John Cale,Terry Riley – Church Of Anthrax

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Experimental 60s psychedelic pop jams

Thoughts
Highly recommended and fruitful collaboration between these two legends. I’d describe this as the Grateful Dead meets the VU at their most experimental.

Top-notch instrumentation and songwriting. While it has a jam vibe it never wanders too far into noodling territory.

I need to revisit this more, seems as if it would reward repeat listening.

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https://www.discogs.com/John-Cale-Terry-Riley-Church-Of-Anthrax/release/1363130

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Blanketship – Klangwunder / The Sound Of Fun Surrounds You

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Vintage jazz rock meets found sound DJ

Thoughts
Pretty good, forward thinking collage of lots of different sounds. The second record, klangwunder, was a bit more uneven and sporadic sounding.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blanketship-Klangwunder-The-Sound-Of-Fun-Surrounds-You/release/2030041

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Bambooman,Kirk Barley – Bambooman ‎– Whispers

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
An assortment of left field electro

Thoughts
I found the interludes Frost and melt interesting in their organic percussive approach. Static is a good one, Koze like.

Guests on side one felt generic and uninspired, play it safe electro pop. The second half is much better opening up into more exploratory left field ideas.

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https://www.discogs.com/Bambooman-Kirk-Barley-Bambooman–Whispers/release/10805103

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Barbara Morgenstern – Fan No. 2

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Synth pop sung primarily in German. Production is a step above diy but this is a 1 woman show though showcases a variety of instrumentation with guitar and proper keys mixed in.

Thoughts
Authentic German vibes. More than just the lyrics, it has a Berlin soul that I like. An album where the pleasure is from the effort put into the joy of song rather delivering super great pop songs. Ultimately I found the lyrical content lacking, either abstract or just general ruminations (come to Berlin? ), where I wasn’t hooked.

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https://www.discogs.com/Barbara-Morgenstern-Fan-No-2/release/2513594

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Blue Sky Black Death – Noir

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Sparkly kinda electro hip hop. Sunny with old soul samples sprinkled throughout

Thoughts

It’s very new school and polished, could’ve used a bit more grit, but very well done.

The record is way too long, only an hour but the length of the tracks and relative similarity in composition and production caused it to feel like a drag. A shame cause I think there’s a lot of talent here and had it been focused could’ve been a really impactful album.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blue-Sky-Black-Death-Noir/release/2848983

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18 Carat Affair – Vintage Romance

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

lofi synth found sound with vaporwave aspects

Thoughts

I like the production texture, certain haziness at play. Not vaporwave but borrows heavily from that aesthetic.

Seems like recent of vaporwave producers is incorporating more into beats as this has something bumping the whole way through.

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https://www.discogs.com/18-Carat-Affair-Vintage-Romance/release/3302455

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1991 – High-Tech High-Life

★★★☆☆ = Good!

1991 (2) – High-Tech High-Life

What’s it sound like?

Ambient, vaporwave for adults

Thoughts

Excellent, vaporwave but more refined and reminds me of Aphex Twin’s selected ambient works.

This guy wrote a fantastic review here: https://forestpunk.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/1991-high-tech-high-life/

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https://www.discogs.com/1991-High-Tech-High-Life/release/5152921

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