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CONTINENTAL RECFEST SEASON FOUR, ROUND SEVEN. FIGHT! ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ RECAP: Congratulations to budgie for winning round six! Round six focused on South America. Three contestants were eliminated: Uzumaki, Sniff, and Deez. Thanks for participating in season four! Please take a seat in the spectator lounge and help yourself to the free pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks! ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ IN ROUND SEVEN, the theme is AFRICA and ASIA (minus Japan). The rules will be a little different this round. Earn 3.0 EXTRA POINTS if your recommendation is from Africa or 2.5 EXTRA POINTS if your recommendation if from Asia (but not Japan). Technically your rec doesn't have to be from either continent. Does that mean it's a good idea to recommend an album from the United States? Nope, that 2.5-3.0 points is heavy. To be clear, this is an incentive to recommend Africa over Asia, but if you find yourself in the middle of a dark savanna being stalked by a lion, sacrifice a friend. ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ Most importantly, but not a requirement: have fun!
1Karmic Demise

+3.0 points for recommending music from AFRICA
+2.5 points for recommending music from ASIA (not including Japan)

Since I do not want the winner of this round receiving extra points, the winner will get a special advantage in the final round by means of making a simple choice: which continent will get the biggest boost to the point system in the GRAND FINALE?
2Oumou Sangare

Recommended by Trifolium
Wassoulou artist from Bamako, Mali (+3.0 Africa points)
Trifolium's continent boost choice for the Grand Finale: n/a

This album is a great mix of traditional African vocal stylings and has a strong African vibe. The electric guitar keeps the album fresh with a more contemporary feel. Production is on point with this album with some really great bass. There were a few highlights on this album for me. The first was the pace change in the rhythm of Mali niale. It slowed down a bit while still being energetic, but it felt like a necessary reprieve from the dance factor prominent in the rest of the album. I also like how she sings, "Fom fom," or whatever the lyrics are. The second highlight for me was the background vocals in, "Kounkoun," which is actually another one of the slower songs on the album. They were really cool--the echoey, high-tuned, cutesy nature of these vocals almost gave it an 80's Japanese orchestral rock feel.
3Oumou Sangare

The last part I really liked was the instrumental portions of closer, "Mogoya." Very Moby-esque. I don't know if having the vocals in there really added anything, though. It was such a chill, beautiful track with fancy, powerful singing that kind of took over. As a whole, this album had some awesome moments and very few negatives, but it's simply not suited to my tastes, and I can't see myself enjoying it too often.

3.5+3.0 = 6.5 out of 5 (ELIMINATED)
4Red Helen
Trading Past For Pathways

Recommended by SteakByrnes
Metalcore band from Gauteng, South Africa (+3.0 Africa points)
SteakByrnes's continent boost choice for the Grand Finale: North America

This band knows what it wants to be and has seemingly worked hard to become that sound. They have all the elements of progcore laid out well. The clean vocals in particular are very strong here.
5Red Helen
Trading Past For Pathways

I think the climax of this album starts and ends pretty early, halfway through "Ode to the Corrupt," when the song takes a hard turn into some piano and quick tremelo picking. The song ends on a high note, very abruptly, which the rest of the album can't quite match up to. What's missing in the rest of the album is a real wallop. Everything is enjoyable but the punches don't land with a follow-through. The band even employs some deep, hollow screams and fantastic harmonies, but they just kind of exist with little purpose. I have the suspicion, in what this album offers, the band has nowhere to grow. The technical proficiency is already there, but the creativity isn't strong enough to take it to the next level.

3.8+3.0 = 6.8 out of 5 (FINALIST)
6Getatchew Mekurya, The Ex and Guests
Moa Anbessa

Recommended by someone (+3.0 Africa points)
Saxophonist from Ethiopia
someone's continent boost choice for the Grand Finale: Asia

This works, and it doesn't work for me. It's like the main guitar in a post-punk band was replaced with a sax. That's not even the issue. It's the excessive use of extra notes and solos, that somehow proves this album is the product of a saxophonist (and not that of its backup band), that really rubs me the wrong way. I don't need to hear someone intentionally bumbling around the intended notes for minutes at a time. It's the shit that a diva does when they do a vocal cover of a song to make it their own, singing runs up and down the original notes. Except it's not Christina Aguilera's voice; it's a saxophone. And it keeps going on.
7Getatchew Mekurya, The Ex and Guests
Moa Anbessa

The thing that really kills me, is that the songs get a lot better when it's mostly the "backup" band, The Ex, playing by themselves, with some backing sax (eg. "Almaz yeharerwa," when the vocals kick in). I'm not even much of a post-punk fan in particular, but it sounds like heaven in its oasis of structure and sensefulness. One song in particular that I actually enjoyed, probably because it played off the strength in its melody and didn't fuck around too much, was "Musicawi silt." It's a jam and a half.'

3.2+3.0 = 6.2 out of 5 (ELIMINATED)
8Say Sue Me
Where We Were Together

Recommended by budgie
Indie rock/budgiecore band from Busan, South Korea (+2.5 Asia points) +0.2 points for winning previous round
budgie's continent boost choice for the Grand Finale: Europe

It's a song I've heard in another life. It's time standing still when you look in her eyes. It's a snapshot from the top of the ferris wheel. No one is guaranteed to ever receive another one of life's greatest moments, and the next time it's felt, it is never the same. It must be held in our memories, then the lesser memory of having the memory.
9Say Sue Me
Where We Were Together

She says to me, "I just wanna dance as much as I forget who I am."
A moment that may have never existed anywhere, Where We Were Together, but feels so familiar. It's a fabrication of youth, love, and beauty, encapsulated in the sad lense of hormones that never could appreciate its own existence. It's a sense of separation that cannot coexist with appreciation, for when appreciation takes over, the moment becomes quantifiable. The glued becomes sand when its magic is learned.
She tells me, "Open the window and some sand over the sea."
Broken sentences that tell a story of broken memories.
She whispers softly, "No one remembers all the faces. Nobody can hear our story."

4.7+2.5+0.2 = 7.4 out of 5 (ROUND WINNER AND FINALIST)
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