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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2017, 01:41:56 PM »
Yeah, even though the album is already perfect to me, I'm really excited to hear "Strawberry Fields Forever" in there.

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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2017, 11:57:16 AM »
Okay the whole Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane thing was just a rumor but the rest is true.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x-DQBuervc

Damn, it would've been so cool if they made a disc with the two songs on it, though that might not clock out well. It's on one CD version but just tagged at the end. The vinyl version is the album and the second disc are alt-takes of all the songs. $169.99 for the 6 CD deluxe, typical boxset price. Not even any other songs they might've tried at the sessions nor the long built up Carnival of Light. I am interested in the new mix still, it might be better then the original!

$43.99 CAD for the vinyl is the normal price for a two record set. No thanks, I have the purple label copy and the original mono (in so-so shape) that's enough for me. I'd rather get something I don't have. I'll just listen to this stuff when it's on Spotify.
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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2017, 10:43:12 PM »
Sampha– Process

Sampha turns out some great alternative R&B with this record, sounding nearly Radiohead-ish with the jazzy harmonies and electronic grooves. The album is about the death of his mother but takes a more optimistic tone (aside from the apocalyptic "Blood on Me"). Mainly, the album is about how much he loves his mom. It's a pretty neat record. It won't likely end up being my favorite this year, but it sits on that throne currently with the 4 or so releases I've heard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oM1DFL43Lk

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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2017, 05:06:59 PM »
Kendrick Lamar– DAMN.

I had my doubts about this one. The lead single "HUMBLE." I found to be laughably bad at first. It never really grew on me up to the release. Given its sound, I thought that Kendrick would be going in a less ambitious, less original direction and that I would enjoy the album on first listen and never be compelled to listen to it again. The first half of that statement is somewhat true. To Pimp A Butterfly is something of an anomaly in his discography and rap music. His wild idea to just let the entire LA jazz scene in to actually play jazz as well as funk, along with the off kilter R&B and Hip-hop and Wonky stylings of Flying Lotus and Thundercat, was something that would probably only lead to similar results on second try. Instead, DAMN. is more like Butterfly's predecessors, such as the equally good good kid, m.A.A.d city, as well as some of the less jazzy moments on untitled unmastered, a collection of Butterfly B-sides. Like good kid, m.A.A.d city, DAMN.'s production isn't trying to break any new ground, in any conspicuous way. Instead, the album's production is just really good at what it does, most of the tracks somewhat trap influenced, with enough variety and unique flair from each producer to create memorable beats. Thundercat is still there, but doing more traditional bass parts. Instead of playing sax, Kamasi Washington creates string arrangements for the album. This album also boasts some interesting choices of collaborators, ranging from James Blake to Mike Will Made-It to U2. As far as straight rapping goes, Kendrick is at the top of his game, even if he isn't doing anything flashy like the forwards-and-backwards first verse of "These Walls." He uses a lot more of his lower range, which is surprisingly low given the sound of his voice on other tracks. And he hasn't lost his vulnerability, either. His personal struggles are front and center. There's a lot of anger and frustration in the wake of the monster of an election in the US, Trump's presidency, the re-emergence of KKK members in politics, ISIS, and it's fitting that instead of a grand statement, he makes a more insular album about just trying to figure things out. There's a lot to like about this album, a lot of reasons to return. It's still a step down from Butterfly and good kid and I still don't like "HUMBLE.", but it's no slouch of an album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdWY5eQZK7U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9roNTs-Ut-c
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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2017, 11:14:38 AM »
Various Artists– Mono No Aware

A showcase of the talent at ambient record label PAN. Excellently sequenced with each track segueing into the next (even though they're each by different artists) and each artist has a fascinating, unique take on the genre. Very excited to see what this label has to offer in the future. Easily going to be one of my favorite releases this year, and I would recommend to any fans of ambient music or just somebody interested in getting into the genre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STC6XyGVNo0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBIOlSVWcfo


On a similar note, I am also very excited for Gas' Narkopop! Pop is one of my favorite ambient albums and  the samples Wolfgang boi has released are very promising.

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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2017, 12:42:47 PM »
1st QUARTER REPORT! Or something like that. I'll list everything I've heard so far and loosely rate it. Pretty much just doing this for myself but hey. Numbers are of course to change as I've only listened to a couple of these albums more than once.

