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08.09.12 Top 10 Albums For Synesthetes

Top 10 Albums For Synesthetes

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There's a lot of colors and shapes in this one. Highs and lows, the entire piece never stays static for long. Lots of theory, lots of art. Absolutely amazing. You can definitely hear the math involved, the balance between instruments. This album pushes new limits. Breath-taking.
Kid A

This one feels like sedation. A nice album to sleep too. Dynamics from soft to chaotic carefully placed, the album paints a brilliant landscape masterpiece in your head.
3Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts I-IV

I was turned on to this album quickly after a listening to the first few songs. Each "ghost" is like a little world. They can be hypnotic and repepitive, but each one is different then the one before. Very cool.
10,000 Days

Guitarist Adam Jones custom built a "pipe-bomb" microphone, a brass cylinder with a pickup inside. The guitars on this album have the most wicked tone that I can only described as charged and solarized. Also, the mathy time-signature changes give interesting shapes to their songs that you don't see with everyday metal, pop, or whatever music. Very bright, innovative album, a must-hear.
5Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

With songs like "Welcome to the Machine" and "Crazy Diamond VI-IX", this album easily gets a 5. With a clear difference in mood from songs like "Crazy Diamond" to "Have a Cigar", this album demonstrates great dynamics with textured effects and psychadelic riffs and lyrics. An awesome album.
6The Mars Volta
De-loused in the Comatorium

This album is powerful, turbulent, and FAST. Full of psychotic guitars, innovative drums, high strung vocals and a million soundscape-y samples of whatever. Psychadelic lyrics describe things in whole new ways. Very innovative, very sound driven. Technical and mathy. I could go on. A definitive 6.
Sea Change

A very calm album with a clean sound. "Sea Change" combines watery and ethereal sounds with poetic lyrics. A peaceful album, lots of emotion. A great sleepy-time record for synesthetes.
Suspended Animation

Fantomas is a whole new kind of music. "Suspended Animation" is full of video game samples and japanese toy sounds. Noisy and chaotic at times, it is a mental breakdown described in sound format.
9Man Man
Life Fantastic

As a synesthete, I tend to listen to cleaner music. Electronic music has comfortably settled into a place in my heart. Man Man aren't electronically oriented, so to speak, but their fantastically wide library of instruments include plenty of ordinary household items, which gives the listener more things to explore as well as a kick-ass stage perfomance (so I hear). A definite 9 on this list.
10Modest Mouse
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Usually I'm turned off by messy music covered with background fuzz, but this album has an amazing dynamic between that and a technical, clean sound. A very pleasant listen, I give a 10.
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