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5.0 classic
A Grave with No Name Passover
A Lot Like Birds No Place
A.A.L. (Against All Logic) 2012-2017
Above and Beyond Flow State
American Football American Football
American Football American Football (LP3)
Arcane Roots Heaven and Earth
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bedouine Bird Songs of a Killjoy
Ben Howard Noonday Dream
Billy Joel The Stranger
Caligula's Horse In Contact
Choker Honeybloom
CHON Grow
clipping. There Existed an Addiction to Blood
Daedelus The Bittereinders
Dance Gavin Dance Mothership
Deafheaven Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Earthside A Dream In Static
Emery Eve
Endless Heights Vicious Pleasure
Father John Misty Pure Comedy
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Flume Hi This is Flume
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
From Indian Lakes Absent Sounds
Hail the Sun Culture Scars
Hail the Sun Wake
Hail the Sun Elephantitis
Hail the Sun Secret Wars
Haru Nemuri Haru to Shura
Hippo Campus Bambi
Injury Reserve Injury Reserve
Jakey Saintlike
James Blake Before
By far the greatest EP this year and blows away every release James Blake has done in his long career. The English musician in 2017 came through with his best instrumental effort to date but fell through with many of the same issues I have had with his music before?lack of direction and overall ideas. For someone with some of the greatest ideas in the trip-hop scene, he can never quite punch it out for a full release. Can have some really breathtaking and emotional singles, but never put it all together into a full package. However, on this new EP, he seems to be taking a large step in a new direction. Influence by the likes of Apex Twins and Toro y Moi the hypnotic and mesmerizing deep house grooves layer so beautifully over his harmonious alternative RnB vocals that it feels like he has been in the genre for ages. He also brings a much-needed breath of fresh air with many glitchy synth breaks and UK bass esthetics you can feel from the likes of Thom Yorke, Sweet Trip, Clarence Clarity, and Jamie XX. So much power and feel that I cannot feel entrenched in the synth cords for the 16 minutes the EP is on. A must listen!
Jean-Michel Blais Dans Ma Main
Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs
JPEGMAFIA All My Heroes Are Cornballs
Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights
Kaddisfly Horses Galloping on Sailboats
Kamasi Washington Harmony of Difference
Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth
Kasra Ski Mask
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
King Krule The OOZ
Leon Vynehall Nothing Is Still
Maisha There Is A Place
Mannequin Pussy Patience
Mid-Air Thief Crumbling
Mimicking Birds Layers of Us
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts VI: Locusts
Trent Reznor makes the absolute perfect dark ambient record. Every single song after another is a dreary, ominous, nightmarish blend of ambient, drone, modern classical, crossover jazz, avant-pop, etc. For such a dense album, everything comes by in an instant and there is no breathing room for any of it. Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing this ambient album is but if you want an engaging listen from front to back you need to hear this record. It?s subtle but you will be like your being watched and followed the whole time.
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Periphery Juggernaut: Omega
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rich Brian The Sailor
Rolo Tomassi Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
Sianvar Sianvar
Silent Planet When the End Began
Silent Planet The Night God Slept
Sophie Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Thank You Scientist Terraformer
The Contortionist Language
The Dangerous Summer Mother Nature
The Dear Hunter Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
Typhoon (USA-OR) Offerings
Vein Errorzone
VOLA Inmazes
VOLA Applause of a Distant Crowd
XXX SECOND LANGUAGE
Zeal and Ardor Stranger Fruit

4.5 superb
100 Gecs 1000 gecs
A Lot Like Birds DIVISI
A. G. Cook 7G
acloudyskye Blood Rushing Like Current Through A Powerline
It has been some time since a true ?dubstep? album has passed my ears. What do I mean by ?true?? Well simply put in the early to mid-2010?s several record labels capitalized on the dubstep and EDM crazy (i.e. Monstercat, etc. & better known as brostep) that generation had, by pumping out thousands of songs every year. So, there was a lot of ?festival? made dubstep that lost the original charm and style of what artists in the late 2000s did (i.e. Burial, Broken Note, and Vex?d). So, with this sophomore record by the NYC native, he creates a sophisticated yet danceable melodic dubstep album that doesn?t fall far from the origins of dubstep but creates a synthpop style charm to it, that makes this album feel fresh. Great listen from front to back!
And So I Watch You From Afar The Endless Shimmering
Angel Olsen All Mirrors
Animals As Leaders The Madness of Many
Apparat LP5
Arca Arca
Arcane Roots Melancholia Hymns
Arcane Roots Blood and Chemistry
Baltra Ted
Barely Civil I'll Figure This Out
Belle and Sebastian How To Solve Our Human Problems, Pt. 3
Bent Knee You Know What They Mean
Between the Buried and Me Automata II
Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Black Midi Schlagenheim
Blood Incantation Hidden History of the Human Race
Blood Orange Negro Swan
Blood Orange Angel's Pulse
Boy Pablo Soy Pablo
Boy Pablo Roy Pablo
Brad Mehldau Finding Gabriel
Brand of Sacrifice Lifeblood
Sometimes I think about what killed deathcore near the early to mid-2010s and I think about how many washed-out bands came along and turned the explosive and heavy hitting genre into a meme of unoriginal thoughts. So, what does it take to make a generic genre sound original and heavy?well Brand of Sacrifice is doing something I have never really seen from a band. They are fully taking in the memes of deathcore (high-end production, pig squealing screams, comedic guitar editing, and electronic noodling) and shoving them all together to create an incredibly dense, explosive, and futuristic blood bath of sounds and styles that it?s something not to be awestruck by. From the electronic synths and glitches to the symphonic metal instrumentations that pop up, this album has it all. Plus, the three-piece Toronto-based band doesn?t sacrifice songwriting and performance for these memes and that makes it nearly a perfect and complete listen for the 41-minutes its on. My only negative is sometimes the features don?t add much to the track, but damn does it really not matter when this album hits this damn hard.
Brittany Howard Jaime
Brockhampton SATURATION III
Brockhampton Iridescence
Brockhampton Ginger
BRUIT The Machine Is Burning...
Post-rock has never been my cup of tea, but there are some huge exceptions and this grand debut from the four-piece French band might be one of the best I have heard in a long time. There is nothing new to bring in chamber orchestration, but as soon as the first track ?Industry? comes in you know you?re in for a real grand, explosive, and progressive album. ?Renaissance? sees a deeper post-rock connection while ?Amazing Old Trees? sees a more space ambient and drone feel than a rock or neo-classical feel. My biggest gripe is the production of this album and how little space there is for everything. For example, the final track ?The Machine is Burning? puts this issue on full display because many of the orchestrations and rock instrumentation is completely swallowed by the drones. Plus, there is no room for the angelic vocals that come in. But it is still a decent track just wish the production was wider than it is. Still, an absolutely fabulous record that takes you into a meditative yet sophisticated place without leaving you bored or wandering.
Caribou Suddenly
Channel Tres Black Moses
Channel Tres I Can't Go Outside
Brand new EP from the dominant force of the hip-house revitalization and I cannot say any more positive things about the power this album has on the genre. So many deep, hypnotic, and energetic house beats over some truly spectacular rapping. The biggest downfall is the tracks could have used some more extensions to them because the beats are so damn solid.
Charli XCX Charli
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Circa Survive The Amulet
Closure in Moscow Pink Lemonade
Clown Core van
If you haven?t noticed ? PC music is the future of pop music and many artists are coming onto the scene in that style with a broad range of ideas and aesthetics. But there is one common thread through it all, bombastic and cluttered soundscapes. On the third full length the extremely ominous and bazaar two-man, Nevada-based, Clown Core embody the aesthetic and approach that artists like 100 gecs, A. G. Cook, and others like them use, but in the most revolutionary way possible. Fusing genres like jazz, metal, drum and bass, cybergrind, and others are just the surface of this 17-minute album. There are so many layers to this onion I don?t even understand how they shoved it all in on here. You have to take a listen to fully understand even what is going on. Oddly enough it?s not even badly recorded, everything sounds so nice and clean, but still rough to feel original.
Code Orange Underneath
Coletta Idealism
The debut four-piece Atlantia based band comes through with the greatest psychedelic rock and swancore album that I have been patiently waiting for the last four years. Ever since Stolas and Sianvar, in 2017, came out with what would be both of their last records, both of them saw the creation of this psychedelic meld with math rock and post-hardcore. However, both of them had huge glaring issues of not really coming off right. From there several other artists have attempted this sound (most recently Nova Charisma) but no one could figure out the sound. In comes, a band who started out in the typical swancore scene, but drastically switched with their debut album, and this baby is packed full of psychedelic ragers that any fan of Glass Animals or Dance Gavin Dance will be pleased. Honestly, the only negative I have is that things are a bit one dimensional after a while. But damn do they execute this sound with such swagger and style; task a listen!
Counterparts Nothing Left to Love
Crown the Empire Retrograde
Cuco Para Mi
Currents I Let The Devil In
Dan Mangan More or Less
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Dance Gavin Dance Tree City Sessions
Daniel Wohl État
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
Daughters You Won't Get What You Want
Dayseeker Dreaming is Sinking /// Waking is Rising
Default Genders main pop girl 2019
Delta Sleep Ghost City
Delta Sleep Younger Years
Denzel Curry 13lood 1n + 13lood Out Mixx
Denzel Curry TA13OO
Denzel Curry Zuu
Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats Unlocked
DeVotchKa 100 Lovers
Disperse Foreword
Dogleg Melee
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Drowse Cold Air
Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
Funny people ask me why I don't like pop music. I feel like this is a terrible question because in many respects they mean popular music and not the genre pop. In a quick and dirty way, I do like popular music and this is another example of popular pop music being executed almost perfectly. From the writing to the production, to the singing, this album shows that there is greatness out there. My only flaw is that the second to last track doesn't fit with the album really, but it's still really good. Also, the closer is a fairly weak closer that doesn't sound all that interesting for such a great message.
Ecke Wu 表演 Performance
Ecke Wu is a bit of an ambiguous figure in the music world since you cannot find anything about the band or the leader of it. But this is their second record since their 2015 debut Fade, and they stick to the same formula but execute it with flying colors this time around. From front to back you will soar through ambient shoegaze drones on top of some very lush post-rock style guitar plucks. This sounds like a 40-minute ambient album more than a shoegaze record, but there is so much more here than most ambient albums. The lead singer presents these hushed vocals that complement the instrumentals so well. You will not be disappointed if you want a spaced-out little album. My only complaint is that everything does sound the same after a while, but honestly, that is okay for the most part.
Elenora Avant-Garde
Elenora Luna Amante
Enemies Valuables
Enter Shikari Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
It?s not everyday when a band that has put out five relatively trash records not only turn themselves around, but also revolutionize the genre of dance punk and do it with a great political commentary edge. All their past records really sounded like a group of guys playing around with no direction, however on their last record they started to play around with what they would fully develop on this new album; dancecore. I wish I had more space to go into better explanation but you have to listen to this for yourself to fully feel the heavy, sophisticated, and playful tracks with more humor than you would ever expect from a group of British electro-rockers.
Envy The Fallen Crimson
Eternal Summers Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying​.​.​.
Father John Misty God's Favorite Customer
Fawn Limbs Sleeper Vessels
Grindcore albums are always fun to review because there is so much going on at once but only for 20-30 minutes as a whole listen. The sophomore record from the two-piece Pennsylvania based mathcore and grindcore outfit sees a monumental step forward in quality and originality. Specifically, in the use of more sludge metal breakdowns and even glitch elements are seen in a lot of cybergrind bands. Don?t get more wrong this is one brutal listen, but it is the best kind of brutal. The biggest downside is that the cohesiveness in everything is a bit static and some of the songs do go on for a bit too long. Otherwise amazing album (for those with no weakness in their heart), not something you listen to all the time but when the mood is right it hits hard!
Fiona Apple Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Fiona Apple is one of those artists that only produces an album every six to ten years, but when she releases an album it is meet with high praise. There is good reason for that since what she can produce in her melodies, instrumentals, poetic lyrics, and overall mood is something many artists and musicians try and most fail. All her records have this building poetic theme that comes to a large climax at the end of the record. Fetch The Bolt Cutters is no different and she does it with more style and flair then every before. In many ways this is a life story of how Fiona came to be who she is today, but it?s done with so much wit and humor that it would put to shame some of the best poets to ever write. All these tracks have these off-kilter jazz instrumentals that work so fluently with her vocals that it comes through light butter. Plus, everything about this album is so damn unique, nothing out there has ever sounded this lush yet so off (Julia Holter is a close example). Please for the love of god you have to try this record if you love some revolutionary pop music.
Fire! Orchestra Arrival
FKA Twigs Magdalene
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Floating Points Crush
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The LSO Promises
Jazz is not a new music idea, on the contrary, it is one of America's oldest and richest musical genres in existence. Pharoah Sanders is a legendary 81-year-old saxophonist who was a part of the John Coltrane group in the mid-1960s. So, he is most known for blowing the roof of any album with his avant-garde jazz explosiveness. However, on the newest album, he brings in a fairly new underground electronic producer Floating Points who has made big waves in the progressive electronic and IDM streams. Two great minds come together to create a hell of a classical jazz crossover album. On first listen it is fairly repetitive, however, as each track comes and goes you?ll see how phenomenal of a saxophone player Pharoah. So much grace and nuance are thrown into this album that it doesn?t even seem real. Although the group is not re-inventing the wheel of jazz, they are producing a legendary crossover that any fan of music needs to listen to.
Flying Lotus Flamagra
Folded Like Fabric Luxuries
Folded Like Fabric I Tried
Fyfe Control
Gang of Youths Go Farther in Lightness
Gazelle Twin and NYX Deep England
For such a simple sound, there is something so demolishing yet explorative this album presents. From the opening church bells and dark drone that builds into these explosive choral vocals that feel so dense yet so isolating that it's so haunting. This abstract and avant-guard approach continues through the album and in many ways, it feels like a more polished and explorative Julia Holter project. Honestly, the parallels between this album and her latest full length are huge. However, this album continues to blow my mind even more than that. Honestly, the only downside is that the last song has 6 minutes of dead silence which is really dumb, but other than that this is a nearly flawless record with so much rich atmosphere that you could cut it with a knife.
Genesis Owusu Smiling with No Teeth
There are not many debut albums that come out and hit this hard while also being incredibly original and unique. The Australian based, Ghana born, artists comes through with a massive ? somewhat concept album ? on depression and how racial inequality can lead to it. With these powerful lyrics that Genesis creates dense songs based on neo-soul and experimental hip-hop. However much of this album also has a huge amount of post-punk and synth punk esthetics of the likes of Talking Heads. There is even a heavy amount of new wave and no wave coming through on this project that it is hard to pinpoint. Also, he can sing, and rap is so many versatile ways that it?s insane to hear. Honestly, the only downfall is the last two tracks (not including the amazing closer) are two massive outliers on the whole record stylistically and conceptually. If he didn?t take that rather odd detour he would have created a top-notch, flawless debut album.
Girl Band The Talkies
Girlpool What Chaos Is Imaginary
Glassjaw Material Control
Glen Hansard This Wild Willing
GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star
GoldLink Diaspora
Hail the Sun Mental Knife
Hail the Sun New Age Filth
For many years people have always said ?Hail the Sun is a weaker version of The Mars Volta? ?however, those people are also those who say ?The Mars Volta is too much to listen to?. For me, and many of us who thoroughly enjoy swancore as a genre, believe Hail the Sun has just hit the top of the board for swancore bands (which means they have surpassed the creators of the sound, Dance Gavin Dance). New Age Filth almost hits the classic listens of their 2014 record ?Wake? while also going toe-to-toe with the classics of The Mars Volta. The reason for this is just how tight the playing is, how intricate yet simple the instrumentals are, and how they continue to not be afraid to experiment. Hail the Sun are the watered-down version of the Mars Volta that is still holding strong to the sound of that band and not sacrificing the intricate nature but makes it more palatable on multiple listens. My only drawback with this record is each song feels a bit short when it?s all said and done. They don?t mess around, and they also don?t leave a lot of room for breathing, so I wish there was some more intricate depth to the tracks, but still a hell of a fifth album for the new legends.
Haken Vector
Haken Virus
On the companion album to their 2018 Vector, Virus shows that the UK band not only knows exactly what they are doing with progressive music, but how to seamlessly make two concept albums in a two year period. From the opening track you know exactly what you are in for and it comes as no surprise that the album is filled with amazing guitar playing, memorable bridges, great changes of pace, and some very interesting experimentations thrown in on some of the melodic interludes. In general, it?s a bit better than the last album with a lot more memorable songwriting. My only complaint is that the closer is a huge change of pace then the rest of the album which throws me off every time it comes on.
Hakushi Hasegawa Air Ni Ni
Hayley Williams Petals for Armor
Haley Williams, one of the most well-known names in music today, especially the most well-known name if you had an ?emo? phase when you were younger. Well, she finally comes through with her own solo work to test the waters on what she can do for the music scene, and in my opinion, she almost nailed it. What Haley is able to produce sonically is something that very few artists today can do. Part 1 of the three-part record shows her grasping Art rock style instrumentals a-la Radiohead's ?Ok Computer? and ?In Rainbows?. Lyrically she discusses the issues of being apart of a toxically controlling relationship and what that can do to you emotionally during and the several months (or years) after you leave said relationship. Part 2 of this record sees Haley dabbling in a Talking Heads, New Order, and Primal Scream style alternative dance with lyrics about her final acceptance of what happened in that relationship and her moving on from it. Lastly, we get a fairly new style of sounds of New Wave made popular by most bands in the 80s with lyrics about the freshness of a new, non-toxic, relationship. In conclusion, she is influenced by all these sounds from past artists, but she revives them into a very fresh, fun, and sunny sound that is again something not many artists can do. My only flaw with this is the track ?Cinnamon? isn?t as fleshed out as the other tracks (especially the opening with the very winy oh-oh's).
HEALTH DISCO4 :: Part I
HEALTH is an enigma when it comes to what they were and where they are going. Every album feels like they are on the cusp of making the most revolutionary soundtrack to the end of the world (i.e.d the classic formula of industrial music). On their most recent set of compiled tracks from the last few years, they almost perfectly nail that idea on the head. This album is like a showing of what classic industrial music across the board (hip-hop, metal, rock, and electronic) can be. But also, what the future may hold for the band and for the album in general. The premise of this album is each track was pre-produced and made by another artist and the artists/bands they brought in are beyond my comprehension. For one, you have a bedroom pop idle soccer mommy on the same album as experimental pop outfit Xui Xui. Or how they have explosive rapper JPEGMAFIA and deathgrind band Full of Hell. So many memorable highlights here and you cannot miss it. The only rough song on here is the one with post-punk and minimal wave outfit The Soft Moon, which doesn?t feel complete or go anywhere interesting.
Helado Negro This Is How You Smile
Hikes Hikes
Hobo Johnson The Fall of Hobo Johnson
Holding Absence Holding Absence
Hugh Hardie Shadows & Silhouettes
Ian William Craig Centres
Ian William Craig Red Sun Through Smoke
For whatever reason I have been on a kick with some pretty experimental music, which honestly isn?t like me. However, this is one hell of a gem. If you want some really interesting ideas on an ambient album that keep you wondering ?how did he achieve that sound? then please listen to this, it?s nearly flawless.
Ichiko Aoba Windswept Adan
With Covid-19 being the dominant threat of 2020, millions and millions of people have been affected by it in one way or another. With that many artists have come out with various albums talking about the struggles, heartache, loneliness, and various other topics on the subject of living in self-isolation, quarantine, or various other occurrences that have happened due to this horrible various. I have reviewed many of these albums and they all have the same undertones of hatred and loneliness. But what if to close out 2020, to close out this horrific year with something new, sometimes many of us haven?t felt in months, hope. The seventh full-length album from the Japanese singer/songwriter starts off with a dense yet beautifully arranged ambient pop intro that creates a sense of swimming in the deepest ocean, with no one around you. However, this ocean is warm, filled with colorful life (from the animals to the plants). This feeling of happiness, of warmth, continues to build throughout the whole project. With folk drive tracks, piano-based tracks, and such beautiful instrumentation that it is hard not to listen to this album and sense warmth. With 2020 filled with such hatred and sadness, end the year with something a bit more hopefulness and warm.
Iglooghost Neo Wax Bloom
Iglooghost Lei Line Eon
Iglooghost continues to be one of the greatest outliers in electronic music. There still is nothing out there that sounds as clean as an Iglooghost record yet sounds so clustered without feeling overworked. On the sophomore record from the UK-based producer stays in his UK bass and wonky stylistic underpinnings, however, completely changes directions. On Ne? Wax Bloom (his debut record) he created a clustered, chaotic, and explosive electronic record that in many ways redefined what EK bass, wonky, future bass, glitch, and footwork. If you have never listened to it, I can tell you it on first listen will completely redefine instrumental music. On this new record, he completely changes direction and looks to modern classical music. Laced throughout all the tracks is a dense arrangement of violin and synthesizer orchestra. For the very clustered nature of Ne? Wax Bloom, Lei Line Eon is much brighter, flashier, and elaborate. From front to back, you will continue to hear those classic wonky, glitch, and UK bass styles, but it comes in at these very explosive times through the arrangements. There is so much to this record, but it is so peaceful to listen to. To conclude there truly is nothing out there like this (trust me there are several other artists in this more classical electronic combo field), but there is something so powerful about listening to this. The feeling of love and fear come off so well throughout this record. Please take a listen, and my only negative is the fact that I wish there was more exploration on each of the tracks with these textures because honestly there needs to be more.
Igorrr Savage Sinusoid
Igorrr Hallelujah
Illuminati Hotties FREE I.H: This Is Not the One...
Imperial Triumphant Alphaville
It is not everyday that I find a black metal album that I like, and it is even rarer to find a black metal album that I enjoy. Well on the NYC three piece bands fourth album they blow there previous three albums out of the water with this extremely challenging, sophisticated, and abstract record. From the very opening track ?Rotted Futures? you feel mesmerized by the opening saxophone distorted drone that leads into some pummeling guitars and drums. However, as you continue through this album you will notice a lot of avant-garde ideas thrown in throughout the whole record. Especially on many of the back end or starts of tracks. You are in for a rough listen, but a truly amazing journey when you press play on this record. The only negative I have is the closer doesn?t really do much to wrap anything up, it sort of just ends with nothing to prove.
Jaws (UK) The Ceiling
Jessie Ware What's Your Pleasure?
Welcome to Future Nostalgia?s mother. Jessie Ware is a London based artist who is one of the few artists who can go toe to toe with the likes of Fiona Apple and Kate Bush at the same time. On her newest release ?What?s Your Pleasure? she jumps headfirst into the nu-disco trend. Not only does she execute it with flying colors, but she continues the huge influence of people like Robyn and Kate Bush without staying true to her own house tinted soundscapes. From start to finish you will be shown the mature world of Jessie Ware and what it likes to dance all night with the one you love, while also being dazzled by the lush atmosphere that she produces. Honestly, every song on her completely teleports you back to the ?70s, while also reminding you that this is 2020 with all the smooth funky disco beats but the amazing production of the modern era. There is absolutely nothing wrong here it?s just the one song ?Adore You? is a minuscule step down from the rest of the tracks here. Otherwise, this is a perfectly executed record, and everyone deserves to listen to this record. Actually, I mandate you to listen to this record because if it wasn?t for that one track this would be a perfect record.
Jethro Tull Aqualung
Joseph Shabason Anne
JPEGMAFIA Veteran
Julia Holter Aviary
Julien Baker Little Oblivions
There are various levels of sadness (from sad to chronic depression) in the real world and with that, there is the various level of sadness in music (from sad-girl to score). Julien Baker has always had some of the most emotionally potent and explosive lyrical content that anyone has ever had. Sometimes her lyrics hit Chelsea Wolfe or even black metal types of obliterating and on her third new album Julien doesn?t hold anything back. She continues to question her religion and relationships with devastatingly powerful lyrics, almost problematic. However, the biggest jump on this album is the explosive indie rock nature this album takes with drums, electric guitar, and synths. Where her debut and sophomore records focused on acoustic guitar and piano, we get a whole band on this new album and damn does this fit so well with her lyrics. My only complaint is that the lyrics can be a bit dry after a while, but the album is short enough that it really isn?t an issue.
Kamasi Washington The Epic
Kassa Overall I Think I'm Good
Kelsey Lu Blood
Kerli Shadow Works
Kids See Ghosts Kids See Ghosts
King Krule Man Alive!
Kings Kaleidoscope Zeal
Kinney So Glad You Exist
Klo Pelgag Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Chlo Pelletier-Gagnon, aka Kl Pelgag, is a French Canadian who has been making music since 2009. I have never heard of her up to this point and I am extremely ashamed that I haven?t because what this album creates is an amazing atmosphere that gives you the experience of exploring the forest, going on an adventure, or seeing ghosts in a haunted house. However, this album is much more than an experience. It is a showing of what baroque pop is capable of when you combat it with prog pop and art pop as well as some chamber pop and novella. This album is an amazing sonic experience from front to back that all should experience if you are looking for an exciting pop album that shares the like of a Julia Holter project. My only negative is that the conclusion of the album is a bit quick and stale, it should have never been added and just closed on the last actual song. Otherwise, this is an absolutely gorgeous record to listen to.
Kurt Travis Everything Is Beautiful
La Dispute Panorama
Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Lenzman Bobby
Lianne La Havas Lianne La Havas
Lingua Ignota Caligula
Lionlimb Tape Recorder
Little Simz GREY Area
Liturgy Origin of the Alimonies
It?s hard to review albums like these because of how off the wall they are. Last year Hunter gave us the introduction to what she has been experimenting on for the last few years. However, that album had a glaring mixing and production issue. However, on her most recent effort, she creates one of the most interesting and diverse black metal albums to ever exist. For almost anyone here I would imagine no one has ever stepped foot into the black metal scene (and for good reason); it?s a hard genre to listen to sometimes. What Hunter does is creates an almost charming nature to this very dark genre of metal. She has one hell of a knack for creating dense and magnificent sound stages, without going too overboard with ideas. She perfectly melds the harshness of black metal with the sophistication of chamber music and opera. Truly a listen for the ages. This might not change black metal, but she is apart of the forces to change the gatekeeping being seen in the genre.
Loathe (UK) I Let It In And It Took Everything
Logic No Pressure
On Logic?s sixth and supposedly last album in his career he brings it back to the original sound he created on Under Pressure (with major production by NO I.D.). Logic throughout his career has always been a bit of a hit or miss artists. Making some really strong jazz rap albums such as No Pressure and The Incredible True Story, but also making some of the worst hip-hop for the decade on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Everybody. From front to back on No Pressure you are given some strong jazz rap beats and great production sampling and interpolates. Plus it is some of the most personal music Logic as ever made with talking about having a baby and how he looks at the current rap scene. Honestly, A2Z is the only song that could have been stronger, with the idea being creative but the execution isn?t great. Still a really solid album and a great way to close out a career.
Loma Don't Shy Away
On their second full-length album, the three-man group (lead by singer Emily Cross) continue to show promise and growth and continue to prove that they are one the biggest dark horses in the Sub Pop label. All thought this whole album is very subtle and has dense ambient drones and chamber orchestration, each track brings a rich sense of realism and maturity. On their debut album, they stuck with a loud and almost haunting sense of instrumentation. But on their sophomore effort, they use a much simpler set of instrumentation and trust their nuance for simplicity to drive each of the tracks. Not only do they achieve this goal, but they do it with flying colors. So many memorable and amazing tracks across this whole album and could be one of the best ambient pop albums this year. The biggest downfall is the instrumentals can be all over the place at times and the closing isn?t what I wanted it to be, but still, a fabulous release and they deserve to be more well known.
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Well damn, it?s not every day that you find a great screamo album. It?s even rarer to find a record that tries to push the boundaries of this rather ?one-dimensional? genre. However, this debut album from the French three-piece outfit is more than a great screamo album that explores the soundscape of the genre. They absolutely teardown the framework of what screamo is and re-build it with entirely new building blocks; welcome to the work of classical screamo. LOREM IPSUM builds a totally new experience of what screamo means by stripping everything down and creating a classical based emotional journey through body dysmorphia and body failures. From the opening track of ?Damocles,? you are shown the emotional pallet of this project and that doesn?t let up for the short album. A must listen and my only flaw is that some of the tracks feel they could have explored more sonically with longer time lengths.
Lucy Rose No Words Left
M. Ward Migration Stories
M. Ward (Matthew Ward) has been making music for well over two decades at this point and he is one of the main masterminds with the wave of indie folk. However, over the years his music has fallen over the wayside. On his tenth record he finds himself exploring some very classic sounds in americana, but with his own M. Ward flavor, while also exploring the current (and heart wrenching issues) over immigration. I am absolutely in love with the record and I have been listening to it so much to better understand everything about it. Take a listen for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Mac Miller Circles
Marian Hill Unusual
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Material Girl Tangram
Material Girl is a bit of an enigma in the music world. The Philadelphia based producer and artist has finally come out with his debut solo record and holy shit what a debut it is. If you have never listed to sound collage, then welcome. Sound collage in short is taking several sound bits and/or sonic soundscapes (original or sampled) and putting them together like a picture collage. So, many of the ideas might not sound that fluent, but the best artist in the genre always have a common ground they come back to. On material girl?s debut, he does this extremely perfectly. Track after track you will have a whimsical jazz rap style backing instrumental but he throws in some wild sound bites and scrapes that perk up your ears when you hear it. From what I can tell the influence of the record is from the hectic nature of life and how one minute you could be having a good day and one small thing can send you crashing down. My small negative is several of the tracks or sub-tracks sort of cut out right in the middle of it which leaves a sour taste in my mouth for the few seconds it happens. Otherwise, this is a nearly flawless album that everyone should check out if your wanting an adventure.
Maverick Sabre When I Wake Up
Mavi let the sun talk
Medasin RIPPLS
Meshell Ndegeocello Ventriloquism
Milo Who Told You To Think?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
Monuments The Amanuensis
Moor Mother Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
Moor Mother True Opera
Moor Mother is back after fairly solid 2019 record ?Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes?, however, he is drastically changing direction since he is bringing on noise rock guru, Mental Jewelry. On this very short, 25 minutes, record Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry take you through an extremely noisy, yet powerful noise rock and no wave record. Right from the opening track you are shown what you are in for. The bouncing kick drum, quick guitar chords, poetic/political lyrics, and wailing guitar no-wave style chords. Throughout the record these two will give you a great showing of what classic 80?s and 90?s no wave and noise rock sounds like, but also incorporating new and exciting sounds by making everything not feel overwhelming. Past releases in this genre, everything clashes with everything and can be a hard sound to get through. However, on this, the vocals are perfectly recorded to sit on top of the instrumentals rather than be with the instrumentals. Also, the instrumentals are too loud or washed out where everything sounds like a mess. Everything was perfectly recorded and executed. My tiny gripe is I wish they fully thought through some of the tracks because one or two of them don?t build into the exciting sound that the rest of the album has. Otherwise, this is a nearly flawless album.
Moses Sumney grae: Part 1
Mount Eerie Now Only
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked At Me
My Chemical Romance May Death Never Stop You
Nas NASIR
Neil and Liam Finn Back To Life
Neil Cicierega Mouth Moods
Nick Hakim Green Twins
Nick Hakim WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD
Nilufer Yanya Miss Universe
Nina Keith MARANASATI 19111
NNAMDI BRAT
Holy sweet jesus this is an album. Honestly, there is nothing out there I have ever heard that is quite like this. A mixture of math-rock/pop and hip-hop is something that really shouldn?t go together, but the way it comes together on this record is almost magical. Plus, the idea of making these upbeat beats and instrumentals while talking about the issues of being a ?brat? in the music industry today is one hell of an ingenious way of writing things. Everything sounds so smooth and lush. My only thing is I wish he said more and did more on the tracks, but other than that what he does say is something to marvel over. If you want some brockhampton type music but with math rock inspired and directed instrumentals then please you have to listen to this.
Noname Room 25
Northlane Discoveries
NOT WONK Down the Valley
NOT WONK dimen
NOT WONK has everything to make a horrible band: bad recording practices, a rather bad signer, and mostly unoriginal thoughts. However, what makes this band so special and so unique is how unique their signer is, how explosive they play the fairly typical songs, and the recording is just right for what they want it to sound like. On this fourth album from the three-piece Japanese natives, they manage to sound as unoriginal as possible sonically but keeping everything distinctly theirs by making it as explosive as possible. There isn?t a song on here that might make you think of some other band, but once their lead singer comes in you will be reminded how damn charming and catchy everything is on this album. I would say I prefer their last album a bit more, but this hits so hard when you need it to and dazzles the mind when you don?t need it to.
