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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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  1. asoftbird
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    Lots of Opeth - most namely, Watershed and Blackwater Park. Fantastic albums, bordering melodeath and very proggy. l've been listening to Viikate since this morning, as l just received 4 LPs in...

    Lots of Opeth - most namely, Watershed and Blackwater Park. Fantastic albums, bordering melodeath and very proggy.

    l've been listening to Viikate since this morning, as l just received 4 LPs in the mail (Kuu Kaakon Yllä 10y anniversary and Noutajan Valssi).

    It's a very unusual musical style that's probably best described as Finnish melancholy + Finnish tango + metal. Bit Surf-ish too. Very melodic and warm sound.

    A few links:
    Viikate - Kerran

    Viikate - Pohjoista Viljaa

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  2. ThatFanficGuy
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    I've discovered Royal Republic. And when I say "discovered", I mean it's a fuckin' treasure I found. So far, I've only heard the albums Weekend Man and Club Majesty. Club Majesty has a disco-ish...

    I've discovered Royal Republic. And when I say "discovered", I mean it's a fuckin' treasure I found.

    So far, I've only heard the albums Weekend Man and Club Majesty.

    Club Majesty has a disco-ish vibe, and it plays really well with whatever other influences there are. It's one of the few albums that don't rock my world but are, nevertheless, really nice to listen to in the background, when I'm working. It's usually rather more black-and-white for me. Maybe I just didn't have enough good albums on yet.

    Weekend Man is described as "hard rock" on Wikipedia... eh, I dunno. It's definitely on the harder side of rock, but after Rollins Band few things come up as "hardcore". Regardless: it's very good. Even the tamer, softer tracks are melodic in their own, rock-y kinda way.

    In particular, I may have found my personal hymn: Walk!. Not only is it pure modern hard rock at its finest, it also speaks to me on a personal level. I walk everywhere I can, for hours, as often as I'm able to. If I travel somewhere for a holiday, I walk there most of the time, until my feet hurt – and the next day, I do it again.

    When I walked between cities on a holiday – a few hours of walking to pass the time before the flight home – my sister said "Why am I not surprised at alll...".

    And there's a fuckin' song about that.

    The whole album is rockin' pretty damn well. Uh Huh and People Say That I'm Over the Top, in particular, are my favorites.

    3 votes
  3. andre
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    At this very moment, I'm listening to Brookland/Oaklyn by Alias & Tarsier, which is slower tempo electronica with female vocals. Skip Rope by Vuono is a song I've had on repeat lately. I found it...

    At this very moment, I'm listening to Brookland/Oaklyn by Alias & Tarsier, which is slower tempo electronica with female vocals.

    Skip Rope by Vuono is a song I've had on repeat lately. I found it from this snowboarding video while I was up in Keystone last week.

    The last link I'll share is Masters of the Universe by Binary Star, a classic backpacker album.

    2 votes
  4. Dobbie03
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    Lots of Funeral Doom Metal by way of Esoteric, Slow, Ataraxie and Mournful Congregation. Today I am on a Death Metal binge starting with Wachenfeldt from Sweden and then on to a French band called...

    Lots of Funeral Doom Metal by way of Esoteric, Slow, Ataraxie and Mournful Congregation. Today I am on a Death Metal binge starting with Wachenfeldt from Sweden and then on to a French band called Atavisma and to finish off a New Jersey Death Metal band, Replicant.

    2 votes
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    monkey-and-bear
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    I’ve been obsessed with the better part of Oneohtrix Point Never’s discography in the last few weeks, especially Russian Mind and Age Of. The latter might be his most underrated album. It’s...

    I’ve been obsessed with the better part of Oneohtrix Point Never’s discography in the last few weeks, especially Russian Mind and Age Of. The latter might be his most underrated album. It’s admittedly a bit of a mess, which luckily didn’t ruin the album experience for me personally. Apparently, the live show for the album he did back in 2018 made the album make more sense. Age Of is still a great album without it in my opinion.

    Also, I finally have Joanna Newsom’s four studio albums on CD now (very nice and creative packaging, btw.) and Have One On Me quickly became one of my favorite albums of the decade.

