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Flourishing Intersubjectivity
A bit underserved by very flat prod. More on the sludgey side than their prior output, with the occasional soloing that I notoriously don't like (it's mild though and obviously there is still a good sound overall). 1-2 have some nasty, evil riffage, but again underserved by prod and some compositions. The wild Flourishing ideas are a bit absent here but not entirely, eg the punkish acceleration midtrack on 2. 3 stands out as an extremely nasty and noisy kind of erratic track. It is more ambient than anything, a bit a la Agalloch's Scars of the Shattered Sky, but it is quite unique and I dug it, bringing this up a point. 3.0
Beach House Bloom
FINALLY Beach House wake up and, well, bloom. Instrumentally, this is far richer and more compelling than anything from their prior catalogue, and you can tell from the very well executed, compelling intros to 1 and 2, and from the post-rocky unfolding of 1 despite relatively generic BH vocals. Vocals do remain the main hold up here and still sometimes feel tame and a bit bland for example early on in 2, but they often eventually vary, with more adventurous vocal compositions, which then complement the richer instrumentals. 3 shows this with an ok first track, but a second half where the band finally reveals its potential and explodes a bit.
John Coltrane Coltrane (1962, Impulse)
Perhaps not legendary tier, but certainly top tier Coltrane with yet another album I will come back to. Unlike Plays the Blues in which the sessions felt quite uninspired, here the incessant meandering of the sax, piano and drums are full of flavour and spice. This is particularly true of the delightful opening track, perhaps the best here as it increasingly gets more rich and fun to turn into an absolute jams with many a solo and a lovely surprise chord. 2 is slower and has more of a relaxed evening vibe. Quite sweet before 3 becomes playful again, reminding of 1 and with some quite recognisable melodies. 4 is again slower and gets a bit dar
Ichiko Aoba Origami
Might be a matter of listening conditions, but while sweet and indubitably pretty, this one didn't feel as magical as the debut. Most of the songs feel simpler and more of what you'd expect upon hearing the words 'pretty japanese guitar folk'. This is clear from the start with 1-2. 3 does reintroduce Ichiko's delightful strummed cascades, and when the simpler 4 comes is works quite better than 1-2 in contrast. 5, continues this, then 6 is more of a playful fun track, immediately followed by another highlight on the darl, rich 7. Really cool, but also makes the album atmosphere feel a touch to erratic. 8 finishes on a pretty track again to con
Flourishing A Momentary Sense Of The Immediate World
Really, really cool and exciting demo/debut EP that is quite different from their full-length (at least from what I remember). This one is chaotic and more corey, reminding of CI-era TDEP in places, which is nicely complemented by the raw but far from awful prod and the coarse vocals. The songs all flow well into one another and it's hard to think of them as highlights as opposed to a long, epileptic continuum of riffage and aggressive screms. The one exception is 2, with its absolutely superb sudden acoustic bridge back into ominous riffage. Superbly done. This might be a demo, but honestly I think I might well jam it again. 3.5
Freeze Corleone LMF
Habitual flaws (questionable lyrical tropes, poor track conclusions), newfound strength (great coherent atmosphere), but also some newer mistakes: freeze evolves, but this isn't his final form, I hope. The main issue with the album is that his delivery, while strong and impactful, hardly ever varies. Thus the album quickly fatigues, and songs that in a vacuum or in a playlist would be very strong feel here like they just repeat the same ideas. This is particularly true of tracks 1-10, while the album's last third feels somehow fresher by spacing out his verses, which helps with the 65min runtime. Freeze intelligently brings a lot of feats to
Adrianne Lenker Hours Were the Birds
Folk with country leanings to a varying degree. Quite pretty, especially vocally, but overextends a fair bit. The first half (pre-interlude on 6) is perhaps more marking, but feels a bit erratic. 1 unfolds with nice surprise as soft folks with vaguely country singing, then 2 emphasises the country aspects even more - an ok song but that worked a bit less than 1 for me. 3 goes back to simple but pretty folk, then 4 adds a beat and is almost country danceable, then 5 is a sweet folk song again. A bit too much of back and forth change in vibe imo. 7-10 is far more consistent with more remote country notes and a sadder vibe overall, but the album

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  • alamo heyyyy i'll be sure to check it! thanks for the rec =]
    September 21 11:03 PM
  • Josh D. yeah I saw, still haven't looked into it yet. didn't realize this would be a debut until it was announced
    September 21 10:26 PM
  • someone im trying. but the burnout syndrome got the better of me. been that way for a while now. im regaining my interest, but its slow. soon enough a rev will come. thanks a plenty for your concern, kindly gentleman
    September 21 09:04 PM
  • Trifolium Oooooooooh!!!!!! Finally!!!! That makes me a very happy Trif!!!
    September 19 10:33 PM
  • Josh D. it's pretty cool, but not something for me (even without price in mind)
    September 19 06:15 PM

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