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Gustav Mahler

Grouper Grouper
Wonderful droney, noisy Grouper record with far less folk and fewer vocals than in her later releases. I'm hesitant to 4.5 it just now but it's right there between a 4 and a 4.5. Need to re-listen more closely. Hard to breakdown by tracks, it just works really well as a whole with a couple odd transitions in places but spectacular textures everywhere. 4.24
Amulets Beneath the Surface
Yeah I like this guy's stuff - probably will jam his discog. Droney, gritty and repetitive ambient. Track 2 and 3 are the highlight jams, the former being on the drone side and the latter mixing in more organic instruments with noise textures, but every track is a jam to be honest. This is helped by the record being quite short. 4 is nice too and a bit grouper-y without the vocals. 4.05
Mirrorring Foreign Body
Wonderful little Grouper-y folk record. Most of it feels like putting your head underwater in a
warm bath with extremely soothing folk washed out in a sea of Grouper reverb. If it weren't for
tracks 2 and 5 it would be just that, in a perfect way. Track 2 is more standard folk with more
generic vocals, and is nice but not a jam. Track 5 is meh and a surprise after such the nice run
1-4, the only dysfunctional track on the album imo. It has a weird instrumental and generic
vocals.I do like its noisy ending tho. The closer is nice but does not feel as good as 1-4. Track
1 and 4 are my faves and w
State Faults Clairvoyant
The first half of this up to track 7 or so is incredible, about a 4.35 and clearly a potential grower. The music is brutal, intelligent, changes pace all the time and is just a chaotic delight to hear. Drums are incredible, and I finally love the vocals with those more aggressive instrumentals behind them .Track 4 is my tentative favourite of the album, but 1-6 are absolute jams bar some sections of 3. The t/t is a turning point and is much slower and doomier than the rest. It's not quite my favourite, but also it brings a bit of freshness mid-record, and in the context of making a grand album and not just a great album I think it fits really
Celer Vestiges of an Inherent Melancholy
Very mild Celer record, which isn't necessarily a bad thing - but here it does not work because of the constant mood shifts and disruptions from odd choices in field recordings. The first two tracks are a very sleepy, sleeping concert type of ambient. Then the record disrupts that mood with a sample of people shouting, which wasn't the best decision if you ask me. Track 5 is a creepier, grand and slightly para-esque track, 6 is regular reverby ambient with field recordings, and at that point you feel like the record is more of a Celer sampler than a standalone full-on record. Track 8 brings back the para tones and felt strangely familiar - no
State Faults Resonate/Desperate
Every album of theirs improve on its predecessor. Superb post-rocky screamo again, yet I seem to struggle to fall in love with this band. Prod has improved a tonne and sounds nice and round with lovely prominent drums. Still not a fan of the vocals but they did improve. This one sounds a lot more -core at times e.g. on track 2, and has some wankery bits e.g. on 4 or at the end of the album before the piano melody (which is 'convenue', but nice). Some gorgeous Suis La Lune-esque melodies again e.g. on track 6. The songs transition incredibly well into each other and the album's flow is top-notch, which makes it a bit hard to pinpoint jams - it
State Faults Desolate Peaks
Superb post-rocky screamo, but undermined by vocals that I seem to be mildly allergic to and prod somewhat lacking substance and low end. I paid a little less attention during the first half so can't point out the jams, but the record sure is full of them. Track 7 and 10 are jams with gorgeous melodies a bit a la Suis la Lune, and 9 is a nice example of the band's more brutal side. This makes me look forward to the rest of their discog, but its actual sound limits it to a 3.7

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  • YakNips i?m pretty sure i just got it off soulseek, it might be hard to find on there but if you search ?grouper grouper? it should come up
    July 21 10:03 PM
  • oltnabrick
    July 19 09:06 PM
  • garas Oh yes, that is good! I've seen so many awesome videos with tape looping, and underwater microphones etc. it is very expensive tho... If I'd be rich I'd experiment with such things as well, but so far VSTs were good enough.
    July 18 10:01 AM
  • garas Thanks for checking out Dungeon Ghosts! A 3.15 is way better than what I expected, haha! (I made it for DnD campaigns as background music.)My main weapon is a Korg nanoKey2, and VST synths. On Borvlt I used the famous Synth1 virtual analog synth, and forged my own sound.
    July 17 05:30 AM
  • garas Ahoy! I've finished a new dungeon synth/drone album! I tried to capture the atmosphare how a haunted dungeon might sound like, and I hope you're interested! :]
    July 14 04:45 AM

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