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ryanoat -
100
Well, I finally know what to say. It took me a while, but I think I have a good enough grasp on what this monster is to talk about it.

I want to preface this with the notion that I have never in my life had depression or felt any kind of extreme negativity. Yes, I've felt stressed and frustrated and existential and stuff before, pretty much everyone has, but I've never struggled to keep myself together as a result of any of that, and I'm extremely grateful for it. It does, however, introduce ... read more

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ryanoat -
74
June Challenge, day 30

Ending June off with a bang, here we have... yet another album I enjoyed but don't have much to say about. Go figure. This album is punchy, very short and to the point. It's very raw both in production and emotion, and it makes for a very cathartic and enjoyable experience. There's a very folky attitude running through these songs but they still know how to take the energy up a notch when it's needed in the form of fuzzed out guitars and blasted drums, creating some very ... read more
ryanoat -
82
June Challenge, day 29

I finally watched Inside today after a few weeks of putting it off for whatever reason. I'm deciding to review it for this challenge firstly because it means I don't have to actually listen to album today (laziness) and because I feel like reviewing just the songs is going against the point of this being a very visual experience. The production quality in this film is superb, far better than I expected it to be frankly. You can tell that Bo poured his blood, sweat and ... read more
ryanoat -
78
June Challenge, day 28

Throughout the month I've been doing my best to cover some musical blindspots of mine, and classical music is probably the biggest of all of them. I had no idea what to expect going into Promises, and I was pretty impressed with what I heard. It's not often that I find a piece of music like this where rhythm is barely present consistently engaging. It's very repetitive, largely focusing on one repeating melody and allowing the surrounding sounds to develop alongside it, ... read more
ryanoat -
75
June Challenge, day 27

A friend of mine recommended to me Spirit of the Beehive's previous album Hypnic Jerks late last year. It was an album that didn't really stick with me all that much but it did make it so that I recognized the name once their most recent album, ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH, came out, and I figured I might as well listen to it. Right off the bat this album is much more memorable, mostly for its absolutely batshit crazy sound. Really it's less of one cohesive sound and more like a ... read more
ryanoat -
75
June Challenge, day 26

Rounding out the Sweet Trip discography, Halica is still unmistakably Sweet Trip, just in a different context. The same lush and dreamy atmospheres from Velocity:Design:Comfort onwards are here, just in less of an indie pop context and more of an ambient techno context. It reminds me of Orbital in a few ways, namely the way the songs develop over long runtimes and the repetition of core melodies, albeit this is a tad more shoegazey and guitar-driven at points. The bones ... read more

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Sep 17, 2021
follow me cause ryan
May 19, 2021
Helllo, namaste🙏🏻, loved your reviews and followed you. My 2nd conceptual EP 'Marine Affairs' has been just released and I will request you from my heart to check it once. I consists 4 songs (English majorly, with some tinge of hindi and Bengali in 2 track) and it will take only 8 minutes. I know you are busy enough but will be grateful if you review it on AOTY. Your review means a lot. It's a very novice attempt and I am learning, so I will request you to put a very honest review off course. Hope you are in safest of condition in this very hard times. If you do, it will make my day. Thanks in advance for your precious time. ✨🙏🏻
attaching the Spotify and AOTY link:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/25oRbU37c08FvTYbAhoRhI?si=rjGcGrEBRYu1erloZ-EeAw&utm_source=copy-link

AOTY: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/362334-bodhisattya-pal-marine-affairs.php
Nov 17, 2020
hello friend
Nov 10, 2020
Album covers often get a lot of attention, sometimes more than the music itself but there's one aspect to albums that is very often overlooked: the title. The title often sets the mood and energy of the album, or is memorable enough to stick with you, but seldom gets credit for doing so. Anyways, this leads into a question I have (for a list): what's your favourite album title of all time?
Oct 10, 2020
Ryanoat? More like Ryangoat!
Sep 11, 2020
baba booey
Aug 17, 2020
Hello there, Malneezy here! I have a new single and I was hoping if I could get your take on it.

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/user-883091816/xmanmalneezy-never-wonder
Review Here: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/265114-malneezy-never-wonder.php
Aug 15, 2020
Please check out my new instrumental electronic album!
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/concretecastles/album/270732-parallax/
Thanks so much! :D It would mean a lot to me.
Jun 12, 2020
swag yuh
Mar 14, 2020
if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)

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