whim float its way. This is best emulated on the album highlight/opener “9:27a.m., 7/29”, which at once sounds like it has no clue what the fuck it’s doing, yet on the other hand, sounds like a meticulously crafted extremity of every emotion possible. Every sound and emotion here has a massive scope, and it’s realized to its full potential. It’s everything a rock album needs to be today, in that it functions through as many twisting, clashing forms as can possibly fit neatly into the term ‘rock.’ And as I lay here, desperately fighting off sleep, I let myself feel my feelings through this album. And I find my life to be exactly album is: exhausting, exciting, and fucking exhilarating. –neekafat

2. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
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Rolo Tomassi’s mixing of styles plays artfully on the lush, vengeful sounds of indie meets metal. No longer quietly achieving, the stereotype so eagerly presented with “math-y” releases gives way to an unrivalled and unyielding definition of a band hitting their stride. Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It allows for a circumspect point of view on what is actually possible within rewriting textbook ideas. From the scenic views of “Aftermath” and its angelic offerings of electronics to the sheer drop of exhilaration that is the rest of the album (see: “Balancing The Dark”, “Rituals” or “A Flood Of Light”), Time Will Die… remains somewhat pensive, giving room for the tumultuous mannerisms that bring one element to the next and wrap it into a succinct musical display.

For most, Rolo Tomassi’s newest piece literally came from nowhere, but the band themselves have honed their craft into a separate niche. Time Will Die… is cohesive, balanced, and artfully varied. It’s this combination of talent-meets-force that has propelled this young British group to the lofty heights with little to no neighboring acts to mention this year. Eva Spence may be little in stature, but no longer will she be underestimated in status. –Nocte

1. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

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This record is a complete dearth of lightness. The horn ensemble during the apex of “Guest House” might be the closest thing to reprieve the album has to offer purely because it has something melodic to hang onto, and even still, it comes off more as an extra weight on the conscience than a full relief of tension. I spent a few months this year trying to extricate myself of a number of life-threatening decisions a close family member had been making, seemingly in perpetuity. It didn’t really matter how much autonomy I tried to apply to their character profile in my head; guilt doesn’t really take any prisoners. I couldn’t get what I wanted. They weren’t getting the help I felt they needed. And while Daughters’ reasoning behind the title of this record seems to be something a little more straightforward on the surface, I can’t help but feel my attachment to their creation is some kind of vicarious coping mechanism. I want to know what it feels like to write something as unflinchingly destructive as “The Flammable Man”. I want to live in the headspace that bore “Satan in the Wait” while it was happening, and see if I could use the experience as confirmation bias for the validity of my own issues. Of all the uplifting records released this year, I’m finding it necessary to pry whatever ounce of hope I can from this one in particular — and every time I fail, it feels even more necessary to try again. Through the waves of tormented noise is a sense of quiet. In the chaos, catharsis. You Won’t Get What You Want is an achievement, and its roar will no doubt echo on for decades to come. –ramon.

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A thank you to the following writers (alphabetical order): Bloon, BlushfulHippocrene, Chortles, clavier, Conmaniac, dbizzles, Dewinged, DrGonzo1937, hesperus, linguist2011, MarsKid, McTime50, Mort., neekafat, Nocte, PistolPete, ramon., SherlockChris9021, Storm in a Teacup, TheSpirit, WinesburgOhio

Additional gratitude to SandwichBubble for creating all album artwork that wasn’t recycled from the staff feature (in other words, you can thank him specifically for that KEN Mode art).





Jom
01.13.19
In case anyone's curious:

After scrubbing data from illegal ballots, people using alt accounts, or other nefarious goofiness, the just-missed LP cut is as follows:

Between the Buried and Me - Automata II (would have tied with Horrendous, but it appeared on one fewer ballot)

Emery - Eve

Vein - errorzone

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears

Rivers of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name

Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

Lupe Fiasco - Drogas Wave

Tiny Moving Parts - Swell

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place

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Other fun items from this:

So many people misspelled that Ocean record to the point that it would have missed the list had we not fixed your collective spelling.

Thanks to all the contributors, the users who enthusiastically pitched in, and especially to Sandwich for all the splendid artwork.