ALBUMS

Seiko Oomori : kitixxxgaia (9/10)
PASSPO : Cinema Trip (8.5/10)
Kendrick Lamar : DAMN. (8/10)
Charisma.com : Not Not Me (8/10)
Sun Kil Moon : Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood (7.5/10)
Mika Nakashima : TOUGH (7.5/10)
BAND-MAID : Just Bring It (7.5/10)
Haruko Tajima : Haruko ni Umu (7/10)
YUKI : Mabataki (6.5/10)
Nelly Furtado : The Ride (6.5/10)
miwa : SPLASH WORLD (6/10)
Shiena Nishizawa : Break Your Fate (6/10)
Koda Kumi : W Face (6/10)
Michelle Branch : Hopeless Romantic (6/10)
Kaji Hitomi : Naked (6/10)

EPs

E Ticket Production : Rap Show (8/10)
Rinnie Hip : Uraharanwei (7/10)

BEST SONGS

AZALEA : LONELY TUNING
Seiko Oomori : Dogma Magma
Kaji Hitomi : Cover Girl
Aqours : SKY JOURNEY
E Ticket Production : Out Loud
Kendrick Lamar : DNA
Mika Nakashima : Koi wo Suru
Beach Fossils : This Year
BAND-MAID : OOPARTS
Sayuri : Anonymous 

Coming Up

Beach Fossils : Somersault (June 2nd)
Lorde : Melodrama (June 16th)
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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2017, 11:13:10 PM »
Some more albums:

Julie Byrne– Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne turns out some very pretty indie folk. She's a fantastic guitarist and her finger picking patterns bring to mind American Primitive guitarist Robbie Basho as well as psych folk singer Emanuelle Perrenin. Her songwriting is good and there are ambient elements to her work that set it apart from similar artists.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7VH2Q1aqRo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gdO3qebP5E


Priests– Nothing Feels Natural

Priests' brand of surf-post-punk-noise-rock is not only infectious, but the singer sounds like a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Pearl from Spongebob. What's not to like?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXVIjFODaqQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbWfKVBpvZY


Mount Eerie– A Crow Looked At Me

I went into this expecting something like Sun Kil Moon's Benji and Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell, which are both albums by 00s indie folk artists that deal with loss, stripped of their poetic veils and artistic mythologies. In that sense Crow is very much like those albums, with sole member Phil Elverum dealing with the loss of his wife Genevieve to cancer in 2016. But it differs in a couple of ways. Both Sun Kil Moon and Stevens deal with their topic with some distance. Benji is a retrospective on the people Mark Kozolek loved and lost, and Stevens' deals with the death of his mother in a more vague way. You get the impression of multiple points of despair and light in both works. Crow is different. Crow is proximity. Elverum has long been an artist of the microcosmic. Small details make his meaning. Previously, his work has often focused on nature and its intricacies. This album similarly fixes itself on small details, but these details are not pleasant, mystic, or picturesque, though they are sometimes beautiful. I won't give anything away, because they're all important. Elverum also, as a lyricist, is more of a poet than the other two. Stevens can be thought of more as a novelist in most of his work, and Kozelek as a hearthside storyteller. Elverum's handle on language is different however. He still focuses a lot on concrete imagery, yet his wording is graceful. "We are all always so close to not existing at all/Except in the confusion of our survived-bys grasping at the echoes." I find it hard to allot any sort of rating atm. I was not in the mood for something like this. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but I need to come back to it at a more fitting time. In the end, it doesn't really matter whether or not I enjoyed it, but that it was made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8-2VU5tebg


Kelly Lee Owens– Kelly Lee Owens

This record almost went unnoticed by me. Almost. I heard about it in some thread and bookmarked it for later. Thankfully I gave it a listen. Kelly Lee Owens makes an interesting blend of Tech House and Ambient Pop. The result is sparse but intricate. The album spans from more song-like minimal organ chords/bass drum tracks to full on tech house tracks that use repeated vocal hooks. The final track uses a tambura drone. Something like Grouper meets Disclosure meets Kid A, which is a triple threat for me. Soundwise, one of the most enthralling things I've heard this year along with Mono No Aware and Process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzEaFeIwbuk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdDf2Ib4B64


Tsuru Bit– Blue Ocean Cruise Liner

This album does something I like a lot. It takes influence from summery, beachside city pop artists like Taeko Ohnuki, Tatsuro Yama*censored*a, Seaside Lovers, and Mari Iijima, and assimilates it into idol pop. The sound is not super new. It's been done in other albums, in games and movies (reminds me of the beach level in Sonic Heroes). But this album has a whole lot of it. Too much of it in fact. 16 tracks. But each of them are good and have listen value individually, even if collectively they all blur together. "Get Ready Get A Chance" and "My Victory" are the jamz. Kawaii yet a e s t h e t i c.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jss8IQmakT4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCF8uFXFVJE