Nothing More The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Novo Amor Birthplace
nuito Unutella
Oceans Ate Alaska Hikari
Olden Yolk Olden Yolk
Olden Yolk Living Theatre
Oliver Tree Ugly Is Beautiful
Origami Angel Gami Gang
Ummmm?not sure why this slaps harder than anything that came out while I was in middle school and high school. Honestly, this could go down as a genre-defining moment for emo-pop and easycore. The playing is beyond tight. The songwriting is ungodly good. Even the lyrics are perfectly subjective to what this sound and style were like?if not even better than normal. Honestly, this album has everything you could ever want from that ?warp-tour sound? that many of us grew up on. But it is not corny or cheesy in any way as if the band plucked the best of the best from that year, butd it with outstanding production, superb songwriting, cocky as hell playing abilities, and uncanny attitude. This would actually be a 5/5 if it wasn?t for the length, the album does go a little long, but it?s tough because every song feels like it has to be on here and there really so no bad track either. There is a ton of diversity, but it all is layered into one concrete sound and style. Honestly, a lot of this innovation feels the same way a Jeff Rosenstock record feels and that is the highest compliment I could think of.
Other Lives For Their Love
I am absolutely in love with this record. From the opening track with the alternative country guitar passages and the sweet chamber pop orchestration. This flows from track to track as lead singer Jesse Tabish takes us through the haunting, yet loving, story of two romantic lovers. I honestly have not seen the hype of this band in the past. They were always a second rate indie-folk band, but on their 2015 release they really homed in on their chamber popcraft, and on this one, they take a much more singer/songwriter direction and it pays off big time. My only flaw is sometimes the tracks don?t fit well together sonically. Especially in the middle of the album where guitar ballads and chamber orchestration go back and forth for five tracks.
Our Oceans Our Oceans
Our Oceans While Time Disappears
The Netherlands-based, four-piece, progressive rock band is finally back with their sophomore record and they take what they did on their self-titled debut and enhance it ten-fold. On their debut, there was a huge emphasis on post-rock atmosphere; thick ambient drones, airy guitar riffs, and soaring vocals. However, vocalist Tymon was never a huge factor in their debut because of how one-dimensional of a singer he is. On this new record he not only steps up his singing, but it sounds like a completely different person. So much range and style that it makes me think he used Jeff Buckely as a huge influence. However, it?s not only that the band also steps up their instrumental chops by creating deep, thick, and explorative progressive rock and metal instrumentals that you feel like an explorer in a desert. So many amazing things going for this record and I am so impressed with how much they stepped up on this new album. My only complaint is that the recording and processing could have been a bit better because not all the instrumentals share the space and many times the vocals can get lost in the guitars or the drums can be inaudible in the mix.
Owen Pallett Island
I am slowly understanding what leads me to give an album a perfect rating or a high praised 4.5/5 compared to other albums. There is a specific feeling I obtain while listening to albums like this one and the few others who get this honor. There is a deep emotional connection I gained while listening to this beautiful piece of art. From the opening ambient passage to the breathtaking chamber folk tracks laced though out the hour listen. From the lyrics to the instrumentals crafted there is not a moment where I don?t think it is perfect. So many memorable moments and ideas are thrown on this album that it?s impossible to go through them all. The only small downside is the interludes are a bit odd since they don?t give any sense of movement or closure for an instrumental style or lyrical concept. Otherwise, A stunning showing from the ex-Arcade Fire violinist.
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor
Pat Metheny From This Place
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
Periphery Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Plini Handmade Cities
Plini Sunhead
Polyenso Pure In The Plastic
Polyphia New Levels New Devils
Pusha T DAYTONA
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead Kid A
Rafael Anton Irisarri Peripeteia
It?s not every day when a drone album hits me so hard. In the past drone, albums have always rubbed me the wrong way. Most of them are too long, monotonous, and uninteresting to keep me listening to them. On the other hand, however, ambient music has really taken off for me once I fully realized its potential and with this new project from the American producer, I have found something spectacular. From front to back for 45 minutes you will be greeted with building drones that are placed over serein and blissful ambient textures that are complimented so well together that it makes me feel like I am floating in the clouds with a nice warm sun on me, thinking about philosophical ideas. The only negative I have is that many of the songs sorts of trail off really quickly and I could really see many of these songs building into each other. Otherwise, this is a nearly flawless and amazing album for the summertime.
Rapsody Laila's Wisdom
Remo Drive Greatest Hits
Remo Drive Natural, Everyday Degradation
Resavoir Resavoir
Rhye Blood
Rina Sawayama Sawayama
I will say outright I wasn?t of fan of her debut EP, and I still am not. Everything about it seems like a random conglomeration of indies that never stuck the landing. However, the ideas where there and I was very excited to see what she did with them. Well, here we are, and holy shit did she nearly nail it. Not many artists can be influenced by every late 90s and early 2000s popular genre and fuse them to near perfection. Many tracks come together with these heavy alternative metal guitar riffs that you would have heard all over alternative radio stations in the 2000s. While other tracks sound like if Brittney Spears was back in her prime. And then there are the tracks that put them together and sounds like what Poppy is also slightly doing today. This album is the completed ideas that I desperately wanted from the middle part of Charlie XCX?s record and even more.
Run the Jewels RTJ4
What is there to say that hasn?t already been said about RTJ. They are one of the best duos in the rap game right now, and maybe one of the greatest rap groups to exist today. They also have one of the most consistent record outputs that is around today (other than Kendrick and Denzel). On RTJ4 they continue the heavy wordplay, political banter, reflection, and flaunting. However, what they create on their new record is above what they have ever done before. There is honestly no dull moment on here and you could go through the lyrics for hours and pick out unlimited amounts of satire, wordplay, and introspective. However, what makes this so powerful is because of everything happening in the world right now. In your backyard, human beings are fighting for their rights. RTJ4 is the anthem to protest and injustice towards black individuals and RTJ are the leaders of that protest and fighters to the injustice. My only negative is that the very last track goes on for longer than it should be. It could have ended after five minutes but it has a rather weird closer.
S. Carey Hundred Acres
Sam Amidon Sam Amidon
The Vermont-based singer/songwriter comes through with his best album to date, with rich folk/country instrumentation and introspective lyrics that it's hard not to tap your foot the whole time this album is on. Sam definitely takes a lot of influence from Ben Howard because of the very psychedelic horns, synths, and strings however he uses a much more personal singing style that you feel that Sam is singing these heart-wrenching tracks right there with you. Amazing 10th album and I can?t wait to hear more from him in the future.
Seizures Reverie of the Revolving Diamond
Septicflesh Codex Omega
Sevdaliza Shabrang
This week has been a bit of a loss for music, however, there is a shining light at the end of the tunnel and it comes in the form of Sevda Alizadeh (i.e. Sevdaliza) and her sophomore LP Shabrang. The Iranian born, Netherlands living artist takes every bit of artistic liberty FKA Twigs uses, but mixes it with the ambiance and subtleness of James Blake, while also exploring chamber pop and darkwave. For one whole hour, you will be taken through the haunting yet complex poetic nature that this album brings. These types of lyrics are ones that Ph.D.?s in English decode, and I love every second of it. Every track is so brilliantly recorded, executed, and performed, that it makes me feel like I am at one of the greatest plays of all time. The smallest drawback is that the closing track is not as strong as the rest of the album, otherwise this is a nearly flawless release.
Silent Planet Everything Was Sound
SiR November
Snail Mail Lush
Son Lux Brighter Wounds
Spiritbox Singles Collection
Spoon Hot Thoughts
Squid Bright Green Field
It is extremely rare for me to ever find a post-punk/art punk record that I really enjoy. It?s even rarer (actually probably the first one) for it to completely resonate with me in a strong personal and introspective way. There is something so explosive and enticing about the debut record from the UK art punk band. For a sound and style that I never grew up on and have never understood, this band came out so confident that they would nail it, and god damn did they nail it. From the screaming vocals laced throughout the project to the saxophone bits and pieces as well, this is one artistic and explosive punk record with so much depth and style that it puts to shame a lot of the classics.
Sufjan Stevens The Ascension
On the now Upstate New York-based solo artists Sufjan Stevens eighth album he continues sounds and esthetics that he explored on his collaborative 2017 effort ?Planetarium? and earlier this years' ?Aporia?. On his first solo album in five years, Sufjan builds vast and expansive space ambient based soundscapes, in which each track explores an insurmountable number of genres in the experimental electronic field. I could break down each track, but that will ruin the beauty of exploring this album to it?s fullest. This is the closest album I have ever heard to make me feel truly alone, in all the best ways possible. For a whole hour and twenty minutes, you will be taken on a space odyssey exploring topics of blind faith, toxic religion, drug abuse, and death. My only complaint (and this never comes up) is I wish he extended out some of the ambient drones in many of the tracks. Alone they are equally as mesmerizing as the rest of the album. But still, a nearly flawless album and I am absolutely in love with the new direction he is taking.
Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams Aporia
Honestly, I have absolutely loved the last two projects Sufjan has put out that are ambient pieces that have the soundscape of space. I really have nothing negative with this record other than I wish some of the production wasn't so washed out. Otherwise, I am blown away by this almost masterpiece.
Svalbard When I Die, Will I Get Better?
A nearly flawless record from the three-piece, UK based band?s fourth album. From the heavy riffs to the absolutely sole crushing screams and lyrics this album will keep your ears peaked and your emotions at an all-time high. Honestly, the only small downside is that it sounds a bit like Japanese-based band Envy, but this might even blow them out of the water since this album is a lot shorter and easier to digest then their last full length was. Such a great screamo and post-hardcore record that anyone fan of those genres needs to try out.
Swallowtail In Asymmetric Oceans
For how simple this album is the more and more you entrench yourself in the more it will resonate with you. A truly breathtaking but engulfing listen that loosely takes you through the attempted suicide of someone by the likes of drowning. Because of that, the nature recordings play one of the biggest roles on this album because laced through this album is the sound of water around you as this person goes deeper and deeper down until they pass out. The true nature of this album is the starting blissfulness of people's attempted suicide, how they feel ?at-peace? but just like as the album goes along, the fear of dying sets in, and that fear is greater than anything else until you are consumed by it. However, this album ends with a bit of resurrection as the person ends up on the beach of this ocean alive and with a new perspective. The dream pop soundscapes of ambiance and drone add so much depth to the psychedelic euphoria this album greatest. A truly breathtaking listen of suicide through a different lens than most albums on this topic.
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tash Sultana Flow State
Taylor Swift Folklore
Telefon Tel Aviv Dreams Are Not Enough
TesseracT Altered State
The Afterimage Lumière
This is like Dance Gavin Dance but much heavier and I love it
The Afterimage Eve
The Beatles Let It Be
The Callous Daoboys Die On Mars
The Comet Is Coming The Afterlife
The Contortionist Clairvoyant
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Districts You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere
The Garden Mirror Might Steal Your Charm
The Go! Team Semicircle
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Wild Gods
The Republic of Wolves shrine
The Smith Street Band More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
The Speed of Sound in Seawater Underwater Tell Each Other Secrets
The Strokes The New Abnormal
So the Strokes are back, and it might be the best album they have ever written. The five-piece band lead by Julian Casablancas has been around since the start of the 2000s and they have always left a bad taste in my mouth. What people always saw as innovation in indie rock, I saw as really annoying. However, on their most recent release they brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin and he helps them produce the greatest and freshest work. From start to finish this is a groovy indie rock record with so many great textures, synth chords, and progressions that I keep listening and thinking this can?t be the same band. Like this would be perfect if it wasn?t how overly loud everything can be at points. Seriously, this thing is wildly amazing.
The War On Drugs A Deeper Understanding
Thy Catafalque Geometria
Tides of Man Dreamhouse
Tides of Man Every Nothing
Tkay Maidza Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
Just like with Amin?s release above, Tkay Maidza (aka Takudzwa) bring through with a mind-blowingly progressive pop-rap album with so much charm and diversity that it makes you think what happened between this and her last EP/LP in 2018. Track after track for 26 minutes you will be shown the absolute diversity, she has with her voice that sometimes it even feels like she is her own feature. The only downside is I really do wish there were more here, but what is here is truly breathtaking and will leave any hip-hop fan thinking about what is next. A truly great album from front to back that all people should hear this.
Tom Misch 5 Day Mischon
Tom Misch Geography
Tops I Feel Alive
TOPS is a four-piece soft rock and indie pop band from Montreal, and they are coming through with one hell of a great pop record. I have always had a hard time getting into this Fleetwood Mac influenced indie pop and through the years the number of people doing it are few and far between. However, TOPS produces a fun, light, and airy piece of indie and dream pop that keeps my ears pleased from start to finish. There is only one song on here that I am not a huge fan of, and they need to come together with some more original sounds. But other than that, this is almost perfect.
Tricot 3
Tricot Potage
Tricot Makkuro
Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy
Tyler, the Creator IGOR
U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited
Uboa The Origin Of My Depression
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Unprocessed Artificial Void
Vessel Queen of Golden Dogs
Washed Out Mister Mellow
We Were Promised Jetpacks The More I Sleep The Less I Dream
Wilderun Veil of Imagination
Wilma Vritra Burd
Yola Walk Through Fire
Yvette Young Acoustics
Yvette Young Piano EP
Zeal and Ardor Wake of a Nation
Since their breakout sophomore LP in 2018 many people have questioned where the six-man avant-metal band would take their unique combination of black metal and gospel/spiritual music too next. Well on their 2020 EP, they respond to those people with an astounding showing of alternative rock, doom metal, and again their signature black gospel sound. It also has some of the most intense and introspective lyrics the band has put out. Go through the heartache and turmoil of the black lives matter protest and how we as people should push for equality/equity. So many amazing tracks packed into the 17 minutes run time.
Zebra Katz Less Is Moor
Zeroh Blqlyte

4.0 excellent
$ilkmoney Attack of the Future Shocked, Flesh Covered, Meatb
On the Richmond native's third album, he pulls all his previous sounds, lyrical content, and ideas into one conscious record. There is a lot of great political banter from start to finish, great jazz-rap/boom bap style beats, and a lot of abstract (i.e. psychedelic) instrumentals, and just great rapping. The biggest negative I have is that his flow is very one-note and doesn?t change all that much from start to finish. But, otherwise, this is a great record and I look forward to seeing what he continues to do into the future.
100 Gecs 1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues
Adimiron Et Liber Eris
Alice Phoebe Lou Glow
For a soft rock album and the third album from the South African singer/songwriter, there is a great amount here to like. From the chilling yet potent vocal performance and lyrical content. To the airy and light instrumentation that cross between psychedelia and jangle/indie pop without losing focus. Truly a breathtaking pop record with so many breathtaking performances that any fan of this light sound needs to listen to this album. My biggest negative is that there could have been more instrumental depth on some of the tracks, but overall a solid record from front to back.
Alina Baraz and Galimatias Urban Flora
Some cool Electronic/Indie vibes. Hope for something more from her!
Allie X Cape God
Amarionette [US] Repeating History
Amarionette [US] AMVRI
Amigo the Devil Born Against
There is something so fulfilling to listen to country music that heavily lives in making fun of all thing?s country. Not to say that this is intrinsically making fun of country, but there is something so against the norm of this gothic country record that it really brings me a smile. From the opening raw recording on ?Small Stone? to the cabaret-style instrumental on ?Quiet as a Rat? there is something really simple yet complex about this record. Although the record is quite sure it sure does pack a punch with different styles and ideas all throughout the ten songs on the record. Wish some of the weaker tracks: ?Better Ways to Fry a Fish? and the closer, had some more to them or just left off the record, but still the lyrical potency of this record and the instrumentals pallet on it are something to listen to. Feels very much like a Father John Misty project but more controlled.
Amine Limbo
Damn what a step forward for the Portland rapper. On his debut, he showed potential with his witty and energetic lyrics and flows. But, lacked an original sound and direction. However, on his sophomore outing, he blasts all my expectations out of the park with such a tight record. So many amazing bangers and tracks with countless witty bars on here. The only downside is the two songs ?Riri? and ?Easy?. Also, the features on here are fairly amazing and don?t distract from the powerful flows Adam brings.
Amon Tobin Fear In A Handful Of Dust
And The Kids When This Life Is Over
Anderson .Paak Ventura
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Zombies on Broadway
Anna Burch Quit The Curse
Anna Wise As If It Were Forever
Arca Mutant
Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby
Astronoid Astronoid
Astronoid Air
Austra HiRUDiN
What a gorgeous record. Katie Stelmanis is the sole member of the original new wave outfit from Canada. This band has been through many different iterations of itself at this point but on HiRUDiN we see a flourishing attempt at indietronica mixed with art-pop. Is this going to blow your pants off?no not really, but it is still a lovely little album with some really strong songwriting. It?s dragged down by the strong Fiona Apple and Angel Olsen influences. Also, this album doesn?t have a concrete sonic direction, many of the tracks are all over the place with different ideas, but they all sound good on their own. It?s just not a solid cohesive listen.
Avantdale Bowling Club Avantdale Bowling Club
Azusa Loop of Yesterdays
Welp we got more of this shoegaze and heavy music fusion that has been creeping up throughout the last decade as bands like Deafheaven have made blackgaze so popular. However, this sophomore record from the supergroup from metal bands Dillinger Escape Plan and Extol and vocals from pop band member Eleni from Sea + Air, fuse post-hardcore with shoegaze. I have to say for the most part this thing hits heavy and keeps your ears peaked during the surf rock sounding guitar chords. My biggest gripe (and it?s a grip I have with most of this style) the sound does get stale after a while since bands usually don?t change anything up through the track.
Backxwash God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of I
Backxwash is one of those hip-hop artists who bleeds the line between full blown horrorcore and tasteful experimental hip-hop. A fusion that many have tried and only a few have ever been able to fully pull off. On her newest album she talks about forgiveness and being a transgender black woman in a world that won't except her. The production is dark, the lyrics are stabbing, and the style is haunting. However, there is so much style and flair on the project that it?s hard to not feel a bit overwhelmed by everything happening so quickly. In general, it?s a short project and in my opinion that is the weakest part of it. I wish there was more substance to a lot of the tracks because what is here is extremely well done. In conclusion it?s still a fabulous and amazing sophomore record from the Canadian MC, and I will continue to look for new and amazing music.
BADBADNOTGOOD III
Bambara Stray
Banoffee Look At Us Now Dad
Bas Milky Way
beabadoobee Fake It Flowers
The debut album from the England based artist, Beatrice Ilejay Laus, embraces the feel and explosiveness of power pop and pop-punk but keeps it interesting and flued enough with her alternative and indie rock influences. When I listen to this it makes me think of three specific bands: Girlpool, Remo Drive (first album only), and Radiohead. She blends these esthetics extremely well and also creates her own feel and style that keeps my interest and ears peaked at all times. The only downside is the sound is a bit all over the place with some odd dream pop elements thrown in on a few songs or a few baroque pop (ala Beirut) elements towards to end of the LP. But still a really solid listen if you want some fun music to blast in your car on a sunny day.
Beach Fossils Somersault
Beck Colors
Beirut Gallipoli
Belle and Sebastian How to Solve Our Human Problems
Belle and Sebastian How To Solve Our Human Problems Pt. 1
Benny The Butcher Burden Of Proof
The prolific Buffalo rapper, Benny the Butcher (a.k.a. Jeremie Damon Pennick), releases his long-awaited 7th LP after much praise from his 2018 record ?Tana Talk 3?. Griselda records have seen many prolific releases this year alone from Westside Gunn, Conway, and Boldy James (With Boldy James having the best out of the three). So where does Benny fall? Well, instrumentally this is the strongest out of them all and could go out there for the best hip-hop instrumentals this year. Heavily inspired by classic Jay-Z, but with that Griselda Boom Bap flair that keeps hardcore hip-hop fans licking their licks. However, lyrically this album is a bit?one-dimensional, if not boring. Many of the tracks here talk about the drug dealing seen he was apart of in Buffalo, but after so many tracks that topic gets a bit overdone. However, there are still super solid lyrics on here especially his reflection of what he learned from his experience and how he can be a better father (and citizen) from it. Great album altogether and definitely a must-listen for hip-hop heads.
Big Thief U.F.O.F.
Black Sheep Wall Songs for the Enamel Queen
We are honestly seeing a bit of a screamo renaissance at the moment in the underground and I am all for it. The original ideas of screamo are all on here but with heavier instrumentation and more interesting instrumental pallets. Most atmospheric sludge metal albums bore me to tears and all doom metal albums make me want to die for how painfully boring they are. But something about this album keeps bring me back for more and more. It could be the intensity of instrumentation all over this album or how catchy the guitar riffs are, or how explosive the screams are. There honestly is no dull moment over this whole album. My only negative how long some of the tracks can be for really no reason and after the near hour of listening the album does get a bit stale.
Bon Iver i,i
Boston Manor Glue
Boston Manor are one of those bands (like Circa Survive) that are in a genre, but I have a hard time comparing them to everyone else in the genre. The English 5 piece band has released their third record and it sees the band doing what they do best but bring in more influences of industrial rock and grunge rock. From start to finish you will be greeted with their hard-hitting post-hardcore sound, but it sounds a lot different than any other post-hardcore band out there right now. My only flaw with the record is that the songs don?t always have the same cohesive topic to them, and the instrumentals can be a bit all over the place. Also, the album is a bit long with 51 minutes to it, I think some of the back half songs could have been cut (especially the obvious Linkin Park influence song). But this is just a solid as hell rock record for this year.
Boygenius Boygenius
Bring Me The Horizon Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Bring Me The Horizon Sempiternal
Bring Me The Horizon That's the Spirit
Bring Me The Horizon Post Human: Survival Horror
One of the most hated bands in existence is back with a new EP/LP and they continue to show why they are one of the biggest names in metal music because they continue to make the most interesting and hard-hitting music in the scene. So many memorable tracks with top-notch production and features. I have never been a YUNGBLUD or NOVA TWIN fan, but Oli and the crew make them sound amazing and perfect on their respective tracks. The biggest downfall is the looming Linkin Park influence all over this album. However for the most part they really make that sound interesting with their electro-industrial elements thrown in throughout the whole album. Just a funny note the interlude ?Itch For The Cure? might be the future direction they need to go into because the breakcore elements they introduce are absolutely boss for the alternative metal vibe. Also Baby Metal really really really sounding like Haru Nemuri, an interesting influence.
Brockhampton SATURATION
C Duncan Health
Car Seat Headrest Making a Door Less Open
The legendary 4 piece indie rock definers, Car Seat Headrest are back with their 12 (ish) record and it?s a somewhat drastic change from what they are previously known for. From their inception in 2010 to their groundbreaking record Twin Fantasy, they have changed what indie rock meant. Now we see them slowly changing their sound for a more synthpop and indietronica direction and I am all for it. They are taking many inspirations from The Strokes and others like them, but they are bringing a much-needed breath of air to the indietronica genre. I will say the sound isn?t fully fleshed out and the record is a bit too high quality for what I like to hear from them, but still a solid release.
Cara Neir Part III / Part IV
Caroline Rose Loner
Cass McCombs Tip of the Sphere
Caterina Barbieri Ecstatic Computation
Ceres We Are A Team
Chelsea Wolfe Birth of Violence
Choir Boy Gathering Swans
Choir Boy is a four piece group based out of Ohio and now on their sophomore record they are doing what they do best but with a touch more flair. In general you will be presented with a lush and expansive synthpop and new wave experience with very low vibrato style vocals. Track after track you are taken on synth roller coaster with so many bright shimmering elements that it makes you feel right out of an 80s romance movie. However this is anything but romantic, lyrically this is a cry for gender equality and the end to toxic masculinity. My only negative with this is that the weaker tracks here really derail me from fully enjoying this album. Also the Cure influence is rather blatant. But I still really love this album and if you want some classic 80s sound with modern production (and it not being cheese and hell) give this a go.
Christopher Willits Sunset
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
City and Colour A Pill For Loneliness
Clarence Clarity DEAD SCREEN SCROLLS
The man with so many different trades, and on his most recent record he goes for a full-blown ambient record and honestly, it?s pretty great. The only thing is the sound does get stale after a while.
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Coldplay Everyday Life
Conway the Machine From King To A God
Cory Hanson Pale Horse Rider
Psychedelic folk is slowly becoming my favorite form of folk music and it makes sense why; the avant-nature of the guitar work, the usual rich and thick ambiance that backs the guitar, and the usually hypnotic drums, fills, or synths/drones. On this brand new album from Cory Hanson, he creates a dense, sophisticated, and yet light, and airy folk record drenched in psychedelia, ambient, and rock underpinnings that help you vibe out for the short run time. Although the interludes are a bit questioning (some fairly dark ambient passages) the overall ideas and moods of this record are nearly flawless. The album truly builds to its conclusion on ?Another Story from the Center of the Earth? which is a folk-rock ballad with the most incredible guitar solo that sounds both enchanting and elusive. A great little record with some great playing and production.
Courtney Swain Between Blood and Ocean
Covet technicolor
Covet is a three-piece band from California lead by Yvette Young (YouTube guitarist). Their debut record effloresce, was a great debut but had a lot of shortcomings to it that a lot of debut albums have in the instrumental genre; lack of interest from start to finish. On their sophomore record technicolor, however, they blow all expectations out of the water by producing one of the most interesting instrumental math rock albums I have heard in a long time. From start to finish there is a great weaving of lush soundscapes that will take your ears on an introspective drive. Every song is packed with great math rock chord progressions, post-rock synths and back-up guitar chords, and some great vocals on three of the tracks. My biggest complaint is the guitars from time to time (especially on the last track) can be too heavily re-verbed/washed out. Other than that, this new record is a great rock album that uses math rock as a lovely soundscape rather than a noodle-fest that many other bands in the genre seem to be doing.
Covet Currents
Covet effloresce
Crown the Empire The Fallout
Currents The Way It Ends
The four-piece Australian metalcore band has finally released their sophomore record and for me, it is stronger than their last record, but they are still stuck in the same sound. The whole album is a great rush of guitars and drums. The screams are crushing in the best way possible as well. This is a great metalcore album in today?s day and age. However, there is nothing new here that hasn?t been done before. They do the sound extremely well, but it?s nothing new and that is the biggest complaint I have with this record.
Cursive Vitriola
Dalek Endangered Philosophies
Dan Deacon Mystic Familiar
Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain II
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Dance Gavin Dance Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean
Dance Gavin Dance Artificial Selection
Dayseeker Sleeptalk
De Lorians De Lorians
Dealer (AUS) Saint
A truly solid release for the debut 5 piece Australia metal band. They still need to find their sound because for a sound they are meshing Code Orange and Volumes together. However, they bring so much energy that it?s easy to overlook this.
Deerhoof Mountain Moves
Delta Sleep Twin Galaxies
Destroyer Have We Met
Devin Townsend Empath
Disclosure Ecstasy
DJ Koze knock knock
Don Broco Technology
Dorian Concept The Nature of Imitation
Dorian Electra Flamboyant
Dream On Dreamer Heartbound
Dream On Dreamer It Comes and Goes
Dream State Primrose Path
Dreamwell Modern Grotesque
The band takes leaps and bounds on their sophomore record without taking away the extremely powerful and potent screamo lyrics. There is something so beautiful about this record. Not sure if it?s the shoegaze style post-rock guitar riffs, the heaviness of the screams, the spoken word poetic passages, or if it?s because this album just feels so cold. From the opening track?s atmospheric post-rock guitar passages and distant screams to the very emotional emo ballad of ?Lost Ballad of Dominic Anneghi?. Everything on here is a solid and tight screamo album with no filler. The biggest complaint I have is they do fall into a fairly common screamo box and if you aren?t ready for that this is a lot. This is a soul-crushing, self-loathing look at one?s self and that is a tough topic.
Drowse Light Mirror
Duckwrth The Falling Man
Dwellings Lavender Town
EDEN Vertigo
Emarosa Peach Club
Empress Of I'm Your Empress Of
Honestly, before this record, I have never been a huge fan of Lorely?s music. It was always rather derivative dance-pop with an electropop twist. Now, on her third record your going to be getting the same idea and sound, but there is a subtle nuance she presents and honestly, she nails it on the head. Each track has a flavor of experimentation that I have heard from Arca and Charlie XCX that make this record extremely fun to listen to. It?s bouncy, energetic, and playful, but it is also more mature, ridge (in a good way), and slightly experimental. Honestly, I wish she went a little bit further and some of the back-half tracks are a bit bland, but for the most part, I am extremely impressed with what Lorely has done here.
ERRA Neon
Eternity Forever Fantasy
Fire from the Gods Narrative Retold
Fleshgod Apocalypse Veleno
Florence and the Machine High as Hope
For All Eternity The Will to Rebuild
For Those I Love For Those I Love
When listening to this record it?s hard not to think about the obvious post-punk influence this record has. Not to say there haven?t been spoken word/poetry style ideas in hip-hop, but this feels like one of the closest I have heard to a post-punk and hip-hop fusion. However, this album really isn?t hip hop because it is backed by the more progressive house and UK garage esthetics than normal hip-hop style beats. But this is a really interesting poetic journey on someone basically saying thank you to those who have shown him the way through life. While also reflecting on all the lessons that he has learned. A nifty little listen if you want something a little different than your normal house or hip-hop album.
for your health In Spite Of
The current revival of mathcore with either grindcore or screamo are some of the most interesting ideas being revived. This is the case because of how wild these albums can be to listen to and how well things are recorded. The issue with much of that original sound is how horrible everything was recorded and therefore how much sounds would blend together. For 17 minutes this album has rough recording properties to it, but all the instruments are coming out crisp enough to distinguish them from one another. I see the argument against this album because of how ?simple? everything is, but there is something that continually brings me back to this sound and it?s how charming it all is (even for something so blatantly heavy). Although I find nothing blatantly wrong with the album the styles are a bit all over the place and the shortness of the album deters from the overall quality and listening experience, it seems they only kept what needed to be kept.
Foreign Fields The Beauty of Survival
I love folk music, especially when it is blended with so many elements and this record is light-fully (but tastefully) dipped in many genres. I wish the last three tracks had as much presence as the rest of the record has. But otherwise great album.
Four Year Strong Brain Pain
Free Throw What's Past Is Prologue
Friendly Fires Inflorescent
Gezan 狂(KLUE)
Noise rock can sometimes take on some wild properties when artists really try to push the boundaries. For example, people like Daughters and Uboa have take noise rock to soaring heights. Gezan is a four-piece band from Tokyo and they are incorporating a lot of art rock and dubbed elements. For example, much of the first half of the track has these bursts of growled screams that sound like the famous intro to ?Down with the Sickness? (and honestly, I?m pretty sure it is the snippet of the actual track. While the second half is some powerful art rock/alternative rock power anthems. My gripe is that this record is very two-sided in what it wants to achieve, and because of that the noise rock album is two-faced. Otherwise, I am really impressed with the styles coming together and the overall oddity of this. Hopefully, they are able to incorporate these sounds better into future releases.
GHOSTEMANE N/O/I/S/E
GHOSTEMANE Human Error
Gingerlys Gingerlys
Girlpool Powerplant
Glass Animals Zaba
GoGo Penguin GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin is a three-piece nu-jazz outfit from Manchester, England. They made themselves famous in the jazz community with their 2014 release ?v2.0?, a very grandiose take on minimalism and modern jazz composition. From there they continued to work with this sound with their 2016 release ?Man Made Object? and their 2018 release ?A Humdrum Star?, their strongest release yet. Now on their fifth release, their self-title they seem to be continuing the sound that they made famous. In all honestly, this album is amazing in its own right. It?s grand but still minimal. The drums, piano, and double bass complement each other so fluidly that it?s hard not to be transported with this album. However, my biggest drawback with this album is the group is become too comfortable with this style. For a sound, they pioneered and mastered it?s time for a new change of pace and on the last two tracks ?To The Nth? and ?Don?t Go? you can hear that with a new change of pace bringing in more atmospheric synths and heavy double bass playing than normal. So, this is a magnificent release and if you have never heard the band before then please listen to this record, it?s amazing. But I want them to move forward with their ideas rather than sticking to the formula they have done for the third time now.
Good Tiger Raised in a Doomsday Cult
The four-piece UK based math rock and progressive rock band have dropped their third album and it is everything I have ever wanted from the band. Their last two records, A Head Full of Moonlight and We Will All Be Gone both have the same issues. Some tracks are amazingly memorable and captivating, while others are so painfully boring and derivative. This band really knows how to write some powerful and memorable hooks with soaring vocals that some songs just stick in your head for months. With their new album, they finally write one hell of a consistent record and I am beyond proud that they finally were able to do it. So many great and memorable songs on here that it?s hard to pick one as the best. The worst part of this album is I think the closing track is a bit lackluster compared to the other ten tracks on here. Otherwise a great album with great performances.
