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Happy new year to the few people who read the music forum!

Royal Blood have opened 2021 strong with a new banger of a single and an album announcement. Already probably a strong contender for my 2021 album of the year off the back of the two songs they've released.

Newest You Me At Six was very middle of the road, new Foo Fighters looks like it's heading the same way. Only other new release I've listened to so far was The Dirty Nil which again didn't do anything that exciting, hence my album of the year decision already :shifty: 

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3 hours ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Happy new year to the few people who read the music forum!

Royal Blood have opened 2021 strong with a new banger of a single and an album announcement. Already probably a strong contender for my 2021 album of the year off the back of the two songs they've released.

Newest You Me At Six was very middle of the road, new Foo Fighters looks like it's heading the same way. Only other new release I've listened to so far was The Dirty Nil which again didn't do anything that exciting, hence my album of the year decision already :shifty: 

I agree with the YMAS albums being disappointing. I did enjoy the Dirty Nil one though for what it is. 

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I need to give both another listen, but my initial review after one listen of each us that I'm not in any real rush to do so.

Shame's Drunk Tank Pink seems to have a bit more about it from the first couple of songs, gonna give it a full spin tomorrow.

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6 minutes ago, Bad News Jericode said:

I need to give both another listen, but my initial review after one listen of each us that I'm not in any real rush to do so.

Shame's Drunk Tank Pink seems to have a bit more about it from the first couple of songs, gonna give it a full spin tomorrow.

I enjoyed that one too tbh!  If you're into your post-punk, then the Viagra Boys album was similarly good too. Listened to both of those in the last few days. 

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2 minutes ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Will add it to the list. Easy to build it up when working from home haha.

Haha for sure. I've already done 45 albums and 27 EPs from this year :P

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18 minutes ago, DFF said:

I enjoyed that one too tbh!  If you're into your post-punk, then the Viagra Boys album was similarly good too. Listened to both of those in the last few days. 

I support listening to Viagra Boys as well!

I've only listened to them, Shame and some Finnish shoegaze band called Radio Supernova for new releases so far, I'm still catching up on 2020!

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15 hours ago, DFF said:

Haha for sure. I've already done 45 albums and 27 EPs from this year :P

Yes but you're mental, I'll probably listen to that many all year :lol:

Shame one started better than it ended, but the Viagra Boys album was just on the whole better than it.

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2 minutes ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Yes but you're mental, I'll probably listen to that many all year :lol:

Shame one started better than it ended, but the Viagra Boys album was just on the whole better than it.

It's only 2 albums per day (ish) tbf :P

And yeah, I slightly prefered the Viagra Boys release. 

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Dirty Nil was actually pretty good on second listen, Viagra Boys was better though. Some of the YMAS songs grew on me too. If I was gonna rank them...

Viagra Boys > Dirty Nil > You Me At Six = Shame

Royal Blood have put Boilermaker on the album too which I've already heard live and know is a banger so put that very distantly above the rest just based on 3 songs :shifty:

DFF doesn't need to do a ranking because by the time he's written it out he'll have listened to another eight.

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1 hour ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Dirty Nil was actually pretty good on second listen, Viagra Boys was better though. Some of the YMAS songs grew on me too. If I was gonna rank them...

Viagra Boys > Dirty Nil > You Me At Six = Shame

Royal Blood have put Boilermaker on the album too which I've already heard live and know is a banger so put that very distantly above the rest just based on 3 songs :shifty:

DFF doesn't need to do a ranking because by the time he's written it out he'll have listened to another eight.

I think you'll find that I rank as I go... 

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Haldamir319/2021-ranked-albums/

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Haldamir319/2021-ranked-eps/

:P

 

23 hours ago, Gorka said:

I support listening to Viagra Boys as well!

I've only listened to them, Shame and some Finnish shoegaze band called Radio Supernova for new releases so far, I'm still catching up on 2020!

Just listening to the Radio Supernova album now based on your mention. Digging this. Nice mix of shoegaze and dream pop. 

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12 hours ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Add Lonely the Brave to the heap with Shame and YMAS, not bad but no lasting impression. Where's all the exciting music hiding?

