Monthly Archives: August 2017

Savage Sinusoid – Igorr

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Genre: Baroque breakcore
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary: Baroque breakcore isn’t really a thing I don’t think, I just made it up. This album (and this band, which I didn’t know about before hearing this album) is so weird. A loose collection of experimental musical sketches that would benefit from feeling less disarticulated but are still all really interesting. There is a lot of screaming and gurgling. And plenty of breakcore. And then classical violin, guitar, harpsicord… and one klezmer song. I wouldn’t say it is exactly enjoyable stuff to listen to. But still, check it out.
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The Navigator – Hurray for the Riff Raff

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Genre: Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: This album is so wonderful. This is subversive folk music which is funky, angry, and outspoken. It’s about cities, and overcrowding, and immigration, and racism, and assimilation, and appropriation, and communitarianism. This is an album that celebrates the anti-fascist life. Turn off the TV, and listen to this instead.
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Listen: here.

Colter Wall – Colter Wall

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Genre: Country/Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 4/10
Commentary: This album is getting great reviews, but I disagree. Maybe in a different year, a different political climate, this kind of debut would be different. But, right now, it just feels mistimed and out-of-step. I don’t think we need more music right now that involves smoking your voice to a certain point and then singing the vivid thoughts you have while sitting in bars, getting drunk, and falling down. When we are in the mood for that kind of music we have Townes.
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The Order of Time – Valerie June

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Genre: Americana/Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: A blues/folk album with all the rough bits sanded off. Beautiful and melodic, but could be so much more than it is. “Astral Plane” is an amazing song, and the rest of the album feels like a missed opportunity.
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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (LSO/Gergiev)

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Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: This is not exactly a new recording (2014). But I’ve been doing a deep-dive on Ein Deutsches Requiem recordings this year. I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews of the album on classical music websites, mostly claiming that Gergiev rushes the timing and tempo and undermines the majesty of the piece or something. It is definitely peppy but I kind of find that refreshing. There are plenty of slow, somber recordings of this piece, and so I like the contrast a lot. Also, the London Symphony Chorus here is amazing (not the soloists particularly) and the mastering lets that shine through.
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Nightmare Logic – Powertrip

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Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: Nothing ground breaking here. But an almost perfect genre album. Spotify tells me that I’ve listened to the title track at least 100 times this year so far.
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