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#183761 - You could join in around the top 10 if you wish. Or even just…  [+] (1 reply) 14 hours ago on Music - new music, hip hop... 0
#183763 - thebestpieever (14 hours ago) [-]
Yeah, I guess I could do like a top 8. Best one out of every seven does feel like it's an ever so slightly commendable thing.
#183744 - Top Albums of 2016 #24: Parra for Cuva & Senoy    [+] (13 replies) 19 hours ago on Music - new music, hip hop... +3
#183765 - ferrettamer (13 hours ago) [-]
24. David Bowie - Blackstar
i don't really know what to say about this album, pretty much everybody in the world knows about it. i never really listened to bowie until after he died which is a shame because i really like him now, and this album was quite nice. you can tell that bowie knew that he was dying and it has a creepy vibe to it sometimes.
#183755 - themagicwizard (16 hours ago) [-]
#24: Blessed Initiative - Blessed Initiative

Blessed Initiative is a new alias of Yair Elazar Glotman and is his most recent contribution to the Subtext label, which has a few more albums later on in my top 25. Previously he's put out music under his own name and with the rhythmic noise duo Emptyset.
Blessed Initiative is a heavily sound design based album. Long portions will go by with very little to no melody, harmony or set rhythm. The parts where synths are used sound even more dramatic because of their absence for most of the album, and create less abstract and more emotional moments. The opening track “Vile Value” and the second, “Jazz as commodity” are good examples of the combination of the two sides of the album. Vile Value begins with a heavy, rumbling series of beats, transitioning into an atonal, eerie synth atmosphere populated by twinkling noises that could be either metallic or altered recordings of running water. Jazz as commodity features a scratching, pulsing rhythm towards the beginning and ends in a wistful, bittersweet minute of synths.
Most of the recent music on Subtext has a very distinct and abstracted sense of rhythm and this is a prime example. There are percussion tracks present but they are worked in totally with the skittering tape manipulations and bursts of noise. There is no driving drum pattern that grounds the track to an obvious pace but they don’t feel totally meandering and non rhythmic either. Most of the sounds on the album come from manipulated foley recordings. I can make out the sound of water, tape screeches and different metallic noises. The album starts off with what sounds like an engine starting but who knows where that sound originally was before it went through the production process. The music Yair put out with Emptyset is loud and aggressive, but Blessed Initiative is a much more intimate album in terms of detail and space given to those details instead of blasting, abrasive synths.

Sample track: Vile Value
soundcloud.com/factmag/blessed-initiative-vile-value
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#183756 - anametoremember (16 hours ago) [-]
wtf, this is the ketev guy?! ...shit, that also reminds me that ketev exists, and i really liked his stuff. will listen to this thing, this time for sure.
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#183758 - themagicwizard (16 hours ago) [-]
Ye mane, I Know No Weekend is the 2016 album
#183752 - thebestpieever (16 hours ago) [-]
So this is a thing huh? Looks pretty neat. Wish I could do it. Sadly only listened to 57 albums from this year this year so I'd be picking basically one out of every 2. Oh well.
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#183761 - ultrablue (14 hours ago) [-]
You could join in around the top 10 if you wish. Or even just top 5. No one would mind
#183763 - thebestpieever (14 hours ago) [-]
Yeah, I guess I could do like a top 8. Best one out of every seven does feel like it's an ever so slightly commendable thing.
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#183754 - anametoremember (16 hours ago) [-]
hey, i was almost missing those ugly anime character pictures.
#183757 - thebestpieever (16 hours ago) [-]
1. Neps are adorable, pls remove eyes you don't deserve them.
2. Still have 2 weeks of work, and I just got my ps4 pro and 12 games so I'll keep being absent as fuuuuuuuuuuuuu
#183749 - anametoremember (17 hours ago) [-]
#24: Virus – Memento Collider
Virus are a Norwegian band (not to be confused with the Argentinian pop-rock hit makers of the 80’s), which consists of a three-piece of musicians, conformed by guitarist and vocalist Czral, Plenum on the bass guitar, and Einz in the drums. I won’t really go into much more detail about the band, because I have yet to listen to anything else by any of them. I went into this record blind.
So my first impression, the sound is quite unique. Most notable inspiration I’m sure the band has would have to be Voivod, which is not to say Virus is just doing the expectable. Quite the opposite. The band strips back any semblance of what could be considered a metal sound, and instead embrace a very unique blend of sounds that resemble jazz-influenced progressive music. The musicianship of the performers is top-notch, and their technical ability is displayed on very patient, calculated bits and pieces of music that they repeat and join with the utmost precision. The crunchy yet clear guitar tone helps deliver fragmented, angular and dancing dissonant guitar lines that weave along the humongous beat of the drums, and the monstrous groove of the bass guitar. All the instruments play along each other in an almost robotic manner pretty much during the whole duration of the album, and often syncopate to great effect. The music has an undeniable post-punk edge, leaning even towards the dance-y and funky spectrum, which reminds me of The Pop Group and Gang Of Four; there’s a great emphasis to bring life to the hi-hat rhythmic patterns, which works as a reassurement of the music’s groove. So the music is upbeat, yet its main feature it’s the overarching eeriness that consumes the entire album: it is spacey, somber and alien. The vocals deliver in a ranting tone strange imagery and narrations about cosmic and apocalyptic themes. Yet the music is not depressing, there's a general playfulness about it, which just makes it fun, something that reminds me of Mr. Bungle.
“Afield” acts as a fantastic opener for the album, and the members very much resemble a marching band all throughout the song, keeping a steady walking beat. “Rogue fossil” contains the album’s most blatant verse-chorus song structure, which makes it undeniably catchy among the madness of its forms. “Steamer” is introduced by one of the most acute and complex riffs the record has to show, and only rides on that energy from then on. “Gravity Seeker” is an almost psychedelic “surf rock” tune, which makes it stand out in the track list and injects the late moments of the record with even more dark energy. My personal favorite is probably “Dripping Into Orbit”, thanks to its remarkably pretty main chord progression, and the haunting vocals that appear from around the half mark, and then on the song’s climax.
Overall, this is a very strange yet satisfying record, that provides an incredible sense of looseness in it's both bleak and playful atmosphere, while staying remarkable focused and calculated it the performances and songwriting.

