Anna Domino – East And West

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Barebones 80s pop

Moods

Introspective stroll in Williamsburg. Black T-shirt on.

Thoughts
There’s an enjoyable genuineness to this music which is strange as her singing is so nonchalant at times. Instrumentation features a band playing almost like they’re trying to replicate a synth/drum machine setup. I like the worldly percussion and strings on tracks like ‘repeat’.

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https://www.discogs.com/Anna-Domino-East-And-West/release/1926235

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Ween – The Mollusk

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Prog rock meets sea shanties

Thoughts
Not usually a fan of goofy concept records but the songwriting is impressive here.

Reminds me of super furry animals at times, enjoyable listen.

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https://www.discogs.com/Ween-The-Mollusk/release/261830

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Rating: 4 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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Smerz – Have Fun

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Pitchfork: sounds like something Tove Lo might make if she gave up on making hits and started obsessing over Yeezus and field recordings.

Well said.

Thoughts

Not sure why their nonchalant singing style is so appealing but this is quality mumblecore. Hip young dark bassy electro with chicks saying whatever.

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https://www.discogs.com/Smerz-Have-Fun/release/11665684

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Junior Boys – Last Exit

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Breathy synth-pop

Thoughts

Side one is amazing, side two is great but lacks a certain something from side one.

This is top notch for minimal synth pop.

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https://www.discogs.com/Junior-Boys-Last-Exit/release/335413

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Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk.

Thoughts

Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I die.

Dev hynes you rock, thanks for this one.

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https://www.discogs.com/Blood-Orange-Freetown-Sound/release/9001208

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Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

Sparse kinda danceable electropop

Thoughts

I’ve listened to this record a ton over the years and revisiting it now I’m reminded of my 20s. A lot of these tracks are absolute classics. I find the cool/confident delivery of the vocals to be distinct and a big part of the appeal.

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https://www.discogs.com/Junior-Boys-So-This-Is-Goodbye/release/777988

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D.K. – Distant Images

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Vaporwave like

Thoughts

It’s alright

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https://www.discogs.com/DK-Distant-Images/release/11144303

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Empress Of – Me

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Female fronted synth pop

Thoughts

All the pieces are there for me to love but this album just doesn’t do it for me, the songwriting felt dull and repetitive.

She’s got a fantastic voice so am curious to hear more.

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https://www.discogs.com/Empress-Of-Me/release/7421027

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Ricky Eat Acid – Talk To You Soon

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
A scatter of modern electro styles: trap, Blood Diamonds / Grimes art-electro, pensive piano bits, confessional lyrics.

Thoughts
Another good one from Ricky, this is the third album I’ve heard of his and I continue to be impressed by his catalog.

The constant change is what makes this such an engaging album. He’s not a particularly good songwriter but strings this together into a great collage.

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https://www.discogs.com/Ricky-Eat-Acid-Talk-To-You-Soon/release/9302447

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