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The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore

I sense some folks are chomping at the bit so let's get this party started.

Think of this thread as a gigantic pile of records. This is our pile - there are many like it, but this one is ours. Don't waste a second worrying about what anyone else thinks. Got a record, even an EP that you've been spinning since it dropped? Find some random album from a /mu/ sharethread that blew your hair back? Throw it on the pile. Tracks for the stacks, just keep dropping them in the comments. If it's enough for you to spin repeatedly or to buy, it's worth sharing.

Stick to one comment per album, so that each album can be voted on individually. All we need is the artist and album name, brief/generalized genre tag (folk, metal, rock, indie, etc) and a listening link. Oh, and just a short sentence-to-paragraph size plug telling us what you're digging so much about the record. No need to go all war-and-peace on it, listening is always better than reading. ;)

Don't forget to name a favorite track (or two, three) from the record so the rest of us can easily dip a toe in.

No singles as top level comments. I'll leave a special comment below (mark it as joke/noise to keep it at the bottom) and you can drop your singles in there. The circumstances around covid-19 have lead to an absolute glut of singles coming out this year, even from artists who don't usually bother. I have a hunch it's worth keeping track of this year.

What we need here is albums, ears, and votes. We've got two months until the next thread, these things are best done slow so people can fit the listening time with their schedules. Dust off your favorite listening nook and make a date with some excellent albums, you might even feel better. :)

Bookmark this post if you plan to keep tossing albums in over the next two months. Also bookmark it if you want to comment and vote on the albums, find the best. We need all the ears we can get, and there is no such thing as layman opinions in music - you know what you like and that's all you should think about when voting.

Ignore it if you don't, because this thing is going to bump a lot as it builds.

If the album is on Bandcamp then that's the preferred stream source. If it isn't, then go with whatever streaming link floats your boat. You'll find most albums are on youtube (as playlists) this year due to their progress replacing google play music with youtube music. Hardly ideal listening with all the ads, but it is the most accessible to people who aren't paying for streaming services.

Right now this is more about building the library than it is about voting and vetting on the posts. We'll have another thread for that during the first week of December, and to collect late releases. The goal is to get the final set up as nice easy-to-consume playlists on most streaming services, and that's a job for late December, not right now.

When voting - upvote if you dig it, simple as that. If after listening, you think it's epic as hell and should be at the top of the list (a must-listen pick) then hit it with your exemplary token and thank the folks who brought you all the shiny gems to brighten up this wreck of a year.

2020 releases only, of course. Some albums may have been released in 2019, then pulled down and re-released in 2020. Those are just fine too since we didn't do one last year. Generally best to err on the side of inclusion.

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  1. [7]
    Bauke
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    ↓ THE META CORNER ⚠️ ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK ↓

    (Also, @Amarok, should there be a meta comment to reply to for meta stuff, since I have some more thoughts now.)

    ↓ THE META CORNER ⚠️ ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK ↓

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      kfwyre
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      Thanks for putting this together, @Amarok! I wasn't expecting it to launch this soon but I'm excited that it did! I'm going to listen through my own collection of 2020 purchases over the coming...

      Thanks for putting this together, @Amarok! I wasn't expecting it to launch this soon but I'm excited that it did! I'm going to listen through my own collection of 2020 purchases over the coming weeks and add the ones I feel are most valuable here.

      Also, I should mention that your positive, inclusive, and affirming attitude towards this process and people's tastes is a breath of fresh air. My preferences have never really aligned with critical consensus, as I lean very heavily towards pop (yes, it's probably a gay thing). I've had to step away from or just outright avoid of a lot of online music discussions and hangouts on account of the gatekeepy, paternalistic attitude I often get towards what I like, so I very much appreciate that you're welcoming all tastes with open arms.

      6 votes
      1. Amarok
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        One of the best things you can ever do for yourself as a music lover is get over genre bigotry. Usually, something has to box your ears from so far outside of left field that it leaves you stunned...
        • Exemplary

        One of the best things you can ever do for yourself as a music lover is get over genre bigotry. Usually, something has to box your ears from so far outside of left field that it leaves you stunned for that to happen, and then it gets easier not to care about details like the style. I can thank the album I picked my handle from for doing that for me way back in college.

        People always say things like 'I hate country' or 'Rap is crap' - that's your stereotypical edgy teen listener who is just growing a pair of ears. You'll sabotage yourself less if you think 'I haven't heard any country I like yet' and leave open the possibility that sometime, one you like may find you.

        11 votes
    2. [3]
      Amarok
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      Sure thing, I think you just volunteered to be it!

      Sure thing, I think you just volunteered to be it!

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        Bauke
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        Sure, that works! I had one question: do submissions count as a vote? Since we can't vote on our own comments and stuff.

        Sure, that works! I had one question: do submissions count as a vote? Since we can't vote on our own comments and stuff.

        3 votes
        1. Amarok
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          Definitely. Submitting something to this thread is the strongest vote there is. :) The scores should take a back seat to completeness in my opinion. There's no artifial cutoff of 10 or 50 here...

          Definitely. Submitting something to this thread is the strongest vote there is. :)

          The scores should take a back seat to completeness in my opinion. There's no artifial cutoff of 10 or 50 here like with most music publications. Think of it more like a pass/fail system, and exemplary tokens are getting an A+ and gold star on your final exam. Exemplary means if someone asks you for the name of a great 2020 album, it'd be on your own short list for best of the year.