Favorite track: Dripping Into Orbit ( youtu.be/T9KUqtKL-kw?t=900 )
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#183760 - themagicwizard (15 hours ago) [-]
Great experimental blackened Norwegian math rock, man!
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#183762 - anametoremember (14 hours ago) [-]
better review than mine
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#183750 - anametoremember (17 hours ago) [-]
apparently, uni has yet to teach me anything about synthesis
#183724 - Oh ****, this is that good ****, son. More intricate emo (the…  [+] (2 replies) 12/05/2016 on Music - new music, hip hop... +1
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#183740 - teoyeezy (23 hours ago) [-]
oh yeah, the vocalist from american football does drums for that band. i should listen to them thanks bb
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#183725 - ultrablue (12/05/2016) [-]
ew, that comment formatted itself really ugly
#183692 - Well here we go. My Top 25 Albums of 2016 #25: Balan…  [+] (36 replies) 12/05/2016 on Music - new music, hip hop... +4
#183734 - anon (12/05/2016) [-]
Imma join in when I dont have 5 hours of studying a day.
#183699 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
#25: Sinistro - Semente

Sinistro are a pseudo-anonymous Portuguese band, fronted by singer Patricia Andrade, and with members Y, P and F (I know, I know) on the instruments, which consist mostly of the usual suspects, guitars, bass and drums, but also often include synthesizers, keyboards, and both string and horn sections. This is their sophomore album, and it is the second release where Patricia has established herself as the vocalist, the first being the 2013 EP Cidade. Previously on their 2012 eponymous debut, the band presented its music in a mostly instrumental form; from this respect, I think Semente is a significant step-up: Patricia’s vocals bring a whole new meaning and life to the melodic but crushing instrumentals. Her singing is mostly presented in a sensual and sensitive soft-spoken voice, which can transform into ethereal whispers, magnificent wailings and more restrained spoken recitation. Her voice can be both yearning and somber, depending on the mood of the particular song, but its main feature is her natural expressiveness in, luckily, the band’s country language: portuguese. That gorgeous accent adds yet another very different quality to Patricia´s vocals.
The music is often slow, guitars and bass are down-tuned, which are features not uncommon to much contemporary metal music. All the instruments constantly shift in very effective soft-loud dynamics that give shape to the songs, though some tunes are characteristically quieter or heavier than others (the title track and “A Visita” represent the more softer, and even romantic moments in the album), which overalls makes this album very dynamic; it is also a cohesive effort, given the focused aesthetic, and all the songs are carefully woven altogether, so it feels like a whole effort. And about that aesthetic, this album references multiple music styles, from the mammoth paced riffing of post-doom metal (which brings to mind the mellower moments in ISIS discography), to the sporadic electronic ambiance and beats of trip-hop a la Portishead. Songs like the opener “Partida” immediately gave me that Big Band feel, similar to Portishead’s “All Mine”, where the whole instrumental feel very much like an orchestra. All this constructs a very dramatic and encompassing style, which the band pulls off beautifully.
Favorite track: Corpo Presente ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i8mlpgd7xQ )
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#183708 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Everybody's picking winners so far. I'm going to go through all these albums at some point.
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#183710 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
i bet ya won't!
i'll be happy if you just listen to these tunes. masterofmuffins, i'll bet you'd like these too, at least a bit
Sinistro  Semente Official Video Sinistro  A Visita
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#183726 - ultrablue (12/05/2016) [-]
Good lord that music video. Yeah, definitely feeling the Portishead vibe here. NOTBADNOTBAD
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#183712 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
I'm making a list and checking it twice
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#183700 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
well, that's a big ol' block of text.
...i'll make sure that doesn't happen again.
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#183705 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
We're in text wall season now, son
#183697 - teoyeezy (12/05/2016) [-]
So far you've showed me two great albums. I listen to the type of music that suggests I should have heard a Balance and Composure album before, but this will be the first. Thanks bb.