Gorillaz Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
The best Damon Albarn has sounded in years, and I would argue ever. On his seventh full-length album under the cartoon character 2-D and his gang of mischievous monkey crew, Gorillaz produces a vast and kaleidoscopic view of the world during the current pandemic, but through an almost childish gaze. Each song is laced with rich and colorful art-pop and neo-psychedelic soundscapes, with satiric lyrics, and deep guests from the likes of Beck, ScHoolboy Q, Elton John, and many more. Honestly, there really isn?t a dull moment on the whole record, what makes me feel hesitant about giving this a higher school is that everything feels to blended together, and to be honest for how rich, dense, and colorful the instrumentals are, nothing really sticks in my memory of what it sounds like. However, this is still a fabulous listen and a great album for the long-time artist to finally create a new sound without losing the original charm of Gorillaz.
Greg Puciato Child Soldier: Creator of God
The previous singer and mastermind behind the groundbreaking mathcore outfit: The Dillinger Escape Plan, comes through with his debut solo album and I don?t know what they have been putting in the water for industrial music this year, but goddammit he nailed it out of the park with this release. There are so much intensity and grip with it that it brings together Nine Inch Nails intensity with Ulver?s synthpop charm. Each track winds through the emotional issues that he has been facing during the pandemic and how he feels everything in the world is going. So many hard-hitting songs and his screams continue to show that he is one of the most talented in the game still, even at 40. The biggest downfall of this record is that the tracks do tend to jump back and forth between styles. Some tracks are heavy darkwave and industrial metal, while others are smooth and simple synthpop and electro-industrial cuts.
Grimes Miss Anthropocene
Gus Dapperton Where Polly People Go To Read
Hakushi Hasegawa Bones of Dreams Attacked!
If you haven't had the chance to listen to his bombastic debut album from last year then I would really start there because it is infinitely times better and had more thought put into it than this one. From first listen this is a complete change of direction for the Japanese nu-jazz artist. However these songs are coming from a very different emotional state then the last. The last record was bight, loud, energetic, and in-your-face. This record is much lighter, softer, sophisticated, emotional, and in-depth. Many of these songs sound live and in the moment with very little production. However, the airy piano jazz melodies pair so nicely over his very lush and off kilter singing style. I cannot recommend this album enough it is really good. One of the best piano albums I have heard this year. The biggest flaw is this album is very one dimensional and some of the tracks do go for a lot longer than it should. But again you really need to try this if you want some emotional and light piano jazz music.
Half Alive Now, Not Yet
Half Waif The Caretaker
A really stellar 3rd album for Nandi. Everything sounds so lush and surreal. Like you're floating on an eternal cloud. My only negative is that the record doesn't play around enough with more sounds and it becomes one-dimensional after a while.
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Harry Styles Harry Styles
Haru Nemuri Lovetheism
Not as great and pungent as her debut record was, but they are going for a bit of a different sound here and I think she will need some more time to explore this style. But for now, it?s still super exciting to see her explore these new pop sounds.
Haywyre Two Fold - Part 2
Haywyre Two Fold - Part 1
Haywyre The Voyage
Helena Deland Someone New
On the Montreal singers debut LP, she reflects on what it?s like to live in a toxic relationship. What is odd to me is how similar, lyric-wise, this is to Fionna Apple?s most reason release ?Fetch the Bolt Cutters?. However, that is the most these have in common because where Fionna uses explosive and inspired jazz melodies, Helena uses raw and somber ambient and folk melodies to reach her audience. This album, at points, almost has a slowcore feel to it, without the crushing lyrics. However, there is a lot that I can relate to on this album, as someone who has been through a toxic relationship. So many small things about this album make so much sense, especially on ?Dog? and ?Comfort, Edge?. Great listen, my biggest downfall is this album could benefit from a more sonic exploration. Many of the songs feel too scant for no reason. Still great listen if you want something heart wrenching and almost haunting.
Her Her
Hikes Mahal Kita
Hilary Woods Birthmarks
Hippo Campus landmark
Hippo Campus Demos II
HMLTD West of Eden
Holding Patterns Endless
Honne Warm On A Cold Night
Horse Jumper of Love So Divine
Humanity's Last Breath Välde
I and extreme metal music have a rather unbalanced relationship. I have a dense and deep love for mathcore, grindcore, and power violence because of how dense, detailed, and somewhat mindless albums in those genres can be. If you need to be hit over the head with brutal heaviness, then go to any of the classics in those genres and you will have that itch. However, deathcore and I have never quite got along. I get the brutality of it, but many of the classics all have the same issue of horrendous recording issues with boring ideas from start to finish. However, what makes this brand new Humanity?s Last Breath album so amazing for the genre is how dense and thick everything is, on top of the brutality of the deathcore ideas. There is also a much-needed breath of post-metal and djent on the already dead genre of deathcore. This album will hit you over the head for nearly an hour and continue until the very end. The only downside with this album is its length, with it being a tad too long because by the end it does have a bit of a slog-fest nature to it.
Hundred Waters Communicating
Hyukoh 20
I Met a Yeti Yeti Camp
I See Stars New Demons
Iglooghost Clear Tamei
Iglooghost Steel Mogu
Igorrr Spirituality and Distortion
Igorrr is an electronic artists who does things in a very unconventional way by fusing so many different genres and through the years each album becomes more and more refined. On his most recent release, the French artist is showing off his chops for making the weird sound so great. The biggest gripe is he could have shaved off a few of the last 5 or 6 tracks, because after 40 minutes I wish the record would end already. Otherwise, it's a great great album!
In Fear and Faith In Fear and Faith
In Search of Sun Virgin Funk Mother
Innanet James Keep It Clean
Invent Animate Greyview
Iron And Wine Weed Garden
ITEM Sad Light
Jacques Greene Dawn Chorus
Jadu Heart Melt Away
Jakey Moby Dick
Jambinai ONDA
Japanese Breakfast Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Jason Richardson I
Jay Som Anak Ko
Jean Grae/Quelle Chris Everything's Fine
Jeff Rosenstock NO DREAM
eff Rosenstock has been making punk music for a long time, and in some circles he is one of the only modern examples of solid punk music that grabs influence from traditional 80s and 90s punk while also being original in his own right. NO DREAM is another stellar example of a solid punk record with the sound he made famous with his 2016 WORRY, but now with more drawn out post-punk influenced ideas. However, he also brings in the sound of 90s and early 2000s skate punk to add a huge soring influence on his very political banter or self-reflecting lyrics. Every song here is a heavy-hitting banger and leaves right when it needs to. The biggest complaint I have is that this album can be very one dimensional if you aren?t ready for it, plus not all the songs are as great as others sonically. Otherwise, it?s a really great album and you should check it out if you are looking for something old, but new.
Johanna Warren Chaotic Good
The Florida based singer/songwriter Johanna Warren is on her 7th record as a musician and her 5th under her own name and for me, she finally sticks the landing on a perfect sound she has been trying to figure out since her sophomore record ?numun? in 2015. This is not as soul-crushing as Julian Bakers last record in 2017, but man if you really want some absolutely heart blowing slowcore style lyrics with some great contemporary folk melodies this will be up your ally. I will say by the back half of the album, it loses some pace that she built through the first half. Also, the passing of this album for whatever reason takes a huge holt right near the end. But the closer is everything I have ever needed from a slowcore album.
Jon Hopkins Singularity
Joseph Shabason Atyche
Joseph Shabason The Fellowship
The Canadian musician is always a hard person to follow when his new music is dropped since he doesn?t do much advertising for it. However, I still try my best because of how unique of a sound he creates in the nu jazz space. Everything is minimal and simple, yet the layers of complex synths, saxophone, and electronics all come together so congruently that it blows my mind sometimes. That idea continues on this new chamber jazz project over here with some fairly new age leanings. It?s light and airy yet has a strong palette of sounds and ideas all throughout it. My biggest complaint is that ?Escape From North York? stands out as an oddity amongst the rest of the album.
Jungle For Ever
Kali Uchis Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
Not sure what happened over the summer with her sub-par EP, but she comes back with what I see as significantly better than her debut LP in 2018. There was a looming issue of inconsistency on her last album that she completely eliminated on her most recent record here. From front to back, you will be graced with sensual and energetic RnB with her classic Latin twist. There are a lot of contemporary RnB artists in the world today, but there is something so classy, yet sexy, about Kali?s music. She has such a knack for paring Latin flavors with American RnB music. My biggest flaw with this album is that the features seem like such an afterthought. Plus, it seems a bit of a jumbled mess sonically from track to track. But still, an incredible release, and any RnB fan should listen to this album.
Kali Uchis Isolation
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West Graduation
Katatonia City Burials
This is just some really solid alternative metal and progressive metal with some gothic elements thrown in and art rock elements also thrown in. One of the classics of the genre on their eleventh record and I am happy to see them come back to form after a bit of doglegging for a while in the 2010s with Dead End Kings and The Fall of Hearts. This project isn?t perfect, it gets bogged down in itself after a while. Some of the tracks also go on a bit longer than they probably needed to be, and the instrumentation can get a bit one-dimensional after a while. Overall, though, it is a very solid release for the long term four-piece Swedish band
Katie Pruitt Expectations
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges Texas Sun
Kimbra Primal Heart
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Sketches of Brunswick East (w/ Mild High Club)
Kllo Maybe We Could
Knocked Loose A Different Shade of Blue
Kylie Minogue Disco
Not sure why 2020 turned out to be the year of industrial music and nu-disco. But damn has there been some amazing nu-disco albums, and this is another stellar addition to that lineup of Jessy Ware and Dua Lipa. So many memorable and danceable electropop, synthpop, and nu-disco tracks that it is hard not to have a smile on your face while listening to this album. What?s even more amazing is that it comes from Kylie?s best album in over two decades, if not even three decades. The biggest downfall is ?Say Something? and ?Celebrate You? are strong lulls in the tracklisting, but still such a strong album!
La Fin The Endless Inertia
Extremely tight, solid, and heavy performances from the Italian metal band. Post-metal has had a year for many people, not including me, but this is one hell of a great album if you want some heavy, atmospheric, and intricate metal music. The biggest downfall with this album is how one-dimensional it really is?but at the end of the day, it really isn?t that big of a deal.
Lapsley Through Water
A really great record from the English singer. The only flaws are really in the lack of full potential being utilized here. I wish she pushed further and really gave us a ?wow? record.
Leon Vynehall Rare, Forever
When ?Nothing Is Still? was released in 2018 I remember being so enamored and blown away by how fluid sounding and feeling the record was. The title of the album really portrays what the record feels like when you put it on: fluid, wet, hypnotic, and urban. So going into the sophomore record here I had high expectations for the UK-based techno and house producer. For the most part, this album continues to blow me away but in a different way. The booming house beats and the thick and wet ambiance continue on this record. However, he also brings an interesting take on IDM that I haven?t seen for a while. Honestly, it takes a lot of interesting influences from the likes of the deconstructed club and I am all for it. My only complaint is the same I had with his debut; it just feels way too short. With only 38 minutes the record is starting and before I know it, it?s over. But man does this record pull you in from the start and doesn?t let go for one minute.
Leprous Pitfalls
Lice WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear
What happens when you take classic British punk artists like IDLES, smash it with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and sprinkle in Daughters noise/no-wave and brutal progressive rock music? Well, you get this fantastic debut album from the Bristol four-man band. So many memorable guitar hooks, cryptic and political lyrics, and insane psychedelic production. My biggest complaint with this album is how on and off it can be at times. Many times, the instrumentation takes a huge holt and nothing monumental happens for several seconds if not minutes. However, on a more positive note, this album has the charm and cartoon nature of a Gorillaz album with the off the walls but danceable music of what makes experimental punk music so fantastic to follow through the years.
Lissie Castles
Little Dragon New Me, Same Us
A great showing of how to do Neo-Soul and Art pop and funk. They execute it so sensually and groovy that you want to move your body through the whole record. My gripe with this record is I wish they pushed the sound farther and did more with it, some of the songs are so one-note and don't have much presence, while others are beyond lush. But still a great showing!
Liturgy H.A.Q.Q.
Lizzo Cuz I Love You
Logic Young Sinatra IV
Loma Loma
Long Beard Means To Me
Madeline Kenney Perfect Shapes
Madlib Sound Ancestors
For an instrumental hip-hop album this is a really strong album and for me personally this is one of the best showings for Madlib. I have never been one to fully understand, or appreciate, the subtle nuances of why people loved (and would die for) Madlib production. I will say it upright, his albums with Freddie Gibbs have always been boring listens. However, this is really a stunning album to listen to and each track has such a great set of samples and products that it?s hard not to feel empowered while listening to this. However, what really grinds my gears with this album is how flat everything is. Nothing about this album stands out as great, everything is extremely good, but nothing mind-blowing. This might be an issue I have with instrumental hip-hop as a whole, but nothing makes me think this is a great or classic record.
Make Them Suffer Worlds Apart
Make Them Suffer How to Survive a Funeral
Make Them Suffer is a five-piece Australian metalcore and deathcore band that has one of the most solid record release history out of anyone in the genre. They have stuck with their pummeling, hard-hitting, and emotional record outputs, and ?How to Survive a Funeral? is no different. Tracks are filled with brutal drum fills, heavy guitar riffs, and aggressive screams, and soaring cleans/screams. Everything you would ever want from Make Them Suffer returns and although for a lot of people this is a bit of a hit or miss record. For me there is a lot of ideas the band continues to play with that I am all for; the ambient synth chords, the extremely potent female vocals, and the extremely honest lyrical content. For me, this is the strongest showing from the band since their debut record and I am all for it. The biggest mistake with this record is that some of the tracks aren?t as hard-hitting as others and there is one song that sticks out like a sore thumb near the end of the tracklist. But, this is still a great, and short, metal album that people should check out if you're looking for something heavy.
Mappe Of The Isle of Ailynn
Marmozets Knowing What You Know Now
Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
Maud The Moth Orphnē
The Spanish born; UK based solo act of pianist Amaya Lpez-Carromero showcases the power of avant-garde music with her third album. This being my first exposure to her music and I am absolutely floored by what she crafts on this record. From the opening track, you are shown the vast beauty and horrifying nature of this record. Hypnotic piano cords, explosive drums, haunting violin, and they all come together to form one hell of an expansive listen. My biggest complaint with the album is many of the tracks all build into nothing which leaves me wanting a bit more from the tracks. Otherwise a great album in the baroque pop camp.
Memphis May Fire Unconditional
Methyl Ethel Triage
Microwave Death is a Warm Blanket
Moby Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
Monobody Comma
Without a doubt one of the more interesting jazz fusion and instrumental math-rock albums to come out for a while. Has a lot of that swancore flair to it like Chon but a more sophisticated feeling like a Plini or others like that sound/style. The Jazz instrumentation and chord progressions leave a huge amount of swagger and style to this album and the guitar adds that much more explosion than I was expecting. My biggest gripe with the record is I wish there was more here. With only 33-minutes there could be more substance to a lot of the tracks or even more tracks. The album just feels a bit of one-in-ear and out-the-other.
Moonspell 1755
Naeem Startisha
On his debut solo album, the traditional hip-house producer creates an experimental soundscape that weaves in and out of several different genres in the hip-hop and RnB scenes. Naeem Juwan starts out with a neo-soul driven track back up with haunting industrial style beats, then going to the next track a trap-style hip-hop banger. From there on the third track, we get a heavy-hitting hardcore hip-hop style track. Then we are shown a bouncy and tasteful hip-house track. This weaving continues on for the rest of the album, however, at its core there is a solid presence of experimental hip-hop. In many ways, this record sees influences by the likes of Yves Tumor and JPEGMAFIA. The biggest drawback is that although I love the jumping of sounds, it still seems a bit of a stretch some of the time, plus many of these tracks don?t build into the strongest finish. Also, the closing track doesn?t have the best punch that I would want it to. In conclusion, this is still a great record that any hip-hop fan should listen to.
Nai Palm Needle Paw
Naked Flames 247 365
If you have been following my music reviews then you should recognize No Agreements member Naked Flames. ?Binc Rinse Repeat?, an EP he released earlier this year, was a huge hit for me because of its hypnotic and measuring house and techno-type beats. On his new album, he continues down this road yet again and achieves an even greater sense of realization and memorization, without feeling over-complicated or simple. Encompassing six tracks, all-around six to eight minutes in length, this is a booming, explosive, and bright outsider house record. It never feels like too much and is the right amount of simplicity to keep you hooked without losing you. My biggest pet peeve is still the overall one-dimensionality of the record. Still a really solid piece of house and techno music.
Ne Obliviscaris Urn
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts V: Together
It has taken me a bit to get to these two records since at first, I thought they were boring. But, now after further investigation, I have truly come to love these records. But, let's start with the worse of the two ?Together?. This record is a really strong showing of what Trent Reznor can do with sound and texture. On this record, he gives you a light and airy (yet oddly off-putting) ambient drone record. This is the light before the storm. Every song slowly builds into these loud and cacophonous drone pieces that give you so much joy and ear candy. My negative is one specific song he uses these excruciating high pitches (like the ones your psychology teacher gives you to test your hearing) and man it hurts my ears. Otherwise, this is a perfectly great record.
Nonlocal Forecast Bubble Universe!
Northlane Mesmer
Novelists FR C'est La Vie
Oddisee Tangible Dream
Oddisee The Good Fight
Oneohtrix Point Never Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Daniel Lopatin, a Brooklyn native, has been making music under the OPN name since 2007 and he has one of the densest and interesting catalog you can get for an experimental electronic artist. Currently, on his 9th studio album, he kind of celebrates his legacy as an artist instead of defining a new genre of electronic music. In past classics (i.e. ?Replica?, ?R Plus Seven?, ?Garden of?, and even ?Betrayed in the Octagon?) Daniel redefined how we looked at Glitch/Plunderphonics, Vaporwave/progressive electronics, Post-Industrial, and Ambient music respectively. Daniel has such a keen eye for displaying coherent structure and sound design for electronic genres that have no need to be blended. With ?Magic? he gives a new audience, a more popular audience with his newest production credits for The Weeknd, and movies like Good Time and Uncut Gems, a showing of what his best styles sound like without going through them all at once. And to be honest it is a stellar showing what Daniel has done without suffering from the same issues all those albums plagued. The only gripe is that it still sounds like a disjointed listen even though he tries his best to fluently incorporate everything. The most interesting thing about this album is how Daniel uses the changing of the radio to explore his sounds and displays that although there are hundreds of different genres of music out there, it all comes together to be music. Great listen and a must for all new listeners to his music.
Open Mike Eagle Anime, Trauma and Divorce
The LA-based, Chicago born and influenced, abstract hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle (a.k.a. Michael W. Eagle II) has finally dropped his 7th Studio album and I have to say it might be my favorite thus far. This is so much charm to this album and everything comes off as both witty and introspective. There are a lot of relatable one lines on tracks like ?The Black Mirror Episode?, ?WTF Is Self Care?, and ?Sweatpants Spiderman?; knowing that everyday occurrences and issues can cause us all issues and we have to be able to understand them and overcome them. However, there is a much deeper understanding here that I feel many will miss; life is short and time moves fast. This whole album is a showing of how most people live a very simple and privileged life and we take that for granted every day. Mike shows us that there is nothing wrong with this and we need to be able to move around small issues to get to what we really want. The biggest downfall with this album is the instrumentals are a bit all over the place and the structure of everything seems a bit off.
Osees Smote Reverser
Otay:onii Ming Ming
Surprisingly dark, ominous, and explosive post-industrial and neoclassical darkwave album with a lot of bites all the way through. All though it might not be fully present all the way through and I wish there were more here, but still an absolutely amazing listen from front to back that cannot be missed.
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Panic! at the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Patrick Watson Wave
peaer A Healthy Earth
Periphery Periphery IV: Hail Stan
Phony Ppl mō'zā-ik
Plini The End of Everything
Plini Sweet Nothings
Plini Other Things
Polkadot Stingray Uchōten
Poppy Am I a Girl?
Poppy Choke
Poppy I Disagree
Porter Robinson Nurture
I have to start with why this was almost a truly great release; ?Blossom?. Jesus god what was he thinking when he wrote one of the corniest and tasteless folk ballads I have heard in a while. However, other than that one song the rest of this album is practically flawless. In a lot of ways, this is a simpler version of both Sufjan Stevens and Sweet Trip, while being heavily influenced by the last few years of hyperpop and continuing to be one of the top EDM artists of my generation. Tracks have so much life and bunch to them; make you really feel like someone running through a sunny field with no care in the world.
PRhyme PRhyme 2
Princess Nokia Everything Is Beautiful
Protomartyr Ultimate Success Today
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Shyga! The Sunlight Mound
Psychedelic rock as a whole has never rubbed me the right way. This is one of the few (honestly only) times where I believe older really is better. There are very few times a year where a psychedelic rock blows my mind. Even bands like King Gizzard never really do much for me because of how taxing their music is to me. However, the fourth album from the Australian four-piece band really brings a fresh breath of air to me. I think it has to do with how fun and easy this album is to listen to. I believe many psych bands today take themselves way too seriously?which is ironic because of where this genre came from. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets makes it sound fun and easy for 40 minutes with some heavy-hitting guitar riffs, booming drums, and experimental production. Ear candy all over this record and for how ?heavy? it seems, it really is a light and airy listen. My only complaint is how short some of the tracks can be.
Quadeca From Me To You
Before last week Quadeca was an unknown YouTube-based rapper who I now know has one of the biggest platforms in that space but has never produced more than a decent single in his career. However, when his single ?Sisyphus? dropped it absolutely blew me away with what he was doing. It?s like if you took Joji?s alternative RnB style vocals, NF?s style production, and Logic?s rapping ability and you add some indie folk guitar work and glitch hop you have the single. An absolutely flooring merging of styles that have never been this bold before. Now that the whole record is out, to be honest almost all of this record has blown me away. From the explosive ?Candles on Fire!?, ?Work!?, and ?It?s All a Game?, to the more progressive and ambient tracks of ?Shades of Us?, ?Can?t See Me?, ?Maybe Another Day?, ?Alone Together?, and ?Summit, Pt. 1 & 2?. Put together this is an emotional and gigantic and exploratory exercise in experimental hip hop and emo rap. Although the lyrics are not truly breathtaking, the overall production completely blows that out the water. The worst part of the album is a few tracks here and there (specifically ?Smiling at the Ground? and ?People Pleaser?) and the ambient/philosophical interludes do not add much to the project. But man overall this is a beautiful and breathtaking listen from front to back.
Quelle Chris Being You Is Great...
Quelle Chris Guns
Quelle Chris, Chris Keys Innocent Country
Quelle Chris, Chris Keys Innocent Country 2
R.A.P. Ferreira purple moonlight pages
R.A.P. Ferreira bob's son: R​.​A​.​P. Ferreira in the garden level
Philosophical rapper, Milo, comes through with his second album under his new name. His 2020 release was a great showing of what he has in store for this new hazy jazz-rap sound. He continues that idea on this brand new album. For me, this is a hair better than the last album because of how concise and to the point this album is. Being much shorter and having significantly better instrumentals makes this a great listen. The biggest issues are the lyrics are a bit ?babbly?. You know, anyone who took a liberal arts Philosophy class can relate to a babbly professor and that?s a lot of what this album is. Still a solid showing and continue to look forward to what he does in the future.
Radiohead Knives Out
Rag'n'Bone Man Human
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
REOL Kinjitou
Rhye Spirit
Robyn Honey
Royal Blood Royal Blood
Royce da 5'9 Book of Ryan
Royce da 5'9 The Allegory
Ryley Walker The Lillywhite Sessions
Saba Care For Me
Sam Smith The Thrill of It All
Samia The Baby
The NYC based singer and songwriter shows off her ability to mesmerize and captivate her audience with heartfelt and powerful indie folk and pop ballads that stray enough from the usual to be unique but don?t go too far out to be annoying. From the very ambient pop indie track, there is so much variety on the album, but it never stops feeling like your right there in the room with her. A really solid album, highly recommended. The worst part of this album is that the production can be a bit odd at times and the album can feel disjointed at times, otherwise a great debut.
Sampa the Great The Return
Sault (UK) Untitled (Rise)
A really solid fourth album from the United Kingdom-based group. There have been a lot of great albums toughing on the topics of black lives matter and topics like it. But this is one of the strongest of the year. From the great funktronica and afrobeat instrumentals to the very soulful and powerful neo-soul vocals. There is a lot to love about this project. The biggest downside is that the poetry passages can be a bit distracting and make the paise of the record slow down. Also, the closing track is a bit to be desired. Still a great album for them and probably the strongest one they have done to date.
SECRETS Fragile Figures
Sectioned (SCT) Annihilated
SeeYouSpaceCowboy... Songs For The Firing Squad
SeeYouSpaceCowboy... The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds
Seori ?depacse ohw
This was a bit of surprise for me because I just assumed this was going to be some more modern RnB that we are continually pressed within today's age. However, when I started this little EP I was awestruck with how blissful, whimsical, and forward-thinking this Korean RnB album is. In many ways, it is taking Ariana Grande's influence put twisting it into what makes K-Pop such a sticky sound. Overall it?s a very pleasant listen, she definitely needs to narrow her sound though because she is going through a lot of different RnB styles on this eighteen-minute EP.
Seoul I Become A Shade
Sewerslvt Draining Love Story
SG Lewis times
The nu-disco revival/resurgence continues to be one of the best sounds to come out of quarantine and Samuel George Lewis continues to push that sound into new heights. I knew that he had potential on his fairly strong set of EPs throughout the coming years, but his debut is probably strongest with great features from Rhye, Robin, and Channel Tres to name a few. The beats and production are bouncy and authentic, but they all have a dense feel of disco house and progressive house from the 80?sd and ?90s. The weakest part of the album is that the tracks with no features are significantly weaker than those with vocal features. Plus, I wish there was more substance here from the fairly short LP, 40-minutes.
Shame (UK) Songs of Praise
Shigeto The New Monday
Shygirl ALIAS
The very illusive London rapper, Blane Muise, is back with her sophomore record and it continues to amaze me how so many people are sleeping on her music. The amount of craft and energy she brings to a 19-minute record is unmatched. This is a really tight listen from front to back and there is not a bad song on it. The issues come through with me wishing she did more with this record. Just like with her 2018 release, she continues to work with these very short and bite-size albums. However, her most potent moments are when she is unleashing her rath on longer tracks. So, I give this a 4/5 because I wish there was just more on this record.
Sianvar Stay Lost
Sigur Ros Odin’s Raven Magic
If you have never listened to Sigur Ros then this might not be the place to start because of how different this album is. This album is a 16-year long wait that fans have been waiting for and does it live up to that hype and wait?well for me maybe. Sigur Ros became famous for their dense post-rock instrumentation, claustrophobic (yet beautiful) ambient soundscapes, and surreal vocal performances (especially on their 1999 ?gtis byrjun?, 2002, ?( )?, and 2005 ?Takk??). However, the lead singer (and mastermind behind the whole project), Jnsi, always wanted something more magnificent, more personal, and denser. So, in 2002 he worked with the above artists to create a live performance showcasing the power of a historic Icelandic poem. The band sat on this and wanted to do something huge with it. But as time passed, they sat and sat on it. So now we have it and it really is something to behold. Although it is very patience-testing, when the true beautify comes through on the record it comes in hard. So angelic yet so haunting, something all people should try if you want a journey through the culture and history of a country most people know nothing about.
Slipknot We Are Not Your Kind
slowthai Nothing Great About Britain
Smino NOIR
sonhos tomam conta wierd
What can I say, I am an absolute sucker for really good shoegaze metal music, and blackgaze will always have a place in my heart. However, this is only true when the album is well made, well-executed, and doesn?t sound boring and for the most part, this small Brazilian band nails it out of the park. From the opening guitar lick on ?O ar nos meus pulmes? to the very Midwest emo post-rock guitar passages on ?Seu corpo gelado, mas voc ainda est viva?. There is a lot of intermixing of sounds and for the most part, they all come out really well. My biggest negative is that the sound can be rather one-dimensional right near the end of the record and with that idea, the last track ?Anime de mecha? could have used some sprucing up because it sort of ends into nothing, and I wish they went out with a bang. But overall a hell of great emo and shoegaze record with various roots in other hardcore and metal genres.
Stevens/Dessner/Muhly/McAlister Planetarium
Stolas Living Creatures
Strawberry Girls Tasmanian Glow
Sufferer Sufferer
Sugar Wounds Calico Dreams
Man-o-man it?s my lucky day another blackgaze record. However, unlike the last one which was more shoegaze and emo. This sophomore LP from Myrtle Beach band seems a much more electronic and screamo side of the genre. Is it better than the sonhos tomam conta, yes, but it still has a major issue of not being consistent enough for me. But this is still a hell of a solid record from front to back and there is a lot of energy on this album so take a listen.
SWMRS Berkely’s On Fire
Sydney Sprague maybe i will see you at the end of the world
Honestly, this was a bit of a surprise on how explosive and interesting this short debut album is from the Arizona native. On the first track ?I refuse to die? there is a heavy-hitting indie rock/pop rock flair that is so damn catchy it?s hard not to have these melodies stuck in your head. From there Sydney experiments with a lot of very almost indietronica electronic production choices that there is a lot of promise here with what she is doing. Honestly, the biggest downside is how simple this album is and how cluttered the ideas can be. However, with more experience and more exploration, I believe she could make a push in the indie scene.
Szun Waves New Hymn to Freedom
Tame Impala Currents
Tancred Nightstand
Teen Daze Bioluminescence
TesseracT Polaris
The Amity Affliction Chasing Ghosts
The Amity Affliction Let the Ocean Take Me
The Avalanches We Will Always Love You
At one point or another everyone will go through loss. The emotion is a powerful one and probably the one that can manipulate us to do things we didn?t mean to. That is why people are always told to love those who are going through a loss because they need it more than they could imagine. On the 3rd album from the legendary plunderphonics and trip-hop duo we see them explore this topic of loss and love in tandem with one another and where that can lead one in any sense of the meaning of loss. Is this their best album, no, but is this another fairly strong addition to their amazing trio of albums, absolutely. Any fan of hip-hop and electronic music needs to hear this album in all its glory. The worst part of this album is that it is littered with unnecessary interludes and some unnecessary features.
The Chemical Brothers No Geography
The Clientele Music for the Age of Miracles
The Comet Is Coming Trust in the Lifeforce of Deep Mystery
The Dangerous Summer The Dangerous Summer
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Devil Wears Prada The Act
The Innocence Mission See You Tomorrow
The Innocence Mission Small Planes
The Japanese House Good At Falling
The Movielife Cities In Search Of A Heart
The New Age Think Too Much; Feel Too Little
The New Age Placebo
The Spirit Of The Beehive Entertainment, Death
I have listened to a lot of experimental music and yet I am still blown away from time to time with a release that just sounds so new. With the fourth record from the three-piece psychedelic and noise pop/rock outfit we see a continuation of the sound they have created with their debut ?The Spirit of the Beehive?, but escalate it to new highs with neo-psychedelic riffs that sound like they are getting ripped apart by productive editing. In many ways, this record sounds like a sound collage piece because of how much they have manipulated the guitars, synths, and vocals. From the opening noise passage of ?Entertainment? to the soft post-punk feel of ?There?s Nothing You Can?t Do?. This is like if you took Sweet Trips production and put it over some fairly Fishmans or Flaming Lips style instrumentals while also incorporating Melt-Banana style noise. But still sounding extremely unique. My biggest complaint is that the heavy amount of mixing and manipulation has caused the mix to go extremely flat at points. Especially when a lot of the noises overlap each other like in ?There?s Nothing you Can Do? or ?Give Up Your Life?. Still a really solid album!
The Weeknd After Hours
Not going to lie Starboy, BBtM, and Kiss Land are not my favorite records and the Weeknd still has some of the same issues here as he has always had: lack of diversity. However, he is finally putting himself on the path towards success with this new record and for the most part, I?m loving it.
The Word Alive Deceiver
The Word Alive Life Cycles
Thom Yorke Anima
Tides of Man Empire Theory
Tim Baker Survivors
TOBi Still
Troye Sivan In A Dream
The South African born and Australia based singer/songwriter has written and released a new set of tracks on this EP, which sees him doing a rebrand of his style and sound. In past releases, he was always a lovely voice over bland and dime-a-dozen instrumentals. However, on his newest project, he shows a huge step in maturity and sonic landscapes. From the opening track, you are presented with an alternative RnB instrumental that builds into a grand techno-inspired electropop track. From there you can feel a Weeknd influenced synthpop and synthwave tracks like ?Easy? and ?STUD?. Lyrically, this is the most mature and sophisticated he has ever been talking of his sexuality and feelings towards the ones he loves and cares about. A solid EP that definitely still needs a bit of work since everything comes together disjointed, but still amazing progressions for Troye.
