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

 

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Deep brooding sax laid on top of repetitive songs.

Moods
David Lynch

Thoughts
Colin Stetson is an impressive player. His distinct approach to the sax utilizing circular breathing and tiny microphones creates sounds and textures that go beyond a typical saxophone; like the opening and closing of flaps and squawking dissonance.

These qualities don’t always make-up for the loose songwriting and his albums kind of feel like he’s just wanking off (felt this way when I saw him live too).

Ultimately it’s hard to deny the effectiveness of the textures he creates and those interested in experimental dark jazz should check him out. Stetson has a vision he’s able to perfectly articulate and in that way he’s a master at his craft.

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https://www.discogs.com/Colin-Stetson-All-This-I-Do-For-Glory/release/10212933

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
indie synth pop

Thoughts
Lacking the interesting diversity of their debut this is more slick and refined. A bit boring with the exception of a few moments (donnie darko is great). I find it cool their working with sophie for production but didn’t fruitful of a collaboration here.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
jagged raw indie rock

Thoughts
An OK record, likely one of their more accessible and it’s interesting hearing them in this stripped down setting as they aren’t one for ‘pop’ formats.

Falls short of something good in my opinion. Daydream Nation remains my one and only sonic youth album.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Carla Bozulich – Quieter

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Drifting experimental singer, range of styles and sounds. Ambient and dark.

Thoughts
I like something about this but as a straight document it didn’t really resonate with me. Felt it drifted too much and never delivered on impactful moments. Marc Ribot’s guitar was a fitting texture, I’d be curious to hear other collaborations between them.

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https://www.discogs.com/Carla-Bozulich-Quieter/release/11980014

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Grand River – Wers

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Hip sexy modern electro.

Thoughts
Good borderline generic electro. I like what’s she’s doing and has a good ear for a trendy accessible bounce here. Has a fun summer vibe.

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Rating: 3 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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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Material – Secret Life

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
80s punky jam art rock

Thoughts
Interesting and full of energy, slightly abrasive at times which gives it a nice edge. Sounds like a number of things from the era but manages to carve a distinct sound. Little in the way of structure, seems a whole bunch of noodling thrown at basic hi hat rushes and bass lines, at times flea funky or punky.

Not a perfect album, the later tracks aren’t as strong, this is still an interesting predecessor to modern dance punk like LCD Soundsystem. Draws from 80s talking heads at their most stoned.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
DJ koze’s undeniable house – quizzical hip hop beats meet German techno.

Thoughts
As much as I want to call every Koze release essential (seriously kozela thank you for the music) I think he’s at his best as a remixer. This album has some great peaks ( baby, planet hase, pick up) and the rest is solid. But Koze has operated at a master level that isn’t necessarily shown here. I do like the g-funk flourishes on the opener and Jesus. Great album, sunny drunk.

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Rating: 3 out of 5