Kero Kero Bonito - Time N Place
They started out as synth pop band with hip-hop and j-pop influences. but suddenly they became a full-on rock band and I am all for it. If you like dream-pop or early Elephant 6 Collective bands, you might really enjoy this. Some great hooks. some cool noisy and experimental tracks on here too. One of my fav albums of the year. I'm going to see them live in a couple weeks too.
Brockhampton - Iridescence
They lost a member so this is a bit more of a sad album than Saturation was. But I'm still a fan. There's some great stuff here. I'm going to see them live in a couple weeks.
Lindsey Buckingham - Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham
Not all the way through this yet, but we were chatting a bit about it below. Buckingham solo is great stuff and this comp is a great place to start if you havent tried any of his albums. Plus there's some good non-album tracks and live stuff here too.
Phil Collins - Plays Well With Others
A truly great compilation right here. Tons of great stuff I've never heard before and most of the stuff I have heard is great too. Really covers the breadth of Collins career well. And there's almost nothing from his solo albums featured either. If you're a fan of Collins drumming you need this for sure. Or if you're just a fan of Collins in general.
Yasutaka Nakata - Digital Native
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Japamyu
Perfume - Future Pop
Yasutaka Nakata put out 3 albums this year, that's a lot! If you've heard any of his albums before you know exactly what these sound like. It's J-pop. Good J-pop, but J-pop all the same. These are all worth checking out if you like this kind of thing, but none are their respective artists' best.
Casinos - People Watching
This is my band's new album. we just put it out and I gotta practice the songs to play them live which is why ive been listening to it.
Kenneth Kraylie (me) - Asedio: A Song Every Day In October
This is the project I did last year when I tried to do a song every day. I hadn't listened to it since I finished it last year, because I was kind of worried what it might sound like to me now that I've had some distance from it. But I figured I had to revisit it sometime. I experienced a total nervous breakdown while I was making this album and now that I've finally revisited this music it really struck me how f*cked up I had gotten. from the song choices to the lyrics to the arrangements, my mental decline over the course of this project is completely apparent in the music that resulted from it. And I have pretty mixed feelings about that. On one hand that's kind of a cool accomplishment. I don't think many other songwriters managed to capture their mental breakdowns in the form of music. But on the other hand I'm still dealing with the ramifications from it now a full year later and I certainly don't feel good about that. the music is much better than I remembered. A lot of the weird toss-off songs I made are actually pretty good. There's only a couple songs that I think are total duds. I wrote a long thread reviewing each song on twitter if anyone cares. With a few more overdubs here and there and some redone drum tracks, this could be an album that I could actually be kind of proud of in a twisted kind of way. Though I do find it really disturbing to listen to a lot of it so I don't know if I could actually stand to work on the songs to actually polish them up. Listening to this has definitely been good for self-reflection though.