Two People First Body
U.S. Girls Heavy Light
Vacationer Relief
Vacationer Mindset
Vampire Weekend Father Of The Bride
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
Vinyl Theatre Origami
Vinyl Theatre Starcruiser
Visitors BLUESHIFT
Vladislav Delay Rakka
Power noise is not a genre that comes up very often or a genre that I particularly enjoy since it can be a bit harsh of a sound style. However, this 45-minute power noise and post-industrial fusion has such a great texture and soundscape to it, it's hard not to find it enjoyable. This album will not be for everyone, actually, it probably won't be for most people. If you aren't ready for the heavy, dense, and thick, noise passages then this isn't for you. However, what the Finland experimental electronic producer is able to create is so serein and captivating from something so abrasive and jagged. The biggest downfall is that it can be one-dimensional by the end of the record. Otherwise, I really am enjoying this album.
Volumes No Sleep
Volumes Via
We Came As Romans Cold Like War
Westelaken The Golden Days are Hard
This is my first listen to this wonderful little four-piece country and folk outfit from Toronto. From what I can hear, though, this is significantly better than their debut album. However, I am getting ahead of myself?why listen to Westelaken. Well in general they are doing something I have never quite heard in the country or folk landscape. The easiest way to explain it is with their influences which come in the form of The Talking Heads, Glenn Branca, Swans, Fleet Foxes, Bob Dylan, Mount Eerie, Bill Callahan, and Radiohead. So what does this all mean? Well on first listen this seems like a rather odd collection of folk rock and alternative country tracks with some wild outbursts. However, on more inspection, you can hear the post-punk influence coming through on my of the tracks here. You can hear the no wave influence coming through on the back end of the record. You can feel the storytelling nature of this on the way Jordan signs about his last year as a son and lover. This is an amazing amount of musicianship coming through, that it?s hard to ignore it. Please give it a listen if you want something new in your country/folk.
Weyes Blood Titanic Rising
While She Sleeps You Are We
Whitney Forever Turned Around
Wolf Alice Visions of a Life
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Dirt
Yotto Hyperfall
Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar
Young Jesus Welcome to Conceptual Beach
The seven-piece art rock band have released their fifth album and it is the best one they have done thus far. Every new album they continue to create and distinguish themselves as the top dogs in the art rock and indie rock scene. They have created such a diverse sound that not many (if not most) can do (expect Radiohead). From the opening lines of this album you know your in for a real treat. But as you continue hearing the blissful and free-jazz inspired guitar riffs, you know your in for a real enlightening experience. The only downfall of this record is that the last two songs don?t have the same bite that the rest of the album does. They are both 9-ish minute long songs that take heavy influence from Talk Talk and they don?t always nail the landing on the length of it. There are many solid ideas on this record and anyone looking for a magnificent record this is the place to look.
Yukika Timeabout,
For whatever reason, her breakout record ?Soul Lady? never sat well with me. Everything felt too bright and glamorous that it completely washed out the charm of the music. However, on this new EP from the South Korean artist, she somehow keeps the charm of her debut but fills it with more synth-funk-inspired melodies and grooves that it feels more down-to-earth than the last record. Although this is a short 19 minute EP, this is a fun and explosive city-pop-infused dance-pop album that feels so sunny and explosive that it's hard not to tap your foot. The downside with the record is the product can be too clean at points and be fairly distracting, but still a great listen.
Yumi Zouma Truth or Consequences
Yves Tumor Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Another solid release from the Florida electronic producer. Although it?s a much different album than his previous works, in that now he is producing a modern soul record. In the past, you would expect to hear some experimental sound collage with some eerie and provoking vocals. However, now we are seeing a stripped back and but more concise and focused soul record. In the past, many of his records were stylistically all over the place and nothing really came together well, but now we are seeing a more direct, mature, and focused sound from him. My biggest gripes with this project are sometimes the instrumentals can wash out his vocals to the point where everything is colliding oddly. Also, sometimes I wish he would explore more with some of the tracks, in that many of them end without much build or presence. Lastly, he still has the problem of trying too many things in a small amount of space. Especially with some of the shorter tracks or interludes, sounds and textures sort of happen, but then end and the direction changes. But, otherwise I?m pretty happy with this direction and look forward to seeing what he does next with it.
Yvette Young Acoustics EP 2
Zacari Run Wild Run Free

3.5 great
65daysofstatic replicr, 2019
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
A.A.L. (Against All Logic) 2017-2019
Alexisonfire Crisis
alt-J An Awesome Wave
Amarionette [US] Dangerous Times and My Dangerous Ways
Amarionette [US] Amarionette
Ane Brun How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow
So much better than the first album that the Norwegian artist released this year. So much more personal, hypnotic, lovely, and dense that it feels weird to even think they were recorded during the same year. From opening to closing, you will be whimsically taken on a trip through the chamber and folk soundscapes. The biggest complaint is that some of the tracks feel a bit underperformed from what I know she can do. Plus, there is nothing on here that really sticks out has a magical experience like I would have expected to form her.
Arca KiCk i
If you haven?t heard of Arca that is okay, you have more then likely heard her production somewhere. For example, she has produced for the likes of Kanye West, Bjork, Blood Orange, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs, Kelela, and some other artists. However, Arca is much more than just a producer, her solo material as influenced the experimental, avant, and pop scene for years. Since her three EP?s in 2012 and now on her fourth LP, she has slowly gone through several pop genres. On her most recent album, though she is doing two big things. First, she is casting a wider net by making her music more accessible for the everyday lister/radio listener. She is also capturing everything she has ever done sonically and lyrically into one tight 36 minute full-length record. From start to finish you will be enthralled by the wonderful world of Arca. Right from the opening track you will know what it feels like to be an Arca listener. With all that said I love the idea of making a platter for new listeners to see what her music and style are like. However, this also leads to the album being a rather disjointed listening experience since she goes from deconstructed club to ambient pop relatively quickly. Also, the features she brings on more sound like her producing for those artists rather than making her own style with the artists (especially on the Bjork and Rosalia features). In general, this is still a great listen if you are new to her or an old-time fan looking for a good sample album, but it can be not enough for the fan looking for a true Arca project.
Arcane Roots Landslide EP
Ariana Grande Sweetener
Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince
At times this third album from the Pakistan artist is a surreal, enchanting, and truly breathtaking listen. The opening track ?Baghon Main? is a potent example of that with the incredible strings, bouncing standing bass, and signing that resonates with your soul. However, this album is also a rather odd pondering idea that doesn?t feel like it?s going particularly anywhere. Every song, except ?Last Night?, is the same kind of vibe; which one can get by simply listening to the ones who influenced her (Julia Holter and Fionna Apple). There is nothing that changes or builds and all that?s left is the beautiful vocals. Those vocals do deliver and for the whole project she makes sure to keep them as the focal point, but the instrumentals get stale rather quickly.
Artifex Pereo Passengers
As Real Marveless
A three-piece post-metal and shoegaze outfit from Portland, Maine have delivered their debut album and all around there is a lot of promise for this band based on what is present here. All the way through you will be taken on a winding and long-winded post-metal and metalcore album that doesn?t relent for one minute on the 52-minute album. However, there is a lot of work the band needs to do to fully come into their own sound because they really just sound like every offshoot of this sound from Astronoid to Deafheaven. They definitely started in the right place, they just need to fully develop themselves into the future. So, I look forward to seeing what this band will create in the future.
At the Drive-In Diamanté
At the Drive-In in•ter a•li•a
オオハシ (Ohashi) 波のはじまり (Nami no Hajimari)
Baauer Planet′s Mad
Harry Rodrigues has released his sophomore record and he steps forward in so many ways from his previous release that it?s weird to even think those records came out by the same person. Throughout the whole record, you will be greeted with explosive EDM style beats, bouncy jungle instrumentation, and danceable UK bass for 39 minutes straight. Honestly, there isn?t a dull moment on this whole record. My negatives are though that this album is one dimensional and after a while, you feel like you have heard everything there is to offer. Plus, many of the songs follow the same EDM formula that it can be grating after a while. But, all together this is a surprising and enjoyable EDM and jungle record that anyone who is a fan of EDM has to try this.
BADBADNOTGOOD IV
Beach Bunny Honeymoon
Benny The Butcher The Plugs I Met 2
This is a fairly strong release for the Buffalo rapper Benny the Butcher, however in his tight and somewhat prolific discography this is nothing that sounds out of the norm for him. In many ways, this is him doing something more comfortable for him both sonically and lyrically. I still find the first release in this series to be significantly better and the last full-length album from him last year to also be significantly better. Still solid beats, great rapping, and explosive lyrics.
Between the Buried and Me Automata I
Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Billy Lemos Wonder
The Chicago based producer comes through with his debut album and it is a sonic wonder of modern pop music that continues to show that we are seeing a new third wave of trap artists that are taking the genre down new sonic sounds. Some really solid ideas and brings a lot of interesting new rappers and singers. For only 30 minutes there is a lot of good stuff packed in this album. The biggest negatives are that many of the songs end when things were really getting good, so I hope into the future he lengthens things out a bit.
Bishop Nehru Elevators
Black Dresses Forever In Your Heart
In retro-spec this is one of those albums that feels like it should be better but in reality, there is too much inconsistency to make this album truly great. Take the track ?Tiny Ball? and interesting minimal/raw demo cut but compared to the rest of the album it completely throws out what the first four tracks build up to be. Take another track ?Waiting42moro? but is another alternative rock and electro-industrial clash which sounds like it should be good, but the track comes off so awkward. What I am getting at is that there are some truly great cuts on this record, but the worst tracks on here derail the whole listening experience quickly and it takes some time for the pleasure of the album to come back. In general, this album has all the parts to be great but misses the mark several times or loses itself in the process.
Black Thought Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel
One of the lead artists of the legendary hip-hop groups The Roots comes through with his debut LP and the third installment of his ? Streams of Thoughts? series and it continues to show that he is one of (if not the) best lyricist in the hip-hop scene hands down, but shows that he might not have the best chops for making full records. From the opening few tracks, you can feel the aggression and heart that Tariq has for the scene. From the explosive and dense ?Good Morning? to the jazzy ?Magnificent?. We also have some great instrumental and vocals from Portugal the Man, the least likely person I would imagine having on here. But this album has its dull moments and that is okay. It is a good if not great album and you should listen to it if you want a great showing of lyrical depth.
Blanck Mass In Ferneaux
While listening to this rather Avant piece of music there is a lot of thoughts that come to mind. First being tranquility and hypnotism followed by the fear of looming and so on. This record looks at the pain one feels, and the waving effects of that pain. This is done through various field recordings and ambient synths/drones. For being such a short album (2 tracks at 41 minutes), it is a rather cathartic and magnificent listen. There are a lot of great ideas laced through the album to show the progression and flow of what pain is like and the human experience of pain. However, where this album falls is how bland some parts can be compared to others. I feel the progressions and overall idea is solid but there are parts that go on for too long orbits that I wish were more fleshed out. Also ?Phase I? is significantly outshined by the darker and more explosive ?Phase II?. Phase II has more noise and industrial elements that make it a more intriguing and memorable listen.
Blue October I Hope You're Happy
Bob Moses Battle Lines
Bohren und der Club of Gore Patchouli Blue
Bonny Light Horseman Bonny Light Horseman
Boy Pablo Wachito Rico
In many ways, the five-piece Norway-based jangle pop group boy pablo (lead by Nicols Muoz) are my guilty pleasure. Deep down, as a reviewer at least, I know they really don?t make the most original or breathtaking music to exist. However, their two debut EP?s connects with me on such an emotional level that it can be scary at times to listen to it. So in the back of mind, I am restraining myself by not giving this a 4.5/5 because I know that this is fairly common jangle-pop influenced by the greats (The Smiths, R.E.M., and Alvvays) and similar psychedelic pop influences like Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips. But there is still such a great positive feeling that this album brings and sometimes you need that.
Bring Me The Horizon Amo
Bring Me The Horizon Music to Listen to...
Brockhampton SATURATION II
Brockhampton Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
Let me start by saying this is a significant increase from Iridescent and in some cases Ginger. However, this is still nowhere close to the quality of the Saturation series, and for good reason. The album is split up into two fairly distinct characteristics, the heavy bangers, and the alternative RnB smoothers. ?Buzzcut?, ?Chain on Me?, ?Bankroll?, ?Windows?, and, ?Bankroll?, ?Don?t Shoot Up the Party? are all heavy-hitting bangers that bring back the booming energy of the Saturation series, plus bring in the explosiveness that they wanted in Iridescent. However, the RnB tracks are a bit of a hit or a miss. ?Count on Me?, ?The Light?, ?I?ll Take You On?, and ?What?s the Occasion?, ?When I Ball? are fairly solid alternative RnB tracks with the group?s usual flair of instrumental exploration. However, ?Old New? and ?The Light Part II? both are really dragging the record down for how overlie simple they are. For the most part this a really solid record and even the worst tracks are still solid, but they still drag the record down, plus the all-over nature of this project sonically also is fairly uncharacteristic for the group so that also kind of leads me with a sour taste in my mouth.
Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
One of the greatest rappers of all time finally comes through with his most anticipated record yet. On the Brooklyn native?s 10th full-length album, he changes up his sound but doesn?t change up his aggressive flow, and honestly, most of the tracks here hit pretty damn hard. The biggest issue is that this record didn?t need to be an hour and eleven minutes long. But there is a lot of passionate, aggressive, and political rapping all over this record, and a great addition to the 2020 rap catalog.
Cadence Weapon Cadence Weapon
Caitlyn Smith Supernova
Cakes Da Killa Muvaland
Another solid hip-house album, however, is not as dense or intricate as Channel Tres?s EP that was mentioned earlier. There is just something missing from this EP that is on that one that I cannot place. Still a hella solid release.
Caligula's Horse Rise Radiant
The five-piece Australian progressive metal and rock outfit are finally back with their fifth record and it?s another strong showing for one of the best progressive outfits in modern music, even if it is one of their weakest albums. From the very opening track you are blasted with heavy rifts, soring guitars, hard drums, and infatuating vocals. Every track here builds so beautifully together and gives you one wholistic listen from front to back. Plus, the closer is one angelic and amazing progressive rock anthem with several phases and builds. In general, it?s a solid release, however for Caligula?s horse it's all sounds they have done and mastered on their previous records, and fully realized and executed on their last record, which was there best yet. With this album we see them playing it safer than usual, which is fine. They needed an album with more simple properties. I see a huge album coming in the next few years, but for now this will be perfectly fine.
Caspian On Circles
Cehryl Slow Motion
Charli XCX How I'm Feeling Now
Charlie XCX has seen fit to make an album in a month (which is nothing new to her) and honestly this really came out well. From the opening track, you are given a very quick showing of what you are in for a noisy and abrasive pop album written by someone who is anxious about what is currently going on with the COVID isolation. I will say this record will not make normal pop fans happy if you are not used to noise pop, then this isn?t for you because this record has its moments of noise. My only downside is that not all the tracks hit as hard as others, and the sound style is a bit all over the place. Also, the production can be a touch to noisy at times (especially on the closing track).
Chastity Belt Chastity Belt
Childish Gambino 03.15.20
I have always been a passive listener of Donald?s music. I have never truly understood his massive success, but he has always produced amazing songs, but subpar records. This is no different. Some amazing songs here, but some true head-scratchers.
Chloe x Halle Ungodly Hour
Chloe and Halle Bailey are a jack of all trades sister duo, starting as actors and now
making a run for it in the music industry. However, the biggest catch is that they are
some of the most talented actors turn artists that I have heard in a while. Especially
for two sisters coming out of the Disney acting scene. On their sophomore record they
improve on all fronts, but one (that I will get to later). Sonically the beats are the
strongest I have heard from them in a long time; bouncy, atmospheric, and sensual. The
production is a bit clean but still makes them sound crisp over the instrumentals. The
only thing is the lyrics and song structures can be a bit…stretched and cringy. This
definitely is a huge deterrent some of the times because the lyrics really make you stop
and think about what you are doing with your life. Also, the last two tracks are much
weaker than the previous eleven tracks. In conclusion, they are going in the right
direction and are slowly starting to get their own sound which I am elated for them. They
really only need to work on lyrical substance and musical structure, but still a solid
release from the sisters.
CHON Homey
CHON CHON
Christine and the Queens La vita nuova
Circuit Des Yeux Reaching For Indigo
clairo Immunity
Cloud Control Zone
Com Truise Persuasion System
Common Let Love
Converge The Dusk in Us
Cross Record Cross Record
Crown the Empire The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways
Crumb Jinx
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
Danny Brown uknowhatimsayin¿
Datach'i Bones
Deaton Chris Anthony B OY
Destrage The Chosen One
Disclosure Energy
On the two-piece UK based producers, they produce one of the strongest records they have ever made. With 11 tracks and 42 minutes of material, you will be shown thrown many different scenes of house and UK garage. From the bangers of the first four songs to the more expressive middle three tracks to the reflective final two songs, there is a sound and style for everyone. Some of the strongest writing and beats show up on the LP and I can?t believe how far the duo has come since their abysmal last album and somewhat week debut. My biggest complaint is the interludes are an odd way of showing the sonic transitions, especially since they don?t really inform you of the change. They are more like songs you hear in the room before you go to a show or something. Also, the middle three tracks (the ones with no features) are significantly weaker than the other tracks since they don?t hit as hard as I think they could.
DJ Muggs Dies Occidendum
A very strong Illbient and instrumental hip-hop album that leans more in the dark ambient space than most albums in this area are. This is a really dense and explosive instrumental album with some truly haunting beats that many of the best hardcore hip-hop artists could easily rap over. It has a lot of the same kind of energy as Eminem?s mid albums were like with none of the filler. I just wish there was more here and some of the tracks do drag on a bit more than they should.
Dr. Octagon Moosebumps
Dream On Dreamer Loveless
Dream On Dreamer Songs of Solitude
DreamWeaver (JP) Cloud9
On the debut album from the Japanese artist, she brings to life a genre (new age) that many people really only know about because of their yoga studio and/or massage therapist. On the short 30 minute record, she presents a lot of ambient textures, nuance, charisma, and charm without suffering from being one-dimensional or uncharismatic. The biggest downfall of this project is how short it is, plus I wish she flushed out more of the sonic soundscape of each song.
Drugdealer Raw Honey
Duda Beat Te Amo Lá Fora
In the grand scheme of Spanish pop music this could stand up there with the greats, and in my opinion, is better than what a lot of people classify as great (looking at you Rosala fans). The sophomore record sees the Brazilian singer and songwriter continue down her brega (branch of Brazilian music) influences but incorporates more techno and dub influences that create a more intricate and denser listen than was fully realized on her debut. With that said this album is far from perfect and this overall style and sound is something to me that has yet to be fully utilized or realized. I understand that to be famous they have to tailor the music to the ?American people?. But man, screw that, do what you think you should do and she kind of does that with mixed results. Especially on tracks like ?50 Meninas? and ?Decisao de Te Amar? which completely miss the mark for me. Still, a really strong release and could go down as the best Spanish music this year.
DZ Deathrays Bloody Lovely
DZ Deathrays Positive Rising: Part 1
Earl Sweatshirt Some Rap Songs
EarthGang Mirrorland
Ebonivory The Long Dream I
If you actually follow my music reviews or know me, you know that I love progressive music. Progressive metal was one of the first music genres that I really fell in love with. So many new artists in this genre I have a very critical lens towards. This five-piece Australian progressive metal band has finally released their second full-length album since 2015 and in some ways its equally as good as the last, while in other ways this is to similar to the last one. As you listen through this record you will be greeted with soaring vocals, powerful and heavy prog metal riffs and fills, and winding songs that scratch at the itch I always love in this genre. However, in the grand scheme of things, this is only all that different from anyone else out there in the prog metal scene. Plus, everything they have done here seems more toned down then what they did on their last record. So, it leaves me wondering what in the world happened between the last five years? In conclusion, this is a perfectly great progressive metal album and gives me a good satisfaction. However, in the grand scheme of things, it?s really nothing new or mind-blowing, both for the scene as a whole or for the band. But I look forward to seeing what the band does in the future.
Eidola To Speak, To Listen
Elbow Little Fictions
Some really cool songs that the band definitely put a lot of thought into. the first 3 songs and last 3/4 songs are very well thought out and have a good deal of substance. The middle 3/4 don't have enough in them to drive the album home. So definitely would recommend, but be careful!
Electric Youth Memory Emotion
Empress Of Us
Epica The Solace System
Everything Everything RE-ANIMATOR
Eydis Evensen Bylur
Cold, haunting, and beautiful all while being a fairly simple post-modern classical album with a lot of chamber music leanings if not chamber pop in some ways. Although this is not the most interesting listen from front to back because of how skeletal much of the arrangements can be, it is still jam-packed with lush piano and strings to keep your mind thinking about the cold night air.
Feu! Chatterton Palais d'Argile
A French version of LCD Soundsystem is something that I never thought I needed, but man does this album sound so good when it?s on. From the classic nouvelle chanson franaise sound to the very art rock and indietronica elements laced throughout the whole album. Some truly breathtaking tracks on this album, but the biggest downside of the album is how bloated it is. Some of the later tracks really drag on for no reason. Also, the conclusion is not the best with a repeat of the first track but shorter. Still, overall a really solid release and a must if you are into the classics of art rock and indietronica or nouvelle chanson franaise
Field Music Open Here
Fievel Is Glauque God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess
French live band come through with a rough recorded gem that any fan of jazz pop or jazz music, in general, need to listen to. Great repetitive drums, lighthearted vocals, and lounge feeling progressions. My biggest complaint is how much this album loses itself by the end because of how simple everything is. But some truly memorable tracks on here and a must-listen for the small band.
FKA Twigs LP1
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1
Forth Wanderers Forth Wanderers
Foster the People Sacred Hearts Club
Frank Leone DON'T
Extremely solid hip-hop album from the Illinois based experimental hip-hop artist. This is my first album from him, but what I can see is that he likes to really explore blissful sounds with his hip-hop and this is a really amazing set of tracks. In many ways it makes me think of Washed Out and Vacationer, but also like Earl Sweatshirt. The biggest issue I have with this is the passing is all over the place, but he has a very bland flow in general. Also, I wish he expanded more on the sounds of each of the songs since many of them dip out once they really get going.
Free Throw Bear Your Mind
Gallery S The Many Hands Of God
Ever since the newest wave of Sewerslvt albums drum-and-bass have been changed for me. Because of this change this new album from the two electronic artists isn?t a bad one at all: solid drum beats, great atmospheric synths, and groovy jungle rhythms. However, the complexity of Sewerlsvt is completely lacking in this album and for the most part that?s what I want now a days from drum-and-bass music as a whole, especially the niche genre of atmospheric drum-and-bass.
Gang Gang Dance Kazuashita
Gengahr Where Wildness Grows
George Clanton Slide
George Clanton & Nick Hexum George Clanton and Nick Hexum
It?s been two years since George Clanton gave us Slide, the genre definining Chillwave record that blew people away with it?s combination of synths, sounds, and guitars/drums. Now on the follow up he brings in the likes of 311s? Nick Hexum to play some more clean and psychedelic guitars. On the surface this is still a very solid release in the whole ethos of George Clanton, however for him this seems more or less like ten songs that were b-sides from Slide. All the tracks still showcase the very droning bliss of chillwave, but now layered with these very bland guitar riffs and somewhat odd Nick vocals.
Glass Animals How To Be A Human Being
Godspeed You! Black Emperor G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
If you love Godspeed, you will absolutely love this (probably). If you?re a post-rock fan you will probably love this (maybe). If you?re a field recording fan you might want to look elsewhere (definitely). For me, this is honestly more interesting than a lot of Godspeeds more bloated releases because of the use of drone and field recording (even some chamber elements here and there). However, this still can drag on at parts and the whole post-rock ballad of ?Job?s Lament? is beyond boring to get through. But still, overall I enjoy a majority of this record and there are still some solid ideas for one of the most legendary art bands to do it.
Godsticks Faced With Rage
Good Tiger We Will All be Gone
Gorillaz Humanz
Grandbrothers All the Unknown
A really strong post-minimal album from the German duo. In general, this is nothing mind-blowing out of the modern classical offshoot, but this is a really strong showing of what ambient house and post-minimalism can do when they are put together correctly. A lot of memorable tracks with great moods and builds that keep your ears peaked the whole listening experience. The biggest downfall of the project is how after 55 minutes the lack of diversity does get to you. But still a solid release.
Greaver The Faun
Greer Lullaby For You
Guitar Fight from Fooly Cooly Soak
Hands Like Houses Unimagine
Hayley Williams Petals For Armor I
Hayley Williams FLOWERS for VASES / descansos
After her brilliant showing on the debut album of last year, the Paramore singer continues to show songwriting chops on this new ?quarantine album?. Although this is nowhere close to a perfect album, there are a lot of very solid tracks that give off such a vulnerability that it shakes me to my core. The biggest downfall of this album though is how one-dimensional the album is and how all over the place the quality of tracks are. Also, many of the tracks seem a bit short, wishing she explored more textures on many of them. Still enjoyed many of the tracks here and look forward to seeing if she continues this small hot streak she is on.
Haywyre Panorama: Discover
Holding Absence The Greatest Mistake Of My Life
On the sophomore record for the 5-piece post-hardcore band, they drop a lot of the thick atmosphere (although that shows up on this record) for more of a classic alternative rock rager. Big vocals, building instrumentals, memorable hooks, and grooves are all over this record. For how many times I have listened to this record the more I enjoy it, however, there is still the nagging feeling of, this could have more presence for a post-hardcore record. Still, as an alternative rock record, this is a really strong contender for one of the best in the last few years.
Hyukoh 22
I the Mighty Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go
Ian William Craig Slow Vessels
Illuminati Hotties Kiss Yr Frenemies
Ingested Where Only Gods May Tread
It?s really really heavy, pummeling, and grand deathcore/brutal death metal. For 45 minutes straight you will get slapped right in the chest with extreme guitar riffs, explosive drums, and satanic screams. What works best for this album for me though is the diversity of screams to make the record full of life. The worst part of this though is the length since it can be a bit too long and you will end up with a pretty splitting headache from this record.
Issues Beautiful Oblivion
Jacaszek Music For Film
A haunting, atmospheric ambient and modern classical piece that is a great peace to listen to while reading or doing other things, but when I fully sit down to listen to it it's textually missing a lot of what makes really amazing ambient music really amazing. But I still enjoy it for the feeling it gives me: someone is watching you at all times.
Jaga Jazzist Pyramid
The eight-member Norwegian based jazz band has released their long-awaited eighth full-length album and it's a solid jazz record with a lot of great nu-jazz and space rock/post-rock elements to keep you entertained for the 40 minutes. Only four tracks, but each brings a big punch and a lot of charm. From start to finish you will be given a heavy dose of synthesizers, energetic drums, witty strings, and atmospheric guitars. My biggest gripe with this album is I wish there was more and some of the tracks where more flushed out. Plus, this really doesn't feel like an album. It feels more like 4 tracks recorded at different times. Nothing really comes together for me. However, it is still an interesting nu-jazz record and goes up there with the big dogs in the genre.
James Blake Assume Form
Jason Isbell Reunions
Me and country music have a fairly distant relationship. Many of the pop-country artists that you hear at every college party, a bar in the middle of nowhere, indie show, etc. have given the long history of country a sour taste in a lot of old-time fans mouths. For me, it?s an annoying genre that doesn?t seem to progress sonically or lyrically (there are some exceptions to this, i.e. Orville Peck, Sturgill Simpson, and John Prine). However, Jason Isbell and his backing band the 400 Unit throw it back to an early 2000s arena rock-inspired alternative country album. Each track goes through the heartbreak of being a father, husband, friend, and citizen with these seismic country-rock ballads. Is this perfect, no some of the tracks are too one-note, and some of the production is a bit overdone. Plus, the record is a bit long in some parts, but this is an impressive album that any fan of country music should listen to.
Jeff Parker Suite for Max Brown
Jessy Lanza All the Time
Canadian Artist Jessy Lanza has released her long awaited third album. If you have never listened to Jessy?s music then you are in for some exciting experimental RnB in the same lane as someone like Kelela and others are doing where they are pushing alternative/contemporary RnB into new places with the inclusion of more experimental electronic elements and all over this album there are heavy UK Bass and glitch pop influences. There isn?t a moment where some wonky synth cords or beats wiz right by you like a car on a highway. My only negatives are two of the tracks right in the middle: ?Alexander? and ?Ice Cream? are not as strong as the other tracks, also the sound can be a bit stale by the end of the album. Otherwise it is the strongest showing for Jessy since she has fully mastered this sound and style.
Jimmy Eat World Surviving
Johnny Booth Firsthand Accounts
Joji Nectar
On the NYC-based, Japanese-born, artist's second full-length album he takes several steps forward. Specifically, he centralizes his sound, creates creative and mesmerizing tracks, and incorporates a lot of great nods to so many great musicians in the alternative RnB scene. The first 2/3 of this record show how much Joji has enhanced his sound and style and brings so many amazing art pop and electropop styles. However, the last 1/3 of the album suffers from very weak and unnecessary features, as well as a true lack of focus. I feel that I am listening to B-side tracks, and it shows how they all lack the punch the rest of the album has. Otherwise, it?s a solid album from Joji.
Kacy Hill Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again
Kaddisfly Do You Know People Can Fly?
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Kevin Abstract Ghettobaby
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Gumboot Soup
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Polygondwanaland
Kings of Leon When You See Yourself
In many ways, this is the exact same thing that happened with the most recent Strokes record. It is way too damn catchy and good for its own good. I have never been a fan of Kings of Leon because they have always been a typical alternative and indie rock band with that post-punk influence that many of the early/mid-2000s radio-friendly bands had. But something about this album is so catchy, sticky, and mesmerizing, that it's hard not to just tap your foot and dance along to these songs. The more I listen to it the more I am blown away at how good these songs actually are. They are well written, well played, well-produced, and crisp as all hell. Honestly, the only negative is I wish there was a bit more exploration, examples being the new Strokes album, but still hats off the Kings of Leon for making something this god damn great for a band that I thought lost their touch years ago. Also, the first 2/3?s of this record completely outshine the last 1/3 of this.
Knox Hamilton The Heights
Knxwledge 1988
It's really good instrumental hip-hop. But it's also nothing to write home about really. Most of the songs kind of fell the same and it's more or less just a jam session that Knxwledge had 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s soul, funk, gospel, and jazz. So overall I enjoy it, but I wish it was filled with more than what is presented here.
Kurt Travis There's a Place I Want to Take You
Lady Gaga Chromatica
honestly I never expected to fully enjoy another Lady Gaga album since her debut album the Frame. However on this most recent project she finds some new footing in a sound that she is fairly use too, but executes fairly well. From start to finish you are given a house pop album with a lot of flair, style, and flamboyancy. Not all the tracks here are strong and most of the features are fairly awkward (except for "Sour Candy"). But, some of her strongest songs in years show up. The biggest downfall is although the soundscapes are great they sound dated (even though this song was only popular 7-10 years ago). In conclusion, its a really solid album and I find it really enjoyable to listen to for the most part.
Lennon Stella Three. Two. One.
My first experience with Lennon and it?s a pleasant surprise. On her debut album, she plays with contemporary RnB lyrics with a lot of great electropop beats that bring so much energy without being so corny. Most of the record sees Lennon playing with all sorts of styles and influences from Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Lana del Rey to the likes of MGMT and Charlie XCX. However, that is her biggest drawback she might have bit off more than she could chew. Plus the influences sometimes get into the way of my full enjoyment of this because I think wow that would have been better as a (insert influence here). But, I am really pleased with what she was able to present her for her debut record and look forward to her journey for finding her own sound.
Let's Eat Grandma I'm All Ears
Liam Gallagher As You Were
Little Simz Drop 6
If you never listened to her last record that came out last year you need to because it was one of the best albums of 2019. However, on her new EP, she shows a transition towards a more minimal sound with darker lyrics and beats. She is also going in a much more Kendrick Lamar influence it seems that what she showed on her last album. My biggest gripe with this record is a lot of the tracks are only two-ish minutes and once she gets a good flow, it?s over. Plus, not all the beats fit nicely with her monstrous flows. It?s a solid EP though and I look forward to seeing where this takes her into the future.
Loathe (UK) The Things They Believe
A metal band?making ambient/new age music, that sure sounds pretentious. Does it come off that way, kind of. But the band really nails it for the most part. Taking influence from the likes of new age and dark ambient while also making it feel like a Tim Hecker project meets a Oneohtrix Point Never album. The textures and progressions are smooth and blissful. The humming drone is ear candy to listen to. The whole album is light and simple, yet complex and distinct. Is this anything new for these genres, no, of course not, but it?s still a solid ambient album.
