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Umbrella Contest 2021 Round 12: 11 Umbrellas Each

2 more out, 3 left, and the rules are different this round.
1The Kinks
Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround

The final round has totally new rules! Make me a playlist consisting of 1 song per genre covered in the order of the rounds. All of your choices must be songs I don't already know. The playlist can be on Spotify, Youtube, or any place where I don't have to download anything.

That means: Song 1: Lo-fi
Song 2: Psychedelic
Song 3: Sampling
Song 4: Sentimental Ballad
Song 5: Instrumental
Song 6: Show Tunes
Song 7: Traditional/Cultural
Song 8: Comedy
Song 9: Dance
Song 10: Easy Listening
Song 11: Experimental

All 11 songs will be averaged for your final score.

And now for some honorable mentions:
2Beat Happening
You Turn Me On

This album is now on my "need to eventually check" list because “Godsend” is amazing. Thanks, dedex!
3Linda Perhacs

I've loved "Chimacum Rain" for a while, so knowing another song on here (the t/t) ruled too pushed me to check this in full and it's a 4/5 album for sure. Thanks, bgillesp!
First Utterance

"Song to Comus" was a truly what the hell kind of song in the best way and the album's a 4/5. Thanks, Aberf!
5Egberto Gismonti
Sonho 70

Really pretty song, I'll try to check the album eventually. This is a good list for safekeeping. Thanks, protokute!
6Nina Simone
I Put a Spell on You

“Marriage Is for Old Folks” was caught in my head for a week after that round happened and it's amazing. If I ever dive into Nina, I guess it'll be with this album. Thanks, Tifolium!
Beautiful Freak

"Your Lucky Day in Hell" and "Novocaine for the Soul" are both amazing, why haven't I checked this album yet? I'm gonna do it sometime before 2021 ends! Thanks, SlothcoreSam!
8Burt Bacharach
Living Together

It's too bad that this album on the whole is boring as hell and a solid 2.5/5, but "Something Big" is hands down the best song I learned from this round. It's perfect. Thanks, Zig!

And now for what you guys are waiting for:
9Henry Cow
In Praise of Learning


Proggy off the bat and kinda Zappa inspired. High pitched cartoonish German vocals are cool. Random scraping sounds and a saxophone solo, okay cool. This is pretty fun.Definitely experimental, but in a realm that feels personally familiar.

4/5 (Finalist!)
10Arrigo Barnabe
Clara Crocodilo

“Acapulco Drive-in”

Funky and jazzy. I like how offbeat everything sounds and the bass is awesome. Great vocals too. This is weird in a familiar way again, but it’s amazing and jazzy and that piano solo is fun as hell so, I’m digging this.

4.4/5 (+.5 for winning last round) = = 4.9/5 (ROUND WINNER, but no BONUS going forward cuz the final round is different!) (Finalist!)

“Space Moth”

Twinkly and foreboding so far. Good vocals as expected from Stereolab and I like the buildup that brought us there. Very spacey, and while it fits, it wasn’t shockingly experimental or anything, mostly just pretty and chill, I did like it though.

12Arthur Russell
World of Echo

“Being It”

Weird and echoey. So the liner notes say this is the cello I’m hearing, but it sounds like guitar, that’s mad weird, is it an electric cello? His voice is okay, but I can’t say I like it, but it seems like something that could grow on me. More on the minimal side of experimental for sure, but pretty impressive conceptually regardless.

4/5 (Finalist!)
13Moor Mother
Circuit City

“No More Wires”

More jazz. “No more wires” a guy frantical chants over a jamming saxophone. This is scary as hell now with all of the intensity and the crashing sounds. This might be dragging on too much for me. Not bad, but not amazing.

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