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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.

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33 comments

  1. [12]
    TooFewColours Link
    My chart Has anyone else listened to Holly Herndon's new LP? I'd love to hear what people think. First time listening to Binary Star, but I thought it was pretty shitty. Everything else here is...

    My chart

    Has anyone else listened to Holly Herndon's new LP? I'd love to hear what people think.

    First time listening to Binary Star, but I thought it was pretty shitty.

    Everything else here is really solid, and would reccomend to anyone to check out.

    4 votes
    1. krg Link Parent
      Damn... I listened to so much Masters of the Universe some years ago... 😭 Haven't heard Holly Herndon's new EP, but her last album was damn solid. πŸ‘Œ

      Damn... I listened to so much Masters of the Universe some years ago... 😭

      Haven't heard Holly Herndon's new EP, but her last album was damn solid. πŸ‘Œ

      2 votes
    2. [5]
      cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
      Yup. It's fucking phenomenal. I have listened to it 4 times already and raved about it multiple times on Tildes discord. I had never heard of her before, but after it was mentioned in the weekly...

      Has anyone else listened to Holly Herndon's new LP?

      Yup. It's fucking phenomenal. I have listened to it 4 times already and raved about it multiple times on Tildes discord.

      I had never heard of her before, but after it was mentioned in the weekly album release topic I just happened to pick it pretty much at random as something to listen to while I did the song.links, and fell in love with it. I even meditated to it yesterday and it totally mind-fucked me, especially Extreme Love (you will know why if you listen to it). I was about to post in here about it but, lo and behold, it was already mentioned by the top comment! :P

      p.s. LFTL: Holly Herndon - PROTO.
      @krg, I highly recommend you check it out too.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        TooFewColours (edited ) Link Parent
        I've always been a sucker for 'chopped vocals' (or whatever you call it), but the use of a live choir gives it a totally different resonance. I've been listening to Caroline Shaw's 'Partita for 8...

        I've always been a sucker for 'chopped vocals' (or whatever you call it), but the use of a live choir gives it a totally different resonance. I've been listening to Caroline Shaw's 'Partita for 8 Voices' a lot recently by coincidence, and I think PROTO somehow manages to take that very human (and also very fun) vocal sound and make it entirely synthetic. I guess that's what's clever about the album, it somehow still feel strangely humane at the core, almost like the AI singing back is crying for help or something, and the choir triggers that sense of communal ritual that brings something tribal out in you - like sitting around a fire, except it's batshit.

        edit: also if you like a more stripped down sound but keeping that 'ritual' vibe, I'd definitely recommend Forest Sword's 'Compassion'

        1 vote
        1. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
          Ditto. I love vocal heavy Mashups and Glitch music in general, which is why Holly Herndon's new album caught my eye even though I had never heard of her before. Choral music, Opera, A Capella and...

          I've always been a sucker for 'chopped vocals'

          Ditto. I love vocal heavy Mashups and Glitch music in general, which is why Holly Herndon's new album caught my eye even though I had never heard of her before. Choral music, Opera, A Capella and even Tuvan throat singing are up there for me too. I seem to enjoy pretty much anything with human vocalization (even heavily distorted) as the primary, predominant or only component, since that hits me emotionally in ways no ordinary instrument seems to be able to, for some weird reason. Speaking of which, since you gave me two really good recommendations that I thoroughly enjoyed (Caroline Shaw - Partita for 8 Voices & Forest Swords - Compassion) here are some kinda randomly cobbled together ones based on your comment that I think you might enjoy as well:

          Madeon - Pop Culture

          Polo - Alice
          Linked bootleg upload since Pogo is unfortunately a raging homophobe... so I don't want to link to the official video

          YUC'e - Future Candy

          Pentatonix - Daft Punk mashup (private performance)

          Sac State Jazz Singers at Monterey - All Along the Watchtower+Battlestar Galactica mashup

          Dub FX - Love Someone

          THePETEBOX - Where Is My Mind?

          And if you haven't already, I would definitely recommend checking out Fleet Foxes, since I suspect they will be right up your alley. Their self-titled album is one of my all-time favorites. It's chamber/choral folk.

          p.s. Some bonuses that are slightly more "out there", so no idea if you will love or hate them. ;)

          Heilung - Alfadhirhaiti
          Heilung - Fylgija Futhorck
          If you dig those I would def recommend checking out their album, LIFA. And Spotify's "Northern Spirits" playlist has a lot of similar stuff too.

          Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir: Tibetan Chants for World Peace
          I often meditate to this one.

          Batzorig Vaanchig - Chinggis Khaan

          2 votes
      2. [2]
        krg Link Parent
        Oh, yea. I will, for sure. This is a cool talk she gave, if you're interested.

        Oh, yea. I will, for sure. This is a cool talk she gave, if you're interested.

        1 vote
        1. cfabbro Link Parent
          Sweet, thanks! I will watch that later tonight after I am done working in the yard. I would definitely be interested to hear her talk about her music, since it's so far out there and totally unique.

          Sweet, thanks! I will watch that later tonight after I am done working in the yard. I would definitely be interested to hear her talk about her music, since it's so far out there and totally unique.

    3. [5]
      vivaria Link Parent
      Bridgerssssssss! Friend! That's one of the albums that gets me excited when I see it in someone else's tastes. Belle and Sebastian too!

      Bridgerssssssss! Friend! That's one of the albums that gets me excited when I see it in someone else's tastes.

      Belle and Sebastian too!

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        TooFewColours Link Parent
        Yes! I somehow overlooked it back in 2017, but Bridgers basically soundtracked my summer last year. Really great to revisit. 'If You're Feeling Sinister' is one of my few personal 10/10s, always...

        Yes! I somehow overlooked it back in 2017, but Bridgers basically soundtracked my summer last year. Really great to revisit.

        'If You're Feeling Sinister' is one of my few personal 10/10s, always as good as the first time I heard it.

        1 vote
        1. [3]
          vivaria Link Parent
          I got lucky and stumbled across CoS giving it an A- back in 2017. It soundtracked my autumn, when I had been going through a really rough time. There were definitely times where I just... laid on...

          I got lucky and stumbled across CoS giving it an A- back in 2017. It soundtracked my autumn, when I had been going through a really rough time. There were definitely times where I just... laid on the floor, fatigued and depressed, and listened to the whole thing front to back. Slam dunk AOTY. It's so haunting.

          You've surely given Better Oblivion Community Center a go, eh?

          (Also, what are your other 10/10s? I'd love to hear em.)

          2 votes
          1. [2]
            TooFewColours Link Parent
            Better Oblivion Community Center washed over me unfortunately. I only heard it the once, but I've never been the biggest fan of Conor Oberst's work. I ought to give it another try. To get over the...

            Better Oblivion Community Center washed over me unfortunately. I only heard it the once, but I've never been the biggest fan of Conor Oberst's work. I ought to give it another try.

            To get over the whole 'no piece of work is perfect' I tend to call album's a '10/10' if they have a personal attachment or story to me. I'd include:

            Arthur Russel - Another Thought
            Burial - Untrue
            Galaxie 500 - On Fire
            Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
            Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
            Joni Mitchell - Hejira
            Nick Drake - Pink Moon
            D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah
            Nas - Illmatic
            Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
            Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
            Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens
            David Bowie - Low
            Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
            Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
            Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
            Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
            Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle - Perils From the Sea
            Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank

            (also I heard John Martyn's 'Solid Air' for the first time yesterday and I'll just say damn)

            3 votes
            1. vivaria Link Parent
              In hindsight BOCC didn't do as much for me as Phoebe's solo stuff, but there's one track on it that stands out and I'd be awful if I didn't nudge you in its direction. "Chesapeake" is the closest...

              In hindsight BOCC didn't do as much for me as Phoebe's solo stuff, but there's one track on it that stands out and I'd be awful if I didn't nudge you in its direction.

              "Chesapeake" is the closest thing that comes to the qualities I liked from Stranger in the Alps.

              (Also, I'll type up my 10/10s soon too! There's some overlap.)

              2 votes
  2. [2]
    eliza Link
    I've been listening to Close to the Edge by Yes on repeat for the last week. I'm gonna get sick of it real quick, but I can't help myself!

    I've been listening to Close to the Edge by Yes on repeat for the last week. I'm gonna get sick of it real quick, but I can't help myself!

    4 votes
    1. mbc Link Parent
      That's my favorite Yes album. If you get sick of it, check out Yessongs which has some great live versions of those songs (and some other good ones.)

      That's my favorite Yes album. If you get sick of it, check out Yessongs which has some great live versions of those songs (and some other good ones.)