Luke Temple Both-And
Mac Miller Swimming
Machine Girl U-Void Synthesizer
Machinedrum A View of U
Travis Stewart comes through with his 10th (or 11th) full-length album and I have to say it is a really solid future bass and footwork album with many great nods to classic UK bass and drum-n-bass. For 35 minutes you will find energy packed beats and production. My biggest complaint is I wish the songs were flushed out and expanded on more. Also, this album suffers from things sounding a bit claustrophobic at times.
Madder Mortem Marrow
Madeline Kenney Sucker's Lunch
Madeline Kenney has released her third outfit and it is some steps forward. On her last record, it was a solid and whimsical indie rock album and she continues that sound on her new album over here. From start to finish you will be taken through a lush and reflective indie rock album with a lot of interesting influences. It?s a solid release my biggest negatives are that she still doesn?t exactly have a full sound of her own, plus the closing track is a rather odd change of pace from the rest of the album. Also, the mixing can be a bit much at times. Still happy to see her move forward with this sound and can?t wait to continue to see her develop into the future.
Madeon Good Faith
Mamalarky Mamalarky
A lot of different styles and ideas coming through for this debut album/EP. Honestly, it?s pretty good if it wasn?t for the fact that sonically it is all over the place and none of the songs feel all that original. But still, a really solid album, and I really look forward to seeing what this band does in the future.
Mark Ronson Late Night Feelings
Mayday Parade Sunnyland
McCafferty Yarn
McCafferty The House With No Doorbell
Megan Thee Stallion Suga
MGMT Little Dark Age
Middle Kids New Songs For Old Problems
Miguel Art Dealer Chic Vol. 4
Miguel has always been an intriguing artist in the RnB scene because of how great his singles can be but how bland his full album's end of being. However, there is still an experimental charm that keeps me (and most people) coming back for more. On the opening track ?Funeral? we get a fairly UK Bass inspired RnB track with truly booming bass (almost Sophie like). Then on ?Triangle Love? we get a fairly hypnogogic pop-inspired beat, but the lyrical content and tv show sample really derails this track. ?Think out Loud? brings back that experimentation with some glitched-out samples and it feels fresh yet simple. Then we conclude with ?So I Lie? a fairly simple but booming closer. The vocals aren?t great but it?s still a fun beat. Overall, the lyrics aren?t great (even for the RnB scene), but the beats and delivery are all solid for the explosive RnB artist.
MIKE Weight Of The World
Underground hip-hop, a genre that will pull you in and keep you there. MIKE is on his sixth album, and he is fairly consistent with one album per year. However, Mike has always been an ambiguous figure for me musically. Sometimes he comes through with powerful lyrics, soothing instrumentals, and odd beats. Plus, he has always been lower on my abstract hip-hop bar than others like Earl Sweatshirt and MAVI. However, on his most recent record, he comes through with some of his most powerful lyrics and best instrumentals to date. So many great samples come through on this record. However, there is still plenty of WTF happened on this record which has always plagued his music for me. Especially on several tracks that have no sense of direction (which is weird to say because the appeal of these records is because they are so one-note). In conclusion, this is the best album in the genre to date, but it still leaves me underwhelmed and makes me want to listen to others like him that have a better understanding of instrumentals.
Mike Posner A Real Good Kid
Mint Field Sentimiento Mundial
Really solid shoegaze and art-pop album from the two-piece Mexico City-based band. In general, there is a lot of character and charm to this simple album and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of early Radiohead, with a shoegaze and melt-banana twist to it. My biggest complaint is not every song was fully flushed out and the album doesn?t quite go anywhere sonically like I would want it to.
Miss May I Shadows Inside
MISSIO Loner
A bit repeative and influences on this are a bit obvious, but a cool album with a cool idea. Needs more to really set it out in this vast electronic world we're in here!
Missy Elliott Iconology
Moaning Moaning
Monuments Phronesis
Moses Sumney grae
When I first heard part one of this record I was absolutely floored by how impressive it was. Moses Sumney was taking so many great influences and combining them to achieve an intricate, sensual, introspective, and bright record about sexuality, toxic masculinity, love, life, lessons, and many more. The second of the record, however, takes a much more docile approach to the neo-soul style he was working with on part one. Right out the gate we are shown the more ambient, secluded, isolated, and soft sounds that he will explore for the rest of the album. However, some tracks don?t have enough presence to keep my ears intrigued over Moses?s vocals. Overall, I still really enjoy this record but it is very one-sided in the presentation and the lyrical content is a bit all over the place. In many ways, this seems like a very unfocused project that he really wanted to seem focused. It really feels like he kept picking parts up and down the last few years and threw it together on a double album.
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2
Mrs. Piss Self-Surgery
If you have never listened to Chelsea Wolfe (vocals and guitar) and/or Jess Gowrie (bass and drums) then you are in for some dark music. Chelsea hits you over the head with some of the darkest lyrics she has ever written, while you ate pounded with some heavy hitting drums. This album might be only 25 minutes in length, but they do what they need to and then they leave. The biggest flaw with the album is the production is sometimes so lo-fi and washed out that everything sounds so inaudible. This is nothing new for Chelsea, but man it sounds so annoying at times. Otherwise this is a really pleasant surprise and I really look forward to seeing if they do anything more together.
Mura Masa R.Y.C
Mutemath Play Dead
N.E.R.D. NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
Nas The Lost Tapes II
Neptunian Maximalism Eons
Neptunian Maximalism Solar Drone Ceremony
When their debut 2020 album ?ons? came out it very quickly grew a cult following because of the use of avant-garde jazz and metal to create a complex and massive album. While also staying true to the classic ideas of drone metal and free jazz. However, the overall ideas and general construct of the monster run time made it a burden to sit through. On this new mini-album, the band has a feeling of more realization of what they want the brand to be and what the band could be in the future. On this 52 minute piece, the band feels more tightly nit, and the overall construction and builds are much more solid than anything on ?ons?. My biggest problem with the album is that the recording could be better, especially when the drones really overtake the saxophone for the last 20 minutes. Also, I think they need to bring back that more jazz flair, it seems like a bit of an afterthought on this record. Still, overall, a really solid release and in my opinion, a much more enjoyable listen compared to ?ons?.
Noga Erez KIDS
Although not perfect by any means, this is still a high-quality electropop album based in trap and pop rap aesthetics. Although much of this album sounds like a mixture of Billy Eilish and many pop rappers (Brockhampton comes to mind first), there is still something here to diversify itself from the rest of the album and that is the use of some fairly traditional southern European instrumentals. This bouncy and energetic album has a diverse set of tracks with a lot of fun sounds laced throughout the whole album.
Nostrum Grocers Nostrum Grocers
Nova Charisma Exposition II
Numenorean Adore
Nuvolascura As We Suffer From Memory and Imagination
Nuvolascura is a four-piece screamo and emoviolance band from L.A. and honestly, I had never heard of them until I started looking at people's top halfway list of 2020 and honestly, I am quite surprised by what I was presented with. For such a short album there is a lot of emotion put into all the lyrics and sound. Dealing with the everyday life of dealing with depression, this album is extremely brutal both sonically and lyrically to listen to; and I absolutely love it. The biggest downfall of this album is that everything comes out the same after a while and a lot of the interludes don?t feel necessary for how short this record is. Also, the record can be a bit scattered at points where the focus is put on different instruments which is a bit weird. Plus the vocals are so muffled out by the instrumentation that it can be hard to even hear Erica sing.
Oh Wonder No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
Oh Wonder Ultralife
Opeth In Cauda Venenum
orchards Lovecore
Osatia Sky People
Osatia All In Time
Owen The Avalanche
On Mike Kinsella?s tenth album he continues to dazzle his audience with gorgeous folk instrumentation, precisely placed indie rock synths and guitar chords, and emotionally potent and raw emo lyrics. Emo has seen much of a change in the last few years with the advent of emo-rap (which I really think should be called nu emo) as well as the slow advent of post-emo. Mike Kinsella?s most successful band defined what emo was with American Football's debut album in 1999 and changed the way we perceive emo with the bands 2019 third self-title. On this solo project, we continue to see this progression of emo with him continuing to discuss the hardships that come with being an adult, losing the ones you love, and the alcoholism. Track after track is a gentle yet sophisticated look at emotion and love. I cannot recommend this album enough, the only fall back is not all the songs are as high as the best tracks.
Paramore After Laughter
Periphery Periphery
Photay Waking Hours
On his fifth record, Evan Shornstein creates his most powerful record yet. Taking heavy influence from Sufjan Stevens work as well as 90s techno music, he creates a blissful yet somewhat jagged electronic release with a lot of ambient textures, indie aesthetics, and in your face techno style beats. From the intro track ?Existential Celebration? you are greeted to a progressive build of chimes. While other tracks are more in your face. My largest complaint with this record is stylistically these tracks jump all over the place. Also, most of the tracks don?t fully come out, the same issue he had on his previous releases. However, this is still his strongest release yet and a great and short electronic album. Give it a whorl for something a bit different.
Picturesque Monstrous Things
Pierce the Veil Selfish Machines
Pierce the Veil Collide with the Sky
Pinegrove Marigold
Plini Impulse Voices
The Australia-based guitar guru is back with his sophomore record and he continues to be one of the biggest names and driving forces in the instrumental metal scene. I listen to a lot of music and I have been following Plini for many years now and there is something so mesmerizing about the way he brings in jazz influences into his very intense and theatrical metal instrumentals. There are many out there that try to be like him but can?t. However, with all that said this is still extremely short and many of the tracks I feel could have been explored and extended into longer and more intricate ways. Also, many of the tracks feel like Plini is adding pizzazz for no real reason (kind of like the most recent Jacob Collier record).
Polica When We Stay Alive
Porches Ricky Music
Post Animal When I Think of You In a Castle
Protest the Hero Palimpsest
The four-piece Canadian band has finally released their long-awaited fifth album and they continue to make powerful progressive metal music with very high pitched vocals. In some ways, this is a lot of great things coming together. From the amazing instrumentals that keep your foot tapping or head bobbing to the twisting lyrics attacking different historical events that we as a human race still need to learn from. While in other ways there are things that the band still hasn?t been able to fix since their inception in 2006, i.e. the record goes on for far too long. The best tracks here are really amazing and bring a lot to the table. While other tracks could have been left on the cutting room floor. I still enjoy this record a lot and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of progressive metal because you won?t be disappointed.
pulses. Speak It Into Existence
Pulses have been around for a while, however they have never been able to put themselves onto the map and I understand why. In many ways I really enjoy this record and I am pretty biased towards it since I love this style. The band brings a lot of interesting hip-hop elements that bands like Andres and Amarionette have failed at. But they still are desperately searching for a unique sound and they still sound like Dance Gavin Dance, Eidola, and A Lot Like Birds. I think they are getting there but aren?t quite there yet.
Radiohead The Bends
Rainbow Kitten Surprise How to: Friend, Love, Freefall
Red (USA) Declaration
Red, 4-piece band from Nashville, has been around for a while. Making music since 2004 and have been at the forefront of the alternative metal revolution seen in the mid-2000s. Their seventh record they are bringing it back to the roots and if you look at it that way, they hit it out of the park. This is heavy hitting yet sophisticated in a way that many of the best alternative metal bands sound. The biggest thing about this record is it overstays its welcome after a while. For being a 38-minute record, it feels much longer, and it has to with the sound does get a bit stale. For the most part, however, this is a very solid release and a much-needed step up from their ?all-over-the-place? last two or three records.
Red Velvet The ReVe Festival: Day 2
Roger Waters Is This The Life We Really Want?
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways to New Italy
This is the first record that I am hearing from the five-piece Austrian based band. This is their sophomore record on Sub Pop Records, and I am truly impressed with the band. The record is doused in lushes alternative rock instrumentation with jangle pop and indie rock soundscapes done throughout the whole project. There is no real bad track here, but none of the tracks fully stick out as truly spectacular. However, they do have a unique sound that allows them to stand out from the jangle pop and indie-pop scene. For example, their sound is much rawer and, in the moment, then a lot of artists today. In conclusion, I really like this, but there are a lot of limitations of the sound that is presented here, and again nothing on here is fully standout-ish. But, it deserves your attention if you are into this style or sound.
Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?
Royal Coda Royal Coda
Royal Coda Compassion
Sad Night Dynamite Sad Night Dynamite
This is a rather interesting release that honestly doesn?t have the best execution, but the two-man group has all the ideas to make something great. Grabbing influences from Gorillaz, Glass Animals, and 2000?s crunk music. Odd combo you say, well yes but honestly, all the pieces are there. The flair of that style of hip-hop is all here with the boisterous rapping style, to the very playful and fun nature of Gorillaz, and the neo-psychedelic nature of glass animals, all with a trap rap modernization. The biggest gripe is how oddly similar many of these songs are to various Gorillaz songs, but still a lot of great ideas here that hopefully could pan out to a great album into the future.
Secret Band LP2
Sewerslvt IRLY
After coming through with one of her best records to date this year, the Canadian atmospheric drum and bass artist releases a small EP/B-sides project showing that she continues to escalate the genre higher. For 20 minutes you're giving some strong tracks with a lot of deep atmosphere and heavy jungle influence that any drum and bass fan should be happy with. The biggest downside for this EP is that the last two tracks are not as heavy hitters as the first two. Also, the first track is a real standout from the other three tracks on the record. Still a decent showing and look forward to what she puts out into the future.
Shell of a Shell Away Team
Show Me A Dinosaur Plantgazer
Really solid blackgaze album with some truly atmospheric post-metal/post-rock instrumentals that keep me coming back for more. However, the mixing on this album is all over the place and that really is the worst part of this album. Sometimes the drums are so inaudible that I wonder if they are there. While other times the guitars are so damn washed out that they overtake the mix. But still, some really solid performances that any fan of Deafheaven would love this album.
Shura forevher
Sigrid Sucker Punch
Sinjin Hawke First Opus
Skullcrusher Skullcrusher
The debut EP from the American singer/songwriter. A short little indie folk album with a lot of slowcore sort of influences like Julien Baker and others like her. On the 12 minute EP you will be taken on a surreal and almost haunting album on self-doubt and depression. Nothing to mind blowing and the use of an interlude on an EP is a bit odd, but still a solid release and look forward to seeing what she does into the future.
Skyforest A New Dawn
Slaves Through Art We Are All Equals
Slow Hollows Actors
Slowing Inertia Comfort, Is The Death Of Creativity
slowthai TYRON
In 2019 slowthai dropped one of the most polarizing UK Hip-hop albums to come out in the last few years, however, it really never sat well with me because of how bland the whole listen was. The lyrics might have been potent and much needed for the UK at the time, but much of the beats and instrumentals never really sat with me well. However, on his brand new album, he creates a much more dense, introspective look at who he sees himself currently. The beats are also a lot denser and more intricate from front to back. Also, a smaller issue he solved is he kept this album relatively short and to the point. The biggest downfall is nothing on this album ever comes together and the two-sided nature of the album also comes off poorly when listening to the whole thing from front to back. Still, again, a solid album for the UK native to keep pushing his already great sound.
Smerz Believer
For how intriguing this album is on the surface there is a huge issue that really makes this album go from amazing to good. That issue is the number of unfinished ideas there are laced through this project. There are so many electronic passages that feel more like interludes, and classical pallet cleansers that really feel out of place. When this album hit?s heavy is when the electronic nature and neo-classical essences come together to produce one hell of an experimental vibe. But this album falls apart as soon as those ideas split themselves. In conclusion, there is a lot of amazing ideas all over this record and in all honestly, there isn?t a bad track in this album, but the two-women groups need to be more consistent, more original, and more blending.
Smino She Already Decided
Some of the best beats and flows come from this new mixtape from the Chicago rapper. However, it can also be said some of the most cringy lyrics Smino has ever said also show up on this record. Also, there are way too many interludes that disrupt the whole flow of this record since they come up with almost every single song. Also, the track ?2MuchFront? plays twice, which is really awkward to hear. Like did they even listen to the whole thing before they released it? Otherwise, I am still happy with what Smino present for us here and brings a nice light to the Chicago sound he is known for.
Sorority Noise You're Not As ____ As You Think
Stella Donnelly Beware of the Dogs
Steve Hauschildt Dissolvi
Steven Wilson To the Bone
Stick To Your Guns True View
Suffocate For Fuck Sake Fyra
On first listen this was a very intriguing concept. Post-rock style instrumentals, piercing and soul-shattering screams, and introspective interview passages. On multiple listens the ideas and concept resonate harder and harder, but at a cost; the record is way too long. For nearly an hour and a half you will listen to the same kind of idea and it really never sounds any different. However, with that said what is presented here is really solid and it?s still a truly solid piece of music with heart-shattering lyrics on drug addiction and the stress that puts on oneself and on those around you. A must listen if you want some very interesting and poetic screamo with slow-paced instrumentals.
Sufjan Stevens Convocations
For a 2 and half hour ambient new-age style piece I actually believe this to be a really good centerpiece for the genre because of how damn great the progressions and builds are through the five major ideas laced throughout Convocations. In general, the heartache of losing a loved one is enough to put someone on edge, considering Sufjan?s dad passed away days after the release of his grand and electrifying ?The Ascension?. In this piece, each section is devoted to a somewhat set of processing steps that he took while dealing with the loss of his father (sort of like the 5 steps of grieving but in his own light). While each of the pieces very much is layered in dense synth work and drone ideas, each one is very much different in mood and aesthetic. With the overall greatness of the record, there is still a lot of reasons not to find this perfect. In general, some of the pieces can drone on, and sometimes the ideas can feel a bit dry or one-dimensional. However, if you like this style of music you more or less know what you?re getting into and therefore this is a truly interesting and grand listen.
Sun Kil Moon This Is My Dinner
Sungazer Sungazer Vol. II
Sungazer Sungazer Vol. I
Swizz Beatz Poison
SYML DIM
Although I don?t love the closer on this EP, the rest of the album is a delightful and bright singer/songwriter record with RnB leanings on ?YES AND KNOW?. Although the ideas on this EP aren?t the most original, Brian Fennell has a booming and seductive voice that keeps you entranced through the 20-minute run time. I will say the rather odd Radiohead influence is really interesting on ?BLACK TEETH?. Still, a solid release that gives me wanting more.
Syndrom Paryski Małe Pokoje W Dużym Mieście
Is this good, yes. Is this mind-blowing, no. Does it have to be, probably not. This is a fun, explosive, and fairly obvious Midwest emo and indie rock project. Math rock style guitar, pop style hooks, great drumming, and everything else you would ever want from American Football?I mean Midwest emo. The biggest standout, jokes aside, is the interesting use of shoegaze on tracks like ?Nie ?pi??, ?Ma?e pokoje w du?ym mie?cie?, ?Letnie Noce?, and others. This creates a barrier from the American Football influence and moves it to others that do the same sound like ?Chastity?.
Tame Impala Tame Impala
Tame Impala The Slow Rush
Taylor Swift Evermore
Miss Taylor Swift comes through with a somewhat sister album in complement to her previous 2020 release ?folklore?. With folklore, Taylor took monumental steps forward in her independence. Specifically, with her songwriting ability, production, and instrumental landscape. Although these two albums were written in tandem with each other evermore sees a much more indietronica/folktronica direction rather than the very folk-pop and contemporary folk sound of folklore. Personally, I find this album to be more pleasant the more I listen to it, but many of the huge steps forward on folklore are gone on this album. However, I still find a majority of the tracks on here to be extremely well written and have a lot of great depth to them (other than ?tis the damn season?, ?coney island?, and ?champagne problem?) especially the track with HAIM and Bon Iver which are some of the most detailed songs I think she has ever written.
TesseracT Sonder
TH1RT3EN A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism
Rap rock has had a fairly rough set of releases in the last 15 years. Many artists have attempted but very few are able to pull it off. This debut album from legendary underground rapper Pharoahe Monch?s new rap band group, th1rt3en, might be the best rap-rock album to come out since the 90s. In all honestly, this is not perfect and some of the tracks near the middle of the album do not have the same bite as the beginning and end few tracks. But this is a lyrically dense and instrumentally classic listen if you love that classic 90s sound with a bit of dense atmosphere and Jazz leanings.
The 1975 A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
The 1975 Notes on a Conditional Form
Here we are, several setbacks, several grandiose singles, and much hype we are presented with the 1975?s most recent record and in short it is the best record they have ever produced ever, but it still gives me much questioning on what Matty was thinking while making the record. I don?t have enough time to go into too much depth with this, but from opening to closing Matty, and his truly spectacular producing team: George Daniel and Jonathan Gilmore, sweep us through a whole slew of different genres and styles. From post-hardcore to UK deep house and everything in between, Matty writes some of the greatest songs to ever be graced with my ears; especially ?If Your Too Shy (Let Me Know)?, ?People?, ?Me and You Together Song?, and ?Frail State of Mind?. However, why in gods name is this almost an hour and a half long. All the interludes could have been left on the cutting room floor (especially ?The End (Music for Cars)? and ?Streaming?); they add nothing to the record sonically or stylistically. Also, the intro track, as great as it might be message-wise, it sticks out like a sore thumb immediately and leaves you scratching your head on why it's nearly five minutes long. In conclusion though, for all the sonic styles and detours, Matt does one hell of a job making them all sound perfect together, and I have no idea how he did it. So, I am very happy with this record, I hope that he doesn?t do this again though.
The Armed Ultrapop
Where to even begin with this record. I have had to listen to this over and over again just to get a grasp on what I feel about it and I have concluded that it is a great listen from front to back, however, the production leaves me scratching my head. For example, the intro track ?Ultrapop? is a grand and explosive way to introduce the record, however, it sticks out like a sore thumb to the rest of the record because it is the only real noise pop/synthpop song on the record. From there ?All Futures? is a post-hardcore and art punk rager with a nice balance between noise and cohesiveness. While on ?Real Folk Blues? all the instruments are so compressed there is no breathing room for anything and half the times the vocals are so overtaken by the walling guitar it can be annoying. Still the post-hardcore and math rock bangers of ?An Iteration?, ?Average Death?, and ?Faith in Medication? really bring life to this record.
The Bread Scientists Troposphere
This is a fairly interesting and enticing instrumental metal album with huge smearing of various metal and electronic genres. From the opening ?!!!? shoegaze and alternative metal vibe to the ?Red Planet? very noisy rock and drum and bass inspired to take. There is a lot of variability here, but everything all comes back to this undertone of alternative metal with washed-out shoegaze guitars. There is also a lot of avant-guard jazz tendencies on many of the cuts here so there is that. The biggest negative is nothing really builds into anything and all the songs feel extremely short with the whole album being 25 minutes.
The Contortionist Our Bones
The Devil Wears Prada Transit Blues
The Dodos Certainty Waves
The Flaming Lips American Head
The Garden Kiss My Super Bowl Ring
The Killers Imploding the Mirage
Well damn, I really didn?t think I would enjoy the new Killers album as much as I did. From the very opening track, you are granted the pleasure of walking into the world of heartland rock and new wave with a lot of arena rock/alternative rock influence. The biggest problems with this album or the last three songs are not nearly as strong as the rest of the record. Also, the features don?t add anything to the album, especially Weyes Blood, which is sad because she has such a lovely voice. I am really glad to see Alex Cameron assisting on writing many of the songs because he is a modern-day genius when it comes to writing amazing tracks (even if I don?t enjoy much of his own work). Still a realty solid album from the Vegas natives.
The Lone Bellow Half Moon Light
The Microphones Microphones in 2020
Honestly, I could go on and on about this record. At first listen I absolutely hated it. One song that goes on for 45 minutes straight, it takes 8 minutes to get to the first word, and the real kicker?there are only two cords on the whole thing, two guitar cords. Also, it doesn?t make it any easier that I am new to the whole microphones band and therefor Phil Elverum as a whole. So, if you have never listened to his music or the bands music then I wouldn?t start here because for 45 minutes Phil will take you through the life of him as a child, the creation and life of The Microphones, the Creating and life of his solo material, and then a meta-analysis of what this album is, will be, and lead towards. However artistically this is something no artists has ever really done before. In general, it really seems he has created the genre of post-progressive, but there is an odd progression to it, but there is no sonic or lyrical climax to go with it. Several times throughout the track there will be build into distorted guitars and drums, loud ambient drones, or angelic piano cords. But they all fizzle out quickly and none of them really come back later. So, in conclusion it is really something. This album is bigger than the space it fits in?and that is something to really admire. Otherwise this is trash.
The Most Of What We Have
On the surface this is a fairly interesting listen because it takes a genre of music, jazz, that is not new to the idea of odd time signatures and melds it with another genre that is based on the idea of odd time signatures to create this new sophomore LP from the Connecticut 7-man band, The Most. On first listen this is a beautiful showing of what classic math rock can do to an already dense genre of jazz fusion. However, the more I listen to it the recording issues breakthrough?who in the world produced this because none of the instruments have room, and they all clash on top of each other. This is still a solid listen with a lot of great song structures and ideas, but the recording hinders this album from being a great record.
The Notwist Vertigo Days
For many years, The Notwist was looking like a one-hit-wonder in my eyes. Their explosive and exploratory ?Neon Golden? seemed to be the only thing the group could ever produce as great. However, on their newest album, they really blow me out of the water on how beautiful but unhinged this record is from front to back. So many lovely folktronica ballads, krautrock bangers, and indietronica explorations. The biggest downfall of the album is how sonically diverse, but all-over the place it is. Nothing really flows together on the record and there are many odd interludes thrown in that add nothing to the listening experience.
The Physics House Band Death Sequence
The Plot In You Dispose
The Struts Young & Dangerous
The Voidz Virtue
The Weather Station Ignorance
Chamber pop is a tough genre to do well in of how dense the classics are in this genre (from the originals like Tindersticks and Belle & Sebastian to more modern examples like Julia Holter or Arcade Fire). However, this fifth album from the five-piece Toronto native band truly does their best to try and stay original without being overblown. This is done by bringing in a lot of sophisti-pop influence from the likes of Prefab Sprouts and Bryan Ferry. This is a solid album with a lot of memorable and catchy pop jams, however, the dense number of influences leaves a bit of unoriginality especially for the heavy Fleetwood Mac influence laced throughout the whole project. Still, a nifty and fun little pop album that has a bit of sticking power when you get the right track on the tracklist.
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Always Foreign
Thomas Azier Love, Disorderly
Thomas Azier is a Dutch pop singer and musician who has put out his fourth record. I am new to the artist and I wasn?t sure what I was getting myself into, but I was pleasantly surprised by a well-crafted electropop and art-pop album with a lot of new wave and chamber pop elements. From the very first track ?Love, Disorderly? you are introduced to the very jagged and broken sounding pop soundscape that Thomas has crafted. You will also slowly realize how haunting this album is as Thomas goes through the downward spiral that the internet can have on us physically and emotionally. The bouncy industrial synth drums add to the haunting orchestral arrangements. The few negatives I have are that first the album is a bit short and many of the songs I feel could have explored more sonically. There are a lot of great ideas and soundscapes presented here and I would love to see more. Also, the vocals could have used a touch less umph, especially on tracks ?Concrete?, and ?Entertainment?. In conclusion, however, it is still a pleasant dystopian feeling pop album that anyone should try if you?re a fan of new age.
Thundercat It Is What It Is
A new release from the bass enthusiast and nu-jazz ?expert? Thundercat, is everything that I have enjoyed about his previous releases, but also everything I haven?t liked about his past releases. I shouldn?t say it like that though because Stephan does take some steps forward on this project that I am glad to see. For instance, this is a much more focused and narrow record than his last (37 minutes, 15 tracks compared to 51 minutes and 23 tracks). However, there are still tracks that are so thin and weak that I would either wish he did more with them or cut it from the tracklist. However, the songs that do stick the landing really stick the landing. Especially when he brings in other artists to sign with him or help with instrumentals (i.e. Childish Gambino, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ty Dolla Sign, etc.). Still a funky listen and solid release, but wish he would come together with a more solid sound style then he has continued to present.
Tinlicker This Is Not Our Universe
Tiny Moving Parts Breathe
Tricot 10
The four-piece Japanese math rockers are back with their second album of this year and their fifth LP as a group since their debut in 2013. Tricot falls into a weird group for me because they very much encompass what solid math rock should sound like when it comes to easy math rock music to listen to. The band has always approached math rock from a much sunnier and alternative sound rather than the emo seen in started in the early 2000s. On this new album, they show off some very sunny, happy, and carefree math rock with a lot of pop rock elements thrown in to give the easy summer feel (in October). However, it fails in comparison to their earlier record this year ?Makkuro?. Many of the songs don?t feel necessary and many tracks don?t have the same power that their other records hold. However, there is definitely something here because they do feel influenced by dream pop and shoegaze elements of bands like Fishmans and others like them. So, this is still a solid listen for sure.
Turnover Altogether
Turnover Good Nature
Twenty One Pilots Trench
Tycho Simulcast
Typhoon (USA-OR) Sympathetic Magic
Apparently, I was the only one who liked their 2018 album ?Offerings? but that album really hit me over the head when it came out with how personal and real of a listen the album was. This brand new album from Oregon, band bring it back to what they did on their 2010 album ?Hunger an Thirst? with much more chamber folk/pop leanings than was on ?Offerings? and in many ways that really pays off for them. However, what leaves this album hanging is how unforgettable a lot of it is. When the album is on I enjoy it for the most part but once it?s over, and it?s over very quickly, I have already forgotten what I listened to. Still, lyrically it?s a dense and introspective look at life, almost emo in a way.
Umbra Vitae Shadow of Life
A really solid debut from the supergroup led by Converage?s lead singer Jacob Bannon. If you want some fast-paced, in your face, somewhat brutal death metal and metalcore then this is for you. The biggest downfall is that the first half and the second half of the record are wildly different. The first half is your run of the mill death metal, which is fine; not reinventing the wheel, but brings some great power. The second half though is where the album really shines where the record takes a more deathcore and metalcore approach. But man, the last song ?Shadow of Life? is by far the best song here. I hope that the group produces some more albums in the future, but for now, this is really solid.
Uneven Structure Paragon
Vacationer Gone
Vampire Weekend Contra
Vegyn Like A Good Old Friend
In the grand scheme of house music, this is a really solid IDM-based house record with booming bass and driving grooves that keep your head bobbing and your foot tapping the whole time. The only complaint I really have is that this record seems a bit one-dimensional once you get through the cloud rap intro. However, there is still a great sense of calmness laced throughout the album and overall a solid EP.
Vince Staples FM!
VIS Light Lost
Westside Gunn Pray for Paris
I don?t know what is in the water right now for all the Buffalo rappers coming out with records this year. Westside Gunn has always been a loose cannon when it comes to his music. Many of his albums have some strong highlights to them with off the wall rhymes and flows, but the rest can be very underwhelming and underdeveloped. On his 2020 release he seems to be turning a new leaf by really bring together all his strengths and bringing in some very unique guests that add to his dark flows. For the most part I really enjoy this record, but the last few tracks can see Gunn really going back to what he always has done; flounder.
Wild Nothing Indigo
Wild Party Phantom Pop
Woodes Crystal Ball
Hella solid indie pop album with a lot of great and charming instrumentations. Plus, the lead singer has a very strong voice over the very angelic and anthemic instrumentals. I know some people really find this album to be a little too much and falls under the same issues that Panic at the Disco has faced with his most recent release. However, this isn?t as in your face as that album. A solid release, but still nothing too original on here.
Wovoka Gentle Start Clanging Cymbals
Yaeji What We Drew
New York City electronic producer Yaeji, Kathy Lee, is a bit of an oddball when it comes to music. She has always been in the very minimal, but sonically textured camps. In other words, many of her songs have these low-key instrumentals but can be layered with ambient synth arpeggios, techno-style beats, and high-pitched vocals. In some instances, this style and sound come off amazing, but in other instances, the track gets washed away by the annoying vocal passages. However, there is still a lot of great ideas present on this mixtape and I will look forward to a full album in the coming years.
Yon order of violence
The German band?s debut LP is a solid showing of what classic screamo can sound like with more intricate guitar work than your average 2000s screamo band. In many ways, this is like Envy, but not as long-winded as most Envy records. The biggest downside of the album is how two-sided the whole listen is. Some tracks are aggressive screamo cuts while others are post-rock anthems with loud screams over them. But still a great album with a lot of raw energy to it.
Youth Novel Youth Novel
I think in the grand scheme of heavy emo music this could go down as a strong contender because of how dense of a listen this record is from front to back. The heaviest parts are brutal and unrelenting (has a bit of a mathcore flair to it) and the post-rock passages are nice ear candy to allow you to breath. However, this record is a bit of a wash when it is all said and done because of how unforgettable most of it. It?s energetic and explosive to listen to when it's on, but once it?s done, I have already forgotten about it.
