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30 Under 30

So instead of actually reviewing things, I thought I'd condense the process. I picked 30 albums that, judging by Sputnik's ratings (almost all of the picks have less than 30 votes), you probably haven't heard. I think they are especially sweet or essential or you should hear them or whatever and I'm going to write a little blurb about them, five at a time. I tried to include a little diversity with each list too, even though it's obviously and understandably biased towards my taste ~duh~ and eras I like, like the 00s and 90s. Anyway I hope you enjoy them. I'm not sure whether this will become a circlejerk for the older users with sweet taste or if this will actually introduce new music to people but I'd be happy with a combo of the two.
The Years

[2010] This is the year that a ton of chillwave started popping up. Whether or not you think that was for the best (I can see either side as reasonable, here), I feel that Memoryhouse's EP was an amazing addition to the year's output, regardless of the silliness of _insert crazy unnecessary genre name here_. This EP is as sleepy and downtempo as one can get without approaching either slowcore or boring territory. It's only four songs long, but it builds up to "To The Lighthouse" which is just a spectacular track; it really demonstrates how well the band takes dream pop tropes, blends them together with absolute perfect production, and spits them back out with this really entrancing songwriting. 4.5.
Erode the Person

[1999] As far as sludge goes I haven't heard much better than Noothgrush. Erode the Person is really simplistic but that's what makes it all the more powerful. There's crushingly slow riffs and an unmistakably heavy aura just like every similar release, but what separates this is the singularity of purpose -- not many records have such a oneness to them where you feel like listening to the entirety is so essential to feeling its effect. Atmospheric musings aside though, Erode the Person is really just rewarding in that it's a perfectly-executed sludge album, it shows off what the genre's capable of. 4.5.
Wild Love

[1995] I'm sincerely surprised by the lack of attention that Smog receives on Sputnik. Maybe it's because of the wealth of releases that Bill Callahan has under his belt? I don't know - but I love how the guy is able to take a conventional, surface-level sound but give it a very distinct darkness. His voice is haunting, especially on "Bathysphere." Wild Love is probably my favorite release of this lo-fi-indie-beard guy, and it's a must-hear precursor to many 00s essential lo-fi-indie-beard artists like The Microphones, The Mountain Goats, Iron and Wine, etc. 4.0.
4Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
An Age of Wonder

[2012] An Age of Wonder is a beautiful drone release. I'm not an expert in the genre, so I appreciate this more for how emotive it is, how it really paints a picture but does so with such striking minimalism. I'm lucky to have stumbled upon this last year -- the album is a welcome counterweight to clutter. Schematically, the first track is more of a placeholder, but the second and last track is breath-taking. 4.0.

[2007, (but really more like 1991ish)] Here's a cliche "SeaAnemone" choice for ya. Remember when SlightlyEpic and like, SnackaryBinx and kitsch and etc. used to rep under-heard screamo hard all over the place? This is indicative of how awesome it could be sometimes. Honeywell are an early 90s emotional hardcore band where the singer sounds like a fucking girl, or something. It's not too unlike Saetia in that sense; their songwriting is a little less chaotic. And similar to Saetia, there's still a pretty diverging of opinion of the band even among hardcore lovers of the genre. But hey, I think that?s a good enough reason to check them out, anyway. Plus, their discography is only 40 minutes long. 4.0.
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