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Just a list of recent digs, some in heavier rotation than others.
|1||Pianos Become the Teeth|
Wait For Love
Hailing from Baltimore myself, I'm maybe unfairly predisposed to be defensive of these guys, but damn if this initially somewhat disappointing album hasn't seriously grown on me. I'll absolutely still admit that the middle section sags a bit--but honestly, and maybe it's just the power of reinforcement, but even my early least-favorites have started feeling much more impactful (looking at you, "Bay of Dreams" and "Forever Sound"). "Love on Repeat" feels like it could've been well-served by another minute of crescendo-ing catharsis at its climax, but its build to the album-capping "Blue" is still stellar. And for its part, the latter may, at least in my opinion, rival "I'll Get By" for best closer, lyrically if not musically. Worth revisits, even if you weren't floored on first listen.
It's no slight to say this is a wonderful album to fall asleep to--but that anecdote also grossly undersells how vigorous and captivating this burgeoning instrumental artist can be. Fans of the likes of Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, and the dearly departed Johann Johannsson (still processing that one), do yourself a favor and don't sleep on this one.
|3||The Out Circuit|
Burn Your Scripts Boys
Speaking of, slept on these guys, which is a pretty big blunder, since I definitely dug the better part of Frodus' discography (basically from F-Letter onwards) after coming to them after-the-fact, as well, incidentally (which, thanks, Thrice!). Frankly, Out_Circuit's catching up quickly in replayability, and while I haven't cracked into their sophomore album yet, definitely looking forward to delving deeper into this (evidently widely) underappreciated band.
You Can't Stay Here
So, first thing: Almost all these songs sound the same. Second thing: If you dig it, that can be a feature rather than a bug. For me, it is firmly a feature. Still, with that said, the lyrics are what truly elevate this at least a notch or two above a lot of similar-sounding acts. They've also, to their credit, given me some homework to do, since until very recently, I was also woefully ignorant of this band's pedigree, so now Latterman, Shorebirds, and RVIVR are all on my to-check-out docket.
A definite kurveball from Kele here, but one that I think justifies its existence pretty handily. Again, the lyricism (always a strong suit for Okereke) goes a long way towards taking this beyond a mere popular-singer-goes-(mostly, kinda sorta)-acoustic diversion, and I feel like this should earn a little more praise--or at least attention--than it's received.
|6||Do Make Say Think|
Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Gotta spin this one a few more times before I settle on a final judgment, but the handful of listens I've given it so far certainly seem to attest to this post-rock outfit's longevity, and how they've managed to remain pretty vital and interesting in ways that many of their peers--even once-mighty heavy-hitters like Godspeed and Explosions--simply haven't. Then again, maybe they were never as burdened by the spotlight as those others, so the comparison might be an unfair one, but nonetheless, a lot of consistency from this corner of the oversaturated genre.
6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Another new addition meriting more listens on my end, but definitely leaves a distinctive impression even in its first go-round or two. Looking forward to getting even better acquainted with this, along with the seemingly even-more-lauded follow-up.
|8||Secret And Whisper|
A perennial favorite right here, but one I only recently unearthed from a box of CDs after a move. "Blush" is the bidness. So's most everything else on display. If anybody knows what any of these musicians is up to today, please let me know, since the fact that Secret and Whisper only put out two albums is a goddamned crime (and the formative auditory baby pictures of Stutterfly and thebleedingalarm only get you so far, nahmsayin?).
Nils Frahm - All Melody (inspired by #2, but have been meaning to check out Frahm for a while)
The Out_Circuit - Pierce the Empire with a Sound
Latterman - basically anything, but mostly likely the first one; if anyone has recs for best album to start with, though, feel free to share
Johann Johannsson - The Mercy (happy to be hearing a bit more, but Jesus, it'll be bittersweet...)
King Krule - The Ooz!!!
BtBaM - Automata I (found it for $7 at Best Buy, guess they really are trying to liquidate those CD stocks as quickly as they can)
|4 is a great album but list title means you need some Priest in here. |
|You know, you're probably right. Nostradamus waaaaay overstayed its welcome, but Redeemer of Souls and (especially) Angel of Retribution both proved latter day (third act?) Priest could still bring some thunder.|
|No idea what Secret and Whisper are up to now, but damn does Teenage Fantasy fit the bill for a fun bike ride through the hills. Blush and Famous For a Century are jam central|
|I agree with the pianos become the teeth album. I figured it would get better with every listen and it definitely has. All of their albums have been that way for me. With that said they have been one of my favorite bands since the lack long after album. One of few bands that have changed their sound so drastically yet I still continued to love.|
|Yeah, Lack Long After is definitely their watershed, and I can easily see how folks won over by that and Old Pride might bristle at the directions they've gone in since, but I, for one, can't get enough of it, especially since even in this more subdued context, the musicianship and especially the lyrics are still incredible.|
|RIP Hard Jams Inc.|
|Teenage Fantasy is so fukkin good! Guess I better check the rest of these as well|
|Aw yeah, Teenage Fantasy is cover-to-cover classic for sure.|