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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus. Review Sketch



year: 2018 

tones of: bright eyes, perfume genius, freddie mercury, modest mouse, bruce springsteen, velvet underground

genre samples: lo-fi rock, 
rock and roll, blues, folk, art pop

music: harsh, naked, metaphorical, dark, epic, fantastic, visual, real, lyrical, marching, edgy, anxious, direct, 
unhinged, extraterrestrial, tragic, raw, crunchy, melodic, weird, comedic, supernatural, busy, triumphant, renegade, theatrical, personal

favs: suck the blood from my wound, no place, maraschino red dress $8.99 at goodwill, i lost my innocence, peel my orange every morning, come here get away from me


score: 8.5/10


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Miguel: War & Leisure. Review Sketch


year: 2017 

tones of: michael jackson, prince, bruno mars (but better)

genre samples: alternative r&b, soul, funk, pop, rock n roll


music: groovy, energetic, attitude, bold, sincere, 
sexy, funky, grown, beautiful, head rocking, swaggerific, futuristic, smooth, confident

favs: pineapple skies, 
city of angels, now, sky walker, told you so, caramelo duro

note: not sure how i missed this in Dec. (unacceptable really), but i sure am glad i circled back around to check in on miguel for no reason. #latebutgreat

score: 8.5/10


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rhye: Blood. Review Sketch



year: 2018 

tones of: sade, wet, sinead o'connor

genre samples: alternative r&b, new age, soft pop


music: soothing, relaxing, smooth, chill, lovesick, clean, soft, delicate, romantic, melancholy, safe, silky, graceful, lush

favs: count to five, taste, waste, softly


note: if you listen to this album you might think rhye "sounds like a woman" but nope, he's a cisgender male. rhye is the artistic vehicle of one, michael milosh.

score: 7/10


Friday, March 9, 2018

Pendant: Make Me Know You Sweet. Review Sketch



year: 2018 

tones of: huerco s., gas

genre samples: 
electronica, ambient, experimental

music: simple, pleasant, plodding, subtle, quiet, foggy, ominous, vast, professional, heavy, soothing, dark, spacey, weird, static-y, tense, ambiguous


favs: 
bbn-uwz, aae-kzt, vvq-ssj, kvl-lwq

notes: pendant is one of the alter egos of music producer, huerco s. electronic artists hiding in plain sight seem to be one of my listening themes lately or perhaps just a feature of the genre. disappointingly enough you can't find this album on spotify or soundcloud but thankfully it is available on youtube along with links to support the artist by buying the record (only $10 bucks!). 

score: 7.5/10


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A.A.L.: 2012-2017. Review Sketch


year: 2018 

tones of: dj koze, moby, nico jaar, darkside, fuck buttons

genre samples: house, disco, soul, 
electronica, dance, funk

music: fun, danceable, glitchy, joyous, 
tricky, exhilarating, scratchy, warm, kinetic, technical, funky, energetic, precise, soulful, wild

favs: i never dream, you are going to love me and scream,
 now u got me hooked, flash in the pan, cityfade

notes: a.a.l. stands for against all logic which is apparently one of a handful of pseudonyms nicolas jaar operates under (he also does work as a member of darkside, just friends, bladerunner, and daftside). this seems to be a collection of his work under that moniker from 2012 to 2017.

score: 8/10


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lil Wayne: Dedication 6 Reloaded. Review Sketch


year: 2018 

tones of: lil wayne (early dedication weezy)


genre: rap, trap rap, southern rap, mixtape rap


notable samples: kendrick (loyalty), lil pump (gucci gang), migos (slippery), makavelli (hail mary), jay-z (family feud), playboi carti (woke up like this)


lyrics: metaphorical, clever, graphic, egotistical, sophisticated, comical, layered, crazed, imaginative, irreverent, violent, structured, visual, disrespectful, complex, absurd

favs: bloody mary, for nothing, back from the 80's, 
big bad wolf, family feud, back to sleep

notes: the question and answer style responses from Weezy at the end of every track on here are priceless. this is also one of the better outings he has had in quite some time in terms of lyrical content, consistency, and delivery.

score: 7/10


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

SW.: The Album. Review Sketch.



year: 2017 (broader release)

tones of: floating points, todd terje, LNRDCROY, skee mask, shlohmoh


genre samples: jazz, techno, house, electronica, drum'n'bass, ambient


music: sonic, chaotic, impromptu, encircling, busy, layered, improvised, echoing, ecstatic, reverberating, drum saturated, off beat, lively, high frequency, colorful, crowded, energetic


favs: untitled a1, untitled b3, 
untitled d3, untitled a2, untitled c1, untitled d2

notes: apparently SW. never names anything, hence all the generics - from the album name, its tracks, and cover, down to his own moniker. i consider this just an unconventional but principled way of letting the music speak for itself.


score: 8/10