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The Love Experiment The Love Experiment
This is a very uneven neo-soul record. It is FULL of good ideas, but the execution often just does not cut it and a lot of tracks often fall short of their potential, owing to odd compositional choices and sounds. 'School Girl' is kinda cool, 'Friends' is nice, and the Prelude is outright gorgeous: completely different from the rest of the record, it is essentially a piano piece that reminds a lot of Kashiwa Daisuke in his less electronic moments. The album outro is similar although a lot cheesier and less interesting. 2.7
Joanna Teters Back to Brooklyn
Great neo-sould EP with some remote hip hop influences. Groovy and amazing vocals. The first track is particularly good, the rest has its up and downs. Pleasant music that I will re-listen to - and I'll make sure to check out her other records too. 3.5
Ben McElroy Bird-Stone
Cello-based ambient. Sounds a bit like a GY!BE or a Sigur Ros interlude. I really liked the first track or two, but then the album really does not evolve and after some time there are no more surprises or excitement, rendering the album quite dull. Also vocals on 'Bernie's Army' should have been dropped entirely, not so great. However this is good at setting a certain atmosphere, and despite the low rating I mat very well re-listen to this - especially for the first couple tracks. 2.4
Callisto Secret Youth
Cool prog/post-metal instrumentations with somewhat dark atmospheres. Unfortunately the over-prominent clean vocals bring the album in a direction that I do not like (a la Tesseract for instance, a bit too lyrical and singer-focused). Harsh vocals are quite great, but really sparse. There is a lot better out there. 3.1
American Football American Football (LP3)
This is a great album by American Football. Not diverging much from their previous two albums but I like the use of keys on this as well as some of the guest vocals. Very relaxing and soothing with beautiful melodies, but nothing quite as catchy and memorable as their first LP. Will still re-listen to this for sure, but the first thing I did after finishing it was jamming Never Meant. 4.1
Svalbard One Day All This Will End
Not a huge fan of this. I see what they were trying to do and the mix of genres (post-rock, hardcore, Oathbreaker) is great, but it just did not work well for me. A bit too formulaic and having trouble with most of the vocals - although they are sometimes great like at the end of 'The Vanishing Point', reminding of 90's screamo vocals, or on the closing track. The intro melody in the first few seconds of the first track is gorgeous. 2.6
April + Vista You are Here
On paper, this sounds really phenomenal - female Anderson.Paak vocals layered on abstract hip-hop/FlyLo type beats. The first track + prelude got me really excited about the EP, but after that the record never really takes off and falls kind of flat. It is lacking stand-out tracks or melodies. These guys would be a perfect opening act for Flying Lotus or something, but they don't yet have the stature to be a full main act of their own in my opinion. Hopefully they improve and also find a better name. Will still listen to their other stuff. 3.3

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