AOTY 2023
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
that review in the line of best fit is crazy. wonder who wrote it
Porter Robinson - Nurture
Wisps of light filter through partially-closed, navy-blue curtains as my eyes begin to blink themselves open. It’s a bright, chilly spring morning. The day I’ve been waiting for.

Since I was a wide-eyed eighth grader obsessed with Beat Saber and politics Twitter, laying across the apartment couch and blasting “Sad Machine” through green-glowing Razer headphones, I’d waited. I’d waited through a worldwide pandemic, locked in my room; I’d waited through ... read more

hello guys!! this is not a review but stick with me, i'm considering making some big revisions to the way i use this account and would like your input if possible! basically, i'm just considering making this account more informal. if you have time to read through and give your thoughts (i added a tl;dr as well) that would be great, tysm!

currently, this account only posts formal reviews, and i keep the screwing around to the nurture comment section. i'm considering changing this account so i ... read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
For the past year, hope has been a dangerous feeling to have. 2020, even what we’ve experienced of 2021 thus far, has been a series of dim flickers of hope crushed by reality. In the United States, cases of the novel Coronavirus started dropping in May and again in August, leading to hopes that the virus might finally die out, but cases rose exponentially over the summer period and again to unpredictable heights in the fall and winter. In the early months of 2020, the Democratic primaries ... read more
Quadeca - From Me To You
Huh, maybe y’all YouTube rappers ain’t too bad after all.

Benjamin Lasky, also known as Quadeca, is an American rapper and YouTuber. With nearly 2 million subscribers racked up, Lasky stopped uploading consistently to focus on music, taking a break from uploading to his main channel for five months before announcing his long-awaited 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘦 𝘛𝘰 𝘠𝘰𝘶, originally slated to be released on March 18th and later delayed by a couple of weeks.

I was only ... read more

Think about everything you hate about AJR. Their overblown production, their awful writing, and their inability to convey emotion. How bad The Click was. How bad Neotheater was. Hell, how bad the singles for this album were. Now, forget every last one of your past experiences with AJR and listen to this a couple times. No, you may not like it. No, they haven’t solved every problem. But I think that OK ORCHESTRA is a huge step forward for AJR, and I think you’ll agree.

AJR is an ... read more

Justin Bieber - Justice
it's, like, not even that bad. but can we talk about how justin bieber made an entire album about how much he loves his wife then closed it out with a song about how lonely he is
Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, also known as Lana Del Rey, had quite a bit to prove with Chemtrails.... Her previous album, NFR!, was her best received album by leaps and bounds -- it was one of the most (if not the most) decorated albums of 2019 by both critics and listeners alike. Chemtrails... is a bit of a stylistic shift for Lana, even if not a huge one -- her newest project has a more folk-tinged sound compared to her previous projects. It’s much quieter ... read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
edit: ok this mf review is just as long as my time 'n' place review and i'm writing about the very beginning of monheim. this is gonna be ridiculously long

It is very rare that an album can blow me away immediately. Only the greatest albums can leave me with my jaw on the floor just by way of pure instrumental prowess, emotional punch, or how it bends my perception of what music can be. Lift Your Skinny Fists… immediately stunned me on each of these counts. If you had told me just a few ... read more

Porter Robinson - Musician
this is the worst thing to ever happen to music
Kero Kero Bonito - The Princess and the Clock
ok but can we talk about how my favorite solo artist of all time and my favorite band of all time are both dropping projects the same week

also yeah this song is a certified banger, the synth solo is mmmMMMMMMMMMM

Black Dresses - Forever in Your Heart
Black Dresses are back, baby!

Black Dresses are a Canadian duo, consisting of Devi McCallion and Ada Rook. In just two years, between 2018 and 2020, they released four albums before disbanding due to harassment. The final of this set of 4 albums, Peaceful As Hell, was my favorite album of last year, and so, when they announced they had a “small gift” for fans on Valentine’s, my interest was naturally piqued. I spent a lot of time wondering what it would be, but my hype rose ... read more

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode
thanks for 420 followers
Black Country, New Road - For the first time
edit: 91 -> 94. just keeps going up

Black Country, New Road, a seven-piece band who have only been around for roughly 3 years and have only been releasing music for 2, crashed onto the scene amid a wave of hype around their first releases. Their first single sold out on vinyl in just days, and their following ones were hyped up by critics and listeners alike. Understandably, there was a lot of hype around their debut project, and it’s finally here. Spreading 40 minutes of material ... read more

Charli XCX - Pop 2
yeah riskr i FINALLY reviewed it: #1 (also go follow him he's about to hit 150)

In many ways, Pop 2 is a perfect description of Charli's fourth mixtape - it’s like a reinvention of the pop genre, and its experimental qualities are much to its benefit. Yeah, the project is a bit rough around the edges at parts, but it’s a great project from some of the most boundary-pushing artists in pop today.

The tape’s opener, “Backseat”, opens with some nice, spacey supersaws ... read more

thank you, SOPHIE.

my very first introduction to experimental music was actually partially through you - flume's "hi this is flume", and you've created some of my favorite music of all time. i don't know if i'd even be listening to 90% of the music i do currently without you.

no artist death has really hit me this hard. i listened to "it's okay to cry" this morning and almost teared up. i don't know what to say. i've never been a diehard fan, but thank you for your ... read more

Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
how does one manage to make an album that is both deeply disturbing and sounds both like a meme

also shoutout to mary turner mary turner thats like one of the most terrifying songs i've ever heard

Madlib - Sound Ancestors
Sorry for the short review, I just don’t have too much to say about this project.

Madlib is a legendary hip-hop producer, most famous for his collaborations with MF Doom (rest in peace), J Dilla (also rest in peace), and Freddie Gibbs. This album was shaping up to be one of my most hyped albums of 2021, featuring arrangement by Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), but unfortunately, it didn’t hit nearly as hard as I would’ve liked it to. Although some of the tracks were very ... read more

Weezer - OK Human
Edit: 83 -> 88. It's just too good.

Weezer is a Californian rock band famed for releasing 2 great albums and then becoming more inconsistent than nearly any other band in existence. They’ve released everything from masterpieces to jokes, but most of their records fit somewhere squarely in the middle. Although I’m not familiar with or nostalgic for Weezer’s music - my first exposure to their music was with this album’s lead and only ... read more

Porter Robinson - Look At The Sky
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:35 PM.
I was sitting in an office chair, my feet up on my desktop computer underneath my desk. Madeon had just finished his set at Porter’s Secret Sky virtual festival, and I was a bit tired from headbanging. I had Twitter DMs open, messaging my friend (@paper2224, go follow them) about the show, when Porter Robinson came on. As he opened his set, playing a mix of Ico’s “Heal” and his “Something Comforting”, I sat back, ready for ... read more
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