#25
Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate
Math rock/ emo band from Minnesota. I've been a fan of these guys for a few years now, and their sophomore album Pleasant Living is such a fantastic album. The band is a trio, and the guitarist/vocalist creates some really killer mathy guitar wankery while screaming his ass off. This album maintains the same basic pace throughout, a happy, sort of self-loathing college kid in a rural town vibe. This is such Midwest Emo. The hooks are really great, and the whole album is really feel-good. The album sounds like a party with a few great friends that don't care what each other think of them. I love the lyrics on this album as always with this band. I feel like the lyrics on "Happy Birthday" describe the feel of the album very well: "Getting stoned in the back of a car
You have no idea where you are
But you're satisfied with life
And you dont think twice of it"

Very fun, sort of sad, super mathy. Good shit.

sample song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vEDK_hHnDg
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#183724 - ultrablue (12/05/2016) [-]
Oh shit, this is that good shit, son. More intricate emo (the mathy part) is just what the doctored ordered. You ever heard of Their / They're / There ? It's an Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) project. Reminds me a bit of this. Their  Theyre  There  Their  Theyre  There Full EP

Wish they had more material out though. Maybe that' why I should be getting into Tiny Moving Parts asap.
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#183740 - teoyeezy (23 hours ago) [-]
oh yeah, the vocalist from american football does drums for that band. i should listen to them thanks bb
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#183725 - ultrablue (12/05/2016) [-]
ew, that comment formatted itself really ugly
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#183707 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Minnesota: Land of 10,000 emo twink bands.

This is real nice. I'm enjoying everyone's album choices so far.
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#183714 - teoyeezy (12/05/2016) [-]
Did you see how cute they were when they play their instruments?
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#183698 - teoyeezy (12/05/2016) [-]
Tiny Moving Parts  Always Focused  Audiotree Live

also, check out what they look like when they play because they're super cute and talented boys.
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#183716 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Nice Hitler youth haircut on that singer
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#183717 - teoyeezy (12/05/2016) [-]
like a good lil aryan boy
#183696 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
I like this sample, man.

#25: Dave Harrington Group - Become Alive

Dave Harrington was half of the short lived band Darkside with Nicolas Jaar. Back in 2011, Jaar released one of my favorite albums, Space Is Only Noise. After that, he stopped releasing solo material for a few years and worked with Dave on Darkside. After an EP and album together, they ended the band and each started working on their own again. They both released albums this year and I was surprised that I actually liked Dave Harrington's more. It reminds me a lot of Darkside's original EP, with more instrumental recordings instead of Nicolas' electronic and sample oriented sound. Become Alive is a very smooth and atmospheric album and I can't help but think of the psychedelic drone/rock band Barn Owl with a touch of jazz when I listen to it. There are a range of instruments on the album but they don't often play together. It mostly consists of high quality atmospheric tracks with a single instrument playing along with them. I would rank this album higher if it picked up energy along the way and felt like it had more structure, but to me it seems more like a series of beautiful, mostly ambient tracks. I'm hoping Dave keeps this group together and records some more albums with them, developing a more solid and focused style. The last track makes me think they will because it's the only one that brings in the whole group and has much more structure and lyricism. An album from them that managed to bring together the focus and energy of that track and the detailed soundscapes of the rest would be perfect.

Sample track: White Heat White Heat
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#183723 - ultrablue (12/05/2016) [-]
lol that album cover is great. I'm digging this as yell, friend.

