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Old 07-08-2021, 05:36 PM   #441
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I can understand why White Chalk is polarizing. Either way, I think you have to admire how fully it realizes its vision. Even the cover art is evocative.
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White Chalk is one of my favorites, almost certainly top 5. I love the execution of its haunting, vulnerable approach. Excellent Halloween and winter music.

Uh Huh Her is probably my least favorite. That one is OK but feels half baked conceptually.
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Pretty shocked that Pitchfork gave a 7.0 this weekend to a band fronted by the son of an iconic rock star.




Nope, not talking about Inhaler, but the new Wallflowers album??

I literally haven't heard one of their LPs in 25 years, since Bringing Down the Horse, but I am curious now.

Of course, the review is by All Music Guide's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, so it's not like one of the young turks on the staff was behind the rating.

Apparently the contributions from Butch Walker's production and Shelby Lynne's backing vocals are part of its success.
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Old 07-10-2021, 07:37 AM   #445
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An impulsive, not overthought Top 10 albums of 2021 so far:

1. The Weather Station - Ignorance
2. black midi - Cavalcade
3. Spelling - The Turning Wheel
4. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
5. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview of Phenomenal Nature
6. Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
7. Genesis Owusu - Smiling with no Teeth
8. 파란노을 [Parannoul] - To See the Next Part of the Dream
9. Feu! Chatterton - Palais d’Argile
10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!

What strikes me is that I wasn’t into any of these artists before this year. Such a good time for new discoveries.
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Angel Olsen doing 80s covers is interference fanfic at this point.
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So I've been in Paris for the last few weeks and have been trying to seek out more local music. I can't even remember how, but I stumbled upon this new Parisian label Cookie Records, and was particularly taken with the band Later. (the period is part of their official name, like fun.). I had trouble finding their stuff on iTunes via a search but I think I found them on an Apple Music and then was able to click through until I could buy their stuff. I don't stream but I'm assuming they're on Spotify? At the moment they have 2 EPs from last year (On Time and The Daydream) with 5 songs on each, I think I paid $4 for one and $3 for the other and have been listening to them a lot.

As luck would have it they played a free show last week as part of this battle of the bands series curated by other local industry people, including one of the members of Feu!Chatterton. It was on a boat docked on the river and while the first act played for about 30 minutes, Later. played for something close to 45, which seemed a little unfair but I was glad to see such a long set.

These guys are super young, if I had to guess I'd say they were all around 21-22? The first comparison I'd draw is to Phoenix, as they sing all their lyrics in English, and sound like the more mellow side of that band, with perhaps a bit more R&B influence. Their instrument setup is somewhat similar too:they don't have a set drummer, there's one member who programs beats and sometimes plays electronic drums with sticks. The singer only sings, there's a keyboardist (who does some nice electronic piano work), and then one member who alternates between bass and guitar (I think he's doing something with loops where he can lay down something with one and then play over it with the other).

Anyway, I think they might appeal to some people here, their sound is definitely not what you would expect from a bunch of kids:







Another Cookie artist I dug is Pastel, who's from French Polynesia, and just put out a new single a few weeks ago. Instrumental but I love the island vibes:




There's Saib, more instrumental:




Cookie Records has their own channel on YouTube and I spent an afternoon just listening to a long playlist of their various singles, and there was a lot of great stuff if you're into this kind of thing, plenty of artists to explore, and it's all recent from the last couple years.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...DsY74WSlnQWCa0
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An impulsive, not overthought Top 10 albums of 2021 so far:

1. The Weather Station - Ignorance
2. black midi - Cavalcade
3. Spelling - The Turning Wheel
4. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
5. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview of Phenomenal Nature
6. Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
7. Genesis Owusu - Smiling with no Teeth
8. 파란노을 [Parannoul] - To See the Next Part of the Dream
9. Feu! Chatterton - Palais d’Argile
10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!

