|Music With Friends: Part III|
A continuation of our on-going daily music listening project, spotify link in the comments!
|1||There Will Be Fireworks|
The Dark, Dark Bright
Ash Wednesday: My pick: A pivotal and soaring ambient-post-rock track from one of if not my favorite album of all time. Music aside the lyrics of lose and sudden catastrophic events is immensely hard hitting, “home’s where the heart is, and home is where the hurt is too”.
Trevor: Ash Wednesday- 4/5 An emotional slow-burner with an incredibly resonant pay-off. These are seriously one of the prettiest instrumentals I've heard.
There Is A Place
Maish There is a Place
Osiris: Nick’s Pick: A sprawling African inspired Jazz piece that picks up most of its steam halfway through. While it began to lose my interest in the first quarter, the 2nd half really does make up for the first with a crazy paced selection of bongos, drumming, and intricate horns. My Rating: 3.5/5
Trevor: 4/5 A kaleidoscopic whirlwind of jazz instrumentation that is as unpredictable as it is breathtaking
Maybe You, No One Else Worth It
Maybe You, No One Else Worth It: Trevor’s Pick: I talked about this track a while back on my great emo songs on bad records list, and yeah it still holds up. Amazingly poignant mid-west emo with one of my favorite emo choruses of all time due to the guitar and sheer emotion it carries. My Rating: 4.5/5
In Search Of
Bobby James: Luke’s Pick: I don’t really know what to make of this track. Its experimental story driven hip-hop infused with funk, pop-rap, and soul. At first I found the blunt lyrics to be a little dull, but this track kinda grew on me by the end. Definitely not my cup of tea when it comes to hip-hop, but I see the appeal completely. My Rating: 3/5
Nick: 4 - you know what the fuck good on this
Trevor: 4.5/5 A poignant tale that describes the personal experiences of far too many. The jazzy beat change at the end offers some much-needed optimism for an otherwise incredibly bleak outlook on the nature of fame and addiction
|5||(Sandy) Alex G|
Powerful Man: Nick’s Pick: Melancholy indie folk with progressive elements. I really dig the strings that permeate throughout the entire track especially the bridge around halfway through which I found to be absolutely stunning. Nick really finding tracks with much better 2nd halfs than 1st. My Rating: 4/5
Trevor: Powerful Man- 3.5/5 It's like if Neutral Milk Hotel got folky and decided to write something a little less cryptic for once.
Alnair in August
Oh Shu: Big Fish
Lucky: Trevor’s Pick: Japanese pop that kind of went in one ear and out the other. Didn’t really dig this one too much but its not offensive at all. My Rating: 2.5/5 (Stock album art due to band not being on here).
Nick: 4 - popcorn man
|7||World's End Girlfriend|
Last Waltz In Tokyo
We are the massacre (LIVE): My Pick: Just as organic, surreal, and hard hitting as the original post-rock masterpiece; with the impressive introduction of a solo guitar that plays the main melody. Although much longer, the live version is just as emotionally fulfilling, with the gut wrenching ending hitting the right steps. A lovely piece of downtrodden music that is both emotionally devastating and highly uplifting.
Trevor: 4/5 a hauntingly beautiful composition that manages to be monumentally depressing. Live recording only adds to the mood.
Diamond Head: Luke’s Pick: Trip-Hop/Electronica that felt pretty nice. A short piece that I found to be quite fun and enjoyable. My rating: 3.5/5
Nick: 3.5 - percussion and bass is super dope on this
Trevor: 4/5 Incredibly rich sub bass and glitchy chiptunes collide for a ridiculously entrancing listen
|9||Do Make Say Think|
You, You're a History in Rust
A with Living : Trevor’s Pick: One of the best cuts off of A History in Rust, A with Living presents the typical post-rock sound of Do Make Say Think with ethereal vocal melodies and a gorgeous chorus. It sounds like modern day Talk Talk and that is one hell of a compliment to give. Check this out as soon as possible. My Rating: 5/5
Nick: 4 - the vocal harmonies made me go woah, I wanna move into a forest
Teenagers, You Don't Have to Die
And So Peter Dances: My Pick: An underrated classic from a few years ago, And so Peter Dances presents an isolated Christmas. Free from family, friends, and loved ones, the hypnotic pace of the drums met with the monotone vocals and shimmering guitars/piano contrast perfectly. The ending crescendo of imploding drums and the repeated yells of “No Home” are absolutely chilling when intermingling with the beautiful strings. My Rating: 5/5
Nick: 3 - idk what to say it was just pretty okay
Trevor: 5/5 Further proof that post-hardcore is one of the more cutting edge genres out there. Incredibly punchy drums, twinkly keyboards and melancholic vocals combine for a foot-tapping, yet utterly depressing track
Sutphin Boulevard: Luke’s Pick: Dreamy funk/pop that might change my opinion on what I originally thought of Blood Orange. Pretty great track with a booming bass and dreamy synths, and why do those guitars sound straight out of a Modest Mouse track. My Rating: 4/5
Trevor: 3.5/5 a plucky groove provides an infectious backdrop to some seriously catchy 80's pop revivalism
Nick: 4 - is it acceptable to leave work and go smoke a spliff rn, it’s 66 degrees boss man plz :(
|12||Smokey Robinson and the Miracles|
Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Special Occasion
Much Better Off: Nick’s Pick: Easy going jazz/soul, not really into the genre but I guess its kind of nice?
