Palmistry – PAGAN

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Basic diy dancehall production with cutesy shy singing

Moods

Headphone introvert

Thoughts
I like the idea here but it’s repetitive as an entire album. He’s not engaging as a singer and the production is kind of flat.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Avalon Emerson – Narcissus In Retrograde

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Intense techno

Moods
Accessible Berghain

Thoughts
Biting and varied, hits with a booming intensity, reminds me of a more accessible version of Surgeon.

‘Why does it hurt’ is a bit boring, the rest is strong.

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https://www.discogs.com/Avalon-Emerson-Narcissus-In-Retrograde/release/9429305

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Chairlift – Moth

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Slick modern synth pop with a good female singer

Thoughts
Good for a light pop record, reminded me of that grouper album I like. However it was lacking substance and inconsistent.

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https://www.discogs.com/Chairlift-Moth/release/8001396

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A modern psychedelic version of crazy horse

Thoughts
Rocking, reminds me a lot of a psychedelic crazy horse. Has a modern feel, leveraging dark pop like blonde redhead 23.

The long crunchy distorted guitar lines add a layer of texture not often found in modern rock. Think that’s what makes this so distinct and memorable.

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https://www.discogs.com/Heron-Oblivion-Heron-Oblivion/release/8147085

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Terry Riley,Don Cherry,Karl Berger – Köln – February 23, 1975

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Spiritual organ and trumpet

Thoughts
A patient but effective piece of minimal spiritual jazz. Cherry’s trumpet playing is in top form with expansive but delicate solos (interesting in this context as I associate him with avant garde dissonance). Descending moonshine dervishes is the highlight as the two seem most in sync with Riley’s organ solos building into tasteful melodic lines that cherry tastefully solos over.

I heard this on the YouTube version which I think is incorrect. Sunrise of the planetary collective sees Riley playing solo on a more electric keyboard that provides an ominous tone. Koln improv falls somewhere in the middle with cherry returning but the keys continuing in their electric sound. Less spiritual, more jazz.

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https://www.discogs.com/Terry-Riley-Don-Cherry-Karl-Berger-K%C3%B6ln-February-23-1975/release/8692739

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

The Motet – Totem

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Tight funky jam band

Thoughts
Good album overall but the second half opens up. The hooks get a little more memorable on jams like so high and danger. The singer is a great, super soulful.

Can totally hear krasnows production here, fans of soullive should check this out.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Ex-Terrestrial – Paraworld

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Spacey pleasant Minimal techno house

Thoughts
I like this style, reminds me of the orb. Need more chilled out house like this. However I felt no need to revisit.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Pinegrove – Cardinal

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?
Young alt rock band with personal exploratory singing.

Thoughts
Pinegrove is one of my favorite new finds over the past few years. Something about this band really just clicks for me. Maybe it’s the familiarity of the chord driven songs with lyrics that I connect with. Either way they’re entire catalog has gotten repeat listens and is a+.

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Studio OST – Scenes (2012​-​2015)

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Bassy hip minimal house.

Thoughts

Galcher lustwerk makes a pretty solid minimal house record. It’s not outstanding but I like his style direction and overall sound. This is an accessible introduction to his brand of house.

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https://www.discogs.com/Studio-OST-Scenes-2012-2015/release/8361439

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Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

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