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So instead of actually reviewing things, I thought I'd condense the process. I picked 30 albums that, judging by Sputnik's ratings (almost all of the picks have less than 30 votes), you probably haven't heard. I think they are especially sweet or essential or you should hear them or whatever and I'm going to write a little blurb about them, five at a time. I tried to include a little diversity with each list too, even though it's obviously and understandably biased towards my taste ~duh~ and eras I like, like the 00s and 90s. Anyway I hope you enjoy them. I'm not sure whether this will become a circlejerk for the older users with sweet taste or if this will actually introduce new music to people but I'd be happy with a combo of the two. PART THREE
1Dweller on the Threshold
Dweller on the Threshold

[2012] You'd never guess that Xenophanes could be so right about something, but when he reviewed Dweller On The Threshold in 2012 and you ignored him he totally was and you totally shouldn't have. DOTT is dynamic, almost gratingly so. The album sways violently back and forth from quiet acoustic guitars to noisy cacophony; and while it never makes much sense, it's a very evocative album. It's a little bit like if Mount Eerie went as crazy as Giles Corey. So if you're into that sort of thing, get this. 4.0.
2Storm and Stress
Storm and Stress

[1997] If you ever think to yourself, "yeah I've heard more than enough post-rock for one lifetime," you're probably right. That being said, Storm and Stress is here to fuck your preconceived notions. Maybe calling them post-rock is unfair to both parties, as the band fully embrace a jazz spastic-ness and free form, but how could I resist saying so with track names like "Guitar Cabinet Stack Way High Is Freedom Or Gravity Gives Us.? The music is boundlessly surprising. Listen to it time after time like I have, but you still will never know when the odd noodling is going to give way to an orchestra of melody, or when the guitar wailing simply breaks down into nothingness. The Canadians have a mess of an album on their hands, but this is truly an album that defies barriers and conventions. 4.5.
3Boy Friend
Egyptian Wrinkle

[2012] It doesn't get much softer than this. Boy Friend take the Beach House dream pop / shoegaze sound, but they turn it down a few decibels. Their songwriting is influenced by ambient as indicated by their minimalist tendencies, and the duo of girls from Texas have absolutely saccharine voices. This isn't an album that stands out, per se, but it's definitely one that sinks in.
4Shotmaker / Maximillian Colby

[1995] Like the Faith/Void split on my last list was the paradigm of successful punk in the 80s, this Maximillian Colby/Shotmaker is an essentially-90s split. One side comes via a Canadian band who plays slow, heavy, repetitive and catharsis-building music a la Slint, and the other side comes from a Virginian band who really perfected the loud/soft dynamic approach by combining it with piercing skramz and that whole melody-through-chaos dynamic. This combines what are basically the two bands?s best songs (which is nice because their respective discographies are a little overlong, anyway), and the result is emo/punk/music god-tier. 4.5.
5Rudimentary Peni

[1989] I'm realizing now that that this list is heavy on the spazz, but that?s okay. Let's go with it. Rudimentary Peni are another band that brings the crazy, to say the least. Simply labeling it anarcho-punk from the 80s doesn't do its eccentricity justice, surprisingly enough. The album was created by Nick Blinko, a schizophrenic guy that was institutionalized for a while, and who also enjoyed penning many black and white drawings like the cover. He was exceptionally talented though; it's difficult to recognize on first listen, maybe, but there?s something undeniably and subtly brilliant underneath the dense, fatiguing layers of his unorthodox music and witty, pointed lyrics. 4.5.
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