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Gene's 2023 list yadda yadda

so after much deliberation and postponing, i've finally strung together some loosely accurate year-end whatever. behold, if you care
1Hammock
Love in the Void


I guess I'll start with a few of my least favourite ones. I don't purposefully seek out bad music, but sometimes it does pass by my ears. So this lowest tier list is not particularly bombastic, nor is it ranked. Just a bunch of baddies that made me maddies:

Hammock's big new release might actually be my least favourite of the year. Something about its maddeningly long-winded tedium got under my skin and really annoyed my fragile patience more than most other boring-by-design albums this year.
2Heirloom (USA-NC)
ROMANTICIZE


I feel bad for putting somebody's apparent passion project in this lot, as it seems like the band is just pouring their heart and soul into a style they love and believe in. It just so happens to be a trite blandness of some metalcore mishmash forced through their own prism of disorganised, boring song-writing and ill-inspired production choices.
3Where The Waves Are Born
Sundered


A similar situation as Heirloom, where a band is passionate about a particularly outdated brand of metalcore and make minimal effort to at least add a semblance of character to it. At least this is a short EP only.
4The Album Leaf
Future Falling


Lacking a general sound concept or tangible defining musical through line has somehow become a defining trait of its own when it comes to Album Leaf. Vague collage and sporadic atmospheric bursts are what makes up the bulk of the album.
5Tanlines
The Big Mess


Among the things I feel bad hating is Tanlines, a project made of stay-at-home dads trying to entertain their kids with easy-going indie pop. It's so easy, it's primitive. There is a frustrating lack of musical curiosity all around the album. It slogs along mid-tempo, devoid of personality or tangible silver lining in form of either a catchy tune here or there, or simply pleasant atmosphere. Any miniscule positive detail is mostly accidental and withers away byx second listen.
6Zohastre
ABRACADABRA


More among the crowd of risktakers, whose risks went nowhere. Zohastre's musical pull is in their weirdness and roughness of sound. On a pocket change budget they string together challenging albums and that is worth the respect. That said, their experiments in this case churned out something nearly unlistenable, boring and directionless the whole way through. You can see that the main pattern for my least favourite albums is boredom.
7Yakuza
Sutra


No less irritating, but for its inherent lack of risk is the avant-prog-metal band Yakuza's newest, which sees the band descend into some mind-numbing repetition of very few production and instrumental tricks they have decided to employ on this hour-long album.
8Avenged Sevenfold
Life Is But a Dream...


I fall among the circlejerk of LiBaD... haters, but even at its most hated, the hater cannot in good conscience deny the album's great risks. I find it highly admirable the lengths the band took to reinvent themselves, to rebrand their sound, to push a boundary. I also find it almost frustrating on their behalf (all the more so given that to them this is a definite success) how spectacularly awful it turned out and nearly every risk and idea turned up rotten and simply irritating to have to sit through.
9The National
First Two Pages of Frankenstein


The National being what they are is somehow the least surprising turn of events, if one can consider this a turn at all. What with this being a rather obvious trajectory from captivating slow burn to meandering slow burn.
10The Front Bottoms
You Are Who You Hang Out With


Really, in the same realm as The National. The Front Bottoms have carved a hole and stuck their heads in it. Every song bordering somewhere between dreadfully boring and dishearteningly obnoxious is a feat worth admiration, as well as something that feels almost intentional.
11Leo Wolf
Shapeshifter


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fave albs to be added below

a bunch of HMs:
Leo Wulf - Shapeshifter
Dozer - Drifting in the Endless Void
The True Faith - Go to Ground
Uhr - Salathiel Harms
DZ Deathrays - R.I.F.F.
The Frights - Gallows Humour
Lost Girls - Selvutsletter
Mutual Benefit - Growing at the Edges
Pleaser - Pleaser
Matthew Halsall - An Ever Changing View
Strange Ranger - Pure Music
Incendiary - Change The Way You Think About Pain
Horrendous - Ontological Mysterium
12Spogelse
SP​Ø​GELSE


90.
dirty, musty, grungy, bassy

"Graves for Graves"
13King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of...


