Into It. Over It. – Standards

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Revivalist emo singer songwriter

Moods

Revisiting your high school

Thoughts

There's a mature social introspection that separates this from the classic emo-pop I liked in my teens. Hard to deny the poppy directness of his songs, it's as if he's taken the best parts of emo songwriting and applied them as an adult songwriter.

Aside from an off-putting smugness in his delivery but I found this is a satisfying listen overall. At 32 and feeds a trip down nostalgia lane while still feeling new.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Big, modern, swinging avant-garde jazz

Moods
Feeling.. technical

Thoughts
She’s been hyped a lot for her live shows here in New York and as my first introduction to her I can see why as this is a must hear for anyone interested in modern compositions. Meticulously arranged, this offers layers of strings, brass and rhythm executed flawlessly.

Hats off to the vision and level of playing. Nothing sexy here, its ‘dooty’ plain vanilla jazz but damn those are incredibly interesting compositions.

Side one is where it’s at. Rewards repeat listens.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

A-Trak – In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Choice indie favorites reimagined through Atraks tight, energetic turntablist approach

Moods
Active urban pulse, perfect for sound tracking busy moments in the city.

Thoughts
I think A-trak is one the best electro dudes out there, mostly for his remix work on things like dirty south dance 1 and 2 (note to self: revisit these). Always fresh, he’s got a great ear for modern electro and incorporating a variety of tastes into his turntablism approach. Solid collection here.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

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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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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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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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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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