Machine Woman – When Lobster Comes Home

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

semi abrasive left field electro

Moods

"Camile from ohm makes me feel loved" is good, rest not so much

Thoughts

Not much to tracks 2 and 3, nothing to em.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Machine-Woman-When-Lobster-Comes-Home/release/10988544

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfw1JXt8dTI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnK3iISJv8U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3BpyV6aQD4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fwNn69JHT8

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

vaporwave (new age synth and computer Muzak with a cynical twist)

Moods

A vaporwave classic, I'd like to logout now please

Thoughts

I'm not a vaporware historian but I appreciate the genre and it's cultural critique: taking the soothing elements of Muzak and warping them into this anxious soundtrack. This is a definitive vaporwave album and representative example of the genres aim. With just the right amount of maddening cheese, it doesn't feel like it's deliberate satire (well maybe on wifi sushi which is almost laugh out loud funny). He really captures the excitement that once existed about globalization's limitless possibility unlocked by the consumer. In hindsight we can see growth in corporate culture has just led to disappointment and further inequality, revealing an entirely new interpretation of this music.

As art I applaud it, its effective and immediate. To sit and listen to this as you would regular pop? I'm not sure it has that appeal.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/James-Ferraro-Far-Side-Virtual/release/7853044

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ndKlm-G3s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRFn97NyURM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNhP6aoP6XY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w82omu5nrkk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIvR9rqae7Q

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

modern classic quartet with rock and jazz songwriting structures

Moods

Modern beauty

Thoughts

A true hybrid of genres incorporating everything from rock and electronic to jazz and classical. I'd say you're most familiar approaching this as a jazz album with classical influences. It's difficult for musicians to get that type of combination right but they pull it off in a patient way with effective touches of electronics and overall 'pretty' and 'contemplative' moments. It's richness would lend well to a live setting an I'd be really interested in seeing these guys live. 'Laker Boo' shifts out of the patient structure into something more aggressive and forward.

I like the ideas here but I'm not sure how much I'll revisit this album. I'm curious to see how they evolve, they have the potential for something truly great.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Portico-Quartet-Portico-Quartet/release/3455552

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpNXM-114WU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQH0GPL33uc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVLveOhrvG8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnxZEwoMA_k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhoZqMVFRAs

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Magik Markers – Boss

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Desert spooky kind of spoken word folk with tense instrumentation

Moods

Enlightenment

Thoughts

Enjoyable, reminds me of Sonic youth a bit. The aggressiveness and slight angularity is something I probably would've liked when I was younger but not something I'm as attracted to now, definitely reaching for chiller songs overall.

I like her spoken word lyrics. She's got a kind of all knowing confidence that works really well, it's hard to imagine these songs succeeding without her.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Magik-Markers-Boss/release/8170173

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwmUKg5Sp3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUu60J19xpU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA2cV-s8W84

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrYS9FW73EA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmYEZJ9r8VI

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Florian Kupfer – I Feel You

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

deep lofi house

Moods

Rough LES basement electro

Thoughts

Overall I like the general sound here more than the individual songs. I feel these would work best in mixes, appearing as moments in some type of raw performance setting. All tracks utilize this slight distortion as if the drum pad got a small spill of beer on it and the effects are just slightly warped; things are coming through but something is slightly off. It's rough not so much in tone like industrial productions but in polish as if he's making this live; letting the drum machine go on for too long alone on lemming for instance. It's ultimately effective at building the tension through an uncertainty as it he figuring out how these tracks are going to work.

Really dig the first track with a moody mournful vocal that stood out with that distorted bass thump.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Florian-Kupfer-I-Feel-You/release/7327553

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0LVImlFDyg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNVR4Q3I2I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrfMHgPWymI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JdqOXhHd3I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1OdwGdo4Jk

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Takashi Wada – Meguro

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Ambient influenced electro with an ethereal vibe and pleasant instrumentation (percussive, acoustic guitar, keys)

Moods

A pleasant feeling provoked by a place I've only imagined

Thoughts

Floats around with an OK pleasantness on the first couple of tracks. Breaks into a rhythmic part on 28° C that really appeals. Other tracks hit all the right notes but I'd compare this to drinking Japanese whiskey: I want something more than perfect. Didn't really do it for me.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Takashi-Wada-Meguro/release/292056

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjCVDE8eb5c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4oUw8lpMtg

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Elysia Crampton – Elysia Crampton

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Experimental electro with a Spanish backbeat

Moods

Kinda crazy

Thoughts

A maddening listen at times:  leveraging angular guitars, distortion and repetition to build intensity.

Earlier more melodic tracks like ‘oscollo’ will get more future play from me but interesting overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Elysia-Crampton-Elysia-Crampton/release/11876628

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlYom-LzBmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SxWmN2GkAI

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Atlas Sound – Parallax

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

artsy adult contemporary indie pop

Moods

A dark kind of love

Thoughts

Heartfelt and engaging. The first half is an excellent set of mature chilled-out indie rock. Cox is an excellent lyricist, a natural poet without pretense. His vocal range is limited but he works it well here, changing styles as needed but with a certain drifting casualness. Has a slight twinge of panda bear like psychedelica.

Things drag toward the end, track times get longer and I find it a bit exhausting.

Te amo is a magnificent track.

This album is as good as any great indie album I've heard in the past 10 years. Benefiting from Bradford Cox's steadfast vision rather than a flurry of ideas from a young band. Recommended.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Atlas-Sound-Parallax/release/3650273

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iVRuAUKrds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rY5Uf4E0e4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8YrrkDvZ-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdBaAGyeKvE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgIGChuG8Og

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

yorkes spare and ethereal electro with a bit of techno

Moods

It's as if I'm a passenger in my own life

Thoughts

An accessible entry to Thom Yorke's Solo work. Sparse production wise but he's developing further, it's as if this has the kid a + amnesiac textures with the directnews of hail to the thief.

The hip techno flair on early tracks give this an approachability to those outside of the Radiohead fanboy circuit.  Drifts further towards the end but a good record overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Thom-Yorke-Tomorrows-Modern-Boxes/release/6127488

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbFFVOul50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZe6mUnZWzs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G-8-xaaabE

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Mariel Ito – Decryptor EP

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Tech House

Moods

Inspires dark small club vibe

Thoughts

I wanted to like this more than I did. I like tech house overall just never engaged me in any real way

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Mariel-Ito-Decryptor-EP/release/3462646

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UumU8lRQZqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ubSh72PuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_v79ra_VEg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYojVN5CGYY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOqBIhbCIZ0

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Rating: 2 out of 5