          2 votes
    3. tomf
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      Here's a quick post generator I made in Sheets. Definitely not amazing, but it'll quickly pull the meta data, links and allow us to mark the tracks we want to feature.

      Here's a quick post generator I made in Sheets. Definitely not amazing, but it'll quickly pull the meta data, links and allow us to mark the tracks we want to feature.

      3 votes
  2. [6]
    Amarok
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    The Totally Hot Singles of 2020 Dropbox Leave 'em as replies to this comment. No need for reviews. Think of this like a gigantic community playlist.

    The Totally Hot Singles of 2020 Dropbox

    Leave 'em as replies to this comment. No need for reviews. Think of this like a gigantic community playlist.

    7 votes
  3. [2]
    Amarok
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    Pokey Lafarge - Rock Bottom Rhapsody Hot Jazz / Swing / Country / Blues / Americana This slice of roots music is on my short list for album of the year. I'm getting Tom Waits vibes from Pokey and...

    Pokey Lafarge - Rock Bottom Rhapsody

    Hot Jazz / Swing / Country / Blues / Americana

    This slice of roots music is on my short list for album of the year. I'm getting Tom Waits vibes from Pokey and I love everything about that. I'd pick a favorite track except they all kick so hard there's no point. This is one of the albums where it's best to just click play and let it take you away, start to finish.

    3 votes
    1. suspended
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      I didn't think anything like this could exist nowadays! What a great find. Buying it now.

      I didn't think anything like this could exist nowadays! What a great find. Buying it now.

      2 votes
  4. kfwyre
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    The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers Released: July 10, 2020 Genres: indie rock, power pop Recommended tracks: Mars, the God of War You Are a Beam of Light Just Shy of Sure This is a bit of a slower burn...

    The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers

    • Released: July 10, 2020
    • Genres: indie rock, power pop

    Recommended tracks:

    1. Mars, the God of War
    2. You Are a Beam of Light
    3. Just Shy of Sure

    This is a bit of a slower burn than their debut -- less immediately catchy but with more that grows on you over time. I think the whole thing is great, but I feel the back half is where it really soars. The three tracks I chose are the last three on the album, and I feel they are a good audio summary of the different styles of songs that The Beths do well.

    3 votes
  5. [4]
    Erik
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    Poppy - I Disagree Released on: 10 January 2020 Genre: Pop, metal Definitely listen to: Bite Your Own Teeth Fill The Crown BLOODMONEY My opinion: Poppy started her alt pop career doing some more...
    • Poppy - I Disagree
    • Released on: 10 January 2020
    • Genre: Pop, metal
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. Bite Your Own Teeth
      2. Fill The Crown
      3. BLOODMONEY
    • My opinion: Poppy started her alt pop career doing some more bubblegum, electro pop stuff. But even on her 2018 release Am I Girl? you could tell she wanted to play with something a bit heavier and tap into some of her darker lyrical impulses with matching instrumentals. Enter I Disagree, which included screeching metal guitar solos, chugging djent riffs and even a hardcore "blegh" from the pint sized pop star. While Poppy still leans a little bit on her poppy sensibilities, she switches it off and back into metal so fast, it can feel dizzying, but never out of place. The only downside to this album is that it's over too soon and Poppy has already signaled this will be her only foray into this style of album.
    3 votes
    1. bilbodwyer
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      LOVED this album. It was constantly unexpected and left me with a huge grin

      LOVED this album. It was constantly unexpected and left me with a huge grin

      1 vote
    2. [2]
      rish
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      I found her from the short videos she makes. The music is pretty good. Old music videos are more pop, like Interweb. I lost interest after the Mars Argo controversies (not right place to discuss...

      I found her from the short videos she makes. The music is pretty good. Old music videos are more pop, like Interweb. I lost interest after the Mars Argo controversies (not right place to discuss that). Didn't know of the new album, thanks.

      1 vote
      1. Erik
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        You are right we shouldn't get too into the Mars Argo thing too much, but you may be interested to know that Poppy fired Titanic Sinclair before this album came out and there were implications of...

        You are right we shouldn't get too into the Mars Argo thing too much, but you may be interested to know that Poppy fired Titanic Sinclair before this album came out and there were implications of allegations that he did largely the same thing he did to Mars to Poppy.

        This album has a track that seems to be about the Mars situation, Anything Like Me, seems to be Poppy singing some stuff from Mars perspective and some from her own. And Bite Your Own teeth appears to be a break up song, as "bite your own teeth" is a line from Titanic's favorite poem, and is being said back to him mockingly.

        1 vote
  6. [4]
    Bauke
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    Make Them Suffer - How To Survive A Funeral (Youtube) Released on: June 19th, 2020. Genres: Heavy metal / metalcore / melodic death metal Definitely listen to: How To Survive A Funeral Bones Erase...
    • Make Them Suffer - How To Survive A Funeral (Youtube)
    • Released on: June 19th, 2020.
    • Genres: Heavy metal / metalcore / melodic death metal
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. How To Survive A Funeral
      2. Bones
      3. Erase Me
    • My opinion: I think Make Them Suffer would be best described as a bunch of demons and one angel that work together to create heavy hitting songs... And surprisingly it works extremely well as How To Survive A Funeral proves it (again) with its heavy riffs and melodic choruses.
    2 votes
    1. [3]
      Erik
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      This was a pretty good album, but really fell off from their previous output. Worlds Apart was basically my idea of a perfect deathcore album. It was a perfect blend of their original sound with a...