SteakByrnes
01.13.19
1 is 1 good job guys

BlazinBlitzer
01.13.19
Damn, Foxing and IDLES made a push! I knew I should've picked SOPHIE instead of Rivers of Nihil, but this was about what I was expecting anyways. Solid write-ups as well!

brainmelter
01.13.19
nice on 7
Ew on 6

hesperus
01.13.19
goddamn, that SOPHIE blurb is hella self-indulgent, amirite

in all seriousness, great job to all the contribs, and thanks for the opportunity to be involved in this cool thing we do

rabidfish
01.13.19
Hop Along made it u guys, fuck yes, i don't even care about the others, they can smd for all i care :')

Nocte
01.13.19
Big ol’ thanks to the contrib team, the users that help pick up our slack and to the mod team (Jom et al) for overseeing the whole series.

dbizzles
01.13.19
Very lovely thoughts. Stacked ass top 10.

TheSpirit
01.13.19
Well brain, even though you didn’t like 6, hopefully you didn’t think the blurb was bad too lol

onionbubs
01.13.19
1 is a 1

onionbubs
01.13.19
shoutout foxing tho i guess

brainmelter
01.13.19
no your write up is great bb, I’m saying ew to the placement of ochl in the top 10 lol

Dewinged
01.13.19
Gotta say, this is a pretty damn fine looking Top 10 fellas, hell of a job. Thanks to Jom and the contributors for letting me be part of it!

Lucman
01.13.19
Now, this is a top ten! Top 3 is the exact top 3 on my own list and in that exact order haha.

mrend55
01.13.19
Oh wow that SOPHIE album is amazing if I had known about it before now it would have been on my top ten list.

XingKing
01.13.19
Fuck yeah, Daughters in its rightful place

Sniff
01.13.19
Butts is shit, lol list

Trifolium
01.13.19
For a split second I thought someone from Sput had interviewed Ulver, I read Ulver's Top 10 Albums of 2018.

Flugmorph
01.13.19
theeeere we go, this is like the best user list ive ever seen

Flugmorph
01.13.19
3 of my picks in the top 10, cant complain

Flugmorph
01.13.19
"So many people misspelled that Ocean record to the point that it would have missed the list had we not fixed your collective spelling."

hahaha thanks for that tidbid.

wouldve loved to see time'n'place on this list but ya cant have everything can ya

BlushfulHippocrene
01.13.19
Some excellent write-ups here, especially one -- wow. I'm so surprised Mount Eerie didn't place anywhere, though I suppose it's not an album people wanna carry 'round with them as a marker. Also, I love the formatting of these lists, it's so neat. Nice work mods and Sandwich.

AngryJohnny
01.13.19
very nice to see IDLES so high

botb
01.13.19
6 🤮

botb
01.13.19
Well the puke face didn’t go through but it still stands

Pheromone
01.13.19
No Saba! smh

Rowan5215
01.13.19
saba and lupe got gypped on both lists, sad

linguist2011
01.13.19
Your welcome, even if I did only write for one album :)

Anyways, excellent job by all writers on this list (and the other list by the contribs), and I'm happy to see Rolo Tomassi so high here.

LunaticSoul
01.13.19
list is 5 times better than the reviewers

get a grip on reality next year

Papa Universe
01.13.19
no

Demon of the Fall
01.13.19
Noooo can’t believe we end up with Daughters over Rolo, ah well. Nice picks in here, IDLES high up & Sophie made the top 10. I enjoyed Night Verses too.

Demon of the Fall
01.13.19
I also liked the mWY album a surprising amount as well, thought it would end up winning (didn’t vote for it myself though).

neekafat
01.13.19
Fuck yeah this top 10 is amazing

had no idea dbizz was gonna write one for mwY too haha can't wait to read all these when I get back home (:

jmh886
01.13.19
great list. thanks for keeping this site a part of my life.

neekafat
01.13.19
Goddamn it was such a huge honor to share this list with all these incredible writers, thanks for having me on the team!!!

