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So enters the scene—a shaky, tenuous, and weary collection of indie-rock songs with Americana stylings and a fairly unsubtle Silver Jews influence (the background vocals on "Pay for Me" fairly scream Stephen Malkmus à la American Water). Oddly enough, there's a real argument to be made that this, the written-off Cincinnati debut from everyone's favorite Brooklyn darlings, actually features some of the most interesting production of any National record—you can hear ... read more

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If Twin Cinema was the growing pains, awkwardly charming to behold, and Challengers the coming-of-age, then this album is the mature adult, at the peak of their powers, writing the best songs of their career—and learning to write them *together*.
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Caught them last night in Seattle playing this album in full. My first live music experience in years. Drove eight hours to get to the city. But totally worth it; maybe my favorite moment of 2021. So great. Neko, Dan, Kathryn, John, Ed, and Carl were in fine form.
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70s cosplay that takes its influences a little too seriously, enveloping Annie's songwriting a little too fully. These compositions are frequently playful, but rarely beguiling.
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Its more introspective turn finally feels like a long-delayed embrace of the indie sound the band had carefully repressed on previous outings.
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Before the compact indie-pop of Know By Heart—before the Barsuk days—there was a small, Austin band with ten-minute waltzing arrangements and a reverence for slowcore pacing and post-rock atmospheres. There was, in other words, a quietly gleaming gem.


Oct 25, 2021
Nice, I'll def check your show out.
Oct 25, 2021
Can I listen to your radio station online? and if so, is there a particular show you'd recommend?
Oct 14, 2021
Hey friend, have you ever listened to The Gathering? Like Newsom, they're one of those artists that exemplify beauty in a way that I find unparalleled. I think you'll love them. They have a new song called "In Colour" that is a perfect introductory listen.
Oct 5, 2021
Just letting you know that Joanna Newsom's music has continued to steal my heart. I haven't been so infatuated with an artist in a very long time.
Oct 2, 2021
hey, are you on instagram at all? I'd love to add some of the people who I like on here. If you don't feel comfy sharing your handle, I can delete the comment right after I see it.
Oct 2, 2021
Yes sir. I truly didn't want to be "that guy" who starts a new account... But for a few months now I've been thinking about deleting everything off my dearsongs account, or just deleting the account all together and moving on from it. Ultimately I wanted to still be able to reference all that stuff I put up there, so I figured I'd retire the account and start fresh. I removed all the scores from this current decade, but will keep all the reviews in place.
Aug 20, 2021
A recent poem I'm proud of, and which I wanted to share with you.

“the shore’s edge,” july 2021
this is my reckoning
i hear you, roaring sea
whistling winds demanding
that the tall grasses might sway
calls of seagulls searching
against the endless tide
wet fights the sand
you hide it all
and tell me so
as your whispers become
the only thing
i will ever hear
Aug 16, 2021
First off, let me apologize for the late reply - life has simply been insane, and so I had to step back from interacting with basically everyone in my life. This is, after all, how things must be sometimes. Nonetheless, I greatly appreciate that you took the time to read my poem, and I'm glad to know that you picked up on the importance of the boards being of creosote in particular. I don't know if I want to spoil the thinking behind it, but it really has a lot of significance in understanding what the narrator is considering.

I also understand your opposition to social media, although I personally find it redeemable in some ways. It is, though, often a hellscape of sorts indeed.
Aug 3, 2021
Here's a poem of mine I'd love to share with you - it's called "what we see and do not know."

we project in the clouds
and on the creosote boards
of the barns in the countryside
waiting for scorn from our elders
submerged in the underbelly of happiness
rise from the depths
and you will find what you had known before
Aug 3, 2021
Luckily enough, or unfortunately, however you choose to look at it, I feel like the poems drifting around my head connected with the matter of the anglerfish lack inspiration currently, as I don't feel heartbroken enough to perceive myself as a feeble dependent. Or, maybe there's a way to spin this? I'll mess around with it and tell you if anything hits.


Taking a break from AOTY. Hope to return in a couple of months.

"I got paid and then I wrote a song; I got paid and then I rode a song into the heavens".

If you must engage the self, do so obliquely.

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