      This was a pretty good album, but really fell off from their previous output. Worlds Apart was basically my idea of a perfect deathcore album. It was a perfect blend of their original sound with a more accessible song writing and production. I think if I had never heard Worlds Apart, I would probably like this a lot more. I would say probably the weakest stuff is Sean's clean singing, which wavers from bad Chester Bennington rip-off to just flat out second hand embarrassment inducing.

      But I can't deny I've spun it a lot, 26 times according to my play counter. Definitely one of my favorites of the year even if I am pretty hard on it.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        Bauke
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        I guess we tend to look for flaws more in things we like, or something like that anyway. I mostly agree with what you're saying though, Worlds Apart is a solid 10 out of 10 and (for me) at least...

        I guess we tend to look for flaws more in things we like, or something like that anyway.

        I mostly agree with what you're saying though, Worlds Apart is a solid 10 out of 10 and (for me) at least feels a lot more cohesive than How To Survive A Funeral, but HTSAF is still a good 9 or 9.5 out of 10.

        (By the way, in Uncharted from Worlds Apart, that section when it transitions from the heavenly piano playing into the "UN-CHAR-TEEEEED" scream near the end, is fucking glorious. Legit goosebumps every time, that shit hits me in a different way.)

        1 vote
        1. Erik
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          I know exactly the part you're talking about. That album just delivers on so many levels. Think I'll probably listen to it again tonight lol

          I know exactly the part you're talking about. That album just delivers on so many levels. Think I'll probably listen to it again tonight lol

          1 vote
  7. [2]
    Tygrak
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    Dogleg - Melee (Spotify, Youtube) Emo / Kind of Punk Released March 13, 2020 Sample - Wartortle This is more of punky aggresive emo record, there isn't too much of the twinkly midwest emo...

    Dogleg - Melee (Spotify, Youtube)
    Emo / Kind of Punk
    Released March 13, 2020

    Sample - Wartortle

    This is more of punky aggresive emo record, there isn't too much of the twinkly midwest emo influence. This is the first LP of the band, they previously had 2 great EPs, both of which I greatly enjoyed so I was very much looking forward to them releasing this. Great album from start to finish.

    2 votes
    1. Erik
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      Oh, man. This is exactly what I was listening to like fifteen years ago. I should have figured people were still making music like this today, but I was still surprised at how fun this nostalgic...

      Oh, man. This is exactly what I was listening to like fifteen years ago. I should have figured people were still making music like this today, but I was still surprised at how fun this nostalgic look back at emo, post-punk type music was.

      1 vote
  8. [2]
    Bauke
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    In Hearts Wake - Kaliyuga (Multilink) Released on: August 7th, 2020. Genre: Metalcore / hardcore Definitely listen to: Worldwide Suicide Moving On 2033 My opinion: In Hearts Wake is back to remind...
    • In Hearts Wake - Kaliyuga (Multilink)
    • Released on: August 7th, 2020.
    • Genre: Metalcore / hardcore
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. Worldwide Suicide
      2. Moving On
      3. 2033
    • My opinion: In Hearts Wake is back to remind us of the problems the world individually and collectively faces, and that it's time to start acting on them now. And shred while doing so.
    2 votes
    1. Erik
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      This is such a great step forward for In Hearts Wake. I remember trying to get into these guys with Earthwalker and Skydancer and they never quite stuck. But this one actually hits really well....

      This is such a great step forward for In Hearts Wake. I remember trying to get into these guys with Earthwalker and Skydancer and they never quite stuck. But this one actually hits really well. The riffs feel more rhythmic in this, something you can groove to or just full out head bang. I think they occasionally slip more into hard rock mode rather than hardcore here, which feels a little out place. But can't deny it feels a little bit like Nothing More, which is not a bad place to be.

      1 vote
  9. boredop
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    Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns Braufman's first album, Valley of Search, was a cult classic of the '70s NYC experimental loft jazz scene. It would be 45 years until the followup, and it was...

    Alan Braufman - The Fire Still Burns

    Braufman's first album, Valley of Search, was a cult classic of the '70s NYC experimental loft jazz scene. It would be 45 years until the followup, and it was worth the wait. Braufman leads a quintet full of fire, alternating beautiful melodies and screaming free jazz energy. Braufman's long-time musical partner Cooper-Moore returns on piano from the original album, and second saxophonist James Brandon Lewis matches Braufman's intensity note for note.

    tracks: Any. They're all great.

    2 votes
  10. boredop
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    Chip Wickham - Blue To Red Wickham is an expatriate from the famed London modern jazz scene, now based in Madrid. His solo albums owe much to the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane, with his flute...

    Chip Wickham - Blue To Red

    Wickham is an expatriate from the famed London modern jazz scene, now based in Madrid. His solo albums owe much to the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane, with his flute wailing over layers of harp, electric piano, percussion and cosmic vibes.

    Tracks: Blue To Red, Route One, Interstellar

    2 votes
  11. boredop
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    Quin Kirchner - The Shadows And The Light A diverse drum-heavy collection of modern jazz from the fertile Chicago scene, led by the fantastic drummer Quin Kirchner. Covers of Sun Ra and Elvin...

    Quin Kirchner - The Shadows And The Light

    A diverse drum-heavy collection of modern jazz from the fertile Chicago scene, led by the fantastic drummer Quin Kirchner. Covers of Sun Ra and Elvin Jones mixed with Kirchner's originals make for a sonic journey of groove and musical freedom.