Yves Tumor Safe in the Hands of Love

3.0 good
10 Years (How to Live) As Ghosts
Acetantina Temple of Null
Vaporwave is always a tough genre to review because of how bazaar it can be and where it originated from. There really has only been one amazing vaporwave album and that was Macintosh Plus in the early 2000s. Since then many artists have tried to reach the same success but with no avail. The closest was 2018's Slides by George Clanton. However here we see a Sudan artist really bringing in an interesting modern approach with trap and glitch influence. It's not to say this album is amazing, because it's not. It does become grating after a few listens. But there are still solid ideas here and the best album so far from her.
Aesop Rock Spirit World Field Guide
NYC-born and Portland-based abstract hip-hop legend Aesop Rock, aka Ian Matthias Bavitz comes through with his 11th album under this alias, but comes after his collab record with producer Madlib on Malibu Ken. For this record, he continues to make dense and abstract lyrical oceans for listeners to pick through as you are taken on a journey through the spirit world. For me, this record starts out so strong that it?s hard to imagine this even coming down to a 3/5. However, what holds this record back so much is that it loses so much momentum as the album goes on. This LP should not have been almost an hour in length because it starts to bleed together as you get to the 30-minute mark. Still, some really solid songs in the front half and the last 3 or 4 tracks are really solid as well. If you like dense and poetic lyrics in very theatrical ideas, then this record is for you.
Ainsoph Ω - V
Air Review How We Got By
Alarmist Sequesterer
Algiers There Is No Year
Alice Boman Dream On
alt-J This Is All Yours
alt-J Relaxer
Amarionette [US] Picture Perfect
Amarionette [US] Sunset On This Generation
Amine OnePointFive
Anderson .Paak Oxnard
Annamaret Nieguid duovdagat
Abstract music is always a lovely place to get sucked into, however, it can sometimes be challenging to weave through the noise to find true gems in the avant-music platform. On this new album from the Finland-based composer, she goes completely solo by incorporating electroacoustic elements which are the bases for the very traditional Nordic folk instrumentation laced through this. Each track has a thick basing of ambient synths and drones coming from the editing of various recordings and overall, it?s an enjoyable listen. However, where this album fails is to keep my attention on the project for much of the first three-fourths. It isn?t until the end of the project when everything starts to come to a grandiose apex, and everything is really shinning. For most of the project, it is more or less a baren taken on a lot of these genres. Still, overall, it is a somewhat enjoyable listen for a somewhat mindless listen.
Arca Stretch 1
Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
Ariana Grande positions
In so many ways Ariana Grande is the only pop artist staying to the original pop formula, yet still blowing fresh air into the genre. On her last three records, ?Dangerous Women?, ?Sweetener?, and ?thank U, Next?, she proved to the world that her signing ability is top notch and continues to get better with age. Also, her instrumentals are incredibly sticky. However, what has always lacked is the lyrical content, however, that really changed on ?thank U, Next? where we got a raw reaction to her ex-boyfriend?s suicide and how she was feeling with her record label. On her most recent record ?positions? she continues to sing her ass off and perform at top levels and above that is the amazing chamber pop and trap instrumentals that are beyond creative. The biggest downside is that every single song is a sex song and she really wants you to know that. Do they all hit hard, absolutely, but for 40 minutes it is a bit much and I wish she continued down the more raw/emotional path she did previously. Still a good album and many fans will eat this up, but for me, the content is holding this album back big time.
Armand Hammer Shrines
Armand Hammer is one of those underground rappers that has always been fairly low on my list of favorites (also MF Doom) even though so many people love their music. In general, the flow to me is so boring to listen to, the instrumentals never give me enough to continue listening, and most features never sound good enough with them to warrant it. The duo of Billy Woods and EUCLID see fit to drop their fourth full-length album and for me, it is their strongest project yet. This is the first time where all the features bring a lot of great presence and everyone sounds solid together. Also, many of the beats are more interesting and diverse than what is common in an Armand Hammer project. However, the tracks that don?t have a feature are the most underwhelming to me and I have a really hard time getting into the dense lyrics when the instrumentals and flows put me to sleep. In conclusion, there is a great reason to listen to this album and to this duo if you are looking for some heavy lyrical content based on politics, philosophy, and metaphysics. But, for me, it?s still as boring as their other records, but their strongest to date.
Avenged Sevenfold The Stage
Baroness Gold and Grey
Bell Orchestre House Music
There is definitely something here and the band continues to be one of the most interesting post-rock bands out there. Laced throughout this record is a lot of driving post-rock guitars with some breathtaking jazz and orchestral arrangements to go with them. However, my biggest issue with this album is how flat everything can sound after a while. None of the production on here really pops and everything comes off super dry. It doesn?t help that this album can be a bit of a chore when the more explosive parts are not taking place. I will say though that is a huge issue I have with post-rock as a whole. So overall, for me, this is one of the more interesting post-rock albums and I really believe this band can pull something together.
Belle and Sebastian How To Solve Our Human Problems, Pt. 2
Ben Howard Collections from the Whiteout
For the UK-based singer/songwriter and folk music guru there was going to be a time when he brings it back home to create a more traditional folk release than what he had been doing. After the magnitude drop of his 2018 ?Noonday Dream? I had high hopes for what Ben Howard could do. His fusion of ambient textures with psychedelic folk instrumentation created one of the more creative listens I have heard. On his most recent release, he goes back to what made him famous with his more fluid and indie sounds of his debut ?Every Kingdom?. On first listen there is a bit of a shock at how simple the album is, but there is still a charm to the record. Is this his best release, absolutely not and I can see him really hitting a great record in the future. But for someone who makes an album every 4 or 5 years, it?s understandable. Still, there are a few dubs on this record, and the album as a whole is rather blotted with 54 minutes of material. If this was 30 minutes and change it would have been a great listen, but overall, Ben loses himself sometimes. Still a solid release.
Benee Hey u x
Extremely promising rising indie pop star. Stella Rose Bennett, a New Zealand singer/songwriter found a small niche when her song supalonely went viral on TikTok. However, there is something so charming and original about her music that it is hard not to love her. The first half of this album comes off so strong and so personal. Some really interesting lyrical depth which I wasn?t expecting. Plus some really solid features from Grimes and other such artists. However, the second half of this album drops off really quickly in quality and production. It is almost as if this should have been an EP, but she shoved 5 more tracks on here for no reason. Still, a really solid album, and anyone should check it out if you want some electropop influenced indie pop.
Bernice Puff: In the Air Without a Shape
Better Oblivion Community Center Better Oblivion Community Center
Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T. Iz Here
Big Sean Detroit 2
The new full-length album from the Detroit rapper sees him going back to the same style, sound, and influence that he broke the seen within 2011. In general, this is the strongest that Big Sean has sounded in years, if not ever, however, there is still a lot of this album that leaves me wondering what happened. While listening through the hour and ten minutes of material you will see a lot of great features from some of the best Detroit rappers that have to exist, while also bringing in a lot of great names in the current scene. Also, Big Sean has some of the strongest flows and aggression he has shown in a long time, if ever. Also, almost all these songs are solid tracks with a lot of hunger and energy. The flows show up in the fact that nothing really comes together sonically, lyrically, or thematically. The beginning of the record sees him reflecting on his life, then we transition to how he sees himself today, and lastly, we also see him reflecting on what he has done in the past and what his influences mean to him. Also, the three skits like interludes add a weird holt to the progression of the album that might be a great nod to Detroit but doesn?t add anything to the listening experience. Also, the damn sex songs need to be taken out immediately, something about Big Sean talking about sex really ruins a lot of this album for me. Still a solid release for him and hopefully a new decade of progression.
Big Thief Two Hands
Big Up Menace X Artificial Emotions & Coping with Cybernetic Love
Every so often an album comes across my ears that challenge me on the idea of ?is this even music?. From the opening minutes of this brand new album from sound collage artist, Jalen Elkins, better known as Big Up Menace X, you will be shown a dense, cluster of video game, TV, movie, anime, and radio samples from all over the country. In most regards, there is very little editing either which makes this a fairly odd listen because of how noisy, distorted, and raw everything is and comes across. I will say this is not for the faint of heart and this will be rather ungodly listen with how much changes and switches from start to finish. But there is still something here that makes me really question a lot. But this is still a dense mess and many times you can get lost in what is even happening.
Binary Code Memento Mori
The long time, five-piece, progressive metal band have released their third record and they still are having a lot of trouble finding any sort of footing in the complicated world of progressive metal. It?s not this record is bad, it has some solid songs on here that have a great build to them, especially the tracks that have more post-metal inspired instrumentation. However, this record sounds so singular and not collective, which is hard to say for a band obviously using progressive metal as their main sound. Track after track nothing goes together, and they are jumping from sound to sound. Plus, there are several underwhelming songs on here. Overall, I have never found this band to be that monumental in the prog-metal scene, but I will always come back for more because each record is a little better than the last.
Black Milk Dive
Born of Osiris Tomorrow We Die Alive
Born Ruffians JUICE
Post-punk has a long history, and Born Ruffians are apart of the many continuing to keep the original sounds of the Velvet Underground, Paul Simon, E Street Band, Oasis, etc. alive. In some ways, they do a pretty good job. In other ways, this is your run of the mill post-punk and indie rock album. I enjoy it though and you should too if you have the time, it?s a short 9 track, 29-minute record so why not.
BORNS Blue Madonna
Broadway Contexture: Gods, Men & The Infinite Cosmos
Bruno Pernadas Private Reasons
Going to test out some one-sentence titles for albums in some of my reviews to see if I can transition to it sometimes for fun. Okay, are you ready ?Conjunctionally sophisticated and dazzling, while nearly completely missing the mark on simple ideas and progressions?. On the opening ?Family Vows? track you're presented with jangle-pop guitars, club jazz drums, and this drenched 70?s vibe. It has a potent direction and style: 70?s progression rock, with obvious nods to jazz fusion and psychedelic rock. However, halfway there the track the song derails with this rather perplexing and honestly distracting indietronica and electronica influence that makes zero sense. This idea continues track after track with polar opposite esthetics meeting and completely derailing the song. Don?t get me wrong there are some truly breathtaking tracks ?Theme Vision? and ?Little Season I? are great 70?s psychedelic vibes with great progressive elements. But, honestly, most of this album has such a lack of structure and progressions that I am not seeing the hype.
Bully Sugaregg
In many ways, I should enjoy this. It is well written, well played, and interesting indie rock and power pop. However, on further listens this album gets very stale and dry. From the very similar writing to the very peppy vocal deliveries. In some ways, this is still a solid album with some really solid tracks, but this is very much another power-pop album that fails to reach what I really want from the genre.
Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated
Caroline Polachek Pang
Caroline Rose Superstar
Cassandra Jenkins An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
This is one of those albums that the more I listen to it the more I understand it and the more I hate it. There is something so extremely pretentious about releases like this and for many music nerds that is a huge positive, but for me this is a lackluster yet still enticing listen of several different folk and pop genres that it?s hard not to love listening to it, but completely forget about it once it?s over. There are some great songs on here, but some also huge question marks on what she was thinking. Still, if you want a poetic and philosophical thought process from someone who probably doesn?t need to be talking about those topics then be my guest and take a listen.
Cisnienie Radio Edit
There is definitely a lot of good post-rock coming out this year and this had a lot of potentials to be one of those. On first listen the grand and mysterious opener ?Czarodziej? presents this abstract yet haunting picture of what this jazz rock and post-rock fusion will sound like. From there you get blasted with more of the jazz rock ideas on ?Zerok? and ?Diet Coke?; two shorter pieces with equal amounts of weight and strength. However, then the record closes on ?Calm the Fuck Down? a really slow, monotonous, and hugely stale piece with no character and lacks a quality build that the intro had. Overall, the record is really good, but the final track really drags this album down for me and is one of the worst closers to a post-rock record I have heard in a long time.
Common Holly When I say to you Black Lightning
Cordae Just Until...
Not great but for an EP that is to hold off fans till his third full-length album drops, there are some fairly strong bangers on here. ?More Life? is a light and airy trap banger while ?Wassup? is an energetic hardcore hip-hop banger. Plus ?Thorton Street? has a lot of good bars laced through it. The big stand out is ?Dream in Color?, which is a more somber and boring track. But overall a solid little EP. With that said I hope that these tracks are not on the next album because there is something off about these tracks from what I would want from the prolific conscious trap rap artist.
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice
Dai Dai Dai
Dai Dai Dai is a two (ish) Japanese based noise-pop band that has finally released their debut album after two EP?s and several singles. What you should expect with this album is, well a lot. Right from the intro track you are shown the fast world of breakcore and noise pop. Loud synth leads, explosive drums, auto-tuned vocals, all while everything seems to be flying by you. Every track here presents some great ideas, but several times that idea completely falls flat because of a lack of direction or lack of understanding. This isn?t a bad album, especially if you want a decent introduction to the world of breakcore and noise pop, but in comparison to the likes of melt-banana and others, these flounder in comparison.
Dance Gavin Dance Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner
The ninth album from the five-piece Sacramento post-hardcore legends continues to dive deeper into their unique brand of hardcore music that has taken the 2010?s by storm. Without this band, I honestly would have never fallen in love with heavier music all way back in middle school. Now is this as good as their original material?it?s always hard to say because this band has gone through so many lineup changes, but at this point, it's their fifth album with the same five members and I have to say this band is losing steam. I give Will and Tilian huge props for being able to pump out album after album every two years since 2005, however, I noticed on the last album and definitely on this record that the band is losing steam. Jon?s screams seem so forced at this point and his lyrics are becoming so cringy that even a hot topic kid from 2008 would feel the same way. There are still some really great songs on here, especially the last 4 or 5. The closure is a great new direction and sound I would love to hear them go down. However, most of this seems so drab and unemotional that I honestly wish the band would break up?which I don?t want them to do because I love DGD.
Darlingside Fish Pond Fish
On their fourth studio album, the band shows a small growth from what they have been producing but still sounds like a Walmart brand of Judah and the Lion and Fleet Foxes, without coming to a true feeling of originality. There are some great folk melodies laced throughout this album with beautiful and mesmerizing piano chords, energetic guitar, and psychedelic synths. But the nagging feeling of, this isn?t original, stays with me through the listen. Still a solid album and in general they do a lot better than Judah and the Lion ever will, but will never be like Fleet Foxes so it?s an odd crossroad here.
Dead Letter Circus Dead Letter Circus (2018)
Death From Above 1979 Is 4 Lovers
The newest album from the dance punk gurus and hard rock innovators sees the band continuing to play with the same sounds that made them famous, and you have to give them credit for creating a still fun listen from front to back. However, this album feels so unoriginal for the band. It is still an overall good album, but for the group, there seems to be a lack of ideas and they are continuing to pump out the same thing they know how to do.
Deaton Chris Anthony Boogy Woogy
I would imagine most people listen to this album and see it as ?meme? music. However, what Deaton Chris Anthony does (and especially did well on his 2019 album BOY) is to incorporate the best aspects of cloud and pop-rap and blends it with the classic sounds of the UK Funky and Deep House/Hip-House scenes of the mid to late 90s. His albums bleed in 90?s lore and there is so much charm and appeal to that for me. However, I will say on this EP there seems to be a bit of a ?These are b-sides probably? feel to the whole thing since they do have the exact same style and feel as tracks off of BOY did. But there are still some solid ideas here. However, I encourage anyone intrigued by this to try out his last LP for a more encompassing sound.
Delta Sleep Ghost City Rarities
Dorian Electra My Agenda
Dorian Electra is an oddball in the PC music landscape, which is an ironic statement in itself to say. The Texas-based artist brings a lot of introspective, yet tongue-in-cheek, approach to gender identity, and how the world cannot handle people that are gender-neutral or multi-gendered. Lyrically he has some of the funniest and sexually intense lyrics that will make you question what in the world did he say. However, what always holds me back from their music is how bombastic it can be, and not always in the best way. Sometimes the instrumentation and style can just be too much to really handle. This is the same issue I had with Charlie XCX?s most recent release, there is way too much going on and not in a good way. Still, a solid little LP and a continued showing that PC music is the future of pop music.
Dreamer Boy All The Ways We Are Together
Although this is a fairly wide range of sounds and styles. There is still a lot of fun and bouncy ideas laced throughout this project and any fan of Frank Ocean, Joji, or Brockhampton should take a listen if you want something very similar to those vibes.
Dreamville Revenge Of The Dreamers III
Earl Sweatshirt Feet of Clay
Eartheater Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin
The appeal of this fourth LP from the NYC based artist makes sense. It blows her previous records out of the water with dense and complex avant-folk with so much lush and yet harsh instrumentation and she weaves through these sonic landscapes so fluently that it is pretty scary. However, for me, this record just is so badly recorded. Everything is so quiet and subtle that I have to blast this album to hear anything. Also, the record doesn?t go anywhere. Everything sort of mesh together with no front or back. I forget about the sound of the record as soon as it is over. But it is still a great progression and I hope she can clean up the recording of everything into the future.
Emancipator Mountain of Memory
There is a lot of material here for a downtempo record; nearly an hour. I like much of what this record wants you to feel and experience?to chill out to some light and peaceful ear-candy music. However, this record overstays its welcome pretty early on and the ideas become fairly dry fairly quickly. For somewhat legends in the downtempo genre, they aren?t adding anything of interest to this genre. However, I still enjoy bits and pieces of it and it?s a pretty good record to listen to while doing work, so I am going to bump it up a bit from average.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
ERRA Augment
Evanescence Synthesis
Falling in Reverse Coming Home
Fax Gang Aethernet
Debut album from cloud rapper and HexD maker Fax Gang and this isn?t bad music, but it takes way too much PC music influence and doesn?t quite hit on all cylinders in any of the songs. It?s loud, but not loud enough; it?s glitchy, but not glitchy enough; etc. I want more out of music like this and I get it sometimes, but most of the time this album falters in its overall execution. However, there is still something here with the idea and style that could be flushed out into future releases.
Field Mouse Meaning
Field Music Making a New World
Field Music Flat White Moon
A return to form, for whatever that is worth from a second-rate art-pop band. Although it doesn?t hit as hard as their first few records in the early 2000s. This is significantly better than the last few releases and continues down this fairly ?Broadway? style sound that they have been toying with the last few releases.
Fire from the Gods Narrative
Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold
Foster the People III
Frances Quinlan Likewise
From Indian Lakes Able Bodies
From Indian Lakes Everything Feels Better Now
Georgia Seeking Thrills
ghost orchard Bunny
Goat Girl On All Fours
For the most part, the sophomore record from the U.K. based art rock band is another push forward. However, this new album has the same issues as their 2018 debut; amazingly great tracks are plagued by extremely tedious tracks. So many great highlights from front to back on this album, but there are so many other tracks that seem like an afterthought. The band has some truly amazing ideas and I wish they could better washout the garbage from the gems when they mix their albums. But still a young band and more experience, I hope, will give them better judgment and writing.
Goldroom Plunge / \ Surface
Grapetooth Grapetooth
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
Hands Like Houses Dissonants
Hands Like Houses -Anon.
Hannah Georgas All That Emotion
Last year saw the year of Jack Antonoff as head producer, this year seems that the National?s Aaron Dessner as this year?s big producer. However, unlike his work on Taylor Swifts ?Folklore?, Aaron?s ideas and influences are more potent on these instrumentals then with Swifts. However, for Hannah Georgas's indietronica and art pop origins, this record doesn?t always seem like the best fit. There are some truly amazing songs on here, but there is some very head-scratching moments as well. Still a solid fourth album for Hannah, but definitely a bit of a step down from her usual.
HEALTH VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR
Hercules and Love Affair Omnion
Hippo Campus South
A ton of potential for this band. But they need to narrow down there sound. As well at the production could use some work. But the new singles for the new LP are super crisp and nice so excited for there first LP to drop!
Ho99o9 United States Of Horror
Holy Wave Interloper
On their fourth full-length LP, the five-member band from El Paso, Texas continue down the bath that they started with their 2014 album ?Relax? however they continue to dive deeper and deeper into generic. Right from the opening track you feel an odd familiarity that you have heard this sound done before. Then the rest of the album continues and that feeling persists. However, you also continue to somewhat enjoy the record. In all seriousness, though they sound like Tame Impala, Beach Fossil, Real Estate, Pink Floyd (early), and the Beatles (mid). However, they play everything very well and the sound scrapes and structures are something to listen to this album for. It?s just hard to love this album when it sounds so generic. Also, the album is way too long and by the 30-minute mark I was really over the washed-out guitar sounds and over-produced synth chords.
Homeshake Helium
Hoodie Allen Whatever USA
Hugh Hardie 7 Tunes in 7 Days
I was blown away last year with his absolutely stunning drum and bass album Shadows & Silhouettes. Now he has made a little EP/LP while in quarantine and you can tell that he made these songs very quickly. It?s not they aren?t good, but they aren?t as hard-hitting or sonically textured as his last album. You can also tell he is still in the same mindset as that record since many of these seem like B-sides from S&S. Altogether it?s a decent experience but I will just leave it as is and look forward to a more flushed-out project.
Hyukoh 24 : How To Find True Love and Happiness
Ibeyi Ash
IDLES Joy as an Act of Resistance
Intellexual Intellexual
Iri Shade
Irreversible Entanglements Who Sent You?
In reality, this should be better. It?s a social commentary on the issues African Americans still face in today?s society, but the execution is so off. Also, the recording is extremely annoying, Moor Mothers voices can get so drowned out by the ensemble that it?s impossible to hear. Plus, the horns are way louder than the drums and the which can get exasperating.
Jacob Collier Djesse Vol. 3
The UK based, reharmonization guru, is back with his third installment of his Djesse series and the fourth album in his discography. Oh, man does Jacob pull out all the stops for this album from bringing on the likes of T-Pain, Ty Dolla $ign, Rapsody, Daniel Caesar, and others while also creating a rather odd reharmonization of several classic soul and RnB tracks from years past. Some of the strongest tracks come off this album like ?Count the People?, ?Time Alone With You? and ?He Won?t Hold You?. However, some of the worst tracks also come out with this record. In general, this record feels like an odd novelty record with a whole lot of filler for no reason. But still, it is one of the strongest albums for Jacob, but he still suffers from the same problem: thinking he is really doing something amazing when he really is just making nothing that special.
Jaden Smith Syre
Jai Wolf The Cure to Loneliness
Jaunt All In One
I cannot lie, I really enjoy this record. It?s everything I wish beach fossils would do with their music; classically infused chill rock. However, much of this album doesn?t really go anywhere. So many great ideas don?t really come together into a cohesive feel. For example, many of the tracks have these orchestral snippets that only last for a few seconds and then they are gone. I don?t know I wish they did more with all these tools than just sort of throw them around. It isn?t bad by any means, but I wish there was more here.
Jay Electronica A Written Testimony
Joyce Wrice Overgrown
Better than the average RnB artists that are continually flooding the landscape at the moment, but still doesn?t stand out as a great RnB artist because of how unoriginal much of this album sounds. I think it?s a great idea to try and bring in a bit more artistic direction by bringing in many great rappers and electronic producers. However, this album still doesn?t feel all that original in the grand scheme of things. Still, some really solid performances and tracks on this record and most of the features do add a good amount of depth to the album and I hope into the future she can continue to develop and push herself past her influences.
Julia Jacklin Crushing
Kairon IRSE! Polysomn
Kali Uchis To Feel Alive
Is this what we wanted to hear from Kali Uchis, not really. Her very spectacular debut album from 2018 saw her really playing with the sounds of Latin pop and contemporary RnB in a mature and flirtatious way. However, a lot of that is missing on this EP (which seems to be a snippet of her next LP). Many of the tracks seem underwritten and thrown together at the last minute. The production is a bit loud and even at points the instrumentals completely wash out her signing. I still enjoy it for her amazing voice, but I wish she would put more thought into everything.
Kevin Abstract ARIZONA BABY
Khotin Finds You Well
On the fourth album under the Khotin name, Dylan Khotin-Foote creates a lot of great ambient drones and downtempo type beats with techno inspirations. Much of this album is washed out in this serine and hypnotic drone that sweeps you away into the clouds. Some really solid songs on here but this album doesn?t feel like much of anything. It kind of comes and goes and I forget what it sounds like. So, I still see it as above average, but nothing amazing and not the best ambient album I have heard this year.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Murder Of The Universe
Laura Marling Song For Our Daughter
The British singer comes through with her 7th studio album and it is equal parts the most focused record in her discography, but also her most stylistically baron record out of her discography. I think the first half of the record is a very charming set of folk-rock ballads that really move me emotionally. The second half of the record tries way too hard to be overly sentimental contemporary folk ballads that she loses any sort of charm that she builds up in the first half. The problem with the second half of this record is her vocals are not strong enough to be put over these very minimal acoustic ballads which are disappointing because the lyrics on this record are something to talk about. In general, I still liked more than I disliked, but still that back half needs some work.
Lecrae Restoration
The Dallas, Texas artist has created his 9th studio album and it is his best to date, but that isn?t saying much since he has never been a strong figure in the current landscape of hip-hop or Christian hip-hop for that rate. For a little over forty minutes, you will be taken on a rather odd lyrical journey that has no connecting points or progressions; a lot of ?I was depressed, Jesus saved me, I have a lot of money, thank god?. Still, the production and beats are solid for an artist who seems to not know a lot about trap rap.
Leon Bridges Good Thing
Lights Skin and Earth
Like Moths to Flames Dark Divine
Lilith (USA-MA) Safer Off
Lily and Madeleine Canterbury Girls
Lowly Hifalutin
Loyle Carner Not Waving, But Drowning
Lucky Daye Table For Two
There is surprisingly a lot of great things about this new EP from the LA-based RnB artist. Although this is nothing new for the RnB genre, he has a great knack for writing catchy lyrics with a dense amount of poetry and intricacy that many RnB artists of today sort of lack. However, the ending of this EP leaves me wanting more.
Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis House
Lupe Fiasco has been around the block for a long time and has some extremely strong albums in his discography. So, when he dropped this EP I didn?t know what to expect because I haven?t been a huge fan of the last few albums he has released. He is going through an abstract hip-hop faze and on this new EP that is still present with some very low-key piano playing. In general, it?s a very odd album talking about fashion and modeling. With these odd interlude parts by Virgil Abloh that don?t really add much to the album. In many ways, you can compare this album to something of Qualle Chris but with less bite. It is still a decent EP and I enjoy the first three core songs, but the closer is a bit of bland and lengthy track that doesn?t fit with the rest of the EP.
Lychgate Also Sprach Futura
It?s not anything amazing, but if you want some post-metal inspired death metal then this might be your speed. For me it?s missing a lot of what I love about progressive metal that they are trying to do.
Maison Book Girl Umi to Uchuu no Kodomotachi
Medhane Cold Water
A rather new-comer to the experimental hip-hop genre and it is a decent showing. He has a few other projects and singles but this is, for all intense and purposes, his debut album and it has some strong elements to it, however in general this feels and sounds like a weaker Earl Sweatshirt. The strength here is the witty and insightful lyrics all over the project. Plus some of the beats are some solid jazzy beats with solid production. In conclusion it's still a solid release and I look forward to seeing what he does into the future, but for now he needs more of an identity.
Middle Kids Today We're the Greatest
For indie music as a whole, this is actually a really solid listen and there are some standout tracks throughout the whole record. However, after several listens this album sounds more and more derivative of the sound. But still, the performances are all really solid and overall a decent listen if you want a somewhat arbitrary indie rock and pop rock album with indie folk leanings.
Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic
Miley Cyrus Plastic Hearts
Honestly, I could go on and on about how un-original and short-lived this album is. The amount of influences she is wearing on her sleeves isn?t even funny. However, for Miley and who she is as a current artist, this album is miles ahead of anything she has produced. This is the sound that her vocals have desperately needed to be over and it is great to see her do something that she wants to do and feels so comfortable in. I really hope that she continues to explore this sound into the future because I really believe that there is something here for her to do better in the future.
MISSIO The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man
Mora Mothaus Overture To A Dream
Mree The Middle
Muncie Girls Fixed Ideals
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
New Navy Lakeside
NF The Search
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Carnage
I can see the wide appeal of this record. It is lethargic and passionate with a lot of poetic lyrics on loneliness and longing. However, Nick Cave has always had the glaring issue of putting way too much in his music that always comes off as pretentious. To be honest most of this album is Nick crooning over lush but minimal chamber pop and industrial instrumentals that are eerily similar to David Bowie?s ?Black Star?. I don?t know I get the album and I see why a lot of people like it, but it is really nothing special with its lack of originality and interesting presence from front to back.
Nick Jonas Spaceman
It?s not every day that an album this good comes across my ears, and yet it?s not as good as others in the genre. Honestly, this is a really enjoyable listen from front to back and there is a lot of charm to this new Nick Jonas album. Where this album takes a huge nosedive is in how obvious the 1975 and Ariana Grande influences are, plus how cringy the lyrics can be ? although in the most tongue-in-cheek way sometimes. There is something here and I think Nick has the ability to play around with a lot of sounds and styles and you get a glimpse of that early on with the very synthpop and dance pop influences being woven in. But as the record goes through it gets more and more derivative.
Nirvana Nevermind
No Joy Motherhood
No Joy is a three-member shoegaze outfit from Montreal, and they have been making music since their debut in 2010 ?Ghost Blade?. Through the years they have slowly developed a sound that is distinctly their own and on their fourth album they continue taking good steps forward, but nothing amazing. I don?t quite love this album and it has to do with how bland of a listen this can be after a while. All the wash and noise gets very posh and by the end of the record, I am glad it is over. With that said, there are still some really solid ideas on here especially on the opener and ?Signal Noise?. A decent album and if you?re into shoegaze then you really should listen to this because it does deserve all the hype.
Noah Barbosa coffee in the evening
Is this going to keep you on the edge of your seat? No, not really. But still, a peaceful and heavily textured ambient piece that keeps your interests peeked for the whole 30 minutes of listening time. My biggest complaints are how minimal the intro is and how lengthy the ending is. But still a decent ambient drone album with a lot of great nature/field recordings that make you feel happy and safe.
Nova Charisma Exposition I
Oliver Tree Do You Feel Me?
Omerta Hyperviolence
Rap metal, the genre that most people forget about and only think of Rage Against the Machine. Well, there is a slew of rap-metal bands coming out every so often and some of them do catch my attention. Omerta is one of those artists and they are mixing rap-metal with a lot of different genres and styles from industrial to hyperviolence/grindcore. However, this record 100% wears their influences on their sleeves from classic rap-metal outfits like Rage and Body Count to more modern outfits like Attila and Faith no More to even the trap metal scene of ghostemane and others. So, at the end of the day, this is a very solid debut, but they really need to establish their own sound, which I believe they have because of how diverse a range this band has. Also, the lyrics could really use a step up from the cringe-fest.
Pale Waves My Mind Makes Noises
Panic! at the Disco Pray for the Wicked
Periphery Clear
Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
Phoebe Bridgers, the indie-folk artist who took the American heart by storm when she dropped her 2017 debut record ?Stranger in the Alps?, a poet, yet heart-wrenching indie-folk piece with as much heart put into it as a progressive pop album but the staleness of a Chinese fortune cookie. On her sophomore record ?Punisher?, the California singer comes out with an even more patience-testing indie-folk piece with even more haunting poetic lyrics in which Phoebe portrays her sadness and bittersweet look at life in the current day and age. However, she definitely increases her instrumentals on this record more than the last. With brighter guitars, more interesting atmospheric synths, and bonier drum fills, she gives the listener a better taste of what she can do. However, for me, the small steps forward in songwriting and production don?t make up for the pure lack of sparseness and uninteresting instrumentals this is filled with. Track after track you are given a drier version of the last song with some more depressing lyrics that really aren?t as interesting as you would want them to be. In a lot of ways, this tries to be a premium slowcore album without the soul. I don?t know; it?s good, but not great. I know a lot of people love her and will back her up on this, but for me, I would much rather listen to who she is influenced by rather than her.
Phoxjaw Royal Swan
The four-piece UK based band has released their debut and it's filled with quality ideas and great execution, but many of the songs try to grab at the same glory the top 3 or 4 tracks have. The opening track sees a powerful post-hardcore infused art-rock song with heavy lyrics and charisma. While songs like "Teething" are a winding and energetic alternative rock song with some great guitar riffs. But then many of the other tracks that make this album up all try to achieve the same power these two songs and two others achieve. Also, the heavy Thrice influence can be a bit distracting. With all that though this is still a solid debut for such a young and new band.
Pivot Gang You Can't Sit With Us
Polyenso Year of the Dog
Pom Poko Cheater
In a lot of ways, this is a really exciting and fun noise-punk album. A lot of great elements laced throughout the LP. However, the biggest problem I have with this album is how Guerilla Toss and Melt-Banana influenced this album is. Many of the same issues that plague those bands plague this album as well. One-dimensional song structure, mixing is not great for a noise album, performances are flat, etc. However, this is still a good listen if you have never explored the likes of dance-punk and noise pop because this brings a lot of weight and ease to those dense genres.