I think this is the time of year when we both realize we should've listened to the others suggestions all year long. heh.
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#183701 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
you liked this one more than sirens? huh, interesting. it is a pretty fun record. i guess i never listened to it enough.
the thing i remember the most was this cool tune, which sounds like the opening of a sit-com i'd despise. still, chill stuff.
Dave Harrington Group   All I Can Do Original mix
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#183704 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
LOL, it does have a TV theme vibe. Sirens is odd. I like it but it doesn't do it for me like Space Is Only Noise or Darkside did. Or at least I haven't made as strong a connection with it as those. Some more listens are required. The production is beautiful as always though. I really like Nymphs, that compilation album he put out this year of older tracks, but I decided not to put it in my top 25 list because all the songs are from 2011-2015.
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#183713 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
fair enough. i guess it kinda ruins the "surprise", but i'll say that i definitely like it more, mostly because of its themes, which, if i am not mistaken, link heavely not only to politics in general, but to politics in here our country. that is a story that rarely gets represented outside our borders, so it is very nice to see it on sirens.
did you know i also share name with mr. jaaro? he's like my bro
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#183715 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
anicolastoremember?

I know Killing Time was about Ahmed Mohamed the clock kid. I found that kind of obnoxious but it's my favorite track on the album right now. What were the connections to Chile?
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#183718 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
really? didn't know about that one.

well, mostly on "no". the song is sung in spanish with the distinct chilean accent. the phrase "ya dijimos no, pero el si está en todo" ("we already said no, but "the yes" is in everything"), which is also on the front cover, represents, to me, the national plebiscite of 1988, where the chilean people where asked if they wanted augusto pinochet to stay in charge of the country. thanks to certain groups and a campaign that strived for social betterment, the "no" won, and the dictator was displaced after almost 17 years of ruling over the country. i'd say the main theme of sirens is how history repeats itself. so he's saying, even though the people triumphed democratically over a dictator back in 1988, nothing states that something similar won't happen again, that hate and fear will take over, and we'll get another dictator or something.

plus, there are the recordings of nicolas when he was a kid, talking with his father, alfredo jaar; the front cover of the album shows a nyc billboard by alfredo, which reads "this is not america". i read he made a similar (or the same?) installation back in 1987, when the situation in chile was still hot, and the usa government played a huge part in the events that went on down here, latin america in general. so, i think this whole affair plays an important part for nicolas, and it shows here in sirens imo. pretty fun.
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#183721 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Now that I'm listening to it again, I probably would have put this above Become Alive. I haven't listened to it in forever but I just remembered it not feeling as captivating as Space Is Only Noise. Oh well, what's done is done.
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#183742 - anametoremember (21 hours ago) [-]
we all make mistakes.
hey, it just so happens, same day we're talking about this, mr. jaar books a live date here, in january. so excite.
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#183743 - themagicwizard (21 hours ago) [-]
Get on it I saw him with Darkside. I'd love to see him do his solo thing but it looks like all the dates are outside the US for now.
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#183720 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Oh, I think Killing Time is also about the migrant crisis in Europe. Neato.
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#183719 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
Neat, that would make sense considering he spent his childhood there. I wouldn't have picked up on it since I'm not too informed on Chilean history, my Spanish is rusty at best and I hardly ever listen to the lyrics.

I was just reading the lyrics of the other tracks besides Killing Time. Not really sure what they're about.
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#183703 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
The dude in that picture has a fucking giraffe head
#183695 - ferrettamer (12/05/2016) [-]
#25. Casino Versus Japan - Frozen Geometry
idk if this is the official artwork but i like it better than the one spotify has
Imma be honest, I only gave this album one listen because it's 3 hours and 20 minutes long, but it was a good listen. It's nice comfy ambient/idm album, perfect for cold weather :3

i'm also going to do my honourable mentions here cause i didn't do them earlier;
1. clams casino - 32 levels
2. balance and composure - Light We Made
3. Vince Staples - Primma Donna (would have made it in like the top ten if it wasn't an ep tbh)
4. an album by "angel johnson" that idk if it exists or not but i can't find it anymore so
5. Astronautalis - cut the body loose
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#183709 - themagicwizard (12/05/2016) [-]
This is like when ultrablue wanted me to listen to that 4 hour ambient album. Jesus, man.
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#183711 - ferrettamer (12/05/2016) [-]
you should listen to their other albums if you haven't, they're pretty good and shorter. go hawaii i think is their most popular
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#183702 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
holy shit, that's a lotta music
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#183706 - ferrettamer (12/05/2016) [-]
yea it is. that's why i didn't link a song from it i don't really remember any specific one lol
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#183694 - anametoremember (12/05/2016) [-]
the song sounds pretty good, i like! and good summary too man.

i think i'm gonna board this top 25 thing too, sounds fun, and i've got a list somewhat ready. i'll write a review in a sec.
#9308 - Guitar sounds gay? You mean amazing? I think you mean amazin…  [+] (2 replies) 12/03/2016 on masterofmuffins's profile 0
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#9309 - ferrettamer (12/03/2016) [-]
it sometimes sounds gay, and gay things can sound amazing, i love indie pop, i would know.

oh well that's honestly disappointing and not as cool
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#9310 - ultrablue (12/03/2016) [-]
I don't understand what you mean by that I suppose