So far I would rank the albums I've heard like this:
Various Artists– Mono No Aware (9/10)
Kelly Lee Owens– Kelly Lee Owens (9/10)
Sampha– Process (8.5/10)
Priests– Nothing Feels Natural (8.5/10)
Julie Byrne– Not Even Happiness (8/10)
Seiko Oomori– kitixxgaia (8/10)
Kendrick Lamar– DAMN. (8/10)
Thundercat– Drunk (7.5/10)
Pile– A Hairshirt of Purpose (7.5/10)
Tsuri Bit– Blue Ocean Cruise Liner (7/10)
Jans Lekman– Life Will See You Now (7/10)

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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2017, 12:12:47 AM »
Ah, and Paramore has a new single!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEB6ibtdPZc

It's way more pop than they've ever been, but with lots of new wave influence. I definitely get XTC and 80s Paul Simon vibes. The production is real cool, with lots of different 80s tropes.

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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2017, 09:11:08 AM »
That was cool, not a great great song but enough to make me want to hear the album. I should listen to their self titled first...but you know. Paramore have come some way since the emo days.

Bob Dylan released his three record cover album Triplicate recently. Pretty well all pre-Elvis America tunes. I find that hilarious and badass, Bobby is just churning out these cover albums because he can. I might listen to it but I don't know that I can handle an hour and a half of old man Bob. 2 hours of Mark Kozelek reading his phone diary was fine but...

Also Blue Ocean Cruise Liner sounding like Seaside Hill Zone means it will probably be my favorite album of 2017. I love that sound! I must hear that.

The other day I was like, cool I'm gonna go to HMV and get DAMN. Wait. R.I.P. HMV. Also the physical comes out tomorrow anyway so I ordered it on the Amazons. Also they're filling HMV with an ACTUAL RECORD STORE and it will be open pretty soon. I certainly would rather shop at the local one, but we'll see how prices and selection are.

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Re: 2017 in Music
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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2017, 10:07:33 PM »
^I'll check it out

WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA– SUPERMAN

Great electropop release from Japanese group WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA. The production is heavily electronic, but feels very organic with its various percussion textures and reverbs. KOM_I's voice, whether she sings or raps has a comforting tone, and the mix is very effective. I don't have much else to say aside from pretty great album. "Onyankopon" is the jamz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HreWJNDezc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP4ERPsuyCU

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Re: 2017 in Music
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2017, 09:32:20 PM »
I've seen that album come up a few times, one day.

Damn, Kendrick is destroying the charts right now. 600k sold in a week (In comparison the Chainsmokers hit #1 with 200k in first week sales the previous week), and every track on the album is on the Billboard 100. "Humble" finally knocked "Shape of You" from it's lengthy #1 streak. Still, it's one of the weaker tracks ("Lust" is my least favorite), and I can't imagine every hearing it on the radio. "DNA" debuted at #4 though.

Listening to the album for the third time now, it gets better. After hearing his last two albums, and fresh off my second listen of Good Kid, it can't compare to the movie like scale of that album or the massive ambition of To Pimp a Butterfly. But it has a tone of it's own, and by having these songs which are easier to take in out of context of the record, it's strengths are more on a track by track basis. The latter half of the album is supreme. It's more casual, but is still heavyweight.

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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2017, 11:38:47 PM »
I'm glad it's him on the charts. Even if it's not his best song at #1, he deserves that recognition. And it definitely beats "Shape of You" even still.

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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2017, 06:52:39 AM »
Oh ya. It's nice when good artists hit #1. "Shape of You" makes me want to vomit everytime I hear that awful and stupid chorus. I think it's absolutely horrific. "Humble" is such a weird hit though. What is everyone hearing I wonder? It's better then what other rappers are doing yet it's not even as commericaly viable as "Love" or other tracks. I like when oddities hit #1 it's way more interesting then another awful pop song.

But when an artist like Kendrick hits #1 that is the people choosing the music.

Also The Idol Formly Known as Ladybaby released their Pelo single, which is pretty good. The Seiko Oomori penned b-side "Lady Baby Blue" is not too bad, even if the melody sounds like something I've heard a few times. These two are just fine without Ladybeard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwcK4ZHrG_o

Stop the presses. Nana Kitade is releasing a new album on May 3rd! I pre-ordered that the instant I heard about it. Violet Blaze, her first solo album since 2009. The Teenage Kissers had some good tunes but it's nice to see Nana on her own again. Her new single is a fun pop tune. I hope for some more rock like her old stuff, but this sounds good to. Nana looks like a completely different person these days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgUYNv_Crwk
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