    Tracks: At This Point In Time, Moon Vision

    2 votes
  12. boredop
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    Omer Avital - Quantar: New York Paradox Israeli-born bassist Omer Avital leads a band of fellow Israeli transplants in New York. Nice agressive acoustic jazz, grooving hard throughout. Track:...

    Omer Avital - Quantar: New York Paradox

    Israeli-born bassist Omer Avital leads a band of fellow Israeli transplants in New York. Nice agressive acoustic jazz, grooving hard throughout.

    Track: Shabazi, It's All Good (Late 90's), Bushwick After Dark.
    (Note: full album not available for streaming on Bandcamp. Youtube playlist is here.

    2 votes
  13. Amarok
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    Unleash The Archers - Abyss (full album on Youtube) Melodic Power Metal / Progressive Rock / Deathcore The Archers are short one bassist this year and make up for it with a dash of electronic...

    Unleash The Archers - Abyss
    (full album on Youtube)

    Melodic Power Metal / Progressive Rock / Deathcore

    The Archers are short one bassist this year and make up for it with a dash of electronic influences that are giving me 70s flashbacks. Absolutely relentless, and refreshingly not the speed-for-speed's sake mindset that throws composition and nuance out the window. For a toe dip look no further than the opener, Abyss and the banger, Faster Than Light. This is a story/sequel to their first big album, Apex (2017) which is also excellent.

    1 vote
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    1. [2]
      Erik
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      So I went to find this in Apple Music and I saw it has it tagged as released in 2006. But then I saw you also have it listed as a 2006. I believe this thread is supposed to be 2020 releases only.

      So I went to find this in Apple Music and I saw it has it tagged as released in 2006. But then I saw you also have it listed as a 2006. I believe this thread is supposed to be 2020 releases only.

      2 votes
      1. tomf
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        ha. That's so true. I'll ditch it. I misread it all. I'll post some NEW HOT GEMS soon.

        ha. That's so true. I'll ditch it. I misread it all.

        I'll post some NEW HOT GEMS soon.

        2 votes
  15. kfwyre
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    Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA Released: April 17, 2020 Genres: pop rock, dance pop Recommended tracks: XS Akasaka Sad Snakeskin Pop with panache. Catchy, energetic, and covers a lot of ground, with...

    Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA

    • Released: April 17, 2020
    • Genres: pop rock, dance pop

    Recommended tracks:

    1. XS
    2. Akasaka Sad
    3. Snakeskin

    Pop with panache. Catchy, energetic, and covers a lot of ground, with nearly every track able to stand well on its own. Also I absolutely love Sawayama's portrait for the album art.

    1 vote
  16. Erik
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    Ocean Grove - Flip Phone Fantasy Released: 13 March 2020 Genres: Alt metal, alt rock revival Definitely Listen To: JUNKIE$ SUNNY NEO My opinion: If you've ever wondered how a younger generation...
    1. JUNKIE$
    2. SUNNY
    3. NEO
    • My opinion: If you've ever wondered how a younger generation would re-invent 90s alt-rock, look no further. Former metalcore outfit Ocean Grove went through a huge personal personal change, losing their unclean vocalist and one of their guitarists. Rather than trying to re-capture what those two brought to the table, they completely evolved into an alternative metal outfit that is as retro sounding as the name of the album suggests. I honestly thought I would not like the band any more after hearing they both lost their screamer and were changing their sound, but instead this ended up being arguably my favorite album of the year.
    1 vote
  17. [3]
    Bauke
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    Tatreal - art of rally OST (unfortunately not completely available on Youtube) Released on: September 23rd, 2020. Genre: Synthwave Definitely listen to: Rising Star Run Do It For Takumi! My...
    • Tatreal - art of rally OST (unfortunately not completely available on Youtube)
    • Released on: September 23rd, 2020.
    • Genre: Synthwave
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. Rising Star
      2. Run
      3. Do It For Takumi!
    • My opinion: Only released less than a week ago with the release of art of rally, the OST by Tatreal is a 51 track (4 hour 21 minute runtime) monster that creates the perfect atmosphere for a stylized game about the rallying scene from the 60s through the 90s. It has become one of the few games where I have kept the music on, as I would usually play my own.
    1 vote
    1. kfwyre
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      This is great so far! Can't vote for it yet because it feels wrong to vote for something I haven't fully listened through a couple of times (and at 4+ hours it's going to take me a couple of...

      This is great so far! Can't vote for it yet because it feels wrong to vote for something I haven't fully listened through a couple of times (and at 4+ hours it's going to take me a couple of sittings even just for a first listen), but initial impressions are very positive. This is a definite buy for me on the next Bandcamp Friday.

      1 vote
    2. kfwyre
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      Bought this the past Bandcamp Friday and have been listening through it ever since. It's too long to parse as an album but I've just been shuffling it and keeping it on in the background while I...

      Bought this the past Bandcamp Friday and have been listening through it ever since. It's too long to parse as an album but I've just been shuffling it and keeping it on in the background while I work, and it's wonderful. Great energy and vibe. I've now enjoyed it enough to vote for it here, and I'll probably pick up art of rally at some point based on the strength of this alone.

      Great find, Bauke!

      1 vote
  18. krg
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    pretty electronic pop music : Pop Music / False B-Sides II by Baths love the sounds this guy incorporates into his music and, for someone who started simply making beats, his lyrics are pretty...

    pretty electronic pop music :

    Pop Music / False B-Sides II by Baths


    love the sounds this guy incorporates into his music and, for someone who started simply making beats, his lyrics are pretty poignant/profound.