Flugmorph
01.13.19
rolo wasnt that good tbh, daughters deserves to be above it

onionbubs
01.13.19
does it really

Flugmorph
01.13.19
lets talk it out onion
we do have our own unwavering opinions after all

Jom
01.13.19
I know that early discussion of the list revolved around how close the top 3 would be together and if they would be interchangeable -- the truth is no. Daughters was a clear runaway winner - the record had a double-digit difference in ballot appearances - and Rolo had a double-digit difference between it and mewithoutYou.

The closest dogfight was in the top ten. OCHL had greater point allocations on individual ballots but fewer appearances on the aggregate ballot, but BYHO,D had fewer point allocations but more appearances on the aggregate ballot.

In other words: fewer users voted for OCHL, but the ones who did assigned large points to it on their ballots, while a lot of the Hop Along voters would have it in 7th-10th place with anywhere from 1-9 points. This, combined with mac's consensus formula for the user list, lead to that result.

Sinternet
01.13.19
putting the staff to shame

Atari
01.13.19
alright, I’ll have to check out IDLES

GhandhiLion
01.13.19
The real number 1 https://firehouse12records.com/album/pillars

PistolPete
01.13.19
This list feels right. I love it.

And rofl at all the trash they had to sift through like misspelling and alt accounts.

insomniac15
01.13.19
Cool picks, happy to see The Ocean in the top 10.

Relinquished
01.13.19
isn't 3 an EP and invalid lol

Flugmorph
01.13.19
gotem

dimsim3478
01.13.19
^no, they released an EP this year as well as a full-length with the same title (or lack thereof)

Flugmorph
01.13.19
woooooosh

dimsim3478
01.13.19
i mean if your idea of a joke is literally just pretending you dont know things then yea

plane
01.13.19
This is a great list. Very happy to see SOPHIE in the top 10. Great write ups all around.

Conmaniac
01.13.19
Good picks guys, was fun writing for this again (:

BlackTaxi2d
01.13.19
can't help but think the BTBAM multiple release situation hurt them on some lists like this one. also, surprised to not see Rivers of Nihil in the top 50 either. this top 10 correlates perfectly with the sputnik taste here so well deserved for every album on here.

Xenophanes
01.13.19
I love shitting on the user base because it’s so horrible, but y’all turned. it. out this year. Great list and good write-ups.

Flugmorph
01.13.19
13 review comments o.o

granitenotebook
01.13.19
good writings, especially love the sophie one

Gyromania
01.13.19
sophie one talks more about gender politics than the actual music which is a frustrating trend with that writer.

dbizzles
01.14.19
smh

rabidfish
01.14.19
eh
there's not much to say about the music itself, maybe.

hesperus
01.14.19
oh gyro, i can always count on you to complain when i write about the themes that the music in question clearly and pervasively explores

Gyromania
01.14.19
it just seems to me like you're always looking for an excuse to mention gender politics in your writing and i find it irksome. sorry if that bothers you, i'm just being honest. for what it's worth, i think you're a great writer, i just hate your tendency to use sputnik as a platform to espouse your politics as opposed to discussing the actual music

dbizzles
01.14.19
Doesn't it make sense to you that maybe those are the type of topics that hesperus is interested in and that's why they come up? That the writer seeks out bands and music that explores and supports those types of things? I don't think hesp just picks just any album and then somehow ties in support for LBGT community.

Gyromania
01.14.19
obviously, but it's still irritating to me. like, we get it, you're super far left. i'm sure i'm just being biased though, since i tend not to agree with anything he says. i can't discuss these topics without a shitstorm of users trying to misconstrue and tear apart my every word though, so i always have to tread lightly. i do think things like 'trans rights' are utterly ridiculous. what rights do they need that they don't already have? maybe in regards to employment and employer biases i could see it being an issue. but insofar as policing language and such, i think it's terribly wrong. don't most doctors and psychologists on the planet consider it a mental disorder? i don't think it's healthy that we encourage and reinforce mental instability in people. personally. i absolutely adore that sophie album and think that some of its lyrical themes are appropriate, like 'it's okay to cry' and such, but first and foremost what i love about it is the music and challenging and experimental it is. i just don't think we need another pitchfork esque fluff piece on it

Frippertronics
01.14.19
lol

dbizzles
01.14.19
That's fine to have different feelings, but just because you may sit on the opposite side as someone else in regards to an issue doesn't mean you need to be upset about that and target them. You could have just as easily just commented on the music itself instead of digging up conflict. We get you too, Gyro. Chill.