      2 votes
  3. mbc Link
    I finally got the money and urge to pick up Prince's 3 CD set The Hits/The B-Sides and I've been listening to that on shuffle. It's great, of course. I do need to be fast with the skip button when...

    I finally got the money and urge to pick up Prince's 3 CD set The Hits/The B-Sides and I've been listening to that on shuffle. It's great, of course. I do need to be fast with the skip button when my son and I listen in the car, because it earns its parental advisory sticker. Most of the songs are fine for kids though.

    4 votes
  4. [6]
    sniper24 Link
    Picked up a new Electronica artist "Danger", ironically by watching a trailer for a libertarian 3D printed gun.

    Picked up a new Electronica artist "Danger", ironically by watching a trailer for a libertarian 3D printed gun.

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      Forgive my obtuseness: why is it ironic? The path between the ideas of freely printing guns and danger is not that long.

      Forgive my obtuseness: why is it ironic? The path between the ideas of freely printing guns and danger is not that long.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        sniper24 Link Parent
        I guess its not ironic, now that I think about it. I guess I meant weird. The artist himself has nothing to do with printing guns, but the circumstances of stumbling on him were odd

        I guess its not ironic, now that I think about it. I guess I meant weird. The artist himself has nothing to do with printing guns, but the circumstances of stumbling on him were odd

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      Deimos Link Parent
      Danger is great. My only complaint is how he titles all of his songs - apparently they're all supposed to be the time that the song was finished. That's a... decent gimmick, I guess, but it makes...

      Danger is great. My only complaint is how he titles all of his songs - apparently they're all supposed to be the time that the song was finished. That's a... decent gimmick, I guess, but it makes it impossible for me to remember anything about individual songs.

      He did a lot of the music for the game "Furi", I'd recommend listening through that soundtrack to see if any of the other artists catch your interest. It's on YouTube here, should be on the various streaming services too. He's also doing the entire soundtrack for the developer's next game (Haven), which I'm really looking forward to.

      1 vote
      1. sniper24 Link Parent
        Its extremely annoying to try to remember which songs you liked, which means I end up listening to whole albums or EP's, which may have been the point

        Its extremely annoying to try to remember which songs you liked, which means I end up listening to whole albums or EP's, which may have been the point

        2 votes
  5. [2]
    Tygrak Link
    I've recently stumbled upon a (indie? emo?) rock band called Cursive and already listened to 2 of their albums like 5 times. The album The Ugly Organ is just awesome, an example of an awesome song...

    I've recently stumbled upon a (indie? emo?) rock band called Cursive and already listened to 2 of their albums like 5 times. The album The Ugly Organ is just awesome, an example of an awesome song from the album is Art is Hard. The second album I have been really enjoying from them is Vitriola. Here's a song from the album, this one is called Ouroboros The band is a bit different to most emo stuff I've listened to so far but it's great and if anyone knows any similar bands, I would love to listen to them.

    2 votes
    1. Eva Link Parent
      Cursive is one of the best ex-Saddle Creek bands! For similar stuff, I'd really recommend checking out labelmates of theirs from the same era.

      Cursive is one of the best ex-Saddle Creek bands! For similar stuff, I'd really recommend checking out labelmates of theirs from the same era.

      3 votes
  6. Eva (edited ) Link
    I've been listening a lot to the latest Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties album over the past two weeks. For those who don't know what that is, it's a (fictional) folk (pop-punk) band from New...

    I've been listening a lot to the latest Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties album over the past two weeks.

    For those who don't know what that is, it's a (fictional) folk (pop-punk) band from New Jersey (Philadelphia), narrating the life of Aaron West (Dan Campbell of Wonder Years fame), produced by Ace Enders (of I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business and The Early November fame).

    I have to say, it's almost a better Mountain Goats album than In League with Dragons was.

    SPOILER BELOW




    Holy shit the last three tracks destroyed me.

    When we were kids I'd console you there, afraid of the dark.
    You were always a seamstress, kept me from falling apart. We held each other in orbit, binary stars.
    It's gonna be hard to let go, I can hear it in the lump in your throat. So, of course, I'm coming home. Yeah, of course I'm coming home. If you need me, I'm coming home.

    Christ, you got tall. You've got your grandfather's chin. I guess your mom's been pretty busy. Why don't you sit with me a bit? If you like that song, then I can teach you it. Come on over to the organ. It's easy, I promise.
    I promise.
    Put your left hand here like that, line up your right, and then it's B to E, C-Sharp Minor and back.
    And hey, I'm sorry about your dad. I watched you during mass; he'd be so damn proud of how brave you've been.