    1 vote
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    krg
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    pretty ambient electronic/vocal music : Healing Is A Miracle by Juilanna Barwick barwick's music is like a massage for your mind. just close your eyes and listen.

    pretty ambient electronic/vocal music :

    Healing Is A Miracle by Juilanna Barwick


    barwick's music is like a massage for your mind. just close your eyes and listen.

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      kfwyre
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      This is on my sleep playlist. It's rich and relaxing, and its bass hits don't come through on my crappy Bluetooth sleep headphones, so I don't have to worry about their power disturbing me as I...

      This is on my sleep playlist. It's rich and relaxing, and its bass hits don't come through on my crappy Bluetooth sleep headphones, so I don't have to worry about their power disturbing me as I drift off.

      On good headphones though, the sonic texture is incredible. The reverb and layering makes it feel like you're inside of a cave.

      "In Light", with Jonsi, is so good. This definitely gets a vote from me.

      1 vote
      1. krg
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        o, ya. She has definitely been getting bigger/deeper (with regards to sound (and I suppose song composition)) in her more recent albums, so I can imagine that being a little jarring if it comes...

        o, ya. She has definitely been getting bigger/deeper (with regards to sound (and I suppose song composition)) in her more recent albums, so I can imagine that being a little jarring if it comes through while sleeping! Her first two are a lot more placid and work better for sleeping, in my experience.

        This was the first album I listened to (and the my first listen of it) when I got new headphones, walking around Pico-Union during golden hour. a quasi-religious experience! I've seen her live a few times... I'm always left entranced.

        1 vote
  20. kfwyre
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    Magdalena Bay - A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling Released: March 13, 2020 Genres: synthpop, dance pop Recommended tracks: Good Intentions How to Get Physical Killshot Pop perfection. Each...

    Magdalena Bay - A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling

    • Released: March 13, 2020
    • Genres: synthpop, dance pop

    Recommended tracks:

    1. Good Intentions
    2. How to Get Physical
    3. Killshot

    Pop perfection. Each track is tighly crafted, well produced, and endearingly catchy. Fun, light, dancey, with some mellower moments that still land. This EP is some much needed brightness and levity in an otherwise heavy and depressing year. All credit on this one goes to @Deimos who introduced me to it months ago. I've had it on repeat ever since.

    1 vote
  21. [3]
    Happy_Shredder
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    The Chats - High Risk Behaviour Punk Rock // Pub Rock These lads are the best fucken thing to come outta queensland ever. They're basically the new AC/DC and when things open up again they are all...

    The Chats - High Risk Behaviour
    Punk Rock // Pub Rock

    These lads are the best fucken thing to come outta queensland ever. They're basically the new AC/DC and when things open up again they are all you'll hear at the footy and your local.

    Best track: 'Pub Feed' because man I just wanna go to the pub smash a parma and sink pints with mates all night long.

    Note: 'Pub Feed' was rerecorded for this album and has a rippa music video

    1 vote
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      Erik
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      This is a lot of fun. I really didn't get AC/DC vibes at all. Much more The Ramones and Bad Religion, which are two absolute favorites of mine. Good share.

      This is a lot of fun. I really didn't get AC/DC vibes at all. Much more The Ramones and Bad Religion, which are two absolute favorites of mine. Good share.

      1 vote
      1. Happy_Shredder
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        Sure that's true, they don't sound much the same. But to me they capture the same larrikin spirit. If you want more AC/DC, check out 42 decibel https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmX1FzhvDY

        Sure that's true, they don't sound much the same. But to me they capture the same larrikin spirit.

        If you want more AC/DC, check out 42 decibel https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmX1FzhvDY

  22. [3]
    vegai
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    Easily the best release of the year is Pure Reason Revolution's comeback album Eupnea. https://music.apple.com/fi/album/eupnea/1494941222...
    1 vote
    1. Amarok
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      Oooo, I love me some PRR. Thanks for sharing that one, if it's up to their previous output it'll be a prog rock masterpiece. <3

      Oooo, I love me some PRR. Thanks for sharing that one, if it's up to their previous output it'll be a prog rock masterpiece. <3

      2 votes
    2. kfwyre
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      It's great. I don't listen to prog much but I do like Pure Reason Revolution. They're great at writing melodies, and I love that the two vocalists sing almost the entire album together in unison....

      It's great. I don't listen to prog much but I do like Pure Reason Revolution.

      They're great at writing melodies, and I love that the two vocalists sing almost the entire album together in unison. It gives the vocals an interesting texture.

      It also feels like they peppered the album with musical easter eggs for fans. It's been quite a while since I've listened to PRR's musical output so I can't quite pick them out definitively, but there are a number of points on Eupnea where I'm reminded of specific moments from their earlier stuff, especially The Dark Third. I haven't sat down and tried to trace them out, but I see them as the band giving tiny nods to their older work.

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    Nicolas Jaar has released three magnificent albums this year, one of which is under his Against All Logic Alias. Against All Logic -- 2017 - 2019 electronic / house / idm / experimental Jaar's...

    Nicolas Jaar has released three magnificent albums this year, one of which is under his Against All Logic Alias.


