What have you been listening to this week?
What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)
Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.
You can make a chart if you use last.fm:
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I've recently been trying to find metalcore songs with positive or encouraging lyrics (or at the very least, non-violent without references to self harm). My success was mixed (metalcore bands do love their edgy lyrics) but I founds some very cools songs while I was at it and decided to put together a playlist. Here's some of the stuff that I found diving down this rabbit-hole.
Beartooth - Sunshine! - Not actually that positive, except for the choruses which have kindof a cool, upbeat vibe. This was the song that started me looking, though.
Beartooth - Riptide - This one was really cool. It reads to me like the writer is making the decision to stop mining his depression for musical content, but to try to be more hopeful. This is the one that made me think that I might actually find some "Hopecore" music.
AVOID - Can't Take This Away - Not supremely positive lyrics, but immaculate vibes and a very cool post-hardcore style with some interesting pop influences. Also, there's a pretty ripping sax solo out of nowhere toward the end.
Electric Callboy - WE GOT THE MOVES - Okay so I already knew Electric Callboy, but you can't leave them out of a playlist about metalcore music with good vibes.
Crown the Empire - Aftermath - Really solid metalcore song with chill vibes and hopeful lyrics. Solid Hopecore material.
Veil of Maya - Aeris - I've been devouring Veil of Maya's discography lately, and this song is a solid addition to the Hopecore canon.
Saviour - Modern Curse - I was on the fence about this one. The lyrics are more bittersweet/melancholy than I would like, but the vibes are great.
I just happened to be listening to Northlane's Quantum Flux and it reminded me of your comment, so here's another few to add:
Hey, thanks for your comment. Quantum Flux is actually on the playlist, so nice callout! I didn't include it in my comment mostly because I couldn't think of anything interesting to say about it, but it pretty much perfectly fits the vibe I was going for.
I've never really listened to August Burns Red much, and I'm not really sure why or how I've avoided them up to this point. I think they must have gotten big in a time where I wasn't listening to as much of this kind of music. This song is really good though, enough so that I feel like I'm running out of excuses. Also, that cowboy section is so out of nowhere in the most amazing way.
That Make them Suffer track is an awesome song, and the vibe is amazing. The lyrics were cool but they have me on the fence about putting it on the playlist even though I really like it. There's a bit too much of that "embracing death" thing that a lot of heavy bands go for even when they're being kind of positive. When I was making this playlist I have been thinking a lot about a family member of mine who has struggled some with suicidal thoughts, and thinking about music that wouldn't feed into that. I don't think this track is that bad when it comes to this, certainly better than a lot of core music, but I'm iffy on it even though it's an awesome song.
I haven't heard of Geronimo, I'm gonna have to check that track out when I get a chance!
I've been obsessively listening to DODONGO, a mini-album by Louie Zhong of Zelda tunes in the style of Ratatat.
You had me at Ratatat. This is so good.
Bandcamp link for anyone else who wants to listen.
Right? Louie puts out a lot of interesting stuff, and he has a great ear for mixing disparate genres together. I'm also a fan of his 70's Italo-disco Mario album. The second track is so good, being one of the best tracks from SMB2, and an excellent reimagining.
I'm pretty blown away by how much of a banger this is! Any idea if this is AI mashup or manually made? If this is him behind a synth he has some pretty incredible skills!
Manually made afaik. Check out his back catalog; he's really prolific, and some of his videos show him playing.
Melody's Echo Chamber - I've been listening to these guys for a while now.
More Hiromi. Here are a couple of older videos:
Kung Fu World Champion - insane synthesizer magic
Old Castle, By the River, In the Middle of the Forest - a duet with Chick Corea. (It's not a medley, it's a song from one of her albums.)
Friend of mine who's into Drill/Grime in the UK was showing me these two 'sends' (diss tracks basically) between Stormzy and Wiley, two pretty huge OGs in the scene, and while reading up on the beef between them makes my head spin cause it's so complicated (most of it seems incredibly petty as well haha), both tracks go pretty hard:
Eediyat Skengman 2 - Wiley
Stormzy - Disappointed
Four Tet - Three Drums