New Beach Bunny EP is pretty great. 

It came out at the end of last year, but I've also been enjoying No Driver by I Love Your Lifestyle. I think you might dig that. 

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12 hours ago, Bad News Jericode said:

Add Lonely the Brave to the heap with Shame and YMAS, not bad but no lasting impression. Where's all the exciting music hiding?

On the heavier side of the musical spectrum, there's a bunch of releases out this Friday that could be good - Tribulation, Soen, Steven Wilson, Accept, etc

14 minutes ago, Jimmy said:

New Beach Bunny EP is pretty great. 

It came out at the end of last year, but I've also been enjoying No Driver by I Love Your Lifestyle. I think you might dig that. 

Agreed on the Beach Bunny EP, all four songs are pretty strong. 

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23 hours ago, DFF said:

On the heavier side of the musical spectrum, there's a bunch of releases out this Friday that could be good - Tribulation, Soen, Steven Wilson, Accept, etc

Agreed on the Beach Bunny EP, all four songs are pretty strong. 

Was big into their debut album. I've got tickets to see them when normal life comes back.

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I am a few days late, but SOPHIE has died. I really enjoyed this piece by Pitchfork: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/remembering-sophies-radical-futurism/  I have spent the last few days gutted listening to their music.  

The first time I heard SOPHIE my mind was blown. If someone asked me to describe SOPHIE's music I would have described it as electronic dance music on ecstasy. They were an absolute visionary.  I really enjoyed the aesthetic of their EP plastic series and that is why I checked SOPHIE out. MSMSMSM is transcendent and feels prime for the dance floor of the strangest club in the world. YVEE is just astonishing and unexpected piece of music that feels very familiar while the song could go off the rails at one moment. Each squeel you think it is going to go bonkers. BIPP was my favorite early single of SOPHIE - it is too strange to ever be a club classic, but it is so forward thinking. Their album OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES was an interesting album that is unfortunately the last we will get from SOPHIE. It is so incredibly sad we will never get anything more from them. They were an absolute visionary. 

 

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On 05/02/2021 at 18:38, Bad News Jericode said:

On first listen, this Foo Fighters album sounds like they made all the album tracks and then forgot the standout singles. One or two sound like they might be growers though.

I actually enjoyed that quite a bit. No big super hits, but I think the album is broadly fun/relatively strong. Like a 3-3.5/5 type quality. 

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That's what I meant really, like most Foo Fighters its broadly solid, but for me there's no standout like The Pretender or All My Life to bolster it.

Making A Fire and Cloudspotter have definitely grown on me on repeat listens. Waiting On A War has big festival sing-along potential. I can't figure out why they made Shame Shame the lead single, its easily the worst track.

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There's a lot of hype around the debut Black Country, New Road album (they're a bunch of 20 year olds from Cambridge/London who caught a lot of attention with a track called 'Sunglasses', which has even been reworked on the album with some lyrical changes. It's...post-rock? Experimental rock?)

I think it's good, I wasn't particularly blown away like others on the internet - but I still want to come back to it, even after the first few listens, with it occupying some space in my brain. I'm looking forward to what they can do over the next few years.

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7 minutes ago, Gorka said:

There's a lot of hype around the debut Black Country, New Road album (they're a bunch of 20 year olds from Cambridge/London who caught a lot of attention with a track called 'Sunglasses', which has even been reworked on the album with some lyrical changes. It's...post-rock? Experimental rock?)

I think it's good, I wasn't particularly blown away like others on the internet - but I still want to come back to it, even after the first few listens, with it occupying some space in my brain. I'm looking forward to what they can do over the next few years.

It's a flipping great album imo. Top 3 for the year so far (I'm on 70 odd albums). The only thing that doesn't quite do it for me is the sort of odd quiver the singer has on his voice. It feels... forced? Musically at absolutely slaps as far as Experimental Rock goes. :)

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If anyone's into their heavy psych / garage rock, I highly recommend the new Psychdelic Porn Crumpets album. Quite a few bangers on it. 

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