Gyromania
01.14.19
^ this is why i never engage in these things anymore. the usual response is a passive aggressive 'lol' or 'you're a piece of shit' or w.e else because on sputnik you can only express leftist opinions without getting chewed out

hesperus
01.14.19
did you not hear about all the people trying to deprive us of the right to use public restrooms? the president trying to ban us from military service? and yeah, employment and housing discrimination is definitely a big issue too

also, psychologists no longer consider being transgender a mental disorder. the APA has a FAQ page about transgender people here: https://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/transgender.aspx

Gyromania
01.14.19
lol that's the thing i'm not trying to cause conflict, i'm just expressing my opinion. i notice a disproportionate number of instances when hesp talks about gender politics instead of the actual music on albums and i noted it. similarly, if someone on my end of the spectrum did nothing but trash the left in gender politic writeups i'd ridicule them for it too.

dbizzles
01.14.19
Well, I don't think I'm alone in saying the analysis of the Sophie album was appropriate and not an attempt to glorify longstanding issues for a group of people that ten to be misunderstood.

Lovely write-up, Hesp.

Gyromania
01.14.19
the public restroom issue an interesting one and it's tricky to solve for, i think. the president similarly bans others suffering mental illness from being in the military, does he not? i'm not trying to antagonize or belittle you or anyone else either when i say i consider it a mental illness. i think the staggering number of suicide rates associated with gender dysphoria (as documented throughout all of human history) speak volumes, and i don't think it comes down to simple issues like bullying and such.

i'll check out that faq page, although i'm skeptical. there are universal biological truths at play and i don't believe in celebrating the opposite of them.

Jacquibim
01.14.19
did y'all know you can resize the comment box at the bottom of the page, it's a trip

Frippertronics
01.14.19
universal biological truths

Sinternet
01.14.19
yes

Gyromania
01.14.19
fripp do you ever have anything worthwhile to contribute to discussions anymore? other than just quoting someone in a smug mocking way?

Sinternet
01.14.19
also wow gyro is retarded i always knew

Gyromania
01.14.19
thanks for proving my point sinternet lol

luci
01.14.19
have you ever had a multilayer friendship with a trans person gyro?

Gyromania
01.14.19
what's a multilayered friendship? but yes, i was friends with a trans person irl who took his life a few years ago

Frippertronics
01.14.19
"fripp do you ever have anything worthwhile to contribute to discussions anymore? other than just quoting someone in a smug mocking way?"

Do you have anything to contribute to this site other than widely marginalizing entire groups of people or complaining about people bringing the issues of said people to the attention of others? Or is whining more your speed?

rabidfish
01.14.19
fuck's a multilayered friendship lol it's not cake

hal1ax
01.14.19
multilayer friendships [2]

Gyromania
01.14.19
see, this is the interesting thing about the left. if you have an ideology that disagrees with theirs, you're 'marginalizing' them. making it impossible to have divergent opinions without being construed as a racist, sexist, transphobic, etc.

Frippertronics
01.14.19
imagine thinking trans people are mentally ill then immediately acting like you're being oppressed for your so-called opinion lol

fuck off

theacademy
01.14.19
good lord what is going on here

Gyromania
01.14.19
i suffer from mental illness myself, i don't see how it's marginalizing others to point out what i consider (as do MANY others) a mental illness. looks like you can't actually have a discussion on the matter though, since anything other than your opinion gets dismissed with smug mockery and 'fuck off' retorts.

hal1ax
01.14.19
"did y'all know you can resize the comment box at the bottom of the page, it's a trip"

my face rn - https://media.tenor.com/images/7573b6637716304a62d7ed40ccaaa3b1/tenor.gif

hesperus
01.14.19
too bad those many others don't include the APA or the DSM

SteakByrnes
01.14.19
this thread

Frippertronics
01.14.19
"i suffer from mental illness myself"

this is relevant

Frippertronics
01.14.19
but nah, tell me more about how persecuted you are for daring to have an opinion

Gyromania
01.14.19
aren't those strictly american? at what point do we stop normalizing abnormal things? what about depersonalization disorder? i suffered from that all through adolescence and needed medication to cope, and thank god i got treatment for it

bloc
01.14.19
Sweet now it's an official top albums thread

ramon.
01.14.19
haha whoah great list guys wow write up for 1. is epic style lovely commenters all round

Gyromania
01.14.19
it is relevant, actually, because you made it sound like i'm some entitled ass who's unempathetic . i gave my opinion on the matter, you decided to act like a volatile dick as you're wont to do, and continue doing. even hesp is being more constructive than you. providing links, engaging in a discussion. you're just perpetually on your way to the gym it seems.