Post Animal Forward Motion Godyssey
Princess Nokia Everything Sucks
Purity Ring Womb
If you are a fan of Grimes then you might be a fan of this. The third record from the duo and its been five years, so how are they sounding. Well, for the most part, the exact same they have been sound. Is that a bad thing? No?but yes. There is a great feeling of lack of progress being presented here and I wish they explored a bit more in original soundscapes. Now, there are some heavy bangers in the tracklist and for the most part, I enjoy it. But, I just want more progress, more diversity, and better ideas here.
Rapsody Eve
Ray Pink
Honestly, this sounds really good. It?s not breaking any new ground on the shoegaze sound that they are playing off of (or the noise pop sound either). But it sounds really damn good. The biggest problem with this record is why in gods name is it an hour long. They could have trimmed not only the songs that aren?t as impactful as the others but trimmed all the songs in general because they run on for much longer then they should. It kind of sounds like they wanted a post-rock sort of structure, but why not do a post-rock album at that rate. In conclusion, individually and broken-up this is a quality shoegaze record, but together this record is a monster to get through. Also, the mixing of the guitar work is sometimes so washed out that you cannot tell the notes apart anymore so that could have been fixed.
Reason New Beginnings
The sophomore record from one of the newer additions to the exclusive Top Dawg Entertainment record label and I have to say someone has to be at the bottom of the barrel for the label and REASON, aka Robert Gill, is probably the bottom of that barrel. Not to say this album is bad, because it's not; there are some solid sonic landscapes here and some really great features from other TDE artists (Rapsody, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and even Kendrick is sampled on here). However, REASON has such a dry flow and it?s not a good sign when I look forward to the features significantly over REASON himself. It is also not a good sign when your features completely outshine you in every way possible. So in a lot of ways the features are what saves this album from being a catastrophic failure. Funny side notes though many of the features here (i.e. Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, Rapsody, and ScHoolboy Q) make me really think I can?t wait to hear a new album from them rather than this album.
Red (USA) Gone
Red Velvet The ReVe Festival: Day 1
Rich Brian Amen
Righteous Vendetta Cursed
Ross From Friends Family Portrait
Slauson Malone Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak)
The California based artist has dropped his third album, and in some ways, it follows the same greatest that was on his 2019 album ?A Quite Farewell, 2016-2018?, but also fails to spark the same amount of joy his debut album in 2019 did. Many of the tracks here are much more stripped back then what I came to love about his last album, however, this isn?t always a bad thing since there is a lot of great vocal power and instrumental layouts all over the EP. However, what really makes this album lose its charm is how unfinished much of this sounds. Many of the songs don?t build into anything and many of them end once it was interesting. It is still a decent album from him, but I don?t love it like I thought I would.
Sleep Token Sundowning
Sloping Completed Songs
This is kind of like taking Girlpool?s Lo-Fi aesthetic with The Microphones minimalist indie-folk. There are some solid ideas, and the very post-rock instrumental of ?Trail? is a true highlight. However, there are some truly rough recordings all over the place and the overall presentation could be better. But a solid debut for the small band and I hope to see progress into the future.
Solange When I Get Home
St. Paul and The Broken Bones Young Sick Camellia
Stolas Stolas
Stolas Allomaternal
Sun June Somewhere
On the Texas natives second full-length album she draws much influence from Julien Baker and that isn?t so much a bad thing, as it is a distraction much of the time this album is playing. Much of the album is drenched in this sophisticated indie-rock guitar work all while this dream and indie-pop aesthetic is blanketing each of the tracks on this 40 minute listens. With that said there is still a lot of good qualities about this project with some breathtaking singing and songwriting. Also, some great lyrical depth about wanting and loving that gives this more depth than your average ?sad girl indie music?. Hopefully, in the future, she can grow into her own sound instead of heavily taking influence from those around her.
Talos Far Out Dust
Tame Impala Lonerism
Tei Shi La Linda
TesseracT One
The Aces When My Heart Felt Volcanic
The Alchemist This Thing Of Ours
It?s good abstract hip-hop with some big-name features. Production is really good since the alchemist is on it. What else is there to say it?s nothing new or all that interesting.
The Chicks Gaslighter
The Color Morale Know Hope
The Color Morale Desolate Divine
The Damned The Rockfield Files
This is a really (really) surprisingly great punk rock album from the old school punk band The Damned. Nothing flashy and it has a lot of Pink Floyd (and other prog-rock greats) influence. But it is oddly original with that they have come to be in the punk scene. Nothing amazing, but still a nice little listen.
The Dream Syndicate How Did I Find Myself Here?
The Fall of Troy Mukiltearth
On the bands 6th(ish) studio album, they seem to continue coming back to form with their brand of math rock infused aggressive post-hardcore. However, they have left the mathcore scene entirely for a more melodic hardcore sound then what they presented on their debut. In many ways, this album is a slight step forward on the instrumental, groove, and progression front. However, it is also several steps backwards as well on the structure, melodies, and recording. Some tracks here have some very memorable hooks and grooves, while others have some very rough recording procedures, bad vocal deliveries, and boring guitar cords. The band seems to be trying to grab at their old sound without fully going for it. This is a shame because this band has always had huge potential, however, they are never able to fully grasp that. Alas, this is still a decent album and anyone who is a fan of post-hardcore should listen to it.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Midnight Monsters
The Ocean Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic
I understand why a lot of people love this five-piece German post-metal band. However, every time they release music, I feel so underwhelmed and want to go listen to other bands in the progressive metal and post-metal camp. However, their ninth studio album, and second for their Phanerozoic series, I am starting to better understand why people love them; they make solid ass metal music that keeps my interests peaked both lyrically and sonically. Maybe I will have to go back and listen to their earlier stuff again. Still, I don?t love this album as other people do and that?s okay. It is an above-average listen and if you really want some lengthy metal music then this is up to your ally.
The Orielles Disco Volador
The Word Alive REAL.
Thrice Palms
Thy Catafalque Naiv
Tilian Factory Reset
Dance Gavin Dance frontman, Tilian Pearson has had a steady, yet underwhelming, solo career. Past releases have never really gotten me to enjoy his solo music because of how uninteresting and rather unoriginal it was. However, his fourth solo record sees him produce some relatively strong pop rock and electropop bangers that are lighthearted and fun for the summer. This is not perfect by any stretch of the imagine (still sounds a lot like his first band Tides of Man; songwriting is all over the place, no real flow with the album), but it has a lot of promise for him since his songwriting is not as bad as it used to be.
Tiny Moving Parts Swell
Tirzah Devotion
Tokyo Police Club TPC
Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes What Kinda Music
I honestly don?t know what to really think about this record. In some instances, Yussef has some of his most clean and most energetic drumming of his whole career?however, in other cases there are some really underwhelming and underwritten tracks here. The first half of the record is some really solid tracks with great experimentation that fits Tom?s voice so well. However, most of this album seems like Tom and Yussef playing around with their instruments and for whatever reason putting those seasons onto a record. Some of the instrumental tracks are pretty smooth, but most are so one-note I question what happened. I don?t know, I enjoy it but I wish the two focused more on everything.
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno Finding Shore
Toothgrinder Phantom Amour
Toro Y Moi Outer Peace
Towkio WWW
Tricot Repeat
Two Feet Pink
Two People Second Body
Ulla Tumbling Towards a Wall
An above-average album. You will get a lot of this static drone that persists over most of the tracks. But the most forefront part of this album is the lovely bit of glitchy synths and chimes that come in throughout the listen. The biggest drawback of this (and it?s a big one) is the mixing can get so damn distracting. Like none of the instrumental components mesh together in the mix and they all fight each other for the limelight. However, it?s still a soothing little listen from front to back.
Underoath Erase Me
Vinyl Theatre Electrogram
Vladislav Delay Rakka II
On the first installment on this Kakka series, back in 2020, took the ideas of power-noise and post-industrial and created these intense yet enticing sonic soundscapes that took my ear for the 45-minute run time and never let up. However, on Finland-based producer's second record under the name, it feels noisier but less interesting. Although much of this album is still enticing to listen to, there is a heavier challenge with sitting through this album, and honestly, it can be a bit much at times. Still a decent listen from front to back if you really want some abrasive music, but it is a far cry from the other record under the name and a much more interesting listen.
Volumes Different Animals
William Doyle Great Spans of Muddy Time
Ideas are here, but the execution is beyond terrible. William Doyle came out with one of the most explosive chamber-pop records since Julia Holter?s amazing 2015 album was released. On this new album from the UK native, he explores a much more electronic direction with glitch and progressive pop layouts with very indietronica esthetics. For what it?s worth the exploration is there on this record, however, the overall execution is something to be desired. There are some truly breathtaking tracks that remind me a lot of the most recent Julia Holter album mixed with Radiohead?s OK Computer. However, put together this album is a bit of a mess and sonically this album can be extremely disjointed. Still, I think there is actually a really amazing glitch and progressive pop album here if he continues down this road because the exploration is all there it just needs to be put together in a more cohesive and explorative manner than just several disjointed tracks stringed together by underlying similarities.
World Peace Come And See
20 tracks, 10 minutes, fast-paced, beat you over the head powerviolance with overly complicated lyrics about the deconstruction of religion. It is better than one would expect but I am more of a fan of the powerviolance and mathcore fusion going on right now. Still not bad by any stretch of the mean and goes hard for the 10-minutes it?s on.
Yukon Blonde Vindicator
A decent 5th studio album from the BC band, but they still suffer from the same issue of not having a strong identity. The band continues to be heavily influenced by the likes of beach fossil and tame impala. However, the songs are still well done and well executed so I have to give them some points for that.
Yves Jarvis Sundry Rock Song Stock
There are a lot of great melodies and harmonies on Jean-Sebastien Audet?s fourth full-length album. The French Canadian shows that he can continue to make introspective and mesmerizing tracks. However, the biggest downfall for me in this album is that there are too many filler/interlude tracks that distract from the overall feel of the record. They don?t really add up to much and don?t bring anything to the table, but still, it?s an above-average listen.
Zola Jesus Okovi

2.5 average
A.A.L. (Against All Logic) Illusions of Shameless Abundance
Active Child In Another Life
Signer, songwriter, and producer Patrick Grossi has released his third full-length record and it?s the best material he has ever written, but it?s also still very so-so with the extremely distracting James Blake influence and uninspired songwriting. Some of the songs here really show Patrick?s growth in writing some extremely emotional and moving tracks that are backed by very blissful and minimal instrumentals. But, most of the tracks here are so underdeveloped and lack true direction that has plagued him since his first record in 2011.
Alina Baraz It Was Divine
I have been following Alina?s music since she released her first EP with the phenomenal Dutch producer Galimatias. Five years later we finally get her debut album after a fairly boring second EP in 2018. Have I wowed away by this?no not really. Is this a direction I am glad to see her going in?no?kinda?ehh. First off, this record is bloated to hell. If she trimmed out much of the middle this would have been much better because there are some seriously stunning tracks here. Second, the features, for the most part, seem like a tack on at the last minute. The only exception is the Smino feature. In general, I don?t despise this because she brings that airy and chill sounds that I loved from her 2015 release, but this is so over-bloated.
All Get Out No Bouquet
Amarionette [US] Evolution
Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet
Andy Stott It Should Be Us
Ane Brun After the Great Storm
The Norwegian singer/songwriter comes through with her eight studio album and she definitely steps up to the plate to change her sound, with the heavy inclusion of trip-hop elements. However, I don?t think this album was fully realized or finished because it is very rough around the edges for so many different things. A massive complaint I have is how Bjork influenced this record is from front to back. The only original or fully interesting was ?Fingerprints?, which is a breathtaking chamber pop track. Still, I think there is a lot going for her on this record and a lot of decent ideas so hopefully, she can better realize this sound in the future.
Anna Burch If You're Dreaming
Anna?s debut record ?Quit the Curse? was a fun and exciting contemporary folk record with some nice alternative country sounds. On her sophomore release, we get a much slower, quieter, and low-key record. In some ways, I wasn?t really looking for much on this record because she is already kind of a one-note artist. However, I wish there was more here than what she presented. Much of the tracks go on and on for three, four, and five minutes without getting anywhere. Now there are some great highlights here and there, but for the most part, I am neither here nor there with this release. But, it?s definitely a few steps back for Anna.
Anthony1 ???
30 plus minutes of what can only be described as the sound equivalent of fast-paced strobe-lights. Each song has the density to go toe-to-toe with the best of the hardcore dance scene, but this album lacks overall substance and quality. Each song eventually bleeds together, and this album can be very tiring to listen to by the end. With that said, in chunks, this album is a heavy-hitting, fast-paced, and electric hardcore dance album that any fan of the current EDM scene might find to be a breath of fresh air.
Bagdadski Vor Колхида
The Russian band's debut album has a lot of bite and potential. However, this album is plagued with being extremely one-dimensional and heavily influenced by its influences. For 25-minutes you will hear the same math-rock noodle that was on American Football?s debut sprinkled with envy melodic hardcore influences. Plus, track after track sounds like the exact same song so it can be a bit boring after a while. But still, there is a lot of potential here and I believe in the future this band will be able to produce something special in the screamo genre.
Basia Bulat Are You in Love?
The first half of the record is a decent showing of indie-folk and chamber pop with country elements to it. However, the second half of the record is much more water down ideas. Plus the mixing, for the most part, isn't great.
Battles Juice B Crypts
Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
Blu and Exile Miles
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard The Non-Stop EP
Cassius Dreems
Clap! Clap! Liquid Portraits
Christiano Crisci?s fourth record under the Clap! Clap! Name and in general, it is filled with a mixed bag of results. Some of the tracks here are hard-hitting fusions of African folk music and bouncy UK bass. Both in other instances, it is a dry experiment combining these genres or other genres. However, for Christiano this is no new problem since, for me at least, all his albums fall into this same issue where some tracks work really well, and others don?t work as well. I never can understand what is happening on his records because the first few tracks always grab me in, but as soon as you get towards the middle everything falls down again and I am instantly bored. In some ways, he seems to be taking influence from 90?s UK house seen without keeping all the flair of that scene. I don?t know this album is okay at the end of the day. Will always keep coming back to his music because I really do feel that one day he will figure out this sound and create something spectacular with it, but for now, it?s still the same issue.
Com Truise In Decay, Too
I really enjoyed his ambient chillwave album that he came out with last year. A lot of great layers in that album so I was excited to see this album pop up in my new album?s thing on Apple Music. Man was I disappointed. There are some good tracks here and there, but this album is all over the place. Some bits are synthwave inspired beats while others are almost downtempo ambient tracks that go nowhere. Not really sure what Seth was thinking when he made this new album.
Conan Gray Kid Krow
Wears his influences on his sleeves and not really that interesting from front to back but some solid songs written here and I look forward to seeing what he will do in the future once he finds his full sound.
Crumb Ice Melt
When the NYC-based band's debut record ?Jinx? was released I was a bit blown away by its simplicity yet extremely hypnotic and mesmerizing melodies and drum grooves. Those ideas are still present on the sophomore outing, however, it?s much of the same as ?Jinx? but more underwritten. The album is extremely short and most of the songs come and go without having much presence to them. Still hoping for a bounce-back in the coming years though.
De La Noche & Howard Ivans Blue Days, Black Nights
Deftones Ohms
The five-piece California based band is back with their highly anticipated 9th studio album and this record continues to prove my point that some people have the hardest time accepting the fact that Deftones really don?t make interesting music, they just make save music that classic alternative metal fans like. I find this album, and all their albums, to be extremely common alternative metal, soaring guitar riffs, aggressive (ish) vocals, and bland drum fills. I will say their original material makes sense in this box because it came out during the alternative metal boom of the mid 90?s and early 2000s. But today they just sound so old and washed up. But hey if you?re a fan then go for it!
Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats Unlocked 1.5
For such a strong album last year these remixes, although sometimes extremely stellar (listen to GODMODE remix, Benny the Butcher feature remix, and the first track) tracks, overall, this album loses the fun and simplicity that made UNLOCKED so good in the first place. For a remix project, I just wish they were not so all over the place and kept the overall aesthetic of the original.
Dinner Party Dinner Party
DJ Rozwell What Happens After the Death Is Recorded
this is one of those albums that tries to be a whole lot of things but doesn?t really hit any of them and completely misses the mark by the end of it. There are some good ideas here and there but there are also some truly terrible ideas laced throughout this record. There is also a huge amount of nothing laced throughout this project that it?s hard to see the merit in any of it. For such a promising artist with his breakout record, he continues to be a hit or miss in the plunderphonics world and I wish he would just kind of figure it out already.
dltzk teen week
In the grand scheme of hyperpop and cloud rap this is really nothing that steps out of either camp or never really is as explosive as I would want it to be. When it?s on it?s a fun listen but overall, there is nothing that makes this album a ?must-listen?. However, the drum and bass inclusion is something I would love to see into the future especially for how ?HexD? that idea is at the end of the day. Also, the production could be boosted into the future.
Donna Missal Lighter
EDEN no future
Electric Guest Plural
They have a cool sound and the singles that they have made are really cool and creative, but a good deal of the rest of the album is very dry or uncreative. They need to step back and learn a bit what to do differently
Eminem Kamikaze
Feels Post Earth
Five The Hierophant Through Aureate Void
The sophomore record has more presence than the debut but still suffers from the same issues that its predecessor had. To say that this is a good album would make sense because all the pieces are there to make this a very fulfilling instrumental listen. However, in the grand scheme of dark jazz and avant-garde metal, this doesn?t hit hard enough in either genre to warrant an enjoyable listen. I full-heartedly believe this band can achieve something amazing, but they need to expand more on these ideas and create a much more abstract and darker listen than this is.
Fyfe The Space Between
Gatecreeper An Unexpected Reality
Angry, aggressive, and also again two-sided. The first 7 tracks of this 17 minute EP are in your face, raw, and fast-paced death metal with some crust punk leanings. The last track is a typical doom metal slog fest that makes me want to stop listening because of how typical it is. So, pick your poison, first half brutality, or second half slow?ality.
Glass Animals Dreamland
Dreamland is a very odd third album for the four-piece UK based psychedelic pop group. Their debut was an interesting and magical neo-psychedelic fusion with trip-hop. While their sophomore record was an indietronica and art-pop fusion with neo-psychedelia ideas and bases. Now on their third album, they keep with this trend but bring in a lot of trap and odd RnB influences as well. In many ways, this is a weird step to the side rather than a step forward or backward. Several songs are trap bangers with a lot of charisma and youth. While other tracks are bland and underdeveloped. Also, many of the instrumentals seem to throw away from their last full-length that it begs the question: what have they been doing for the last four years. This is an okay record, some people will find a lot of joy with it, while old fans will find a lot of problems with it (especially the extremely corny and bland lyrics compared to previous records).
Gloo (UK) XYZ
GUM Out In The World
Ex-drummer of Tame Impala, Jay Watson, has released his fifth record under the GUM name and it?s honestly the best step forward he has done, but at the end of the day, he still pairs in comparison to Tame Impala and others in the neo-psychedelic scene (i.e. Flaming Lips, Animal Collective, and Ween). From start to finish you will be greeted with soring and heavy-hitting psychedelic passages with overdubbed vocals that take you on a trip right back to the 70s. Not to say this album is bad by any means, it has a lot of decent neo-psych songs crafted with a lot of heart. But there are other songs that seem very lazy for a 2020 neo-psych release when we have heard this sound dozens of times before. However, Jay is slowly coming into his own sound by making more of his drums the presence of the tracks than normal, but he still isn?t doing anything amazing to make me stop on my tracks and listen to a track again. So, in conclusion, this is a fine release but it?s nothing to write home about.
HAIM Women In Music, Pt. III
I would imagine most people have heard of the three-piece sister band from California, Haim. They took both the radio scene and the reviewing scene by storm with their 2013 record ?Days Are Gone? which was a mature sounding pop-rock album with a lot of personalities from the three sisters. So many people wondered what they would do next, well in 2017 they followed it up with a subpar record ?Something to Tell You? where they tried to rehash the joy and simplicity of their previous release, with lackluster success. Now they are their third release ?Women In Music, Pt. III?. A similar scope and style as their debut, but sonically this record is all over the place, as well as their influences. The reason ?Days Are Gone? was so popular was because it captured the nuance of 90?s pop rock, without selling it sort. While on this record the trio looks for a new direction and sound. However, instead of picking on sound, they create a hodgepodge of styles from alternative country to synth-pop. Honestly, there are only two lackluster songs on this record in my eyes, but there is nothing that makes me think, wow they should explore that style or sound. For example, several songs on here give me Fleetwood Mac vibes (especially ?Leaning on You?), but I would rather listen to the original. Or ?I Know Alone? sounds like an original Charlie XCX song from 2013, which I would rather listen to Charlie?s version. So, this record is a carbon copy of many different artists and songs, that I would rather listen to the original than this.
Harry Styles Fine Line
Helios Domicile
For ambient music, this has a lot of great ideas and drone textures. However, for 40 minutes you are given the same thing over and over again and nothing really makes that an enjoyable listen from front to back.
Hibou Halve
Hippo Campus Demos I
Holly Humberstone Falling Asleep At The Wheel
The debut EP from the UK based indie pop artist and it?s a so-so record with some powerful singer/songwriter tracks. But also, some very lackluster and uninspired tracks. Holly does have a very resonating voice and that?s the best part of the whole record. However, the vocal performance isn?t everything when instrumentals can really washout your performance.
Holy Hive Float Back To You
From start to finish you are given a rather one-dimensional tour of indie rock and how in many cases indie rock can be an excruciating listen. However, there are some great tracks here with some emotional singing and songwriting. But for the most part this is just okay. I really don't hate it, but I am also not really loving it.
Hot Snakes Jericho Sirens
Hovvdy Heavy Lifter
Incubus (USA-CA) 8
Ingrid Michaelson Stranger Songs
IU Lilac
There are some truly great tracks littered through this album and there are some truly dry tracks littered throughout the album. Not a whole lot to say it?s a mixed bag of some good tracks and some bad tracks, but nothing stands out as truly memorable or remarkable for a fairly over-saturated nature ok K-pop.
Jack White Boarding House Reach
Jaden Smith The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp
Jhene Aiko Chilombo
John Tejada Year Of The Living Dead
Not to say there aren?t some interesting sound palates on this new album from the techno master, but this is a fairly forgettable album because of how obvious these influences are. It is nice when it is on, but once it is over there is nothing that sticks in my head.
Jukebox the Ghost Off To The Races
Kamaal Williams Wu Hen
A brand new album from the UK based nu-jazz artist, and it is a bit of a mixed bag of tracks. For example, the opening song is a dazzling show of strings and sax, while the next track is a bland and one dimensional jazz-funk bit. This pattern continues throughout the whole album with some really strong songs, and then some really bland songs. I feel Kamaal really didn?t put a lot of effort on this project or very often left it to do other things.
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West Jesus Is King
Kehlani It Was Good Until It Wasn't
Let me start by saying this doesn?t sound bad by any means. From the introduction, you know what you are getting into for the rest of the album. A trap based RnB record with tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the club, sex, drinking, dating, etc. What makes this album so iffy is that for one the influences on this record are so obvious that it?s fairly distracting for me. For example, almost all the songs are basically weaker versions of Ariana Grande, T-Pain, Beyonc, etc. I would much rather listen to those artists then listen to someone basically imitating them. She desperately needs her own sound and there are some good examples of her exploring who she is as an artist. But for the most part, she needs soul searching.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Infest the Rats' Nest
Kobra and the Lotus Evolution
Lake Street Dive Obviously
I really want to like this project because in all honestly, it starts out really strong. But as the record continues on (and it?s really not a long listen) it becomes more and more derivative and by the end, the obvious white boy RnB and soul influences are beyond annoying and your ears don?t really want to come back to it. Still, the first half of this record is a lot of fun and danceable, it just suffers from being too one-dimensional.
Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over The Country Club
From her 2019 Norman Fucking Rockwell release to this new album there seems to be a lot of the same sonic landscapes and lyrical content, however, there is a huge drop off in creativity, power, and abstraction. Much of this album tries to build on the same kind of ideas that her last album created but misses the mark with actually doing that because of how dry this album is compared to that one. Don?t get me wrong there are some truly great tracks on here like ?White Dress?, ?Chemtrails Over the Country Club?, ?Let Me Love You Like a Women?, ?Dance Till We Die?, and some others. However, some of the most boring tracks pop up on this record, and all sort of fall one after another. Another caveat here is how awkward the pacing is on this album; some tracks have a lot of sonic power while others complete trip everything back and leave much to be desired. Overall a record with potential, but dwarfs in comparison to her 2019 magnum-opus.
Lauren Bousfield Palimpsest
Glitch music is always an interesting genre to come across in the modern era because of how much it has been redefined since it?s inception in the mid to late 80s. In the past it was a light and somber sounding style of electronic music. But, with the inception of PC music we are seeing a huge transformation in the realm of loud glitch music and this continues down that path. In general, this is an okay glitch pop and electro-industrial album. There are a lot of clever ideas and beats on this. But, in general the vocals are very tacky sounding and seem like an afterthought. Also, the mixing of the vocals has the time is so washed out and swallowed by the synth beats. It is an average glitch pop album, with a lot of decent ideas. But it gets one-dimensional fast.
Leeched To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse
Little Boots Jump
LUMP (UK) LUMP
Make Them Suffer Old Souls
Make Them Suffer Neverbloom
Man Man Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In​-​Between
The six-piece Philadelphia based band is on their sixth installment and the original charm of this band is slowly going away. From the opening track (not including the short intro track) you think to yourself okay a Queen inspired band again. But it has some fun and quirky elements to it. As you go along through the record those elements start to dull but the sound is still fun. However, by halfway the Queen influence is so distracting, the charm is basically gone, and you slowly realize that there are still 25 minutes left till the end of the album. There isn?t enough sonic diversity between the tracks, so you grow rather tired of the sound. Plus, there isn?t enough instrumental integrity within the songs, to make it feel like its own project. The best way to sum up this album is it feels like they wanted to make a baroque pop album but somehow forgot to add the crucial sounds of that style. So, this album falls so far downhill after the first half.
Men I Trust Oncle Jazz
Metz Atlas Vending
I see the hype with this album. It?s the best the band has ever sounded, and they took a huge step forward with the noise rock sound they have been kind of using the past 12 years. However, this album suffers from what many noise albums are suffering from as of late?they really wanted to replicate Daughters 2018 magnum opus You Won?t Get What You Want. Every song on here sounds very familiar and the nagging feeling of, I would rather listen to Daughters, persists. Not to say there aren?t some good qualities and again it is the best the band has sounded all together. Also, who the hell mixed this album. For a noise rock album, I want my instruments noisily complimenting each other, not clobbering each other because they don?t have enough room to live in the sound wave. It?s like they normalized this thing to be at 10 ohms instead of 50 or 100.
MisterWives Connect the Dots
Moaning Uneasy Laughter
Changing it up from their last record, which I liked quite a bit. However, this seems blander and there is less heart here than in the last. It?s just okay
Mutual Benefit Thunder Follows the Light
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Nerija Blume
Nero di Marte Immoto
Norma Jean All Hail
Nothing Dance On The Blacktop
O! The Joy Zen Mode
Some great potential here with it, but most of the songs are to drawn out and the band is trying to hard to sound like the Fall of Troy and The Speed of Sound Underwater! But, looking forward to what comes out of the band in the future!
O'Brother You and I
Post-rock and I have a very shaky relationship. Most post-rock bands never stick the landing for me because of how boring everything is. I get it the instrumentals take a backside to the very powerful instrumentals, but like I can?t even concentrate on the lyrics when the instrumentals bore me to tears (which is saying a lot because I like a good amount of ambient music). I will say this album does bring a lot more to the table then other bands like them do because of their incorporation of post-hardcore, but like the bands, previous releases had more presence to them. This record is just one-note song after another. I don?t know I don?t mind it and I would come back to it for a peaceful album, but god some of these tracks have me falling asleep.
Palisades Mind Games
Panic! at the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Peter Bjorn and John Darker Days
Pierce the Veil Misadventures
Plaid Polymer
Post Moves Cut Into Your Own Dimension
The Rhode Island native has a really interesting idea going for him. I honestly have never seen anyone take the pedal steel guitar, make heavenly Americana ambiance, and layer it all on top of some pillowy, yet experimental, drones. However, what Sam Wenc does in terms of creativity lacks in the presentation. For only being 30 minutes and change this album feels like a lifetime to get through. Many of the instrumentals and ideas don?t always flow well together. But I still find this album to be good because of how unique and interesting it is. I think there is something here that is not fully realized yet.
Press Club Wasted Energy
PUP This Place Sucks Ass
PUP still gets a lot of hype for a band that sounds like a weaker version of Jeff Rosenstock. This is an okay EP. They definitely fit the EP mold more than the LP mold, but whatever. Other people will probably like this more than I do.
PVRIS Use Me
I will say it right now, I have never been a fan of the three-piece band's music. It has always come off as gouache and uninspired. However, they have captivated many people and accumulated a large fan base for their powerful lyrics and inspiring topics. On their third LP, under the big label of Warner, they continue this style but there are several noticeable differences. First off their signature sound seems dulled in a way that is hard to fully realize. Many of the lyrics are powerful, yet tasteless. Also, the production and sound of the album are ridged and one-dimensional. I keep going back and forth with this album and I think because of that I will just go in the middle and say it's only okay. Hopefully, they will realize something more powerful in the future.
Queens of the Stone Age Villains
RAT BOY Internationally Unknown
Rhye Woman
Rhye Home
I have been a huge fan of Rhye since their debut record ?Woman? came out in 2013. ?Blood? was a detailed and intricate record with a lot of great nods to the smooth soul and alternative RnB genres. However, on the duo?s most recent record the charm feels lost as this is the same idea as the last album. Not saying this is a bad album by any stretch. But this is the same sound you would expect with slightly worse instrumentals. Still, solid performances from Mike so a nice listen if you have never heard of the duo.
Rian Treanor Obstacle Scattering
Ohh IDM how you are one of the oddest genre labels ever devised by humans. On this new EP from one of the more interesting underground IDM and deconstructed club artists, he creates an actually interesting set of tracks that come together rather nicely. However, what might sound good on paper does not sound good in reality since much of this album seems too busy for its own good. There are some good ideas on this album from the glitchy and nearly wonky synth arpeggios and bass blasts to the overarching danceable structuring. But this album doesn?t come together all that well and it makes me rather listen to the classics of IDM. But would be interesting to see this sound explored to more into the future with some more practice and patience.
Rise Against Wolves
Rochelle Jordan Play With The Changes
I continue to search for the greatest in experimental RnB and through the years there have been some stellar standouts. This long-awaited third record from the UK-born artist had the potential. On the breakbeat-inspired intro track ?Love You Good? there was some huge excitement welling up for me. However, from there this album loses itself one song at a time. By the end of the album, it?s an interesting experiment that didn?t pan out all too well. The album feels really repetitive and uninspired by the end (huge Burial influences).
Royal Blood Typhoons
From a band that brought new life to hard rock with their self-titled debut. This band has been slowly driving themselves into a whole with more generic alternative rock grooves and progressions. However, the alternative dance and small bit of glam rock influence on this project continue to show the band can innovate. My hypothesis is that Warner Brothers is forcing a hand in their songwriting to make ?radio-friendly hits?. Will the band bounce back? Who knows but I?ll keep coming back because they continue to be somewhat interesting.
Sea Oleena Weaving A Basket
Decent ideas, poor execution. Slowcore is a very niche genre with a lot of subtle hinds and structures. However, this album leans more into the ambient and angelic nature that slowcore can uphold in certain cases. However, there is a lot of nothing on this album. So, when you try to lean in on the lyrics which aren?t great either for a slowcore record. It also doesn?t help that everything is so washed out that many things are inaudible. So, an average listen all the way through. Some much better slowcore releases out there.
Seas and Centuries battles
Sevendust All I See Is War
Silverstein Dead Reflection
Snail Mail Habit
Sneaks Highway Hypnosis
Snoh Aalegra - Ugh, those feels again
Sparta Trust the River
The four full-length album from the four-piece Texas band is several steps back from what they used to be like. Originally this band was one of the envelope pushers when it came to the new wave of post-hardcore bands coming up in the early 00s. However, what we get here sounds like an old band dropping all their aggression for an alternative rock sound that hasn?t been popular since Bush was in the white house. I will say the record is a treasure trove of some of the better sound highlights of alternative rock from New Order, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, and other bands like them. In general, the first half of the record is a decent showing of some older style alternative rock, the second half is a lost cause though.