    Against All Logic -- 2017 - 2019

    electronic / house / idm / experimental

    Jaar's approach to house music produces bold, dirty, yet danceable bangers. Some of the tracks veer into experimental territory that make them unsuited for parties, but they are wonderful in their own right and only complement the more traditional tracks.

    Favorite track: Fantasy


    Nicolas Jaar -- Cenizas

    electronic / experimental

    This record is gorgeous and deserves close listening. Jaar mixes synths, samples, piano, and bass clarinet to create an expansive & emotional soundscape. Every noise feels carefully crafted.

    Favorite Track: Mud


    Nicolas Jaar -- Telas

    electronic / experimental

    Where Cenizas was close and intimate, Telas is ascendant and turbulent. The four tracks each clock in at over 10 minutes and build interweaving themes that lead to unexpected, awe-inspiring sights. In my opinion, this is his best work yet.

    Favorite track: Telahumo

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      Nicolas Jaar rules. Didn't realize he released so much this year!

      Nicolas Jaar rules. Didn't realize he released so much this year!

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  24. kfwyre
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    House of Waters - Rising Released: February 15, 2020 Genres: jazz fusion, world Recommended tracks: Kites Wedding Song Midnight This is a 3-piece band consisting of a percussionist, a bassist, and...

    House of Waters - Rising

    • Released: February 15, 2020
    • Genres: jazz fusion, world

    Recommended tracks:

    1. Kites
    2. Wedding Song
    3. Midnight

    This is a 3-piece band consisting of a percussionist, a bassist, and a hammered dulcimer player. The hammered dulcimer leads the compositions and has a fantastically unique and interesting sound. It's harp-like, but without evoking that stereotypical "angelic" sonic quality that harps have. Furthermore, the instrument is often played incredibly rapidly but, because of its lightness, it doesn't make the music feel frantic. On the contrary, this album actually has a great groove. It's very kinetic but very calm at the same time -- quite unlike anything else I've heard.

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  25. tomf
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    Lo Tom Released: September 11, 2020 Genres: Indie Rock Definitely Listen To: Start Payin' No Margin of Error Don't Look at Me My Opinion: If you're a fan of anything David Bazan has ever come out...
    • Lo Tom
    • Released: September 11, 2020
    • Genres: Indie Rock
    • Definitely Listen To:
    1. Start Payin'
    2. No Margin of Error
    3. Don't Look at Me
    • My Opinion: If you're a fan of anything David Bazan has ever come out with, you'll love Lo Tom's second record. It is another solid record -- but I'm biased. This album was released via kickstarter, of all places, and somewhat crushed the modest goal ($40k on a $25k ask or close to it.) If you like this, you might like his other projects, Pedro the Lion, David Bazan, and Headphones. He's got a range, but it's all within the same taste.
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  26. boredop
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    Ray Suhy - Lewis Porter Quartet - Transcendent An unlikely partnership between death metal guitarist Ray Suhy and jazz pianist Lewis Porter. Suhy is way more than just a metal guitarist,...

    Ray Suhy - Lewis Porter Quartet - Transcendent

    An unlikely partnership between death metal guitarist Ray Suhy and jazz pianist Lewis Porter. Suhy is way more than just a metal guitarist, improvising with comfort and inspiration in a variety of jazz settings. This quartet (with Brad Jones on bass and super drummer Rudy Royston) explores modal post-bop a la Coltrane and groovy Metheny-style fusion.

    Tracks: Mr. Tyner, Determination

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  27. boredop
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    Kahil El'Zabar's Spirit Groove ft. David Murray An aptly named album from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, an elder statesman of the Chicago scene. Atmospheric groove oriented spiritual jazz....

    Kahil El'Zabar's Spirit Groove ft. David Murray

    An aptly named album from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, an elder statesman of the Chicago scene. Atmospheric groove oriented spiritual jazz. El'Zabar has a light and tasteful approach to percussion, leading to a spacious, airy sound. El'Zabar also sings, but the main voice is really the saxophone of jazz legend David Murray, who only gets better with age.

    Tracks: Katon, Songs Of Myself

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  28. boredop
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    The Sorcerers - In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God The London jazz scene strikes again, this time with a pretend soundtrack to a non-existent movie. Imagine a jungle adventure scored...

    The Sorcerers - In Search Of The Lost City Of The Monkey God

    The London jazz scene strikes again, this time with a pretend soundtrack to a non-existent movie. Imagine a jungle adventure scored with tracks from early '70s "library music" compilations. Very groovy stuff.

    Tracks: Sacred Sacrament, Summoning the Monkey God

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  29. tomf
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    SAULT - UNTITLED (Black Is) (Youtube) Released: June 19, 2020 Genres: indie, soul Definitely Listen To: Don't Shoot Guns Down Sorry Ain't Enough Monsters SAULT - UNTITLED (Rise) (Youtube)...
    1. Don't Shoot Guns Down
    2. Sorry Ain't Enough
    3. Monsters

