Candy Claws - Hidden Lands
79
Mannn I was gonna make the Hidden Valley Ranch joke but someone already made it before I could. Even an entire year ahead of the game @ShoegazeJake

With Ceres and Calypso being to me, their magnum opus, I had pretty high hopes for the precursor. And… okay even though it’s their weakest album, it is still pretty fucking good. Songs like In the Deep Time take me to another world. I think that’s easily the best song on here but Sunbeam Show, Hiding, A Strange Land Discovered ... read more

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
87
Phebe in the middle of nowhere

This was a cool ass record. I don’t think it was miles better than her first one but DAMN I love the vibe to this thing. I feel like she steps away from the folky sound and goes a little more indie rock and ambient with some stuff. I’m totally down for that though because holy shit it results in some awesome moments. I Know The End is probably the best Phoebe song imo. That ending is absolutely incredible. The title track is beautifully crafted. Kyoto ... read more

Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
86
Heavy shark vibes

Okay wtf I kinda think this is an underrated NIN album. This shit hits hard. There are very few dull moments because it changes up its sound palette a lot while still sticking to an overall vibe. That’s kinda hard to do but there are so many songs I’d come back to on this thing. Either The Hand That Feeds or The Collector is my favorite song. It is a CRIMEEE to see The Collector rates that low whattttt?? It goes so hard and it’s one of the songs that really ... read more

Candy Claws - In the Dream of the Sea Life
82
Yeah this actually feels like you’re floating with the fishies

Bruh Candy Claws are so good. Im so glad I’m checking out these other records by them because they are great. This one doesn’t do anything super extraordinary but it just provides a super enjoyable and peaceful listen with some amazing textures and melodic moments. Also the album flow is godly. Starry Fighter Kite brings such a fucking vibe oh my goddddd. It’s so pleasing on the ears I love it. It’s ... read more

Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
74
Gotta love when you’re dancing and someone shoves their hand in your face

I don’t like this record quite as much as some other people do, but it’s still a pretty good time. The production is great, and the instrumentals are really cool. The one thing that doesn’t work for me that much is the voice though. Idk it’s just not my thing really. There still is a lot of charm to this record, and yea I can see the homies dancing lol. The Wheel and Blast Doors are ... read more

Talking Heads - Fear of Music
75
More like trust in music bitch

This was a litttleeeee bit of a disappointing Talking Heads record. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s a good album. But I was hoping it would be up there with some of there other best albums and it kinda wasn’t for me :/ Mainly the back end. Still, with songs like Cities and especially Life During Wartime, there are some head bops as always. Life During Wartime is so undeniably catchy oh my god. I also thought I Zimbra and Air are both ... read more

Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
85
I thought it was Phoebe BRIDGES for the longest time

Oh my god this is so pretty. JEEZ. Wow. This is my first album with Phoebe and I am so impressed with how well textured, layered and well performed this album is. My big worry going into this was that the sound would get stale quickly but that didn’t happen at all. Phoebe has a beautiful voice. The production is so awesome and I love all the small little details with the synths. Motion Sickness is the big song off this album but ... read more

Candy Claws - Two Airships / Exploder Falls
85
Literal ear candy: The Album

Jesus this sounds so fucking good. I’m gonna be checking out the rest of the Candy Claws stuff because I love Deep Time so much, and this is a fantastic start. For an instrumental noise pop project this is fucking awesome. I do think that the song Exploder Falls is a lot more memorable than Two Airships but even then this thing is just a delight to listen to. It is so well textured, layered and detailed. The hook on Exploder Falls is so earwormy. It goes ... read more

Low - I Could Live in Hope
68
Damn this is desolate as hell

Hot take time..? Kinda maybe? Idk this is the kind of Slowcore I’m not the biggest fan of, but it’s still not bad. This feels like a Red House Painters but just not quite as memorable to me. The one song that absolutely saves the album for me is Lullaby, which I genuinely think is fucking beautiful. The whole album a pleasant listen and it can serve as good music to chill to but idk if I’d return to it outside of that one song and also possibly ... read more

of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
74
Tame Impala’s step brother?