    Out in the garage, to the tune of the evening news, Mom needs her oil changed, it's six months overdue; and I spent those freezing nights, shaking out here with you, holding the flashlight still; guess I learned a thing or two.
    And Colin seems interested, so I act like I'm good at this. So I pull out the plug and let it drain, trying to find the right filter to replace. And I'm doing the wash, and touching up paint.
    I'm tryna be someone you can count on for a change.

    2 votes
  7. tunneljumper Link
    My chart [NSFW album art] I drive for a job so I have a playlist of albums that I listen to every week along with some podcasts; there isn't much new or different from this chart than any other...

    My chart [NSFW album art]

    I drive for a job so I have a playlist of albums that I listen to every week along with some podcasts; there isn't much new or different from this chart than any other week. The only albums that are "new" in my rotation are Magus, Success, Life Metal, Bone Collector, Saturation II, and Halflife. Yes I listen to a lot of DG, it helps pass the time lol

    2 votes
  8. Dovey Link
    Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle performing Mendocino. Is there a more perfect piece of music?

    Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle performing Mendocino. Is there a more perfect piece of music?

    1 vote
  9. krg (edited ) Link
    Been listening to a lot of Geotic and was even inspired to start on a track inspired by his stuff (read: "ripping off"). As with most of the stuff I've been posting, that's just a basic outline....

    Been listening to a lot of Geotic and was even inspired to start on a track inspired by his stuff (read: "ripping off"). As with most of the stuff I've been posting, that's just a basic outline. Gotta add a melody, work on transitions, add a bit more spice, etc...

    Oh, and my chart.

    1 vote
  10. carrotpicker Link
    has anyone else listened to I Am Easy To Find by The National? i've only listened to it twice but i'm absolutely enthralled, it feels like such an exciting addition to their discography. i love...

    has anyone else listened to I Am Easy To Find by The National? i've only listened to it twice but i'm absolutely enthralled, it feels like such an exciting addition to their discography. i love the way the guest vocals are utilized -- i think the AV club put it best in their review:

    Sometimes they spar with Berninger, sometimes they haunt him, and sometimes, as on β€œNot In Kansas,” they throw him a life raft. Because just when it seems as if he’ll drown in his wandering observationsβ€”unstuck in time, references to The Godfather, R.E.M., and Annette Bening unspool against a spare, roundabout guitar lineβ€”a chorus of voices descends like angels from a UFO.

    but above all it just sounds fantastic. the pianos, the strings, the drum machines, the synths, become more than the sum of their parts, sort of thrust into alliance by Berninger's lyrics. maybe i'm just partial to this album (and this band in general i guess) because i'm also a sad sack of shit, but i'm really enjoying it.

    oh and here's a chart of some of my favorites from this year so far.

    1 vote
  11. [3]
    TinmanJones Link
    I've been listening to a lot of Electroacoustic music this week, it's been something I've really been trying to check out. Other than that, just the usual Lo-Fi Indie Slowcore type of music : )...

    I've been listening to a lot of Electroacoustic music this week, it's been something I've really been trying to check out. Other than that, just the usual Lo-Fi Indie Slowcore type of music : ) what about you, OP?

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      Whom Link Parent
      Oh hey, didn't know you were here now :) I've been on a bit of a psych pop binge, going through stuff I've heard before and plenty of new stuff, I'm loving it. My favorite find has probably been...

      Oh hey, didn't know you were here now :)

      I've been on a bit of a psych pop binge, going through stuff I've heard before and plenty of new stuff, I'm loving it. My favorite find has probably been Auralgraphic Entertainment, this sound collagey thing from the 70s which is a hell of a trip. It overstays its welcome a little, but it's still a good ride.

      1. TinmanJones Link Parent
        yeah, I joined this thing about a day ago, it seemed very interesting and fun. Glad to see you're an active member of this community ! and also, dang this looks pretty interesting ! I'm trying to...

        yeah, I joined this thing about a day ago, it seemed very interesting and fun. Glad to see you're an active member of this community !

        and also, dang this looks pretty interesting ! I'm trying to find more sound collage/plunderphonics stuff to listen to because I've been on a kick for that music recently. I'll definitely check this out !