    1. I Just Want to Dance
    2. Street Fighter
    3. The Beginning & the End
    4. Little Boy
    • My Opinion: These two records are so fantastic, diverse, and beautiful. This has been a strong year for music, but these two in tandem really stand out. I've had them on loop with their previous record, 7, for weeks now.
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  30. Bauke
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    Rameses B - Cosmonauts (Youtube) Released on: February 2nd, 2020. Genres: Electronic (some drum and bass, chillstep, house, and a cinematic piece to finish it off) Definitely listen to: All for...
    • Rameses B - Cosmonauts (Youtube)
    • Released on: February 2nd, 2020.
    • Genres: Electronic (some drum and bass, chillstep, house, and a cinematic piece to finish it off)
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. All for One (ft. Veela & Zoë Moon)
      2. Lost
      3. Hero (ft. irosa)
    • My opinion: I mean, Rameses B has been my favorite solo artist for years now. He is a master at creating rich and vibrant sounds in a variety of genres and pretty much doesn't know how to make bad songs, and Cosmonauts highlights that once again. I bought it on release and have listened to it since at least weekly.
  31. Bauke
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    Yorushika - Plagiarism (unfortunately not completely available on Youtube) Released on: July 29th, 2020. Genre: Japanese rock Definitely listen to: Replicant (レプリカント) Plagiarism (盗作) Prostitution...
    • Yorushika - Plagiarism (unfortunately not completely available on Youtube)
    • Released on: July 29th, 2020.
    • Genre: Japanese rock
    • Definitely listen to:
      1. Replicant (レプリカント)
      2. Plagiarism (盗作)
      3. Prostitution (春ひさぎ)
    • My opinion: There isn't much to say really, suis's vocals and n-buna's composition again both deliver spectacularly. I probably listen through their entire discography a few times a month.
  32. Eabryt
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    Biscuits & Gravy - Young Love Released: 2016 Genres: Funk, hip-hop, jazz Recommended Tracks: Hearbreaker Girl so Fine This is the bands second (and at this point last) album, but to me it's a...

    Biscuits & Gravy - Young Love

    • Released: 2016
    • Genres: Funk, hip-hop, jazz

    Recommended Tracks:

    This is the bands second (and at this point last) album, but to me it's a great mix of more funky jazz music and hip-hop. The group is a bunch of guys out of Boston, MA. I would highly encourage people check out their first album Hello Weekend as well. At this point I'm not sure they've got any more music coming, but everything they have put out I've really enjoyed.

  33. Amarok
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    Nightwish - HUMAN || NATURE Symphonic Metal / Operatic Metal / Classical / Tribal Edgar Allen Poe's metal band - this time with more Lord of the Rings than ever before. This is the best album they...

    Nightwish - HUMAN || NATURE
    Symphonic Metal / Operatic Metal / Classical / Tribal

    Edgar Allen Poe's metal band - this time with more Lord of the Rings than ever before. This is the best album they have ever released, it's not even close. It's got all the power and passion and scope of a musical written for Mozart's day back in Vienna. Nightwish has gone full classical and it's wonderful. The first track, Music, is just where to start. For another, try the banger, Tribal which is going to bring down the stadium when they finally get to play it live at Wembley. It's a grower, it sinks in and won't let you go.

    This is the album Eru Ilúvatar was jamming to before the dawn of time.

  34. Flashynuff
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    Fire-Toolz - Rainbow Bridge post-vaporwave / metalcore / jazz fusion Recommended tracks: It's Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer ᴍɪᴄʀᴏtubules ER = EPR ~ EoE (EP ∆ P = ER) Rainbow Bridge is a...

    Fire-Toolz - Rainbow Bridge
    post-vaporwave / metalcore / jazz fusion

    Recommended tracks:

    • It's Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer
    • ᴍɪᴄʀᴏtubules
    • ER = EPR ~ EoE (EP ∆ P = ER)

    Rainbow Bridge is a fascinating mix of genres that, until I listened to Fire-Toolz, I did not imagine could exist well together. Though it is abrasive at times, the skilled production ensures nothing is too harsh and gives the listener plenty of space to observe the contrasting sonic textures the album explores.

  35. bilbodwyer
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    The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic Hard Rock / Classic Rock Definitely check out: Divinyls If Tonight Is Our Only Chance Transmissions This is probably my happiest musical discovery of 2020....

    The Night Flight Orchestra - Aeromantic
    Hard Rock / Classic Rock

    Definitely check out:

    • Divinyls
    • If Tonight Is Our Only Chance
    • Transmissions

    This is probably my happiest musical discovery of 2020. Full on 80's-style classic rock with huge, catchy choruses, loads of synths, and unnecessary guitar solos. It's bags of fun.

  36. Amarok
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    Greyhounds - Primates Rock / Soul / Blues / Funk / Psychedelic I can't pin down why I find this group so much more satisfying than their contemporaries. Thicker wall of sound, more mature...

    Greyhounds - Primates
    Rock / Soul / Blues / Funk / Psychedelic

    I can't pin down why I find this group so much more satisfying than their contemporaries. Thicker wall of sound, more mature songwriting. Most soulful blues is a bit too syrup, this is pure gravy. Absolute legends in my book, and criminally unknown. For a dip, Tune In is one of their best tracks to date. Try out Pick Up The Phone too.

  37. Amarok
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    Sonny Cleveland - Gold Soul / Rock / Blues An artist so obscure he hasn't even got a discogs page, but he's got that 60s soul sound in spades. Honestly one of the best out there right now for this...

    Sonny Cleveland - Gold
    Soul / Rock / Blues

    An artist so obscure he hasn't even got a discogs page, but he's got that 60s soul sound in spades. Honestly one of the best out there right now for this sort of music. His albums are short (barely EPs) but they all come packed with music that would have charted like a bullet back in the old days. I'd recommend specific tracks but since the record is so short and solid this is another 'just click play' pick from me.

