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Traps you into a nocturnal haze of the 80's and takes you on a romantic spin with its atmospheric take on sophisti-pop, and done so well. Fans of Sean Nicholas Savage, rejoice.
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Absolutely brute in execution but with passion, thrill and emotion thrown into it. An essential addition to their prolific canon of records.
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Literally no fucks given on this, an unrelentless, brazen followup to Joy but this time, a Molotov thrown straight up to the ears with its muscular drums and destructive atmosphere. They had made their most abrasive, cathartic release to date that never lets up until its last track. I like my post-punk fast, blunt and not subtle, personally.
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The new record from Colombian polymath Lucrecia Dalt combines fractured rhythms and diaphanous vocal work to surreal heights, almost cobweblike in structure that ultimately results to a phantasmal world you could (or not) lived in. The cacophony of sound in this was strangely hypnotic.
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Herculean and bombastic soundtrack to a time-bender of a film. A combination of temporal, heady electronics with precision coupled in operatic string arrangements that enhances the movie experience. This is the only soundtrack you'll need to hear this year.
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The Welsh electronic artist Kelly Lee Owens released her self-titled record in 2017 to much acclaim, a star-making debut that blends techno with multitudes of styles and tropes that garnered positive response from critics and listeners alike. At such time, she struggled personal turmoils and emotional distress which prompted her to explore pain and anxiety through musical ideas and channeling it to different heights. With the postponement of this current release and the ongoing pandemic, it ... read more
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The fifth record from vocalist Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas subtly evokes teary-eyed folk and laidback shimmer laden with breezy atmosphere, almost gauzy and dream-like. Clearly a culmination of their work from the past, Plum showcases their distinctive sound with dream-pop sensibilities, from its first four singles released in advance, primarily the majestic Breadwinner that evokes rich tapestries of sound and words. Prescient and multi-faceted, this material is a hushed ... read more
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I've always had a sweet spot for these guys as they were the first live concert act I've saw and I still immensely remember it with joy. This return brings back the familiar thump and groove from their first effort, Settle and with so much guest features, from Kelis to slowthai, Mick Jenkins to Common that succeeds to pull us back unto the dance-floor. Perhaps a return to form or a honing of their skill, they are at best in bringing out the best of these club-ready anthems to life with such ... read more
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This new effort from Dutch-Iranian singer-songwriter's title was taken from a mythical Persian horse and casts a sensuous, intriguing spell on the listener. These tracks moves effortlessly from trip-hop to Gothic, acoustic to classical that often defies genre identification and works really well on her commanding, deft vocals. Just like her bruise-stricken eye and gold-laced décolletage, we finally had taken peek inside her layers, gently and assuredly, to her subconscious.
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A spare, achingly inspired re-contextualization and earlier versions of tracks from her 2019's All Mirrors' that results unto a more stripped back, minimalist atmosphere with Angel's introspective vocal front and center. Two singles were released prior to this (and new songs too) echoes yearning and poignancy to the track list. The sparseness of this record works well with its delicate, nocturnal vibe that seamlessly mirrors her debut effort, Strange Cacti. Such a beauty of a record here that ... read more
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Rather too familiar and safe pop return that fails to deliver. She is a good pop star but this is not it.
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This was an unexpected surprise and definitely a must hear if you love smooth and sleek RnB jams that are straight up party starters. She reminds me vocally of Tei Shi. Really good stuff!
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A clear culmination of his sun drenched material doused in nostalgia, this new record from Ernest Greene aka Washed Out spins gauzy, woozy synth works paired with his distinct vocals, more mature than ever. It suffers from lack of variation however makes up for its moods of longing and scintillating melodies. At times, this is the record we need during this time, just to get lost inside our rooms into a distant world unlike our own.
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A classic band making a comeback is always welcome and this new record from the English rockers has its refreshing take on the retro rock they were known for. It has its dense, dramatic quality with great sonding instrumentation and production with a few tracks that could prove to be underwhelming but it doesn't stop it to be better, as the tracklist moves along a dynamic pace. This is isolation rock at its best.
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Alanis has that inspiring yet evocative way to channel the 90's sound with much eloquence and heartbreak. This new record of hers is a welcomed return to form and mainly guitar and piano driven, it features her mature vocals uniquely her own and reminds listeners that she is still here, with her familiar grunge-tinged sound we're all accustomed to.
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A spacious, expansive followup to their debut Dogrel, this post-punk effort delivers a thrilling, frenetic maturity unto the material with consistency and sophistication. Harnessing cohesion and clarity within the tracks that revolves around the success from their first record, they've yet added a dynamic range and clarity from this tracks, delivering a sound so energetic and disquieting. A deft, darker listen that proves a giant leap to a band reaching for the abyss, and gets it done with ... read more
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The third record from Canadian electronic auteur Jessy Lanza finds her at her most playful and wonky, combining techno and UK bass music with the intimacy of 90s RnB with sheen of synthpop. Her command in tone and propulsive energy propels this record to remarkable heights, never lets down and her pleasingly sweet vocals front and center. A welcome addition to her canon, with laserlights on of course.
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A sign of a mature, introspective Taylor is highlighted all over this record that packs an emotional wallop without drowning on the saccharine. Aaron Dessner does wonders on the production of this and heightened with sweeping lyricism that takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions. This time, Taylor never writes about being heartbroken, but by her heart itself.
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I'd ride that donkey happily. One of the bolstering post-punk releases of the year that heightens the uncertainty, the sense of doom that permeates our daily lives. Inject this record on my veins, please.
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A progressive and captivating experiment of sound and naturalism composed of acoustic guitars, organic drums and native instruments that immerses listeners to a different kind of black metal, that makes you feel you were inside the Amazon, but far beyond and spiritual. Richly textured and electric release from Brazil.
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