Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2019 Ratings: #285 / 766
User Score
Based on 337 ratings
2019 Ratings: #186
Liked by 8 people
August 23, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Art Punk / Genres
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Braindrops is somehow both more personal and more detached than Liddiard has ever been.


Listening to Braindrops feels like watching a sped-up timeline of rising sea levels and melting glaciers set to long-lost field recordings of maximalist noise-rock from the Outback. You’re listening to a world falling apart.


Braindrops is a tumultuous and compelling listen.

The Line of Best Fit

Braindrops is as cerebral and gut-level as its name implies, high-minded and high volume, a grand mess that isn’t really a mess at all.


Tracks may at times meander and elongate past their natural bedtime before snapping back into place with a sharp click, but any drift can always be forgiven due to the sheer depth of imagination on show.


For a band rooted in the Australian outback, TFS sure find ways to expand and engulf with the unexpected and the unpredictable.

Loud and Quiet

Holding their gaze firmly on the worst of us, TFS deliver an essential second album of strange structures, strange topics, and a lot of ferocious noise.

Spectrum Culture

Madness drips from every facet of Braindrops, but this is a starker, dreary record.

The Needle Drop

TFS's unique brand of art punk gets even vivider on Braindrops.


Tropical Fuck Storm are fast becoming a watering hole for listeners with a thirst for the weird, and on Braindrops, they have eschewed formulas to such an extent that they are now staring back through the dimensional mirror with wry smiles and killer tunes.

The Melbourne punk quartet sift through the grubbiest entrails of politics and internet culture, but their perspective sounds stilted.

With ‘Braindrops’, Tropical Fuck Storm are showing a different side to themselves. Softer, maybe, but just as strange as ever.

The Guardian

Braindrops certainly isn’t easy listening, but nor is it unnecessarily difficult.

The album cover? Oh, nothing to worry 'bout! That's just my brain during exams.

Following the strangely impressive and perplexing Meatspace debut album, Tropical Fuck Storm live up to their name once again with Braindrops, a record that's equally refreshing, exciting and off-the-wall, albeit a tad bit inconsistent and restrained. It seems that this time, the band takes a different artistic approach, coming through with a more conceptually focused record while still pertaining to their ... read more
bruh I've been using this Wacc ass Windows Phone recently bc my iPhone broke and I ain't got nothin else rn and I was listening to this album on it and fuckin 'Cortana' or whatever kept randomly beeping and interrupting my listening whilst I was on the title track of this album and I actually thought it was part of the song LOL like I didn't acknowledge it at all I thought it was like an intentional decision from Tropical Fuck Storm to include these weird stop/start beeping segments and I ... read more
There's something so contagious about this band... Going back to their debut last year, we could already see a band that didn't need much time to find their sound. "A Laughing Death In Meatspace" was a raw, noisy album, filled with politically charged lyrics, very angsty vocal performances from Gareth Liddiard, great instrumentation (the guitar work on that album is amazing) and the best supporting vocals I've ever heard.

After some listens, I think this abum is slightly worse but it ... read more
Last year, I discovered Tropical Fuck Storm with their debut album entitled "A Laughing Death In Meatspace". The Melbourne quartet has imposed its style between noise-pop, art-punk and post-punk for an extraordinary result. And they do not intend to stop there, the proof with their successor entitled "Braindrops". Tropical Fuck Storm enrays its listener with tortuous and complex compositions. And it is clear that "Braindrops" is not here to make cool pop songs as ... read more
Although Braindrops is nowhere near the behemoth of a record they dropped in 2018 (which has now grown to be an all time favourite of mine)...I can definitely say they still developed a new project with new quirks that I can get behind without question.

Tropical Fuck Storm once again harnesses their rich and dense sound of art punk and pysch rock essentials into 9 solid tracks across 40+ minutes. With vocals form Gareth Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin & Erica Dunn, it’s a formula branded ... read more
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Added on: June 17, 2019