Last.fm 4x4: 7/18/17 - 7/25/17.
Malibu continues to be a strong favourite of 2016 and honestly one of my favourite albums of all time, I caught its fever this week and I think on Wednesday(?) I listened to nothing but that for the whole day straight, on repeat. .Paak really hit it out of the park on this one. Can't wait to see where he goes next.
Alvvays- Shouts yet again to @hugmaster for putting me onto this album, its seriously some incredible indie pop stuff. I love the shoegaz-y haziness to the vocals and dreamy guitars. The cover is also one of the best I've ever seen.
Bonito Generation is a divisive album to say the least but I really enjoyed it. The overwhelming half-glass-full optimism that washes this entire record is infectious and Sarah Bonito really conveys the optimistic tone well with her mix of Japanese and English lyrics and British slang and accent. The production is also a huge element in this, with SOPHIE-like bouncy, slappy house style instrumentals that pop behind Sarah. If you liked Kilo Kish's parts on Big Fish Theory, you will most likely pickup on this.
Flower Boy was a REALLY unexpected album to light me up with amazement. Tyler's new maturity in subject matter, new production, new overall direction is executed flawlessly, taking all my gripes with Cherry Bomb and all of his past work and throwing them out the window. Not one part that I don't like on this record. Props.
Raskit was ok, I liked that he was taking a harder direction and breaking from his pop shell, but I don't think Dizzee really has the same presence or just straight up talent he did in his early work. He continues to pound against my temple with repetitive flows, hook and rhymes throughout the record, leaving not too much thematically or lyrically to grab onto. The record was WAYYY longer than it should have been and some quirks like thrown in g-funk production and unneeded, unexpected hooks from pop singers that just pop in out of nowhere end up really making this album hard to relisten to.
13 EP has grown on me a lot more. Equalizer and Zeltron 6 Billion are now my favourite tracks, Bloodshed my least favourite. But they are all solid tracks that I hope to see Denzel continue stylistically on Taboo.
Cross was a REALLY interesting electronic record, very different from anything I've ever heard. I can't explain it at all, but holy shit. Stress, Waters of Nazareth, and Genesis are my favourite tracks.
Reflektor was aight. A little overhated but I see why people have given it the flack it has recieved. Its easily worse than Neon Bible, The Suburbs and Funeral. Its all over the place stylistically but none of the styles they try end up working out, except for the track Normal Person, which I really like because I thought their whole garage rock impression was good. I hope Everything Now is better.
Do You Want More was a nice little dusty album. Tons o' good raps and great soul samples. Good ol' Roots.
Pure Comedy is a pleasant album for the most part, the instrumentation is nice on the part of Josh Tillman"s violins and acoustic guitar, FJM's vocals are cool as always, but the lyrics are rocky in qualiity. Leaving LA is really pretentious and it hurts to listen to a grown ass white guy rant about nonsense over some acoustics. Reminds me of Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked At Me. But - nonetheless I enjoyed the album for the most part, the title track, The Memo and The Ballad of the Dying Man are my fav tracks. Also s/o Things That Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution for being my favourite track title of 2017.
Souvlaki > Loveless.