Apr 2, 2020*
96
Heaven To A Tortured Mind is an incredible album with instrumentation that is just as dynamic and passionate as much of Yves's previous work, but in this instance it is accompanied by vocals that are consistently transcendental and oh-so-engrossing. That's not to say I don't love the vocals on their previous work - because I absolutely fucking adore them - but this album brings change for the better; Yves's performances are frequently bombastic and infectiously eccentric. While I personally ... read more
Apr 2, 2020
NR
L.A. Nights is one of the greatest citypop songs of all time, without a doubt.
Mar 26, 2020
69
The ambient soundscapes on here are strong and often detailed but this album is not cohesive enough to justify captivation. This sounds like it would fit great in some sort of contemporary art museum exhibition, I guess...
Mar 25, 2020
86
There are quite a few meandering and unnecessary moments on here - not just in a deep house sense, mind you! - but many of the moments on here are groovy as hell.
Mar 17, 2020
83
The unique crooner Krule is backed up by beautifully jazzy instrumentals that ooze off mood due to their trip-hop influences. The OOZ is a fantastic album that is slightly set back by its (frankly) ridiculous running time.
Mar 4, 2020
76
Very one-note vocals let down otherwise stellar riffs and percussion.
Feb 26, 2020
73
There are plenty of very sweet moments on this album but unfortunately there aren't enough to stand out amongst the fairly one-note production on here. In its defence, though, this album is very relaxing with some gorgeous vocals that creates a mood comparable to Ichiko Aoba's work.
Feb 25, 2020
53
Marciano reaches a compromise on what is arguably his most renowned release: although he may provide his most compelling lyricism and vivid storytelling here, he additionally showcases some fairly mediocre deliveries and lackluster production.
Feb 17, 2020
83
Extremely strong and impassioned vocals are met with fantastic riffs on an album that doesn't overstay its welcome at all. This thing just bleeds character and *feel*.
Feb 15, 2020
100
The songwriting is perfect. The basslines are perfect. The performances are perfect. The only negative thing I can say about this album is that it's long... but even that's irrelevant to me because every single song is perfect. Absolutely excellent.
Feb 13, 2020
66
The psychedelic and loopy production here sits much better with Simpson's incredible voice than I initially expected. Very nice listen!
Feb 10, 2020
83
There's something about this that feels so cathartic. Perhaps it's the engrossing ambient soundscapes, the nostalgia-inciting vocal samples - I don't know why they make me feel nostalgic, they just do! - or maybe the gorgeous keys. I don't know what it is, but there's something really special about this.
Feb 10, 2020
89
Undeniably impressive riffs, percussion, and vocals combine on this gem of death metal goodness; this near-masterpiece is perhaps only weighed down by its length.
Feb 8, 2020
80
Balls to the motherfucking wall.
Feb 8, 2020
23
This really hurts to do, because Cities Aviv is one of my favourite artists. While I usually respect the amount of experimentation that goes into their works, this feels like a such a huge step down; long and drone-y autotune croons feel completely unnecessary over instrumentals that would otherwise be alright (albeit generally not exceptional).
Feb 7, 2020
49
I really enjoyed my first listen of this, but it started to lose it's charm for me after a couple more shots at it. Kenny comes across to me as the star of the show here; his beats are consistently diverse while still maintaining his characteristic and defining sounds. Denzel, unfortunately, struggles to meet the same energy to me. It's much clearer now in this instance that he's freestyling his lyrics, and there's virtually zero standout bars on this thing, which greatly reduces the punch. His ... read more
Jan 24, 2020
83
Absolutely amazing pop but let me tell you it's those noise passages that really make this record for me. Holy shit.
Jan 23, 2020
53
Pleasant albeit a little *too* uneventful, uninspired, and ultimately a little inexperienced. Some moments on this album come across as kind of meaningless or out of the place, and this somewhat distracts me from the moods this album tries to establish.
Jan 22, 2020
79
Probably the first straight ambient/drone album of the year that's blown me away, it would seem that everything Rafael Anton Irisarri touches turns to gold. Whilst this may lack some of the emotional response that I got from his latest solo record Solastalgia, Una Presencia is still a fantastic record with a gorgeously isolated-sounding world of droning noise.
Jan 22, 2020
86
This is an incredibly engrossing album. Upon the first few lines that are sung with fragility on the opener one will be able to sympathise with this; the lead Karen Peris has a very unique sound that reminds me of Newsom somewhat. The instrumentation here is crystal clear and barebones, which only adds to the caressing but simultaneously delicate soundscape present. Lovely record!
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