Summer Walker Last Day Of Summer
Tash Sultana Terra Firma
Some truly breathtaking psychedelic soul and rock parts laced throughout this LP, but the same issue plagues this new album from her the overall length of the project and presentation of all the tracks. This album is a whopping hour and several of the tracks on here could have been left out since they are not as heavy as other tracks. There are some truly breathtaking performances on this album, but there are also some tracks with no good qualities to them. So overall this is a very hit or miss album for me.
Teenage Wrist Earth Is A Black Hole
On the sophomore record from the alternative shoegaze outfit, they continue to show that simplistic alternative rock grooves do not go well with experimental shoegaze guitar tones. Not to say this album is a bad showing of what shoegaze and alternative rock can be, but there are so many better bands in this specific style that I would rather listen to those than this band (i.e., My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Chastity, etc.). I wish this band would try to branch out and do something more exploratory than the usual sound this style came out of in the 90s.
TEOAY Rules for Becoming Invisible
There is definitely something extremely haunting about this debut album from Lian Gerbino. It is extremely foreboding and sounds like there is something following you every step you take. However, after 20 minutes the sound and astatic loses itself relatively quickly because of how one-dimensional everything is to listen to. Every track is basically Lian creating a loud yet hazy guitar drone with thick ambient drones in the background to create this claustrophobic nature. So for 35 minutes, you will feel the same feeling over and over again until you get rather bored with it. Also, the Sun O))) influence is beyond comparable.
The Amity Affliction This Could Be Heartbreak
The Birthday Massacre Under Your Spell
The Black Dahlia Murder Verminous
The Body I’ve Seen All I Need To See
There was so much promise for this new record from the two-piece art metal act. Don?t get me wrong this is a heavy, brutal, and challenging listen but in the grand scheme of power electronics, drone metal, and noise music this is rather uninspired and even one-dimensional listen. Drone metal is never the most interesting genre but at least there is typically diversity among the tracks in a great drone metal album (Boris, Earth, Sun O))), etc.) and power electronics typically have a dense and intricate pallet of sounds. But this is a 35-minute slow burner that goes nowhere exactly at the very end. Big disappointment for me on what this band has done in the past and what this could have been.
The Joy Formidable AAARTH
The Speed of Sound in Seawater First Contact
The Word Alive Dark Matter
Tigran Hamasyan The Call Within
There are so many amazing bits and pieces to this album, that it is leaving many people blown away by how fabulous it is. However, there is something so uninspired and boring about this album that I would rather listen to the band's countless influences than listen to this.
Touche Amore Lament
Every time a Touch Amor I pray that I will understand the hype with this band. On one hand, I see the lyrical appeal because they are not on the emo bandwagon with basic and cringy lyrics. They present some quality poetic emo lyrics in the vein of Silent Planet, Emery (older emery at least), American Football, and even PUP. But, sonically every album, and their fifth full-length Lament here, is so sonically safe for the screamo and melodic hardcore scene. Everything about this album seems unoriginal or already done. But whatever maybe in four years on their sixth album it will catch onto me.
TR/ST The Destroyer - 2
Transatlantic The Absolute Universe...(Abridge Version)
When I look at the cover of this album, I instantly knew what this was going to sound like and for nearly 2 and a half hours you will get exactly that symphonic rock that has every single progressive rock trope in the book. From overly flashy guitar solos, bombastic drums, and classical orchestration that is grand/monumental feeling. For a triple concept album, there is not enough here to keep you engaged with the content because after a while everything starts to bleed the same and many songs really do sound like each other.
Transatlantic The Absolute Universe...(Extended Version)
When I look at the cover of this album, I instantly knew what this was going to sound like and for nearly 2 and a half hours you will get exactly that symphonic rock that has every single progressive rock trope in the book. From overly flashy guitar solos, bombastic drums, and classical orchestration that is grand/monumental feeling. For a triple concept album, there is not enough here to keep you engaged with the content because after a while everything starts to bleed the same and many songs really do sound like each other.
tUnE-yArDs sketchy.
The Canadian two-piece band continues to make some fairly interesting music that still doesn?t feel like anything. On the surface, this new album from the duo continues down this fairly neo-psychedelia art pop sound that they have been going towards and they pull it off relatively well. This isn?t a bad record by any means and shares a lot of similarities to Gorillaz with its fairly tongue-in-cheek nature while also staying fairly consistent with the psychedelic sound. However, this album just seems fairly one-dimensional. Each track seems like the last and by the end of the album, the slushiness of it is rather annoying.
Two Fingers Fight! Fight! Fight!
Amon Tobin and Joe Chapman come through with a rather odd fourth full-length album since the group?s inception in 2009 (plus their last record was in 2012). Bringing back some classic wonky beats and styles they don?t really drive forward the genre. This album suffers from a lot of what Amon Tobin has been suffering within his own solo material since 2007; it doesn't sound like a complete and flushed out record. Also, it sounds like two guys having some fun and making some random beats that don't really make any sense together. Especially in 2020 with wonky and halftime music taking heavy changes in the last decade. It?s just a so-so record with some interesting points, but it gets stale fairly quickly.
Uboa The Flesh of the World
Uboa is an artist that sits in several genres but sounds nothing like them. She has created her own form of experimental, dark, ambient, and noise music that only a few other artists have ever come close to (Lingua Ignota is the only one who comes to mind). In other words, she takes the style of noise and adds a lot more texture to the abrasiveness of it all. On her most recent EP, that she has made during quarantine, she talks about the current issue of body dysmorphia and fat-shaming but over some very haunting drones. If you have never listened to her music this honestly isn?t a great place to start because this isn?t her best work (go to her 2019 record ?The Origin of My Depression? for a great look at depression). You can tell she is playing around with more synth-driven instrumentation rather than the more piano/ambient instrumentation she is known for. I will say though it makes me excited to see where she will go into the future with these sounds because there is an idea here, it?s not fully tapped into yet though.
Ulcerate Stare Into Death and Be Still
This is one of those underground death metal bands that get so much hype that you have to listen to it. However, every time I come back to it, I get lost in exactly why. The songs are giant, catastrophic, and winding I will give it that. Plus, making death metal sound so dense and intricate is something many bands have struggled with for years. Where I get stuck with this and many bands like them is that I get so boarded with the sound after 20 minutes. For all the building these tracks have, I feel no pay off at the end of it.
Vacationer Wavelengths
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Veil of Maya False Idol
Veil of maya gets way way way to much hype to me! Yes they are talanded musicians and make some pretty heavy metalcore and deathcore fusion, but like its nothing original! None of there work is that original
Volumes Coming Clean
Wage War Pressure
Waterparks Fandom
Whitney Candid
The eight-person indie folk and soul outfit have released their fourth record to date and it is a set of covers from several different artists and their respective genres. From the experimental RnB artist, Kelela, to ambient guru Brian Eno, and classic John Denvor Country Rock there is a bit of everything here. The best part of this album is in many respects they do a decent job creating new renditions of these songs (all but the Take Me Home, Country Road), but this album isn?t anything special when it comes to the tracks. It?s a so-so mixed bag with some solid tracks, but some huge duds as well.
William Basinski Lamentations
The creator of the tape music genre is back, and he continues down this very haunting and ambient direction. However, there is something that leads me to not like this album all the way through and it is how minimal the sonic soundscapes change. Everything all bleeds together and the most interesting moments don?t come till the back half while the first half seems like a 25-minute build-up to the more interesting last 25 minutes. Also, the huge amount of influence he is getting from The Caretaker's magnum opus ?Everywhere at the end of time? is sort of uncanny. Still an average listen if you want some really haunting ambient music.
Zeds Dead Catching Z's
It?s dubstep based on chillwave and chillstep. There is nothing really that great about it or nothing too terrible about it. It?s pleasant when it?s on, but it's utterly forgettable when it?s over.

2.0 poor
Abram Shook The Neon Machine
Actress AZD
All That Remains Madness
Annisokay Aurora
At first listen I actually was intrigued by the electronic production shown on the first few tracks but after listening to the whole project a hand full of times it becomes clear how derivative of a metalcore album this actually is. Painfully uninspired instrumentals, typical lyrical content, and overproduced djent tendencies.
Architects For Those That Wish to Exist
Is this better than I expected; yes. Is this good; no. Does this change my opinion on Architects; no, but not in the way you would think. Architects have never been a good band in my eyes. I know they hit a rather large stride in the djent seen during the 2010s, but to me, it was very much unoriginal. Now on this new album, they continue to be unoriginal, but still sound average with that unoriginality. Heavily influenced by Bring me the Horizon, but with nobody to it.
Ariana Grande Thank U, Next
August Burns Red Phantom Anthem
Barbarossa Love Here Listen
I have a hard time listening to this record and just seeing how underwhelming it is from front to back. This is trying too hard to be a Tame Impala synthpop outfit that really has nothing good to make themselves stand out from the dozens of artists in the same camp. Not terrible instrumentals but weak recording, back mixing, and boring production. Desperately need to branch out into other things to stand out from the crowd.
Bas Spilled Milk 1
Bear's Den So that you might hear me
Bibio Phantom Brickworks
Boogie Everything’s For Sale
Brand New Science Fiction
Brian Eno and Roger Eno Mixing Colours
Some of these tracks really elicit strong emotions in me, but most of that is gone once the record keeps playing because of how bogged down this is. It also seems very uninspired at points.
Camila Cabello Camila
Citizen As You Please
Cold War Kids LA Divine
DMA's The Glow
Drake Scary Hours 2
1 hit out of the park, 1 maybe, and 1 huge dud. Drake can never quite figure it out anymore because he is just trying to grab at anything that might make him the most money. However, there is something here if he continues to explore the darker nature of these introspective lyrics.
Enter Shikari The Spark
ERRA ERRA
I can kind of see the appeal of this record, it?s progressive metalcore with huge djent riffs and explosive screams. However, it?s hard not to feel like this is just another addition to the very bland and generic scene of metalcore we are continuing to see. The production is so beyond clean that half the time the drums don?t even sound real, and the guitar is comedically edited to the point of being annoying. Most of this album is just a massive headache to listen to.
Esmerine Mechanics of Dominion
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes End of Suffering
From Indian Lakes Dimly Lit
Ehh they have never been able to really impress me since their sophomore project.
Gary Numan Dead Son Rising
Gary Numan Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
Genghis Tron Dream Weapon
This is one of those albums that feels like it?s constantly building and never really reaches the apex that I want from a sound like this. Honestly, the first band that came to mind when listening to the long-awaited third studio album from the 5-piece Brookland band is that it feels like a more watered-down version of Arcane Roots. What?s even more bazaar about this is how oddly similar a lot of what that small English band was doing and what Genghis Tron is trying to do. Honestly, the best part of the album is the very few spots where the apex hits and you can really jam out, but most of this album is a constant build that never reaches the hype I would want an album like this to be like.
Gesu no Kiwami Otome Streaming, CD, Record
For what I can see, the reviewing community that I follow is in love with this record and I am not exactly seeing why. Like on the surface this record should be amazing. The innovative use of funk bass lines, the progressive nature of it all, and the fun-loving atmosphere the Japanese band is able to produce is a concept most artists in this vein don?t play with. But listen after listen, after the first few tracks (not including the last few tracks), this is extremely derivative. In my opinion, they aren?t really fusing the genres like I would want them to. Everything is just being mashed together with no real charm. Like for a fun idea of an album, I get really bored pretty quickly.
GoGo Penguin Ocean In a Drop (Music for Film)-EP
Guided by Voices Space Gun
Hanz Plasty I
Holy Fuck Deleter
Holy Ghost! Work
Hong Kong Express L.Y.F.
The appeal of this record makes sense. It is a dense, slow, and methodical dreampunk album that shares a lot of similarities to the boom of the synthwave trend as of late. However, what makes this album such a chore to listen to is how one-dimensional the whole thing is. The intro track builds this cacophonous synth wall that makes you feel like your about to enter the dystopian future. But the rest of the album is this slow-paced and bland downtempo and dreampunk slog fest that is a bit slow to get through. The ideas are sort of here, but I would want everything to be panned out more into the future and bring more substance to the table than these fairly barebones instrumental backdrops.
I See Stars Treehouse
IDLES Ultra Mono
One of the UK?s greatest punk outfits in years comes through with one of their weakest set of tracks; both sonically and lyrically. Their third album shows a dampening of instrumental chops with weak songwriting, bland punk guitar riffs, and obvious post-punk and garage rock tropes that make me question what they were ever thinking. I already wasn?t a huge fan of the band but going back and listening to their 2017 and 2018 albums they blow this album out of the water. Also, lyrically the record doesn?t bring up anything politically interesting and sometimes they sound like children talking about politics. Not sure what exactly happened here.
Janelle Monae Dirty Computer
Jlin Black Origami
This just feel odd to me. Like I can see why pitchfork gave this a high review, but I just ant enjoy it. At least you very weird people somewhat agree this was okay!
JPEGMAFIA EP2!
I feel like this new direction for Peggy makes sense, but also in another context, this direction makes no sense because of who JPEGMAFIA has made his brand into. With his breakout album Veteran in 2018, he created a dense but approachable glitch hop album based in sound collage and experimental hip-hop. In 2019s All My Heroes Are Cornballs he continued this exploration with an emphasis on RnB. Then on 2020?s single?s EP (i.e., EP!), he gave an explosive sense of what a JPEGMAFIA single can be. However, on this new EP, he throws out all his past ideas and goes for a more synth/keyboard direction and many of the beats and synth soundscapes make no sense for the very auto-tune vocals. It isn?t till the very end of the EP where things seem to come together for a stronger listening experience. In conclusion, much of this 17 minute EP clashes in ways that make no sense, which is interesting because on his past two LPs and EP he creates an explosive clash of sounds that makes me feel like he lost his identity.
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kevin Morby Oh My God
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Flying Microtonal Banana
Laura Stevenson The Big Freeze
Liturgy The Ark Work
Lolo Zouai High Highs To Low Lows
Longwave If We Ever Live Forever
Mac DeMarco This Old Dog
Mac DeMarco 2
Madvillain Madvillainy
Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile to the Surface
Marmozets The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
Mauno Really Well
Meat Beat Manifesto Impossible Star
Memphis May Fire Broken
Mondo Cozmo Plastic Soul
It was meh...trying to hard to get this 60's and 80's fusion sound that makes it awkward with his raspy country sounding voice!
Moon Taxi Let the Record Play
Mree Bloom
The newest EP from Marie Hsiao. On her last EP, she started hinting at a newer sound and did we get it with this EP. This is some dense and thick ambient pop with a lot of similar progressions as new age. However, the sound doesn?t fully pay off most of the time and for such a short album (16 plus minutes) it does feel like an eternity when it is over. There are some solid ideas and progressions though and I still think it?s a sound that she can really pull off if she put a stronger focus on it.
Netsky Second Nature
This record is the definition of throwing 100?s of knives at a target and hoping one of them has enough power to stick to the target. For over an hour, track after track will be the exact same dancefloor drum and bass sound. So, the first quarter of the record is bouncy and fun?just like how the start of a fun night at the club is fun and energetic. But as the night goes on, as the album goes on, you get more tired and sick to your stomach. This album completely loses itself by the end and your ears are ready for anything but dancefloor music.
Ni Les insurgés de Romilly
Nicolas Jaar Telas
Nova Charisma Exposition III
The third EP from the Donovan Melero (of Hail the Sun) and Sergio Medina (of Stolas) side project is out and I am still underwhelmed with what they are doing. This is a side project band that over and over again I think should be amazing, but every time I go back to their releases, I feel like this is just a watered-down version of their own bands. So, if you want this sound, just go to their original bands and you?ll be happier.
Otoboke Beaver いてこまヒッツ
Parannoul To See the Next Part of the Dream
Man did I want to love this record. From the opening shoegaze guitar riffs to the hazy vocals, and building piano there is something so warm and sunny about this album. However, as this album goes on it becomes very apparent how blotted this record is. The post-rock passages do not really add anything to this album other than to be a rather tedious build to something that really never comes. Although there is still something here to hopefully look forward to in the future.
Pete Yorn Caretakers
Phoenix Ti Amo
Picturesque Back to Beautiful
Polaris (AUS) The Death of Me
Portugal. The Man Woodstock
Pupil Slicer Mirrors
This is one of those heavy albums that is going to get a lot of buzz around it because of its lyrical content. For a mathcore album, they are tackling a lot of complex and intense topics that many artists take on but can never realize. With this album, they discuss the philosophy and issues with current-day religion. However, this is just not an interesting, original, or all the good mathcore album. Yes, it?s heavy, yes, it?s in your face, and yes, the lyrics are fairly top-notch (a lot of great poetic lines laced throughout this), but the number of mathcore bands out there today that all sound like Dillinger Escape Plan clones is vast and this is no different. The only thing that they have that they are trying to add is a bit of the Code Orange glitch-ie and synth effects, but it?s so minimal and rarely happens that it?s tough not to see this as a derivative mathcore project.
Remo Drive Pop Music
Screamarts Endless Journey Inwards
I listen to way way way too much drum and bass to listen to something this uninspired. Very much sits in that monstercat drum and bass scene of the early 2010s.
Sevendust Blood and Stone
Every time that this band comes around to release a new project, I still get my hopes up that they will deliver something special. There is no reason for them not to. They have been in the nu-metal and alternative metal scene since it?s hay day in the late 90s. However, this album suffers from the same exact thing all their albums suffer from, lack of diversity. For nearly 50 minutes you will listen to thirteen tracks that all sound the same. Granted, on their own, they all sound really good, but after 20 minutes the sound gets tiresome. This is sad because I have said this since late middle-school, they have one of the most talented and memorable singers in all of metal. Every time I hear Lajon Witherspoon vocals, weather that is on Sevendust, or on a feature, his voice nearly brings me to tears on how perfect it is. But this band can never reach the same amazement that their singer does. But I will still continue to listen to their albums in hope that one day they will be able to figure it out.
Sleater-Kinney The Center Won’t Hold
Sons of Apollo Psychotic Symphony
Stephen Malkmus Traditional Techniques
Taylor Swift Lover
The Color Morale Hold On Pain Ends
The National Sleep Well Beast
Trivium The Sin and the Sentence
Trivium What The Dead Men Say
I don?t know why I thought I would like the new Trivium album. The four-piece Orlando, Florida band are on their ninth studio album and it sees them going back to the drawing board in some good ways, but mostly not great. I really enjoy metalcore and will continue to search for new and exciting bands in the genre. I don?t like thrash metal?both classic and modern. The sound is so damn boring to listen to. After about twenty to thirty minutes I am about over the soaring guitars and fast-paced drums. This album sees the band going back to their past while trying to keep to their present and most of it comes off and classic, but stale and boring as the album progresses. I don?t know if it is me not liking the genre of thrash that is keeping me away from this album or if it is the band, but God I don?t really like coming back to this.
Ulver Flowers of Evil
I feel really bad for actually giving this album this low of a score because Ulver is one of the greatest and unique bands out there that have changed their identity not once but four or five times through the years. Their current iteration though is this synthpop sound that they really nailed home on their 2017 album, but really add nothing new to what they did, and in most cases explore more boring and uninteresting ideas on this new album. In many ways, these all seem like b-sides from the last LP. The instrumentals are not as interesting, the lyrics are less potent, and the overall aesthetic isn?t really strong.
Vuur In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
Wardruna Kvitravn
There are a lot of great qualities laced throughout the fifth full-length LP from four-piece band Wardruna. However, what makes this album so special quickly becomes a slog-fest to get through. If you are at all a fan of ?traditional folk? music especially something as historic as Nordic folk music, then you might enjoy this. However, for 65 minutes you will hear roughly the same sonic soundscapes: dark ambiance, tribal drums, hypnotic vocals, and repetitive violin. I see the appeal for some people, but for me, this is an absolute chore to sit through.
Washed Out Paracosm
Washed Out Purple Noon
Washed Out?s debut album, Within and Without was one of the defining chillwave records for the 2010s and for the genre as a whole. Many people know of this genre because of it?s relaxing and easily qualities to it (i.e. it?s what made lo-fi hip-hop into a genre). However, many artists can never fully pull it off without sounding cheese or uninspired. Ernest Greene on his sophomore record made another solid chillwave record, although it was grabbing at the same ideas as his previous. From their he came out with a new chillwave style with Mister Mellow in 2017 and it was a great EP/LP with neo-psychedelia vibes and plunderphonic undertones. On his most recent release he goes back to a more basic sound, however it doesn?t really grab at what chillwave is today. It is a rather bland and one-dimensional album (other than the opening track ?Too Late?). Ever since George Clanton?s Slides came out chillwave will never be the same and this album is suffering from that problem.
Weezer Van Weezer
Not as bad as I have found other albums by Weezer to be, but I have never been a fan of the band even for their early classics that will go down as some of the most pinnacle and important alternative rock albums and power pop records of all time. Still an interesting direction and honestly it might be a fun listen if you don?t think too hard about it.
Xiu Xiu OH NO
I have never been a fan of Xiu Xiu and if you have never listened to them well this might not be a great place to start. In general, they are one of the biggest names in avant-pop and continue to polarize listeners with every release. However, for me, much of their music is more annoying than explosive. Each track on here features another artist and much of the album is a duet kind of nature. However, none of the artists that were brought in add anything (especially for him bringing on some phenomenal artists) and lead singer Jamie continues to be a really painful singer to listen to. Much of Xiu Xiu?s music has the same issues I have with Nick Cave music where it?s so artistic that many people are overpowered by it. However, on the surface, nothing here really screams as original, exciting, or exceptional. This album is below average at best.

1.5 very poor
311 Mosaic
A. G. Cook Apple
Wow-what a roller coaster of a year for the PC music creator. First, he releases one of his most ambitious albums ever, 7G. However, 7G, as perfect as it was, isn?t much of an album. It is more or less a collection of songs that read as a PC music resume. Now on his real debut, he presents what he believes is the next step in ?rock music?. Yikes is this album not well done. Half the songs feel incredibly incomplete or underperformed. His signing, all though wasn?t good, to begin with, is downright degrading to the ears. Stylistically this is all over the place. From the opening alternative rock inspired track to the balls to the walls deconstructed club track after that. I can?t believe the man who made 2 and a half sound like nothing come around and make a 40-minute album that feels like an eternity.
AceMoMa EP3
Gets really boring really quickly. For 30 minutes it?s the same hypnotic deep house beat that makes me remember why great house artists are few-and-far-between?because many of them do shit like this.
All Time Low Last Young Renegade
Alycia Bella Muse
It?s sexy?it?s sensual?it?s typical alternative RnB. The debut LP/EP is really nothing to gawk at, but she is an extremely good singer so there is that and the instrumentals are extremely pretty. But nothing on this really sticks.
Ariel Pink Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Avatar Avatar Country
Briana Marela Call It Love
If you want to fall asleep. Pretty bad dream pop album if you ask me but whatever
Cloakroom Time Well
Daniel Cavanagh Monochrome
Destroyer Ken
Drake Dark Lane Demo Tapes
I don?t think Drake needs much of an introduction at this point. He is one of the biggest artists of the modern rap scene and in instances he deserves to be there. He has influenced countless artists, however on his most recent release (and in some cases his last few full-length albums: Scorpion and Views) sees the artist grabbing any generic, lowest common denominator, and derivative pop-rap, cloud rap, and trap idea that we have seen in the last few years. For an artist to inspire so many rappers in the scene right now, he is now getting influenced by those around him to boost his stream numbers just to get a few more extra dollars. The only small saving grace of this mixtape is some of the cloud rap beats and flows are some of the strongest I have seen Drake rap over since Thank Me Later and Take Care. I have lost all hope that Drake will do anything anymore, but who knows; new decade.
Foxes (UK) Friends In The Corner
Starts off relatively strong, but then takes huge nose dive. But then on future listens most of this album sounds like a really week version of Lady Gaga, which a lot of that contemporary pop tropes that make the genre fairly annoying to listen to. Although Louisa is a really talented singer, she needs to really beef up her sound and find a new direction because this sound has been beaten to death at this point.
Great American Ghost Power Through Terror
Hyukoh 23
Ian Sweet Show Me How You Disappear
This has the exact same issue that the most recent A. G. Cook album had. Good ideas, horrible execution. The idea of a noisy, electronic, almost glitchy, rock album is something of want but Jesus does this sound awkward as hell every time I listen to it. I can?t wait for it to be over with because of how damn awkward it is. The only positive again is the idea is still there and I hope someone will be able to do it, but this just isn?t it.
John Legend Bigger Love
If you don?t know who John Legend is at this point then maybe you should stop hiding in the rock you live in. John Stephens is one of the modern-day radio pop legends that for years no one could escape from. However, in the past, many of his success makes sense because he made romantic yet inspiring neo-soul and pop-soul music that would resonate with me and his fans. Through the years though John has slowly lost his classic and unique sound and more or less gave it up for a more radio-friendly sound. On his eighth, and worst, album John seems to be grabbing at every billboard 100 trope he can get his hands on to land at least one song on the charts to make him as much money as he can. No one deserves to have these songs. The writing is extremely week, the instrumentals and beats are half baked ideas, and his lyrics and vocal presence feel the most phoned-in yet. The only saving grace of this record is that some of the songs are still catchy to listen to. But for a whole listening experience, this is abysmal and if I was a long term fan, I would be livid and heartbroken with what he has presented here. This is the least interesting and worst executed album yet and I honestly don?t see him changing anything into the future.
July Talk Pray for It
Khruangbin Mordechai
The three-piece, Houston based group are on their third full-length album and they are definitely still making music that sounds amazing in production and style, but so painfully boring that I have a hard time sitting through the whole thing. To start with every song is basically the same exact thing over and over again that by the third song you feel that you have heard everything there is to offer. Also, the vocals feel like such an afterthought on this record and they, for the most part, should have been left out. The best part about this album is that the idea is solid, and the execution is solid, but they really needed to add something to this record other than what was already here. If you are looking for a one-dimensional psychedelic rock album then look no further.
Kllo Backwater
Less Art Strangled Light
Lindstrom It's Alright Between Us As It Is
Makthaverskan Ill
MJ Guider Sour Cherry Bell
The New Orleans based Ambient artist is back with her third full length album, and from front to back you will be bored out of your mind. None of the ambient soundscapes are interesting. The instrumentals, her signing, the synths and drones are all extremely quiet and give you the feeling of incompleteness. Nothing about this album is really that good, and I wish there was more to this album but there really isn?t. Just an abysmal ambient pop album.
Mystery Skulls One Of Us
Niall Horan Flicker
Nicolas Jaar Cenizas
I mean its not really that great. For an artists who makes pretty amazing deep house music, his take at atmospheric ambient music really isn't there at all.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Who Built the Moon?
Of Mice and Men Defy
One Ok Rock Eye of the Storm
Papercuts Parallel Universe Blues
Porches The House
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Remo Drive A Portrait Of An Ugly Man
Robby Hecht Me and the Fool I've Been
Honestly, not many albums make me fall asleep so quickly. The first two tracks are some really great indie folk tracks, but the rest of the album is some very slow and boring acoustic guitar music that Robby cannot sing over even if his life depended on it. There is no life to any of these tracks and by the end your feeling like he achieved nothing for this genre.
Sharon Van Etten epic Ten
Continues to be one of the most uninteresting singer/songwriters of the last few decades...
Shopping The Official Body
Squarepusher Be Up a Hello
Stray From The Path Internal Atomics
Tera Melos Trash Generator
The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
The Acacia Strain Gravebloom
The Front Bottoms Going Grey
The Pretty Reckless Death By Rock and Roll
The guitar is fairly good for the first 10 minutes but for nearly a whole hour this hill-billy hard rock album is a bit much. Too one-dimensional, nothing that makes it stand out from the hard rock scene, and it relies too much on a simple sound structure to make the overall experience interesting or enjoyable.
The Shins Heartworms
The Word Alive MONOMANIA
Thunder Dreamer Capture
Thunder Jackson Thunder Jackson
I really want to like this; it?s bland indie rock with some interesting synthpop influences that sound like every other indie rock band/artist you hear on your local alternative radio station.
Tonight Alive Underworld
tUnE-yArDs I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.
Within the Ruins Black Heart
Extremely basic metalcore and deathcore with progressive metal/djent tendencies. For 40 minutes it?s the same sound over and over again and I would much rather listen to the heavy influence of others like them.

1.0 awful
Adelitas Way Notorious
AJR The Click
AJR Neotheater
Alvvays Antisocialites
God these vocals are attrotious...sorry alvvays fans I just think the singer is super annoying
Angel Olsen Whole New Mess
Damn we didn?t need this at all. She advertised it as ?raw? ideas from songs off her last album. However, these songs are so un-finished and unnecessary it?s hard to see the value in it when I would much rather listen to the album these songs originated from, it?s light years better.
Anti-Flag 20/20 Vision
August Burns Red Guardians
Caligonaut Magnified As Giants
For whatever reason, there is a small resurgence of 70?s styles progressive and chamber progressive rock music. In some instances, there is actually a lot of solid playing and production on those albums. However, on this new Caligonaut album, there is honestly nothing good about this album. It reeks of progressive rock mannerisms that haven?t sounded good since the era they came out of. Plus, none of the playings on this album is all that interesting, the vocals are painfully boring, and the progression of the album is extremely monotonic and predictable. Honestly, the current changing of the progressive scene is being hindered by these kinds of bands trying to ?bring back the past? without bringing anything new to the sound they are blatantly copying with. If you like this sound, then listen to the obvious classics from the 70s and 80s rather than a watered-down version of it in 2021.
Cane Hill Too Far Gone
Sorry if you find this good, I find it extremely boring and I would rather listen to korn or slipnot than this cane hill record, and I don?t like either of them that much either. They did a better job though
Chance the Rapper The Big Day
Cult of Luna A Dawn to Fear
Cult of Luna The Raging River
Still don't get why people like this band...it's boring as sin
Deer Tick Deer Tick Vol. 2
Deer Tick Deer Tick Vol. 1
Emery White Line Fever
Oh, Emery why do you have to keep doing this to me. If you don?t know Emery, they are a five-piece emo band from South Carolina that have a fairly deep and inconsistent set of albums out there. They have now released their eighth full-length album and content-wise it is their weakest release to date, which upsets me because their 2018 release Eve was one of my favorite records of that year. From start to finish you are given a half baked set of alternative punk tracks that show some of the weakest writing (both sonically and lyrically). The full charm of Eve was the alternative tint they put onto their sound, but with this new record, everything is humdrum. Playing is fairly lazy, lyrics are fairly cringy or all-over the place. In conclusion, there is only one true highlight on this record, ?Civil War?, but for the future, the band really needs to sit down and find a new direction.
Eminem Revival
Eminem Music to Be Murdered By
Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou May Our Chambers Be Full
Shhhhhh?I am sleeping; the most boring and derivative atmospheric sludge metal album ever made and adds nothing to the post-metal genre. Honestly, Emma Ruth Rundle should be horrified that they gave her these instrumentals to the singer over.
END (USA-NJ) Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face
Eskimo Callboy Rehab
Florida Georgia Line Can't Say I Ain't Country
Green Day Father of All Motherfuckers
Halsey hopeless fountain kingdom
Imagine Dragons ƎVOLVE
Jaden Smith Erys
Jeff Rosenstock SKA DREAM
If i could go lower I would. Ska is not a good or interesting genre and this album doesn't change my mind
Jon Foreman Departures
It?s painfully, painfully boring and has nothing in it that would make me want to ever come back to it or make me pull it out if I heard it with others in the singer/songwriter genre.
Julia Michaels Nervous System
Kanye West ye
This is just a stupid release! Like beyond stupid!
Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Collector's Edition
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Fishing For Fishies
Linkin Park One More Light
Matthew Good Something Like a Storm
Miley Cyrus She Is Coming
Parkway Drive Reverence
Post Malone beerbongs and bentleys
Post Malone Stoney
PVRIS All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
Rod Wave Pray 4 Love
I kind of see the hype with this record. But god damn is this painfully boring to listen to. His flow is so one-note. He says nothing of importance the whole record. Not to say he isn?t trying to say something of importance, but the rhyme scheme and bars are just so dumb sounding. Also, every single song sounds the exact same over and over and over again. Also, the production and energy are so low. He doesn?t sound like he cares at all that he is saying, and the beats/melodies are so low energy. Overall, if you like this then good for you because this record is going in the trash for me.
Selena Gomez Rare
Silverstein A Beautiful Place to Drown
SiR Chasing Summer
St. Vincent MASSEDUCTION
Taylor Swift Reputation
The 1975 The 1975
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open
The Neighbourhood To Imagine
They Might Be Giants I Like Fun
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Wolf Parade Cry Cry Cry
Sorry...but not sorry this is just super boring and unoriginal
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