Frippertronics
01.14.19
"i gave my opinion on the matter"

i really don't care about what your opinion was, nor do i care about giving someone who has nothing of value to offer a proper argument

hal1ax
01.14.19
the hop along vignette is tight. gj blush

Frippertronics
01.14.19
you generally say dumb shit, why act surprised when people treat you like a moron?

Gyromania
01.14.19
lol okay fripp, whatever you say

Divaman
01.14.19
Always fun to see these lists, even though I seldom agree with them. Nice job by the various writers.

Winesburgohio
01.14.19
i mean gender dysphoria is pretty distressing and horrid for a lot of trans people and if we're pathologising a bunch of other shit i'm not surprised if it could get constituted as a mental disorder that requires help. but: it's a disorder caused by the rigidity of societies treatment of gender and exacerbated by discrimination. there are elements of mental illness in lots of trans experience, but it's a lot more nuanced and certainly doesn't mean that trans discimination doesn't exist -- rather the opposite.

(i also think that depression is linked with material causes too but w/e)

anyway don't know why we're talking about this when there's a perfectly terrible Daughters write-up to lampoon and chuckle over, just egregious work,

Winesburgohio
01.14.19
s/o to the write-up for 5, so cool to see people who you admire continue to improve by leaps and bounds tiiiiiiiiiiite xx

ramon.
01.14.19
xcon the icon

laughingman22
01.14.19
Great top 10. SOPHIE is queen

rabidfish
01.14.19
yea fuck that daughters album, shit's weak af.

ramon.
01.14.19
ur mum weak af lmao

Frippertronics
01.14.19
but nah solid writeups everybody, even if my girl Julia didn't get as high as I would've like

damn diverse as always

rabidfish
01.14.19
here's a write-up for that album:

' shit's whack, yo fuck that '

WatchItExplode
01.14.19
Yeah boyz..kicking off 2019 right

Also is it even possible to discuss the Sophie album without mentioning gender politics?

rabidfish
01.14.19
apparently not hehe
personally, i love sophie and all, she's great, but this new album was 3 bangerz and buncha mediocre stuff i really didn't care about

WatchItExplode
01.14.19
I'm just saying that was one of the most impact full albums of the year partially because of the music but most certainly because of the sociopolitical discussion it spurred

platnum
01.14.19
"i'm some entitled ass who's unempathetic"

that is exactly what you are actually lol

platnum
01.14.19
that sophie write up was really good i approve

bravo dean

Slex
01.14.19
Sputnik usually scrapes the bottom of the barrel but I swear so far this year y'all motherfuckers are clawing at it. Jesus shut up Gyro lmao

hal1ax
01.14.19
this is embarrassing even by internet standards

TheSpirit
01.14.19
imagine being this pathetic

Tyler.
01.14.19
gyro you are the dumbest person alive

Slex
01.14.19
Get a hobby Jesus Christ
Don't worry high school doesn't last forever

platnum
01.14.19
@gyro

anytime trans related things are brought up you lose your mind, your "civil discussion" is unnecessary on this staff blog thingy.

shape up tbh

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
"Sweet now it's an official top albums thread" (2)

hal1ax
01.14.19
so i'm not trying to be disparaging here but why don't you use this as opportunity to take a break from the site / internet? I'm not really sure why u were banned but i don't think spamming the site is going to make you feel better nor will it accomplish anything outside of wasting your own time. sometimes i have to take breaks too dude it's no biggy. @gyro