My Rating: 2.5/5
Trevor: 3/5 sometimes you just want the classics
Luxury Themes: A hauntingly beautiful and apocalyptic post-hardcore/noise rock track that is drenched in a veil of reverb. One of the best tracks off of the 2018 hardcore masterpiece, check this out as soon as possible. My rating: 4.5/5
Nick: 4.5 - this is absolute BATSHIT, this turns from like a Deft tones/heaven style shindig into a cacophony of synths and fuzz and wow holy shit this is nuts
Emeralds: Nick’s Pick: Roc’s flow is pretty damn impressive and his lyrics are dark and interesting, but the beat had me drooling by the time the track was done. My Rating: 3/5
Trevor: 4/5 All the braggadocio and boom bap of golden age hip hop with a wandering sample evocative of old school Bond openings. Color me intrigued
Plains Of The Purple Buffalo
Plains of the Purple Buffalo – Part II: My Pick: Glorious post-metal with epic soundscapes, beautifully composed melodies, and one soul crushingly dense climax; like it’s so goddamn beautiful when the female vocals kick in. An overlooked gem of post-rock/post-metal that should not be missed.
Trevor: 4.5/5 Imagine if your favorite post metal band went on a vision quest in the moroccan desert and returned all the better for it
Nick: 3.5 - was about to say the song didn’t need to be that long, but then the vocals flooded everything at 4:30ish, nevermind this horn isolated by itself sounds like it’s from a 1990 Casio, CHEAP, wow this song makes me mad
Those Who Can’t Cheat: Luke’s Pick: AHHHHHHH I need to jam this so badly. Delicately produced electronica that is insanely catchy and incorporates some of the best ideas glitch-pop has ever had. My rating: 4.5/5
Nick: 4 - if Justin Timberlake ever went to Burning Man, this is it
Trevor: 4/5 holy hell who knew pop/R&B could be this experimental
Two Parts Viper
Death is a Lottery: Trevor’s Pick: Hard hitting noise-rock/post-hardcore with some of the most guttural sounding guitars. Despite this, the chorus is especially poignant and contains some hauntingly brilliant lyrics.
My rating: 4/5
Nick: 3.5 - Spongebob biting on chains from the Fry Cook Games is this songs guitar tone, light but heavy
|18||Murder by Death|
Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
Murder by death Bitter Drink
Lost River: My Pick: I seriously couldn’t believe this when I first heard it, had to stop and restart as soon as the final cacophonous verse was let out. Absolutely brilliant country/indie-rock with Johnny Cash like vocals (despite the vocalist being quite damn young). So glad I could find this album as it is one of the most underappreciated records within its genre. (like it has much competition)
Nick: 3.5 - “Say friend, you got any more of that good sarsaparilla?”
Trevor: 4/5 old fashioned cowboy folk with a refined post rock edge. Altogether entrancing and incredibly beautiful
When the Pawn...
The Way Things Are: Luke’s Pick: Great piano driven rock with an emphasis on Apple’s amazing voice. While I prefer some of her stuff off The Idler Wheel, this is still some pretty impressive stuff.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Nick: 3.5 - I appreciate Fiona, listened to Tidal before but her style of pop isn’t my cup of tea (trying to force myself to like piano rock one of these days)
Trevor: 3/5 Fiona Apple doing Fiona Apple things over a ballad instrumental with a considerably fuzzy guitar
John: Nick’s Pick: Collage/post-punk that’s got a really pretty ending despite being riddled by one distorted bass drum. Doesn’t overstay its welcome and was a welcome addition.
My rating: 3.5/5
Trevor: 3/5 dreamy shoegaze guitars over a relentless backbeat. this thing sounds like it was recorded underwater and I'm here for it.