What strikes me is that I wasn’t into any of these artists before this year. Such a good time for new discoveries.
We have a lot of overlap, unsurprisingly:

 
1. Black Midi - Cavalcade
2. Fievel Is Glauque - God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess (I highly recommend this one to Laz if he hasn't heard it)
3. Origami Angel - Gami Gang
4. Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
5. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
6. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
7. Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
8. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
9. Cities Aviv - The Crashing Sound of How It Goes
10. The Weather Station - Ignorance
11. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha
12. Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
13. Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
14. Asian Glow - Cull Ficle
15. Feu! Chatterton - Palais d'argile
16. Your Old Droog - TIME
17. Duda Beat - Te amo lá fora
18. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
19. Armand Hammer - Haram
20. Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons
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19. Armand Hammer - Haram
Billy Woods (half of Armand Hammer) and Moor Mother released a collaborative album at the very end of last year called BRASS. I'd highly recommend it if you dug Haram.
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Billy Woods (half of Armand Hammer) and Moor Mother released a collaborative album at the very end of last year called BRASS. I'd highly recommend it if you dug Haram.
My circle of RYM friends loved this album and thought it was one of the year's best. I've heard it once and it was super interesting but too dense to pull everything out of on one listen. Been meaning to get back to it so I'll take this as a reminder.
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It's a bit fucked that you're all recommending an album by someone who fantasises about eating people.
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Old 07-11-2021, 09:24 AM   #453
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We have a lot of overlap, unsurprisingly:

 
1. Black Midi - Cavalcade
2. Fievel Is Glauque - God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess (I highly recommend this one to Laz if he hasn't heard it)
3. Origami Angel - Gami Gang
4. Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
5. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
6. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
7. Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
8. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
9. Cities Aviv - The Crashing Sound of How It Goes
10. The Weather Station - Ignorance
11. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha
12. Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
13. Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
14. Asian Glow - Cull Ficle
15. Feu! Chatterton - Palais d'argile
16. Your Old Droog - TIME
17. Duda Beat - Te amo lá fora
18. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
19. Armand Hammer - Haram
20. Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons


I’m pretty sure Faye Webster will eventually make it to my list. I’ve only listened to that album once and loved it. Waiting for my vinyl to arrive to check it out again.

That Duda Bear album is so weird for a contemporary Brazilian album, and I couldn’t really get through the whole thing.
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My top 10 so far. I'm sure Lucy Dacus will move up as I give that album additional listens. But I'm very set on my top three at the moment.

1. Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee
2. Julien Baker: Little Oblivions
3. Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend
4. Nick Cave: Carnage
5. The Staves: Good Woman
6. Anna B Savage: A Common Turn
7. Lucy Dacus: Home Video
8. Middle Kids: Today We’re The Greatest
9. Still Corners: The Last Exit
10. Lande Hekt: Going to Hell
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I've really enjoyed the albums by Cassandra Jenkins, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Black Coffee, Genesis Owusu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Leon Vynehall, Tyler the Creator and Modest Mouse.
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Cobbler, given how much you like the Cassandra Jenkins album, you should check out Julia Holter if you haven't already. Her album Have You in My Wilderness has a lot of the same vibes IMO.
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Mate. Please. I own that album! Bought it when it came out, it's delicious. Saw her live at a small venue near me as well. Never got around to properly listening to her more recent album though. But thank you for the recommendation.
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I do think that cobbler might like the Spellling album I suggested some time ago, even if it hasn’t been the hit I expected it to be.
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I've heard it twice and thought it was good but I just didn't care for her voice much. Kind of a Britney Spears delivery but much higher, almost Kate Bush-like. Instrumentally it was fascinating, particularly the baroque elements, but I wasn't a big fan of her use of dark synths on some songs. It got a little soupy.
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Her vocals are really peculiar so I hear you. It’s a make or break thing for enjoying this album. I don’t mind them, and have grown to enjoy her quirkiness. She’s clearly having fun. I found the music so interesting though, especially the first half of the album. The opening trio is one of my favorite song sequences this year. It really changes gears in the second half (I didn’t realize it until getting the vinyl, disc 1 is called “above” and disc 2 “below”, which is possibly too on the nose but accurate - made me think of Kate Bush’s Aerial in that way, or even Hounds of Love). I think she could have edited it down a bit, it’s quite long and a couple of songs are a bit too indulgent (I’m thinking of those synth heavy ones). But still a delight all around.
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