Saturday, January 6, 2018

Top Albums/Tracks of 2017


1. Kendrick Lamar: Damn.
2. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
3. St. Vincent: Masseduction
4. Forest Swords: Compassion
5. SamphaProcess
6. Broken Social Scene: Hug of Thunder
7. Yumi ZoumaWillowbank
8. Kelly Lee Owens: Kelly Lee Owens
9. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
10. Blanck Mass: World Eater

HM. The Other People Place: Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café [2017 Reissue]

This year in music for me was a barbel-ed affair. I listened to a lot of albums during the first quarter of 2017 and then in last half of the year. The albums represented here left bold traces in time or catapulted themselves by the force of their sonic presence. They have marked 2017 and left an indelible impression.

T R A C K S *

My preferred method of music consumption is listening to albums from start to finish. I believe song selection and album order are under appreciated dimensions in which artists construct unique listening experiences. From inside those spaces, these are the 2017 tracks that stood out the most from the comfort of my headphones.

Not ranked. Scroll for complete list.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bon Iver: 22, A Million. Review Sketch.

year: 2016 

tones of: james blake, kanye, anohni

genre samples: electronica, country, folk, pop, jazz

music: experimental, soft, layered, misty, beautiful, multifaceted, wispy, quiet, melodic, robotic, artistic

favs: 22 (over s∞∞n), 8 (circle), 666 ʇ, 33 "god"

notes: yet another album this year that just does so much in only about half an hour. amazing.

score: 8.5/10

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Young Thug: No My Name Is Jeffery. Review Sketch

year: 2016

tones of: lil wayne (the "lean" version), travis scott, rich homie quan, mystical

genre samples: trap rap, southern rap

music: ecstatic, cool, chill, smoky, bouncy

lyrics: unwieldy, disrespectful, improvised, shocking, unpredictable, cubist, irreverent

vocals: stretched, bruised, scratchy, intense, flexible, floating, uninhibited  

favs: pick up the phone, swizz beatz, riri, guwop, harambe, kanye west

notes: don't mind the dress or the mumbling, thugger is the real deal 

score: 8/10

Saturday, October 29, 2016

LNRDCROY: Much Less Normal. Album Sketch

year: 2014 (#latebutgreat)

tones of: shlohmoh, four tet, floating points

genre samples: electronica, house, ambient, 80s glam pop, techno

music: detailed, hopeful, intricate, scattered, light, slow, satisfying, airy, elaborate

favs: slam city jam, i met you on bc ferries, if sylvia built a house, telegraph my love

score: 8.5/10

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Whitney: Light Upon The Lake. Album Sketch

year: 2016

tones of: local natives, iron & wine, modest mouse, the black keys (softer side of), the shins

genre samples: indie folk, country blues, indie rock, california rock

music: crooning, calming, weightless, beautiful, nostalgic, warm, soothing, shimmering

lyrics: longing, lost, confused, cathartic, contemplative, hopeful, reflective, mature

favs: no woman, light upon the lake, golden days, dave's song, red moon

notes: similar to Cardinal from Pinegrove this album only takes 30min to do what is does so well

bonus: lead singer is a former member of unknown mortal orchestra (a 2015 favorite, with a way overdue review)

score: 8/10

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Frank Ocean: Blond. Album Sketch

year: 2016

tones of: prince, stevie wonder, youth lagoon, the beach boys

genre samples: electronica, r&b, psychedelic rock, world music, indie folk

music: experimental, sparse, warbled, robotic, stripped, futuristic, trippy, echoing

lyrics: introverted, honest, emotive, earnest, visual, experiential, realistic, authentic

best guest: andre 3k delivers yet again on another frank ocean track [solo (reprise)]

favs: self control, nikes, seigfried (lyrics), nights, futura free, be yourself

bonus: i was asked about it, and yes, i think this is def better than Channel Orange

score: 9/10

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Range: Potential. Album Sketch

year: 2016

tones of: four tet, shlohmo, darkside

genre samples: indie electronic, post-dubstep, electropop, uk grime

music: energetic, uplifting, busy, human, delightful, positive, buoyant, downtempo

lyrics: inspiring, resolved, vulnerable, exposed, raw, determined

favs: copper wire, florida, five four, falling out of phase, no loss, 1804

bonus: all the vocals on this album are from unique posters that the range mined from the vast depths of youtube. and their stories make the album's documentary truly fascinating: Superimpose

score: 8.5/10