Concrete Castles - Onanon
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November 20, 2020 / Release Date
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Insomnia Café / Label
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Concrete Castles comes back with by far their best album yet. I saw that this was inspired by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and I can definitely see the influences. It makes for what is easily their most interesting project yet, and one that surprisingly has very few moments that I didn't like. Even Unopinionated - a track that I wasn't too big on when it was released as a single - was actually much better in the context of the album. There are still a few parts that I'm not too keen on, like ... read more
Makes me want to turn on my Pretty Boy Swag and Crank That Soulja Boy.

Tbh, I think this is your best release yet, also congrats, every album by you I've rated higher than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy! So I think I see a Lift Your Skinny Fists influence here, great effort, great interpolation of it.

It's like Spooky Sounds but epic as well, great ambient use, great spooky-sounds all around. I did like your chip tune efforts, but I do enjoy this new sound as well. The strings and synths ... read more
every castle is made of concrete, idiot

Edit: sand castles exists
Edit 2: stone castles exists too. its official, the reviewer is dumb

After trying out the chiptune sound on the playsound("Ep.wav") EP, Concrete Castles is back, with Onanon, sporting the best looking cover to ever come out of the Insomnia Cafe workshop. And just from the cover alone, Onanon looked to mark new territory for the up-and-coming producer. If AOOS was the exploration of a far-off land, and Parallax saw our character rocket off to the stars, then Onanon was the uncovering of a planet never seen before. The teaser track Unopinionated ... read more
A return to the dark and melancholic after a handful of more playful projects, Onanon seeps itself in the murky recesses of what the world has become

At 53 minutes long the 9 tracks average out to nearly 6 minutes a song, this allows most of the pieces to move at their own pace, not getting rushed by any standard convention within songwriting and instead find the space to show off what each idea can truly be. As most of the album is instrumental with just a few vocal samples acting as ... read more
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Track List

  1. A Terrible Hunger (A Deafening Silence) I
  2. A Terrible Hunger (A Deafening Silence) II
  3. Unopinionated
  4. Modern Justice I
  5. Modern Justice II
  6. We'll Build a New Country; A Better One I
  7. We'll Build a New Country; A Better One II
  8. Escape
  9. Finale
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Added on: November 14, 2020