    The last one I want to mention is the debut album by the Mountain Goats, Zopilote Machine. I thought it was decent, my biggest problem with it were the inconsistencies (some songs felt like pure fillers) and the fact that several songs didn’t really work with the extreme lo-fi aesthetic as well as others did. It would have been an easy 10/10 for me if everything on the album were as great as the first two tracks. I feel like I could listen to the opening riff of Alpha Incipiens for hours. I’m definitely going to listen to more of their early albums.

    2 votes
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        monkey-and-bear
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        Thanks! I think GoD might be OPN’s best work overall, truly an impressive album. Also, I like the list you linked, I saw some albums on there I wanted to listen to but forgot about for some reason.

        Thanks! I think GoD might be OPN’s best work overall, truly an impressive album.
        Also, I like the list you linked, I saw some albums on there I wanted to listen to but forgot about for some reason.

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          1. monkey-and-bear
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            Mainly the Mitski and Sufjan Stevens records, also Destroyer’s Kaputt and the Kishi Bashi album, someone recommended it to me on /mu/ a few months ago and I remembered it now.

            Mainly the Mitski and Sufjan Stevens records, also Destroyer’s Kaputt and the Kishi Bashi album, someone recommended it to me on /mu/ a few months ago and I remembered it now.

            2 votes
    2. Whom
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      Joanna's records are really well packaged, that's for sure! I don't have any of the CD versions but I have everything on vinyl except HOOM and I could stare at the Ys booklet or the individual...

      Joanna's records are really well packaged, that's for sure! I don't have any of the CD versions but I have everything on vinyl except HOOM and I could stare at the Ys booklet or the individual lyric sheets with Divers forever.

      Seems like she gets everything right :)

      2 votes
    3. milkbones_4_bigelow
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      I love TMG but haven't listened to their first album for some reason. Thanks for giving me the push I needed.

      I love TMG but haven't listened to their first album for some reason. Thanks for giving me the push I needed.

      1 vote
  6. jwong
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    The newest Joanna Wang/王若琳 album "Love is Calling Me 愛的呼喚" There's a few older Cantonese/Japanese/Mandarine covers on it, with some songs covers in multiple languages/versions. It's neat to hear,...

    The newest Joanna Wang/王若琳 album "Love is Calling Me 愛的呼喚"

    There's a few older Cantonese/Japanese/Mandarine covers on it, with some songs covers in multiple languages/versions. It's neat to hear, since I've been listening to webcam-recorded videos of her doing them for close to a year. Nothing seems to be original (my favorite of her music is the original stuff), but I think that's the "tick-tock" of her record deal with Sony.

    《蘋果花 Apple Blossom》has some really nice orchestrally bits to complement the singing.

    The MV for 《我只在乎你 I Only Care About You》 has the feel of a cartoon I'd like to watch.

    1 vote
  7. Dobbie03
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    I finished off my Death Metal binge and got a bit of a hankering for some The Ruins of Beverast. Seriously top notch Atmospheric Black Metal. This guy is in a league of his own.

    I finished off my Death Metal binge and got a bit of a hankering for some The Ruins of Beverast. Seriously top notch Atmospheric Black Metal. This guy is in a league of his own.

    1 vote
  8. cardigan
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    I've been revisiting two "performative" early ambient pieces: Mother Earth's Plantasia by Mort Garson and Soothing Sounds for Baby by Raymond Scott. The former was intended for growing plants, and...

    I've been revisiting two "performative" early ambient pieces: Mother Earth's Plantasia by Mort Garson and Soothing Sounds for Baby by Raymond Scott. The former was intended for growing plants, and the latter for growing children.

    1 vote
  9. ali
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    I have been listening to a lot of the Spotify playlist lofi-Café. It’s ambient music I play while working or doing other stuff. And also the song Down Under by men at work...

    I have been listening to a lot of the Spotify playlist lofi-Café. It’s ambient music I play while working or doing other stuff.
    And also the song Down Under by men at work https://youtu.be/XfR9iY5y94s
    I am currently planning to go to Australia again when I finish my master next year, and this song always reminds me of the fun times I had.

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  10. Dobbie03
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    Misþyrming from Iceland. Algeymi is their latest album.

    Misþyrming from Iceland. Algeymi is their latest album.