Super angry grindcore frosted with sludge. I am some in the ways of grind and this is the kind of album that just assaults your for solid 19 minutes, the whole running length. Just picture Hank Hill standing there, listening to this a bit and saying “Yep. That’s some good grindcore.” That’s my take on this.
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A Color Map of the Sun
If you are not familiar, Pretty Lights is Derek Vincent Smith, a DJ that creates glitch-soul-funk by sampling a lot of old, obscure soul records for his stuff. It’s super catchy, fun music and I’ve got three of his albums in monthly rotation. Pretty Lights is go-to when I’m on the stationary bike, driving or need a pick me up at work. For A Color Map of the Sun, instead of finding a bunch of old records, Mr. Smith got a bunch of musicians together to actually record live. He literally simulated an old soul label with the instruments, the mics, and the recording to create original vinyl records on which to base his new album. That is really, really cool but the end result is another Pretty Lights album. It’s not a slam, but if I didn’t know he had done all that, I’d have never known he did all that, know what I mean? Regardless, this album is full of hits. The CD packaging is bound like a book, which I dig a lot.
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2 of Us Riding Nowhere
We got this album a really long time ago and I apologize for not getting to it. 2 of Us Riding Nowhere is one of those albums that I feel is more of a lowercase jason thing, but here I am digging it anyway. This is a guitar duo basement tape jam, two old friends laying down some jams. This album cold rocks that indie folk vibe, where the sounds song like traditionals but aren’t and are sung in that kind of raw, naive style. That might sound like a thing you’d possibly avoid, but the thing is, there is an undeniable warmth to this album that I could not help but be instantly into it.
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