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Ryus Rec Comp: Asleep Claims His Prize

asleep claimed his very exciting prize of recing me any 10 albums. here they are. will be posting my thoughts as i listen

these first 5 are from his own rec comp. this one is by way of MoM

THOUGHTS: this was a weird album, but not for the reasons i thought it would be weird. the "IDM" tag is kinda a crapshoot, so i wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but i definitely was not expecting something as top 40-adjacent as the opener. not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, whew, those vocals rubbed me the wrong way. luckily that was the last of them and most of the album is vocals-free. musically, this is pretty interesting and organic sounding–definitely not just armchair IDM. unfortunately, it didn't really rise above just being generally interesting to me. and some parts, like the aforementioned opener, didn't do it for me. still glad to have heard this though, definitely a unique album, just not totally for me. [2.6]
2Electric Masada
At the Mountains of Madness

rec'd by johnny. i WILL be listening to this entire thing

THOUGHTS: oookay wow yeah as a jew, new yorker, and lover of freaky jazz, this is pretty ideal for me. fun fact i actually went to the same school as zorn for a period of time. anyway this fucking rules, yes its extremely long but this is basically just two variations on the same set of pieces. the variations can be pretty significant, but still i feel like i would just listen to disc 1 or 2 at a time in the future.

what's good about it? unbelievable musicianship–furious playing that always hurtles the tracks forward with powerful momentum. the interplay/chemistry is almost unreal it's so good. as i've probably said many times in the past though, musicianship alone doesn't impress me–in fact, it's often a hindrance and i hate a lot of technical music. luckily, the pieces themselves are fucking fantastic too. original, angry, and a ton of fun. rules! [4.6]
3Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
E 1999 Eternal

Drifter rec. pretty sure i've heard this but don't remember it at all and should probably rectify that. big oversight for me

THOUGHTS: honestly the triplet flows here often reminded me of memphis rap, which isn't really something that i was expecting going into this. of course i already knew "tha crossroads" which is definitely a classic. the sing-rap style is pretty interesting and super unique. like a lot of hip hop albums this is kinda long and my interest was waning towards the end but i think if i listened to this in chunks i would probably like it more. still though it was solid and appealed to a lot of my favorite things in hip hop. not one of my all time faves, but def worth another few spins at least. [3.7]
novej qalhnjënno

rec'd by zaruyache

THOUGHTS: this basically caught me at the perfect time. i always liked the idea of bm more than the actual genre, but digging into paysage's backlog kinda opened my eyes. right now he's easily my favorite artist, just by virtue of hearing far more albums by him than basically any artist in the genre. luckily this sorta scratches the same itch–melodic, atmospheric, but definitely not as raw. there's a lot to like here and i'm glad to hear it at this time. not one of my all-time favorites in the genre, but this is how i like my bm for sure. [3.7]
5The Flaming Lips
Clouds Taste Metallic

johnny rec, another big oversight for me.

THOUGHTS: alright, no more putting this one off. not bad by any means, but much like the soft bulletin, i found it mostly pleasant and not too much beyond that. i think my first listen was kinda tainted by the fact that iw as expecting some real noisy psych-rawk, and didnt really get that for the most part. this is fun and nice and light but i wanted it to be more than that. cool, but not as cool as i'd like. [3.5]
6Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
High Visceral Pt. 1
7Regina Spektor
Soviet Kitsch
9Iron And Wine
The Creek Drank the Cradle
10Death Toll 80k
Harsh Realities
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