89.
everyone's favourite most annoying band made everyone's favourite most annoying album

"Dragon"
14Dodheimsgard
Black Medium Current


88.
aliens having tough times

"Tankespinnerens Smerte"
15Bell Witch
Future's Shadow I: The Clandestine Gate


87.
medieval warlocks having rad times

"uuuuhhhhhhhh..."
16Heart Attack Man
Freak Of Nature


86.
dumb fun with a smart core

"Late to the Orgy"
17Hez
Panamaniacs


85.
lo-fi crusty punk in a language that makes everything sound somehow punkier

"Punks De Fin De Semana"
18Gia Margaret
Romantic Piano


84.
Gia's general paperthin quaintness just got even quainter, paperer and thinner

"La langue de l'amitié"
19Circuit Circuit
Body Songs


83.
who make bass sound like the devil escaping modular prison

"Null"
20Jeromes Dream
The Gray In Between


82.
this dream is a nightmare and the subject is all of your past mistakes

"On Holiday with Infinity"
21Dead Neanderthals
Specters


81.
post-complexity, dunking a barrel of Riley-ian minimalism into a canister of noise

"Banishment"
22Mandy, Indiana
I've Seen a Way


80.
all vibes, but the vibes are getting lost in a labyrinthian brutalist structure

"Peach Fuzz"
23MSPAINT
Post-American


79.
no garage for your garage rock, so you're rehearsing long-distance online

"Hardwired"
24Oxbow
Love's Holiday


78.
further descent into patience and giving your local ageing alt record store managers the feels

"Lovely Murk"
25Witch (ZMB)
Zango


77.
tangentially teaching snobs a whole new area of music to pretend they know about

"Malango"
26Kalia Vandever
We Fell In Turn


76.
whatever the actually functional version of white noise machines are, this is it for me

"Mirrored Solitude"
27Screaming Females
Desire Pathway


75.
"we make this look easy"

"Ornament"
28Beirut
Hadsel


74.
digging around indecisively for years having finally paid off

"Spillhaugen"
29Ukandanz
Kemekem


73.
add a good amount of [i]d u d e w h a t[/i] to jazz prog and also some prettiness

"Lebesh kabashen"
30Shame (UK)
Food For Worms


72.
sudden style switch having paid off

"The Fall of Paul"
31Bella Boo
DreamySpaceyBlue


71.
multidisciplinary quirky dream

"4ever"
32Exit North
Anyway, Still


70.
ambient and alt-rock go hand in hand... but only here

"A Battle Cried"
33Soda Blonde
Dream Big


69.
mature and cute at the same time

"WWDWD"
34The Belair Lip Bombs
Lush Life


68.
Bandcamp find, Sputnikmusic bump, AOTY entry, throwback indie galore

"Walking Away"
35The Bathers
Sirenesque


67.
acquired taste vocals set to the most beautiful sophisti arrangement you'll hear all year

"Garlands"
36Mort Garson
Journey to the Moon and Beyond


66.
tasteful posthumous homage and unearthed recordings

"Western Dragon (Pt 2)"
37Kinoteki
Dawn of the Final Hour


65.
the LordePotsiest rec

"My Broken Heart"
38E_DEATH
Forgotten Realms


64.
the glitch and futurism Grimes wishes she had and Yeule has abandoned

"Any Excuse to Stay Awake With U"
39Agriculture
Agriculture


63.
certainly a grower and a beast at the same time

"Look, Pt. 2"
40Depeche Mode
Memento Mori


62.
no business being this good

"Ghosts Again"
41Algiers
Shook


61.
terminally industrial fusion with gospel, but the worship is of personal freedoms and tech

"I Can't Stand It"
42Sulphur Aeon
Seven Crowns and Seven Seals


60.
brutal onslaught and stubbornness is the only way of keeping Lovecraftian metal original

