AOTY 2020

Recent Reviews

siberianbreaks -
NR
You either get it or you don't. Lyrics are great. Vocals are really powerful and honest. Instrumentation is sometimes beautiful or hard-hitting. This album defines Indie.

Favourite tracks: All of them
siberianbreaks -
87
Please consider checking out the deluxe version of this lost classic. The different takes (especially for 11386 and One Up, One Down) are absolutely essential to this release for their deep explorations into modal improvisation, the very essence of Coltrane's genius.
siberianbreaks -
54
An odd case where James fails to deliver the unexpected, which was essentially what made his music such a undefinable joy to explore. This whole hi-fi "post-retro-futurist" movement in underground electronic has grown to become extremely tired since like 2015. Would have much rather preferred to hear more of that hypnagogic bro-country thing he was doing last year.
siberianbreaks -
66
Impressed by Carla's increasing ambition towards drone-based atmospheres and free-form soundscapes, almost veering into modern classical territory. Her aesthetic POV still seems mostly based around her earlier traits as a singer/songwriter so I can't say that I'm entirely convinced by the execution of these pieces. Doesn't explore deep enough into the avant-garde spectrum. End of the World, the most traditional-sounding piece on here, is an absolute showstopper with Marc Ribot's jazz stylings ... read more
siberianbreaks -
66
It's as if the golden age of post-punk never truly died out in the 80s and the whole scene has just been hiding out in the sewers ever since. Most groups of that era have either not made it since then unfortunately or have grotesquely mutated entirely like these guys. Freakish, sweaty, and drugged-out way beyond the point of no return. They only really sell it to us by the record's second half. Probably came up once during the 90s to kidnap someone to make that album art. John Maus and Ariel ... read more
Nov 18, 2020
Thank you for bringing my attention to that NTS radio show by Cindy Lee. Incredibly comforting and complete!
Sep 23, 2020
Loona killed brown bunny
Jun 21, 2020
Great reminder that I need to get to that self-titled of theirs, thanks!
Jun 21, 2020
Hey! You should check out Vivien Goldman's 'Resolutionary' compilation, I'm pretty sure that's right up your alley :)
Apr 16, 2020
Thanks for the response, the list is now up :)
Apr 15, 2020
Hiya, what is a song you hate that's on an album you love? It's for a list, goes without saying at this point. :)
Apr 12, 2020
Alright! All I've seen is that Roger Ebert didn't seem to enjoy it, but I tend to find that his opinions carry an unreasonable amount of weight anyway, so that shouldn't sway me too much ;)
Apr 12, 2020
Hey! Where's your profile picture from? Looks like some lovely cinematography.
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