Of Montreal’s sound is pretty damn cool. Some things don’t click with me but even then there is a lot here that does. Parts of this album feel very electro pop inspired. The singing is pretty good and interesting at parts. A Sentence Of Sorts in Kongsvinger is super fucking catchy like oh my god. Probably my favorite cuz it’s just a memorable bop. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal is 11 minutes and o don’t get tired of it, even though it ... read more

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
83
When the Talking Heads get smushed into the side of a building

This album is fun as hell. I love all of the sound play, I love the exciting nature of David Byrne, and the production is unbelievably good. Every song is a bop, with only a couple small moments feeling a little subpar to the rest. I’m Not In Love is one of my favorite Talking Heads songs. It has such a unique structure. Artists Only has to be up there as well, with it being one of the most interesting and strange songs from ... read more

At The Drive-In - in/CASINO/OUT
79
Did you win the lottery?

As a precursor to one of the best post hardcore albums of all time, this shit still slaps. The one thing that holds it back for me are that the vocals could be a little bit better at points to me. If that was a little better, this would be very close to that RiC. But even with that, this album is a really good stepping stone. The main highlight on this album for me is the song Lopsided. Insanely catchy, the singing is the best on the album, and the riff slaps. Even ... read more

King Krule - The OOZ
70
Oozin some bangers

King Krule is an artist that one of my friends is in love with and he’s been talking about him forever, so I finally checked this out. Overall I enjoy this album, but it’s a little bit of a mixed bag. Definitely more positives though, especially with songs like Emergency Blimp (which is my favorite I love it sm), Slush Puppy, Half Man Half Shark and Biscuit Town. I like the dudes voice because of how unique it is. I just find there to be a handful of songs that ... read more

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
74
Not my favorite Protomartyr album but it’s a solid one. There just aren’t too many moments that jump out at me and get me to freak out, but it’s an enjoyable for sure. I honestly don’t have too much else to say. It might grow! Love this group tho

The Devil in His Youth - 7.5
Cowards Starve - 8.5
I Forgive You - 7
Boyce or Boice - 8
Pontiac 87 - 7.5
Uncle Mother’s - 7
Dope Cloud - 7
The Hermit - 8
Clandestine Time - 8
Why Does It Shake? - 7.5
Ellen - 7.5
Feast of ... read more

Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
84
Imma be adding a bunch of these songs to my night drive playlist

WOAH this album is cool. I love the vibe here. I’ve known a couple of these songs for a long while but hearing the full thing was really cool. I definitely think the first three songs are the best on the album, but I still like the whole experience of this project. Haunting vocals, good production and interesting songwriting. Turn It Off has one of the most satisfying loops to me. Don’t even ask me why, cause I ... read more

Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
80
I’m turning into an Apple

Even if this isn’t the most impressive and consistent Fiona Apple album, this is still a very solid release. I’d say her other albums feel a bit more like they are in the same atmosphere, while this one feels a little more jagged. I mean the recording process for this was really scattered, and you can kind of hear that a little. My dad had this album on CD, and that’s where I first heard some of these songs. A song like Window is just amazing, ... read more

Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
89
The horse is still sparkling

Holy fucking shit. This is one of the most tragically beautiful endings to one of the most understated indie artists of the 90s and 2000s. This hit me in the feels so much. Sparklehorse is an artist that I’ve been following for awhile, and hearing his full discography has been an absolute pleasure, with Its a Wonderful Life having some of my favorite songs ever on it. For some reason I never checked this record out until now. But arriving to his fourth and ... read more

Weyes Blood - And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
93
I need to gather all the synonyms for beautiful and that would be this album

This is one of those albums where the hype was very much warranted because holy shit, this is amazing. I think I even like this more than Titanic Rising. This year has been so good for music wtf, what a time to be living ig. This album is just otherworldly. Seriously, god. It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody got me to tear up, and it was the first fucking song. God Turn Me Into a Flower is just beautiful ... read more

The Cure - Disintegration
87
I don’t like Spider Man anymore

Issa classic. I’ve known plenty of the songs off this album for awhile but recently I had my first full listen with this thing and yeah it’s fucking good. I will say the entire album didn’t completely blow me away every second, but nonetheless I’m still impressed with the atmosphere and the innovation for an album like this coming out in 1989. Lullaby is my favorite song on here. It’s surprisingly catchy, and super creepy in ... read more

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
94
“What’s your favorite album?”

“Oh easy. My favorite album is, When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king
What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight And he'll win the whole thing 'fore he enters the ring There's no body to batter when your mind is your might So when you go solo, you hold your own hand And remember that depth is the greatest of heights And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land And if you fall it won't matter, ... read more

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