"The Yearning Abyss Devours Us"
43The Go! Team
Get Up Sequences Part Two


59.
inspirational music for sitcom delinquents

"Whammy-O"
44Liturgy
93696


58.
screw your meditation, i'm transcending straight to the ạ̸̧̛̖̜͖̮̫̣̝̪̩̤͍͇̮̫̪̜͓̖͓̄͂͐͊̓̉̐̓̀͊̂̋̀͜͝ą̶̧̠̯̤͖̱̃̆̔͑̏̾́̆̏̐͆̾͐̾͒̈́̃̆̀͛̒̍̕͘̚͝͝͝á̷͍͊͛̔͐̾́̾͘̚͠͝ą̴̢̧̛̳̫̞͍̠̠̗̞͚̩̳̠͕̳͓̬̭͉̥̘͖̫̭͍͓͇̫̪͇̘͉̬̜̐̄́͌͆̾̓̍̇̀̾̑̊̋͐́̿͐̄̋̓̕͝ă̶̡̢̡̫̰͎͙̼͕͕̹̻̪͙̥͎̩̖̘͉͍̖̞̫͕̭̤̱̘̟̪̦͈̗͎̤̻̖̠̑̆̈́̐͐͒̀̅̆͋̋̏̐̍̋̈́̕͜͝ͅa̷͈͇̘͔̫̦͋̂̔̆à̶̡̨̨̛̱͚̣̟̺͎̼̞̤̠̞͕̱̞̱̤͕̯̮̫̫̦̥͙̮̰̏̊̈́̐̍́̓͛̊̋̋̔̾̿̈́̐̊̓͗͒̽̃̆̎͒̿̔̇̃͊̏̐̀͂̚̕̚͜͠͝͠͝ạ̷̧͇̩͍̘̟͕̗̝͇̰̝̰̦͍̯͔̱̼̿́͆͒͛͐́̀̋̇̈͊͛̉̈̈͒̓̌͒́̚̚͠͠a̸̢̢̧̡̢̡͓̬̗͎̪̲̠̥͍̯̗͎̺̝̘̝̘̺̤̖̜͚̼̪͙͈͍̼̽̑̌̈́͋͗̀̓͑̈̑̈̔̽̃̋̄̍͛͘͜͠͠͝ä̶̢̛̬̱̩͙͓̠̞͍̫͍͔̗̜́̊͊͛͠-th dimension

"Djennaration"
45Eyes (DK)
Congratulations


57.
uplifting violence

"dull BOY"
46Model/Actriz
Dogsbody


56.
tis the one you might love seeing here, or hate.

"Slate"
47Timber Timbre
Lovage


55.
terminal positivity and gentle cuteness

"Holy Motors"
48Shapednoise
Absurd Matter


54.
terminator orgy

"Poetry"
49Wednesday
Rat Saw God


53.
these youths are already all rusty and jaded

"Bath County"
50Stuck
Freak Frequency


52.
showing the other kids how it's done

"Break the Arc"
51Art School Girlfriend
Soft Landing


51.
minimal pop for minimal people

"Blue Sky"
52Molly Burch
Daydreamer


50.
all modern indie pop trends in a burrito, but the other fillings are a nostalgia for at least 40 years of pop and disco development

"Bed"
53Thomas Azier
The Inventory of Our Desire


49.
sophisti pop for those who haven't got a clue wtf is going on

"Invisible"
54Fatoumata Diawara
London Ko


48.
Fatoumata made it her mission to make the most vibrant, sunny, and fun tunes to brighten your day

"Nsera"
55Ryuichi Sakamoto
12


47.
a grand farewell album and a thank you to and from Ryuichi

"20220302"
56Lawrence English & Lea Bertucci
Chthonic


46.
like drowning in a flooded cave (but like you're into it)

"Geology of Fire"
57Aesop Rock
Integrated Tech Solutions


45.
Aesop develops a fun concept just cause he can and drops it whenever he feels like it just cause he can

"Aggressive Steven"
58Faced Out (USA-MO)
Faced Out


44.
needs polish, but if we're out here hyping Maruja and BCNR and Black Midi and the like, we might as well hype actual underdogs

"Call It Response (Negative Home) Pt. 2"
59PJ Harvey
I Inside the Old Year Dying


43.
age is wisdom, music is relative

"The Nether-edge"
60Fucked Up
One Day


42.
Titus Andronicus hate them. Find out their trick to making actually epic concept punk albums...

"Broken Little Boys"
61Big|Brave
nature morte


41.
hazy doom, blooming gloom

"The Fable of Subjugation"
62JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown
Scaring the Hoes


40.
scary good

"Garbage Pale Kids"
63ostraca
Disaster


39.
ethereal beauty sometimes hides in the ugliest of veneers

"Whilom"
64George Clanton
Ooh Rap I Ya


38.
Clanton like three things: changing up his image, watching/hearing water flow, being shrouded in haze/vapour

"F.U.M.L."
65Lauren Bousfield
Salesforce


37.
wrap your head around this one. then warp

"Debtors Prison Click Here Disney Needs To See This"
66The Veils
...And Out of the Void Came Love


36.
full throttle, but towards the haziest crevices of ambient pop

"Epoch" (funny that the only energetic song on the album is my song of choice, but that's how the horses ran)
67Weval
Remember