Darius the Great
01.14.19
good guy hal w the real advice

Keyblade
01.14.19
I would retire from the internet if I ever found myself posting rick and morty copypastas for half an hour in retaliation to being banned on sputnikmusic.com

luci
01.14.19
^lmao. sounds like rock bottom

theacademy
01.14.19
when does rick and morty come back?


platnum
01.14.19
gyro had a melt down because a staff user wrote a piece on sophies lasted lp talking about trans rights.

so he spewed his ill-informed opinions and got himself banned, now he's spamming the site lol.

platnum
01.14.19
latest*

Slex
01.14.19
I think one day I'll look back at this and think I always knew this was coming tbh

theacademy
01.14.19
what does that have to do with Rick and morty

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
everything

Sympathies
01.14.19
what have I become

my sweetest friend

Sinternet
01.14.19
lol wth hell happened here oh well idc im gonna sleep pce these are good albums tho m/

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
sin don't throw up in the air like that you aren't metal

plane
01.14.19
I won’t pile on anymore than this comment, but just in case certain folks are reading this: Please consider why the focus was on the SOPHIE blurb when the core criticism (that the themes of the album are written about more extensively than descriptions of the music) when there’s even less said to discern the actual music of Hop Along, IDLES, or Daughters.

neekafat
01.14.19
Fitting this keeps popping up next to the autism thread

Slex
01.14.19
Swing and a miss there bud

letsgofishing
01.14.19
Must have been a good Ben Shapiro broadcast today.

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
Or a bad case of the humans.

Flugmorph
01.14.19
i still admire the resizing feature for the comment box tbh

Sympathies
01.14.19
really useful feature

hal1ax
01.14.19
a hidden gem, if you will

Trifolium
01.14.19
Wow yeah, I enjoyed that. Who would have thought resizing was so much fun?

EclipseInYourEyes
01.14.19
What a top 10. What a top 3. Would have changed Night Verses with mwY and put mwY on 4, but this list is great. Also I love that this is NOT consistent with the Staff's list. Otherwise it would be boring. That being said, I have a lot stuff from the Staff's list to try. Thank you Staff!

EclipseInYourEyes
01.14.19
@Gyro: I just wanted to mention that sexuality (especially homosexuality) was seen as a mental/physical disorder or sickness by many doctors for a long time and sometimes still is. Science found hints that it could be "caused" by genetic disposition as a result of the amount of specific hormones in the process of brain developement in the womb. That being said: just because doctors see it as mental disorder/illness it doesn't have to be right.

However, I can somehow can understand your problem of being "jumped at" in discussions with lefts (generally speakng, not specifically in this thread), although I consider myself left as well. It hurts me to see people calling names at each other rather than educate one another or discuss on a normal level. In my (ofc subjective) opinion there are so many good reasons for lefts to do what they do but they really lack the ability to communicate it in a proper way to people that have another (moral) mindset.

RogueNine
01.14.19
"So many people misspelled that Ocean record to the point that it would have missed the list had we not fixed your collective spelling"
For real, guys it's not that difficult

RogueNine
01.14.19
"since anything other than your opinion gets dismissed with smug mockery"
Yeah that got proven pretty quickly.

Jom
01.14.19
Correct: Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Actual submissions:

Phanerozic
Phanerozoic 1
Phanerozoic I
Phanerozoic I - Palaeozoic
Phanerozoic I: Paleozoic
Phanerozoic I: Paleolithic
Phanerozoic I: Paleaozoic
Phanerozoic I - Pladeozoic

?????

Nocte
01.14.19
^ that looks like a pretty dece top 10 you’ve got there

McTime50
01.14.19
The play is to only like albums with simple titles.

EZ

Trifolium
01.14.19
''they really lack the ability to communicate it in a proper way to people that have another (moral) mindset''
They as in lefties specifically, or do you think this about righties, too? I hope the second one, because otherwise it would be a big generalisation. I do agree though, a lot of people cannot have a normal discussion, especially online of course.

EclipseInYourEyes
01.14.19
ofc that's for both sides, but I think it is more frustrating when it comes to things where it is "science vs. morals" (which is often the case for things like LBGQT-community and their rights against conservative morals). When you've got the "side of solid scientific evidence" then don't be aggressive or stupid to communicate it the right way, it angers the fuck out of me.

