AOTY 2021
tinymusiccritic

tinymusiccritic

Walthamstow, London, UK

Best of 2021

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On “Redemption”, the closing song from Backxwash’s Polaris Prize-winning previous album, God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out of It, Ashanti Mutinta, in reckoning with her own conception of personal forgiveness, weighed up “the pain that I’ve done compared to the pain I’ve undone” in her life. In a direct echo, her new album, I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses, opens with a looped sample of a man dispassionately espousing the ... read more

Recent Reviews

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On a stage in the Dutch town of Tilburg in 2016, the sea-sick harmonics of ‘Wretched World’ rang out over the heads of assembled festival-goers. Originally off the 2009 Converge album, Axe to Fall, and featuring members of Genghis Tron, the song was now being performed under the Roadburn festival-exclusive banner of ‘Blood Moon:’ a collaborative supergroup featuring all four members of Converge, Stephen Brodsky of (amongst countless others) Cave-In, Mutoid Man, and Old ... read more
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I forced a bot to listen to 10,000 hours of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's music on a loop and then write its own Godspeed album and this was the result.

It's still great of course, if lacking in surprises. I would like to watch a supercut of images taken from Adam Curtis documentaries, of people dancing to the slow heat death of western democracy, soundtracked by this album. That would be perfect.
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Ryann Slauson has a voice that cuts like a white hot, serrated knife. It’s a panic attack rendered in the medium of air pushed desperately and violently over vocal cords; a nerve-shredding alarm call for the soul. It’s also likely to be the make-or-break element for listeners new to the formerly Brooklyn-based, now scattered-across-the-states, emotive and heavy post-hardcore band, Closer.

With their preternaturally promising 2018 debut, All This Will Be, Ryann Slauson ... read more
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"Existence is horror."

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Austin post-genre, unholy noise peddlers Portrayal of Guilt have spent the last five years making the kind of relentlessly bleak, extreme heavy music that could have its central thesis statement be boiled down to the assertion at the top of this review. Your response to that statement – c’mon, who doesn’t love a little self-discovery via multiple choice? – should ... read more
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Respire’s new album Black Line opens with the sound of 2020: a garbage fire crackling in the night. Our collective hopes and dreams rise like embers, glowing briefly only to be extinguished, to disappear into the void.

Perhaps, it’s because Respire are a Canadian DIY collective, but upon hearing “Blight”, the instrumental prologue to the band’s third and arguably most accomplished abum, I was immediately drawn to recall that iconic car on fire with no driver at ... read more

Shoutbox

Jul 9, 2019
I tried Baroness. seems quality but not my thing. thanks for the rec.
Feb 11, 2019
found an interesting Drone Metal record at my local music shoppe, not sure if you're into that sort of thing, but the atmosphere on these two tracks is pretty dope

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/139661-dull-knife-dull-knife.php
Feb 11, 2019
Thanks for adding the somn record to the site! Wouldnt have been able to find such a gem without ya!
Nov 10, 2017
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Sep 16, 2017
Thanks so much!
Sep 10, 2017
So you've heard the Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent album?
If so, tell me more please ^^
Sep 12, 2015
Finally you are back, I remember you left your Tumblr page.

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