Music Journal

Totally not copying @Aydn 🥴

Anyway, this is just a way for me to share my ongoing journey with music; I’ll put notable rating changes here, initial thoughts after first listens when I think it’s necessary, and so on!

Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
100
September 13th, 2022

I’ve decided that this is unequivocally my favorite album of all time, and it is now my only 100, at least for the time being.

September 23rd, 2022

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/ethan-j-m/album/424961-ants-from-up-there/
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
September 18th, 2022

After First Listen: What a unique first experience…so I heard the opener for the first time a few weeks ago and immediately loved it. Tonight I finally gave the whole album a listen, and while I do think the opener is so incredible, I wasn’t vibing all that much with “Come Together” all the way through “Home of the Brave.” And then came “The Individual,” and…my mind was blown. Like bruh that legit reminds me of certain moments in ‘To Be Kind’ by Swans, which is one of the best albums ever in my opinion. From “The Individual” to the end of the album, I found so much to be masterful and brilliant, I was simply captivated! And the closer…that song is a masterpiece. There’s a section of it that is utterly mind melting, it takes what “The Individual” does and cranks it from like 10 to 50…so yeah, I have no idea what rating to give this album yet lol. But I’m definitely excited to give it more listens and figure that out!
Courting - Guitar Music
70
September 23rd, 2022

Before First Listen: All I really know about Courting coming into this is that I’m pretty sure they’re a part of the Windmill Scene…and y’all know how crazy I am for the Windmill Scene…so yeah, I am quite excited to give this a listen…
After First Listen: Oh wow. That was GOOD. Compact and cohesive, and with an energy that just never ran out. An incredibly fun, exciting listen. This album is so crisp and clean. It felt way longer than just thirty-two minutes to me—and I mean in a very good way! While I think Courting aren't at all even nearly reaching the heights of the bands that are the face of the Windmill Scene itself—Black Country, New Road and black midi—they are holding their own, and to an extent that truly impresses me...especially in reference to the simply awesome and quite suspenseful penultimate track, "Uncanny Valley Forever." I'll definitely be keeping an eye on these guys, they have displayed some absolutely massive potential!

September 28th, 2022

Rated: 70
I didn’t enjoy it quite as much on second listen as I did initially, but I still think it’s great. The best tracks in my opinion are “Loaded” and “Uncanny Valley Forever.” And I think Courting could put out a truly incredible album if they move in a more experimental direction and put some more thought into lyrics.
Wednesday - Bull Believer
September 24th, 2022

Bruh. What…
Amazing. Whatever I just experienced, this song is just something else…

September 25th, 2022

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/ethan-j-m/album/545673-bull-believer/
The Microphones - Microphones in 2020
100
September 28th, 2022

99 -> 100
Yeah. This is a 100. I’ll write a review of it sooner or later. :)
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6d
True true lol
6d
I'm definitely not the first one to do this tho, you just saw mine first lol
1w
@NICK
Haha, awesome! @Aydn is the one to thank though, I’m so glad I stumbled upon that list of his lol.
1w
This is really inspiring! I might use this method too…. 👀👀
1w
@Aydn
Thank goodness 😭
1w
approved 👍
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