And since left stands more for progression and right more for keeping the status quo and the momentary morals, this happens more often than vice versa.

Trifolium
01.14.19
Ah, gotcha. Just trying to clear that up!

Firedust
01.14.19
Thank fuck rolo didn't win it. Meh album, tbh. Daughters, on the other hand, rules hard.

Flugmorph
01.14.19
u know it brotha

luci
01.14.19
like, we get it, you're super far left

Sniff
01.14.19
Should've excluded The Ocean from the list on basis that they probably cant spell that album title themselves - fake scholars outta here

Firedust
01.14.19
Should've excluded Rolo from the list on basis that they sound like a poor man's Dillinger.

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
Shouldve included Emery on the list.

Demon of the Fall
01.14.19
Hot take: Dillinger have never nailed the transitions between tracks as cohesively as Rolo did with TWDALWBI. And since when have tDEP used female vox and dream pop elements? Lazy comparison.

Flugmorph
01.14.19
not really an apt comparison, agreed

JohnnyoftheWell
01.14.19
Dillinger, for the most part, were never about sustaining a mood beyond individual tracks, whereas Rolo's sound is way more expansive and oriented in that direction. Massive differences in tone and sonic palette, can maybe get behind comparisons aimed at Astraea and Grievances but for Time Will Die, lazy comparison [2]

Xenophanes
01.14.19
Honestly though, Matt saying that “trans people have all the rights that can” just shows an insane lack of insight into the issue and anyone calling him retarded for starting a debate he knows nothing about is completely justified.

EclipseInYourEyes
01.14.19
why the hate on Rolo Tomassi?

Sinternet
01.14.19
gyro is banned fuck yea

Flugmorph
01.14.19
wait even my comedic comment got deleted?
no fun zone

neekafat
01.14.19
[2] mine did too

neekafat
01.14.19
Mine was less funny tho

impoppy
01.14.19
Fucking hell Gyro. First of all, being supportive of trans people isn't a far left position. In most of the developed world it's pretty fucking centrist. Secondly, no, only gender dysphoria is classified as a mental illness, being trans is not. Many trans people who transition no longer experience dysphoria and therefore have nothing mentally affecting whether they can function in their day to day lives, meaning they have no mental illness.


On an actually relevant note, great list, although SOPHIE was my #1.

dbizzles
01.14.19
And here we see a creature firmly rooted in the Leftern Hemisphere.

dbizzles
01.14.19
That's a joke, by the way. I know you know, but you know.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
Eclipse seems like a cool person

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
Two of my comments were deleted but i think there was confusion. I was supporting and agreeing with what Plane said, not disparraging the users' comment. Please don't delete and that's all I have to say on it.

Trebor.
01.14.19
gyro went off the deep end

oWhoadYo
01.14.19
I thought this was a list for the best user made albums of the year

I was amazed for a second when I thought this list implied that Daughters was a Sputnik user project

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
I mean...it could be? I think it's at the very least an internet user's album.

Flugmorph
01.14.19
top 10 internet users albums of 2018

Storm In A Teacup
01.14.19
Lol

letsgofishing
01.14.19
Black Malachite is finally going to get his due.

Sinternet
01.14.19
https://streamable.com/10r5w

JohnnyoftheWell
01.14.19
love/wow reaccs only

Flugmorph
01.14.19
crab rave saves sputnikmusi.com from certain demise.

nolerthebowler
01.14.19
man i wanna see the deleted comments

Keyblade
01.14.19
pretty embarrassing stuff

luci
01.14.19
he referred to the site as socialjusticemusic.com in the deleted comments

nolerthebowler
01.14.19
compared to other places on the web sputnik can hardly even be called left. there's a band in the news section called autism lmao

letsgofishing
01.14.19
"man i wanna see the deleted comments."

overhyped.

SharkTooth
01.14.19
on one hand I'm sad to see Sleep not on this list
on the other hand I'm cool with Idles and Daughters where they are

neekafat
01.14.19
"compared to other places on the web sputnik can hardly even be called left. there's a band in the news section called autism lmao"
that's a hard [2]

letsgofishing
01.14.19
But you don't understand...

There are those here who seek to comment on the exploration of transgender issues in the works of a transgender artist.

