American Football – American Football

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Golden age emo meets math rock

Moods

Songs I play when walking over to your place

Thoughts

Adds to the typical somber 'classic' emo format with well timed brass and tasteful/tight percussion. All of this additional instrumentation is good with songwriting that builds in a skillful way. I think it's a stretch to call this emo jazz as it's referenced on Wikipedia but it's distinct enough to call out.

‘Honestly’ is a great highlight showing the strengths of this album: mellow catchy introspection breaking into an extended jam type thing; letting emotion and tension playout in a natural way. You can feel the frustration and confusion of a breakup.

This type of genuineness is what drew me to emo initially and is captured beautifully here. Recommended for golden age emo fans who need something more than the pop-punk mold.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/American-Football-American-Football/release/450722

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NfnXdXpjL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uj2JpvsvX4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CU4VGgX0nA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCBUK_mvY4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr_DMGZ-JrY

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Hot Tuna – Burgers

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

rocking country/folk

Moods

Outside folksy sing along

Thoughts

I appreciate moments of this especially when songs are more bluesy than folksy.

Overall too hokey even with the fantastic musicianship.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Hot-Tuna-Burgers/release/10167287

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

The Books – The Lemon Of Pink

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

String acoustic sample electro experimental

Moods

There's a creative thread here that's awesome to watch unravel, I love revisiting this album

Thoughts

I've come back to this album a lot over the years, why? Partially because it sounds lovely: an intimate folk album that incorporates just the right amount of sample based electro elements. I particularly love the first few songs but always find myself staying for the entirety.

The primary reason I keep coming back is due to an inspiring feeling that isn't easy to capture in music. It's almost as if you can feel the creative push at work, forcing themselves to explore new territory.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Books-The-Lemon-Of-Pink/release/196682

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiXpi5u5Vu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiuC8A8eKu4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC0jSezdwTU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1irbhY_dgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku-g3LiBxmg

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Jim James – Eternally Even

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Dark indie rock, folk

Moods

Chilly breath of death

Thoughts

First time I heard this I was driving upstate late on a Friday night in winter. The empty roads, cold dry winter landscape outside with closed shops providing the only break in landscape seemed a fitting scene for this soundtrack.

I like his style: ethereal, nocturnal and dusky natural singing voice doused in reverb. I found the straightforward pop songwriting a bit boring as an album however.

The ‘we ain't getting any younger’ refrain has stuck with me, something particularly effective about it.

I plan to revisit this and more of his catalog in the future.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Jim-James-Eternally-Even/release/9290528

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u67Tf0lbgzY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-5JUqv8LcY

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats/Invocation Trex

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Krautrock open ended free flowing jams

Moods

A ringing E chord and three-dee melodie

Thoughts

Consider this an extension of Stereolab as it's led by Tim Gane. At times they mimic Stereolab and CAN with the organ and spritely bounce so often employed in their songs. I'd say these guys are a bit more laid back and not quite as tight. There's an exploratory rhythm and that's perhaps what invokes CAN, each beat feels like they're chugging into new territory and comfortable with wherever they end up (perhaps this natural optimism is what makes stereolab so infectious).

Pantechnicon is a good one, the keys feel a bit more fun and it signals a more melodic shift overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Cavern-Of-Anti-Matter-Void-BeatsInvocation-Trex/release/8143859

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIPfPQslS-s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njkK_YO6Zt0

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2dZ46U2pl8

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Peak McCartney songwriting

Moods

A car driven by guitar

Thoughts

Fun rock with a moving energy. Paul covers a range of styles from Golden age rock and roll on ‘smile away’ to a Beatles like medley on ‘Uncle Albert’.

This is good chord driven pop at its heart by one of the world's best songwriters. Lyrically things are a little freewheeling and goofy at times but it works.

I found this to be seriously good on my first few listens, might become a personal classic if given enough time.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Paul-Linda-McCartney-Ram/release/4561199

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5qymNPUb1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2eWWS0QMlc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Swl9Iqh6DQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrthE_waCV8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8pulOnIE5Q

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Michael Shrieve,Kevin Shrieve,Klaus Schulze – Transfer Station Blue

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

A group of guys playing 'grandiose' 80s new age synthesizer

Moods

Welcome to the machine

Thoughts

I felt I spent most of the album waiting for something to happen. Things finally kick-in on the title track and gets a nice groove going.just not something I really feel like revisiting as a whole

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Michael-Shrieve-with-Kevin-Shrieve-and-Klaus-Schulze-Transfer-Station-Blue/release/508465

Listen!

Youtube

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhMZ57BNxU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w9jlVKAAiE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Rpx_tfwn4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkwTGBWFMt8

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Hippo Campus – Landmark

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

An indie band with pro production

Moods

Remember that godawful song 'holiday' by vampire weekend? These songs capture that memorable poppy summerness featuring lyrics that are comfortable yet inquisitive.

Thoughts

Hate to keep using other bands to describe hippo campus but this reminds me of early Phoenix with some production flair. Works well, there are some all out classics on that I think a lot of people would enjoy. ‘Vacation’ is probably the best example with it's anthem worthy hook and shimmering mellow vibe like a chillwave version of pavement for today's 20 somethings.

BJ Burton produced this. The more I hear his work I realize he's developing a track record of seriously good music.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Hippo-Campus-Landmark/release/10084727

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3TQKEUne5Q

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Basic post punk

Moods

Of importance to those in their 20s

Thoughts

Need to revisit this, liked a bunch of the songs on the first half though the 2nd half waivered. I think my experience with the Cure would be very different had I been discovering them as they were releasing material.

As someone most familiar with their ‘greatest hits’ this is a curious listen. They're remarkably stripped down and feel like a young post-punk band with a certain rawness I appreciate. Less dramatic then their later material, still just as emotional.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Cure-Three-Imaginary-Boys/release/236654

Listen!

Youtube

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faAOrf07lHY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01VRyQlYTRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaMMbxNXGV0

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

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Low – Double Negative

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Dark distorted ethereal electronic rock

Moods

One of 2018s best

Thoughts

They've taken that distorted sound that borrows from industrial (yeezus, arca, SoundCloud rap) and turned it into something poetic. I think it's best as the succinct ep disarray but it's all good stuff.

Apparently a lot of the sound is credited to producer BJ Burton. There's a playlist on Spotify that samples some of his productions, worth a listen to and someone I'll be keeping a lookout for.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Low-Double-Negative/release/12988816

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m31A4ZGss0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob0CILJ93bA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvEozu4Obfs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Enxzh-O9Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzMo-EpWcPA

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Rating: 4 out of 5