  38. tomf
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    Fleet Foxes - Shore (Youtube) Released: September 22, 2020 Genres: Folk Rock / Indie Rock Definitely Listen To: Sunblind Jara Young Man's Game My Opinion: Another solid release from Fleet Foxes....
    1. Sunblind
    2. Jara
    3. Young Man's Game
    • My Opinion: Another solid release from Fleet Foxes. It captures that classic FF sound while still bringing in the newer sound they moved toward after Tillman left.
  39. Happy_Shredder
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    Winterfylleth - The Reckoning Dawn Black Metal It's huge and atmospheric. Lotsa crunchy texture; an ocean of sound. Very easy to lose yourself in, meditating or running or something. Check out the...

    Winterfylleth - The Reckoning Dawn
    Black Metal

    It's huge and atmospheric. Lotsa crunchy texture; an ocean of sound. Very easy to lose yourself in, meditating or running or something.

    Check out the first track, 'Misdeeds of Faith'

  40. Happy_Shredder
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    Auroch - Stolen Angelic Tongues Death Metal Fucking disgusting, filthy, technical but not wanky. Just how I like my death metal. Riffs on riffs on riffs, with atmosphere and serious composition...

    Auroch - Stolen Angelic Tongues
    Death Metal

    Fucking disgusting, filthy, technical but not wanky. Just how I like my death metal. Riffs on riffs on riffs, with atmosphere and serious composition and dynamics. I loved their previous album 'Mute Books' so much (as recommended by Radio Fenriz rip). It's all dark and kinda has cosmic black metal edges. Really gets ya blood pumping.

    Dive into 'Hideous New Gods'.

  41. Happy_Shredder
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    Skeleton - Skeleton Black Metal 1982 style Chugging and thrashy. Hearkens back to classic Venom/Bathory/Celtic Frost stuff. But maybe a bit more NWOBHM. It's just really fun. Try 'Ring of Fire'

    Skeleton - Skeleton
    Black Metal 1982 style

    Chugging and thrashy. Hearkens back to classic Venom/Bathory/Celtic Frost stuff. But maybe a bit more NWOBHM. It's just really fun.

    Try 'Ring of Fire'

  42. Happy_Shredder
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    Sepulchral Curse - Only Ashes Remain Finnish Death Metal They're Finnish. It's gonna be awesome. This time they're doing straight up death metal, largely dropping the black metal elements of their...

    Sepulchral Curse - Only Ashes Remain
    Finnish Death Metal

    They're Finnish. It's gonna be awesome. This time they're doing straight up death metal, largely dropping the black metal elements of their earlier stuff. This is ok because RIFFS. Endless riffs. It just shreds aye.

    Can't beat that first track 'From Within the Bowels of the Earth'

  43. Happy_Shredder
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    Thy Catafalque - Naiv Avant-garde // Experimental metal Man this one is so much fun too. It's just an eclectic blend of styles but the composition is so strong it just all works so damn well. It's...

    Thy Catafalque - Naiv
    Avant-garde // Experimental metal

    Man this one is so much fun too. It's just an eclectic blend of styles but the composition is so strong it just all works so damn well. It's impossible to describe or compare to anything else. It has to be experienced.

    My fav is 'Tsitsushka'.

  44. Happy_Shredder
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    Blood and Sun - Love & Ashes Folk But like heathen folk but also kind americana? Lush, passionate, sincere are the sorts of adjectives thrown around this sort of thing. It's beautiful and makes my...

    Blood and Sun - Love & Ashes
    Folk

    But like heathen folk but also kind americana? Lush, passionate, sincere are the sorts of adjectives thrown around this sort of thing. It's beautiful and makes my heart sing.

    I couldn't stop listening to 'Madrone' when I first heard it.

  45. cliambrown
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    Destroyer - Have We Met Genre: Wikipedia says "Indie Rock"; I found an NPR article that also mentions disco, new wave, and smooth jazz. Probably not the easiest introduction to my favourite...

    Destroyer - Have We Met
    Genre: Wikipedia says "Indie Rock"; I found an NPR article that also mentions disco, new wave, and smooth jazz.

    Probably not the easiest introduction to my favourite musician (maybe that could be Kaputt or Rubies), but of course I recommend it.

    Track: try The Man in Black’s Blues.

  46. kfwyre
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    Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher Released: June 18, 2020 Genres: singer/songwriter, indie folk Recommended tracks: Kyoto Chinese Satellite I Know the End This was my introduction to Phoebe Bridgers, and...

    Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

    • Released: June 18, 2020
    • Genres: singer/songwriter, indie folk

    Recommended tracks:

    1. Kyoto
    2. Chinese Satellite
    3. I Know the End

    This was my introduction to Phoebe Bridgers, and I listened to the album mostly because I liked the color and composition of its (amazing) cover art. The album is delicate and intimate, with straightforward songwriting that feels relatable and lived. There are lots of interesting lyrical moments ("you called me from a payphone / they still got payphones") and modern, often technological references that contrast nicely with the album's more folksy feel (she mentions satellites, drones, chemtrails, etc.).

  47. Flashynuff
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    J. H. Gurag -- Introspection / Migration avant-folk / experimental / fingerpicked guitar This is cosmic acoustic guitar: where talented playing meets a psychedelic sensibility. If you like Sun...
    J. H. Gurag -- Introspection / Migration

    avant-folk / experimental / fingerpicked guitar

    This is cosmic acoustic guitar: where talented playing meets a psychedelic sensibility. If you like Sun City Girls, John Fahey, or classical guitar, you might like this album.