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12-16-20 4:48 am
When I first heard Cassie's debut album, I was incredibly surprised at how forward thinking it is. Cassie's producers were making instrumentals that informed some of my favorite r&b artists of the 10's. I hear so much of Cassie's influence on artists like Tinashe and Jeremih. It is incredible how ahead of its time this album is. I think it might be my favorite r&b album ever made. It's a beautiful, sexy album that is full of soft vocals and lush, dreamy instrumentals.
Lantlos has been a name I have seen a lot when I've dug into blackgaze, but I had never listened to one of their albums until now. Melting Sun is a beautiful, ethereal piece that makes me feel like I'm standing in the rain on a warm day. It has a brightness I always love in records like this, but never loses the hints of black metal heaviness. I really enjoyed this record, and I'm excited to dig into Lantlos's whole catalog.
Death is a Warm Blanket
Death Is a Warm Blanket is an interesting record to me. Microwave reminds me of the era of post-hardcore I grew up in, with bands like Underoath and Emery, but if they took more from Deftones's sound. The songs range quite a bit from hazy, alt metal feeling passages to louder hardcore screams over shredding guitar. Microwave's lyrical content about existing in the music industry and trying to make it work appeals to me quite a bit, and I like their louder songs quite a bit, but ultimately this album ends up being rather hit or miss for me.
Historian has quickly become one of my favorite albums. I was shocked at how emotionally impactful and musically interesting every song on it is. Lucy beautifully weaves together relatively complex singer/songwriter songs with beautiful melodies and lyrical concepts that are so interesting and, at least for me personally, very relatable. I am so happy to have found this album and will be following Lucy for years to come.
I love Slayyter so much, especially the early singles she released. I always think of her best work when I think of this mixtape, but upon revisit I realized how front-loaded it is. There are quite a few songs on the back half that are just grating and poorly produced. I have thought this is one of my favorite pop records, but I've realized that I only truly love the first half. However, that first half is full of some of the best hedonistic hoe anthems you'll ever hear.
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet and Mogwai
I am not sure if I will ever see The Fountain. I am not sure if it could ever hope to live up to it's beautiful, awe-inspiring score. Clint Mansell has crafted a piece that brings you through so many emotional states. It expresses grief and sadness and fear and hope and love. I love the thematic motifs reprised throughout to show progression in the piece. I love the moments of anticipatory quiet before the crashing in of the mountainous storm. I love every bit of this work. I cannot imagine any other score ever coming close to its brilliance.
LSD and the Search for God
LSD and the Search for God
LSD and the Search for God is such a dreamy ep. It makes me feel stoned even when I'm sober. There's a constant feeling of haziness and beauty throughout everything LSD and the Search for God put out. I love the warmth of the guitar tones and the way they play off of the colder sound of the vocals. I don't tend to love shoegaze, but this ep has always had a place in my heart.
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