Weekly Release Dump


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Friday, 29 January

The Body – I’ve Seen All I Need to See

38:14
experimental sludge metal
Portland, Oregon
Thrill Jockey

Buke & Gase & So Percussion – A Record Of…

39:04
experimental jazz
Hudson, New York
Brassland

Dzũng – Dzanca

45:34
progressive metal, folk
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Independent

Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum – Šahrartu

37:12
brutal death metal
Minsk, Belarus
Willowtip

Gaspard – Vertiges

59:49
post-rock
Montréal, Québec
Independent

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Friday, 22 January

Azmari – Samā’ī

43:34
world fusion
Ghent, Belgium
Sdban

Bastian Stein & Hathor Consort – Aries Point

51:07
contemporary classical, avant-garde jazz
Germany
Outnote

Les Chants de Nihil – Le Tyran et l’Esthète

51:34
avant-garde black metal
France
Les Acteurs de l’ombre

Crazy Doberman – Two Tales of Lost Witness Marks

37:50
free jazz
Fucking, Austria
Working Man Laydown

Dwaninungka – Fusion Horizon

9:41
post-rock
Jakarta, Indonesia
Independent

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Friday, 15 January

Aberration – Aberration

14:43
blackened death metal
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Independent

Alexander Hawkins – Togetherness Music

50:46
avant-garde jazz
Zurich, Switzerland
Intakt

Beach Bunny – Blame Game

13:49
indie pop
Chicago, Illinois
Mom + Pop

चेपाङ्ग & Yautja – Chepang/Yautja Split

11:13
grindcore
Nepal & Tennessee
GCBT

Christopher Bailey – Rain Infinity

74:12
contemporary classical
Boston, Massachusetts
New Focus

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Emme Phyzema, 五人一首, Alkerdeel, and Bisbâyé

Emme Phyzema – Shorts Are Comfy and Easy to Wear!

The creative mastermind known as Emme Phyzema just released a new wacky avant-garde progressive rock masterpiece—first with the addendum When You’re Listening to Fake Harpsichord Music and, would you know it, it was a MIDI harpsichord version of this album—Shorts Are Comfy and Easy to Wear. Was this whole album conceptualized from a single interaction with a Youngster in a Pokémon game? Who is to say? But, to be sure, this thirty-and-some-minute album extracts the best creative juice from the whole region with collaborators and guests such as … Read more

Matt’s Albums of the Year

In a year turned entirely upside-down by the global pandemic, music still found a way to be awesome and provide respite for our weary souls. For some reason, even-numbered years recently have not had any all-time pantheon-level releases, while odd years have always had one or two albums that tower above the rest; that trend persists here, as this year’s best material—while excellent—doesn’t hit my threshold for glory. If we did numerical ratings here, I would say that 95% and up is that standard, and I don’t think anything from 2020 exceeded about a 92%. But don’t misunderstand; while there’s … Read more