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Jamobo -
85
Kristin Hayter, aka Lingua Ignota (unknown language) gained a great deal of attention in 2017 with her album All Bitches Die and even more so in 2019 with Caligula. Hauntingly dark and alluring records that integrated the oppressive walls of noise and screaming of Death Industrial with the ageless beauty of Classical music, especially in her vocals, as Neoclassical Darkwave.

A particular combination that allows Hayter to perfectly evoke the horrors of domestic abuse that she has suffered, ... read more

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Jamobo -
90
I’ve been a fan of Sufjan Stevens for some time now. Growing up in a Christian family and wanting more (and better) music, inevitably led me to him. His particular style of addressing both religious and secular topics, as well as his beautifully diverse musical palette, lined up perfectly with the needs of my younger self. Even years on, no longer a Christian, his discography is still an absolute favourite of mine to binge through.

With The Ascension dropped on 25th September 2020, the ... read more
Jamobo -
65
Gel. returns with an EP that shows some signs of refinement and growth, without losing what made them interesting

The Art of Anonymity still fits within the sound palette that was formed on their debut, a minimalistic take on Industrial Synth. But, they have refined much of the chaos that pervaded that record, instead streamlining things so each song here can more directly explore an individual idea.

Paranoia starts us off with weird bouncy, percussive synths a heavily distorted guitar and ... read more
Jamobo -
75
MALNEEZY returns to form with a new sound

Taking a 6 month gap after My Dirty Fantasy Dreams and Only Fragments were released in the first few months of the year, MALNEEZY has clearly thought long and hard about what direction they want their music to go into and I would personally say it was worth it.

Like any good Self-Titled release, MALNEEZY makes a statement about who is behind the name. The record takes on a darker Ambient tone, leaning into softer passages and a greater focus on ... read more
Jamobo -
85
With Grey Area, Simz made some strong cases for her being the best rapper from the UK and maybe even the best female rapper world-wide. With Sometimes I Might Be Introvert she fully claims these crowns

Little Simz has always been attached to conscious Hip-Hop, specifically an introspective style that has garnered praise from day 1. However, Grey Area sky-rocketed that praise, throwing spotlight after spotlight onto her, with its particular brand of nocturnal melancholy and barely restrained ... read more
Jamobo -
65
Even when Kanye tells you he's gonna drop an album, it's still a surprise

Kanye West has an intriguing creative process, that has led to a unique trend in the quality of his releases. For both the 2000's and 2010's what is considered his best album is released earliest in the decade, with each subsequent album being a little weaker than the previous. I'm specifically looking at his solo projects here, as Watch the Throne and Kids See Ghosts would definitely buck this trend.

While individual ... read more

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Sep 24, 2021
hi! i just released a song; it’s on all platforms. i’d be so happy if you could listen to it and give it a quick review if possible. if you need a link, just let me know!
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/417920-shorewood-rooftop.php
Sep 19, 2021
It's ok! Thanks for checking it out! ^^
Sep 10, 2021
Heya Jamobo! I just dropped my new experimental electronic album ^^ Hope you could check it out if you can!
https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mNMa3No8_2iEDFVd0z5BUHPyZAy1PSU3M
Sep 6, 2021
Thank you!
Sep 6, 2021
Can you please give me your top 5 albums from 1971 ?
Sep 3, 2021
No, that wasn't too much at all. It was an awesome answer, I really appreciate it.

List is up if you wanna check it out:
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/biglasagnayeet/list/48140/aotys-definitive-top-100/
Sep 2, 2021
Hey there!
Insomnia Café turned 1 year old and to celebrate, we released a compilation! It features 6 never previously released tracks as well as some greatest hits. Artists include Greg Sheffield (member of RockGati), elitimesfour, Alkaline Pink, Amazing Blizzard, MALNEEZY, Concrete Castles, CRAZYF1R3, and Sun Kidd (+ their aliases).

Streaming coming soon, you can spotify presave now!: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/insomniacaf/1st-birthday-special-2

AOTY link: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/402366-insomnia-caf-1st-birthday-special.php
Bandcamp: https://insocaf.bandcamp.com/album/1st-birthday-special
Aug 28, 2021
Hi again, sorry to bother you.

As I was creating the list, due to issues that arose and just new ideas, I thought of this idea where each of the top 10 albums have a bit of a foreword in their descriptions. Anyways, getting to the point, I'd appreciate it so much if you could just reply with a couple of sentences on In Rainbows regarding its importance in musical history, influence and, most importantly, why you love it/what it means to you.

Thanks so much for reading and replying, if you do. It'd mean a lot.

About

Doggo here to tell you what to listen to!

All about those YT recommendations!
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/jamobo/list/14389/youtube-recommendations/

I have a couple of articles up on Record Roundtable - https://www.recordroundtable.com/featured-articles/nick-drake-the-black-dog
www.recordroundtable.com/featured-articles/david-bowies-blackstar-the-artist-facing-death

I do scores in increments of 5 cause i don't think i could accurately tell the difference between, say, a 67 and a 68

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