35.
that kid smashing metallic cannisters at your estate made it far in life

"Don't Lose Time"
68Outer Heaven
Infinite Psychic Depths


34.
they hate whatever you (as physical humanity) love and depend on

"Rotting Stone/D.M.T."
69Carnivorous Bells
Room Above All


33.
no wave quickie, prickly and mean-spirited

"The Written Word"
70Godcaster
Godcaster


32.
the art kids are mad and back for vengeance

"Draw Breath Cry Out"
71Young Fathers
Heavy Heavy


31.
YF finally figured out the right amount of p u r e v i b e s set onto the right amount of p u r e b a n g e r s

"Geronimo"
72Monika Roscher Bigband
Witchy Activities and the Maple Death


30.
pop music in somebody's neo-noir cybernetic nightmare, all jazz tho

"Creatures of Dawn"
73Ulthar
Helionomicon


29. + Anthronomicon
did yall forget about this already? two albums of surprisingly vivid and constantly vicious tuneful and creative death metal

"Coagulation of Forms" and "Helionomicon"
74Loma Prieta
Last


28.
so good it makes you pray it ain't actually last

"Symbios"
75Tina Moon
MY ARMS.


27.
no business being here at all, and you're probably gonna hate it

"虎視眈々"
76Elzhi and Oh No
Heavy Vibrato


26.
these two just made an easy quickie with punching bars and slick production. who does that, who just makes a one-off on a day-off and puts most other projects to shame like that?

"RIP"
77Svalbard
The Weight of the Mask


25.
Svalbard's solidified style, finally approaching apex

"November"
78boygenius
the record


24.
three rarely interesting people made one rarely uninteresting record

"Satanist"
79Zulu
A New Tomorrow


23.
grind for black liberation

"52 Fatal Strikes"
80The Hold Steady
The Price Of Progress


22.
old age full of young mistakes

"Carlos is Crying"
81Billy Woods and Kenny Segal
Maps


21.
spitefully biting, attempting to agitate the man in the high tower, but too clever to reach him

"Waiting Around"
82Gazelle Twin
Black Dog


20.
computers doing psychedelics

"Fear Keeps Us Alive"
83Leaving Laurel
When the Quiet Comes


19.
disfigured ambient

"better days will come"
84ICECOLDBISHOP
GENERATIONAL CURSE


18.
horrorcore, but the horror is based purely in the bleakness of reality

"Out the Window"
85Ana Frango Eletrico
Me Chama de Gato Que Eu Sou Sua


17.
overarranged and underappreciated

"Camelo Azul"
86Squid
O Monolith


16.
fatal blow to those yapping whiningly about the windmill scene and the eggpunk descending from it

"The Blades"
87Girl Ray
Prestige


15.
these girls just want to have fun

"Tell Me"
88Victory Over The Sun
Dance You Monster To My Soft Song!


14.
idiosyncratic metal with lavishly positive spin

"Madeline Becoming Judy"
89Laurel Halo
Atlas


13.
hearing end credits music from deep under the water's surface

"Late Night Drive"
90Anohni and the Johnsons
My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross


12.
desperation appreciation blues

"Rest"
91Geese
3D Country


11.
Orville Peck's marginally straighter counterpart

"3D Country"
92Yeule
softscars


10.
cyborg in love... with self-empowerment

"dazies"
93Matt Elliott
The End of Days


9.
Matt went out one autumn morn to lie down in the bog and die of hypothermia

"Flowers for Bea"
94Glen Hansard
All That Was East Is West Of Me Now


8.
noted gloom Glen Hansard does notable gloom with a little more oomph than you'd expect

"Down on Our Knees"
95Mick Jenkins
The Patience


7.
damn, Mick is out for blood

"2004"
96The HIRS Collective
We're Still Here


6.
a statement of presence, both in metaphorical sense, and in the sense of "look at all that presence on our features list"

"Last Kind Meets Last Priest"
97Protomartyr
Formal Growth in the Desert


5.
i am glad Joe Casey finally does not hate himself, gives hope to the rest of us

"Rain Garden"
98Kara Jackson
Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love?


4.
poet goes to a dark place, keeps her hopes up, musically also

"free"
99Sprain
The Lamb As Effigy


3.
https://i.pinimg.com/474x/19/6a/c1/196ac1736062d1fb09e56000b7fa0601.jpg

"Margin of Error"
100McKinley Dixon
Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?


2.
perhaps the most heartfelt and hard-hitting record you'll hear from 2023, despite being filled with only the smoothest, most luscious instrumentals

"Dedicated to Tar Feather"
101Gezan with Million Wish Collective
Anochi


1.
revolution is upon us, but most likely not, we're just gonna sit this one out from behind our screens, as the world just kinda falls apart continuously

"INTERSECTION"
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