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Old 02-16-2019, 03:25 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Kikagaku Moyo really outdid themselves last year. Still regularly jamming it.

In regards to R+R=Now, I didn't talk about Justin Tyson but he's pretty much the backbone of every song and when you focus in on what he's doing it's very impressive. If he has solo work I'd be interested in exploring it.
I strongly recommend you check out Eli Keszler, whose album Stadium is my 2018 #7, if you havenít already.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:57 PM   #92 (permalink)
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For most of this I was thinking this sounds like bumper music for Beverly Hills, 90210. Then that song includes a Jordan Peterson speech. What an odd album.
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5. Kindo Ė Happy However After


Genre(s): Math Rock, Art Rock / Indie Rock

Sounds Like: The Reign Of Kindo, American Football, The Dear Hunter


The Reign Of Kindo (now just Kindo) have always stuck out of the musical landscape in a good way to me - ambitious, vocal-driven pop colliding head on with a technical, knotty math rock approach to composition. To that sense, they come off at times as a group with prog-rock chops who have listened to a lot of Jamiroquai and Keane, but leader Joseph Secchiaroli is such a powerhouse on guitar and vocals that it's easy to get caught up in the sheer joyousness that permeates their arrangements.

Opener 'Human Convention' serves as both a punchy mediation on the topic of permanence whilst becoming tighter and more technical as it proceeds over a 3 1/2 minute run, complete with a late 60's horn section breakdown about midway through and a conga solo. Beyond that, that album jumps between more technical, funk-oriented pieces and stuff that veers toward more a ballad-esque structure. Of the latter type of song, 'Catch The Gleam' has a cheesy but glorious melodic progression that comes straight out of mid 90's Disney soundtrack playbook (albeit with a lot more jazz elements at play). The best stuff was definitely saved for last though: 'Obsolete' is a cosmic sounding slow burner with a trip-hop twist and 'City Of Gods' is a 6+ minute freakout where they throw every sonic trick in their arsenal out in the open, culminating in some psychedelic guitar soling throughout the second half.

Happy However After endeared itself to me pretty early on but has only grown in esteem with repeated listens. Like a dessert with multiple layers, there's plenty to digest. And I'm always in the mood for seconds.





This reminds me of Stevie Wonderís later stuff.
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For most of this I was thinking this sounds like bumper music for Beverly Hills, 90210. Then that song includes a Jordan Peterson speech. What an odd album.
I hear ya bro. I guess it stood out to me over a lot of the stuff that gets tagged as "synthwave" or retrowave, mainly because it's just a good modern pop album that explores other moods and ideas outside of "hey, we're on the set of Blade Runner".

And now that you mention it, I do hear some Stevie Wonder in that Kindo album. Along with a blatantly commercial take on Snarky Puppy and some of those other jazz outfits that appeal more to contemporary audiences.

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I have now officially gone through your entire list. Itís almost like glimpse into somebodyís psyche to listen to all their faves like that. My highest compliments on putting together an outstanding list of music almost all of which I would not have otherwise heard. My 3 faves are: Shmu, Mid Air Thief, and Sophie. Those three will definitely be staying in my rotation.

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I have now officially gone through your entire list. Itís almost like glimpse into somebodyís psyche to listen to all their faves like that. My highest compliments on putting together an outstanding list of music almost all of which I would not have otherwise heard. My 3 faves are: Shmu, Mid Air Thief, and Sophie. Those three will definitely be staying in my rotation.

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Thanks mang! Was fun to write it all, lol. Glad you aren't banned anymore.
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