Machine+ - Saṃsāra
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2020 Ratings: #1009
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January 1, 2020 / Release Date
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Overall, it is pretty solid and it shines when it conveys emotion beautifully. Sometimes it is pretty basic and fails to catch any attention or be interesting.
This is a bit too hazy and uneventful for my own liking to really blow me away, but this album definitely isn't bad; I just struggle to feel much when listening to it. This isn't a pleasurable numbness, mind you; it's boredom. I do appreciate the brief moments of glitch amongst the somewhat elongated runtime of this album (relative to its seven tracks, which greatly vary in length), however, but they do come across as somewhat aimless to me. Not super enthusiastic about this one, but all the ... read more
the beginning and end of samsara both have a gorgeous neo-psychedelia sound, with "alien interference blues" and "on the mountain" being some of the most memorable tracks i've heard in the week or so that 2020 has been a thing, but the middle of the album is really lacking in substance and ideas.
A sad psychedelic experimental shoegze. Overally it is not perfect, but a couple of moments, especially the last songs, are very emotional.
Kinda parroting what the other reviews have said, but I do agree, nothing here is bad, in fact there's a lot of really commendable elements, but I just don't feel it was put together with much grace or executed that effectively. It just feels pretty barren and empty most of the time. Pretty hard to get into and really isn't consistently engaging.
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Track List

  1. Poor June
  2. Alien Interference Blues
  3. Soft Lights
  4. Something Next to You
  5. Scruff
  6. Hold Me Baby Blue
  7. On the Mountain
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Added on: January 1, 2020