Any serious centrist website would have ignored these themes because it made them uncomfortable.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
if you actually think that you should prob be posting on tumblr and not here

letsgofishing
01.14.19
You should have been hit by a large wave of sarcasm reading that last comment.

Keyblade
01.14.19
think that was sarcasm

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
sorry i dont know u so u never know

Sinternet
01.14.19
pots got owned in this comment

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
ur desperate m8

bloc
01.14.19
The party is up above still. The alt comments were repetitive nonsense about some show I've never seen

dbizzles
01.14.19
You'd need a higher IQ to actually understand it, bloc, so you made the right choice not watching it whether that was a conscious choice or not,

sixdegrees
01.14.19
to be fair

bloc
01.14.19
dbiz my IQ is not high enough to determine if you are comforting me or dissing me

bloc
01.14.19
Btw do the kids still say "dissing"?

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
after all this drama i just want to let it be known that Planningtorock's Powerhouse is a vastly superior trans themed album from 2018 to that Sophie album



Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
we are allowed to have more than 1 per year

letsgofishing
01.14.19
Whose up for unbanning Gyro, but only after the staff completes a "top ten trans-themed albums of 2018" list?

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
*raises hand*

diamondsmile
01.14.19
[2]

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.14.19
p.s. letsgofishing are u one of those "name changers"

Sinternet
01.15.19
can we add in a clause in which gyro has to sit down and watch at least 10 hours of caitlyn jenner interviews? would probably harm the cause but idk it'll be fun

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.15.19
Hes not gonna answer me is he

Typical user name changing mind fuckery

Dewinged
01.15.19
I'm back, what did I miss...*scrolls up*

Holy Molly.

Xenophanes
01.15.19
Too bad Gyro ruined this thread because this is probably the best User AOTY list I’ve ever seen.

letsgofishing
01.15.19
Sorry, I have a job I had to pay attention to.

But nah, same username for years and years. I haven't even changed my profile picture of Ron Paul since like 2014.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.15.19
"Sorry, I have a job I had to pay attention to. "

pfff excuses

"But nah, same username for years and years. I haven't even changed my profile picture of Ron Paul since like 2014."

crazy, i saw ur join date '09 and thought maybe i did actually know you but you changed your name somewhere along the line

letsgofishing
01.15.19
Holy hell, I've been on this site for a long time...

Lord(e)Po)))ts
01.15.19
11 years in march for me

mixed feelings

anarchistfish
01.15.19
big rip for my boys lupe fiasco and travis scott

bloc
01.15.19
I too have never seen user letsgofishing before until now

sixdegrees
01.15.19
if he got a name change back when they were all the rage he would be 'letsgo.'

bloc
01.15.19
Wait how many fuckin fishes are on this site

sixdegrees
01.15.19
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/user/albertfish

neekafat
01.15.19
no seriously that's a good question

letsgofishing
01.15.19
I'm usually floating in Sowing's circle.

RogueNine
01.15.19
It was more than one person that ruined it.
Also I can say that there's definitely

anarchistfish.

And probs others.

rabidfish
01.15.19
Wait how many fuckin fishes are on this site [2]

neekafat
01.15.19
jesus that's four

twlichty
01.15.19
Wow guys way to turn this comment thread into an absolute shit show. Sputnik never fails.

Where the fuck is Saba?

BlushfulHippocrene
01.15.19
Somewhere deep within Rowan's bosom.

EclipseInYourEyes
01.15.19
this took an expected turn

neekafat
01.15.19
lmao what blush

BlushfulHippocrene
01.15.19
:3

BlushfulHippocrene
01.15.19
I've only properly listened to two albums in the top ten -- ought to fix that soon.

ramon.
01.15.19
listen to 7

BlushfulHippocrene
01.15.19
: )

anarchistfish
01.15.19
"it just seems to me like you're always looking for an excuse to mention gender politics in your writing and i find it irksome"

Seems to me like Ur always looking for an excuse to complain about the sjws

rabidfish
01.15.19
Hahahahahahahaha How The Fuck Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha

adr
01.15.19
only 9 pop punk albums this year not bad

neekafat
01.15.19
I've heard all but two of these and I'm proud (:

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