Year's half over, here's some shit I liked and some shit you hopefully haven't heard yet. I'm only going to put things this year I at least marginally enjoyed.
This is probably front to back my AOTY right now. I've never been a huge fan of metal and the fact that this release doesn't get drunk off it's own dissonance like a lot of black metal I've listened to by adding some very eastern European sax and throwing in some core type riffs make this a great debut.
Not a release but a mix and it's just masterful. Looking forward to the LP this summer but I doubt I'll enjoy it as viscerally as this. My body just moves when this is on.
|3||He Is Legend|
Eternal lover of this band. Best guitar production of the year.
Clean catchy straight up well executed alt rock, title track and "Locked Up" are amazing tracks
At What Cost
I dunno why I like some hip-hop and not others but this is good for the most part.
Simultaneously epic and reserved, tribal and refined. Engravings was great but this is better
Beyond Death Beyond Reason
One of my favorite finds of the year, the emo tag alludes to a similar sound instrumentally to circle takes the square. very well put together piece
Senpai EP II: The Noticing
Sithu Aye's joke-ish series returns with more anime style instrumental jams. not amazing but definitely not bad
either wovette has 4 arms or this is some amazing electronic music that paints with the piano rather than with the typical synths
Technically proficient, Sergio is quietly one of the best guitarists in the scene right now but they overthought themselves here. just rock out next time
Rap Album Two
I see and hear a white biggie, very introspective album for those who like that kinda thing
|12||Full of Hell|
The short length helps my enjoyment of this album along immensely. kind of reminds me of the feeling I had when I heard KEN mode for the first time
An Ancient Observer
I love piano music, Tigran made pretty piano music 2 years ago and has done it again. nothing else to say
Never heard this guy before this year but was very pleased. really like the first two tracks
|15||Fox Capture Plan|
Mouse On the Keys, Toe, Fox Capture Plan, jizue and probably 20 others
Post-rock bores me for the most part but this french group injects a little western country flavor and comes out with an engaging piece
|17||Your Old Droog|
Nas perhaps slightly underwhelms here but his point of view is something to listen to, very refreshing take on hip-hop
c o u c o u
Reminds me of early adibisi shank before lars decided to go all electronic-heavy
I've only heard this like twice but the nice subtle change in sound speaks to these guys as musicians
Saw like 5 minutes of these guys perform while at work one time but anyways this album is eclectic without being eccentric if that makes sense and fun the entire ride
Two Parts Viper
I think about the potential these two have and cry a little inside. I get what they are trying to do but like Stolas, if these dudes just rocked out for an album holy shit.... "Life Has It's Design" is top 10 song of the year though
The Underside of Power
Comes out tomorrow but the sound is fresh, the message is powerful, and the record is great
eclectic and eccentric, igorrr's hodgepodge of influences is wielded like a hammer and he beats you with it for a half an hour. for better or for worse (i love it)
To Speak, To Listen
Much more focused, technical, and overall better than their last album. and they didn't commission a bunch of fake accounts to 5 it on sputnikmusic.com like last time. If ALLB's neutered offering left a gross taste in your mouth, this heavy handed album might help.
Pleasant, but (and no offense) chalk shrine does everything this does better for me
The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
A plodding, deliberate, tribal offering, feels more like one long piece than anything I've heard this year
|27||Others By No One|
Book I: Dr. Breacher
RIYL: Native Contruct, Between the Buried and Me
Don't get the hyperbolic praise I'm seeing but this is some pretty good stuff if you haven't heard it yet
Dunno what to say, I've been vocal about their stagnation for years but the stagnation is still nice to listen to.
What am I gonna say really...
Primarily piano proggy stuff, has hints of Frost* at points
|32||Buddy and Kaytranada|
Ocean & Montana
Very chilled out old school west coast offering from one of Pharell's pickups. "World of Wonder" might be the smoothest jam of the year if not a little amateurish in subject matter
|33||Critic, The Cannibal|
Nice little hardcore EP, very sparsely produced so if production is a huge thing then you may not like.
Kurt Travis group where he does his Zelliack impersonation for a few minutes. comes and goes way too quickly but the groove is strong
The Expanding Domain (ded005)
If anyone remembers Lee Bannon this is the same guy, still expanding his range and it works well here
Dark Time Sunshine producer making a house record. it's fantastic and that average makes me so sad right now.
Calling All The Hopeless
Really harkens back to a good ol time in metalcore but whether that's a good thing is up for debate. First two songs rip though
Big Fish Theory
Easily hip-hop AOTY right now. I haven't heard club beats pulled off so well before and some of vince's bars on this are ace.
|39||Envy On The Coast|
Post Hardcore/ Alt Rock
have loved the lead singer ever since I first heard him on NK (north korea) and he carries this EP. great music and greater vocals
Instrumental (s4)/ Hip-Hop
Its good, I have hundreds of hours of this chillwave hip-hip stuff though but clams casino is a cut above.