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Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales: Room 29

These songs drift by languidly, as if they had been dipping into John Belushi’s barbiturate stash, leaving the listener somewhat foggy headed, but otherwise unchanged.

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Kid Koala featuring Emiliana Torrini: Music to Draw to - Satellite

The 18 tracks that make up Music to Draw to: Satellite fade in and out of each other, never actually reaching anything that could be called a climax, but hitting moments of particular beauty.

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S U R V I V E: RR7349

The perils of nostalgia notwithstanding, many listeners will find the foggy atmospheres and neon-lit cityscapes of RR7349 irresistible.

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Various Artists: Hungarian Noir: A Tribute to the Gloomy Sunday

The curse of "Gloomy Sunday" may or may not be lifted, but we are still left with one of the most tedious musical exercises that I have come across in some time.

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Various Artists: Studio One Dub Fire Special

Studio One Dub Fire Special is as clear an overview of dub’s most basic essence as you could ask for.

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Plaid: The Digging Remedy

On their new record The Digging Remedy Plaid provide us with one of the most satisfying examples of the Plaid sound yet recorded.

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Clark: The Last Panthers

The Last Panthers eschews the thumping beats of his back catalog for open, airy compositions and more traditional instrumentation intended to serve a purpose beyond the music itself.

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Tim Hecker: Love Streams

Tim Hecker and his accomplice Ben Frost are cooking up some of the most striking, beautiful, and genre-defying music of our time.

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Killing Joke: Pylon

Pylon reminds us that no one can make a soundtrack for the apocalypse quite like Killing Joke.

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Maserati: Rehumanizer

The listener may find him or herself wondering why we need a brand new record of this kind of stuff in 2015.

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Vanessa Carlton: Liberman

Throughout its ten consistent tracks Liberman proves itself to be a mature, developed version of Vanessa Carlton that still retains those qualities that made her earlier material so enjoyable.

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Ms. John Soda: Loom

After such a long hiatus we hoped for more zeal from Ms. John Soda, but Loom does not sound like a band rested, refreshed, and ready for action.

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Myrkur: M

M is a black metal album at heart, haunting and evocative.

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Ghost: Meliora (take 2)

The songs on Meliora are triumphant hymns to the Morning Star that will stick in your head from now until Armageddon.

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Evan Caminiti: Meridian

At its best, this type of music should evoke half-forgotten childhood memories of snowstorms or high fevers.

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Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge

A listener with an open mind, a tolerance for video game music, and a great deal of energy for dancing will find in Nozinja Lodge a unique, carnivalesque sound.

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Flying Saucer Attack: Instrumentals

Instrumentals balances simplicity and depth, abrasiveness and beauty, with rare skill, reminding anyone who does not already know that Flying Saucer Attack are masters of this type of music.

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RP Boo: Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints

If listeners can immerse themselves in the repetition, let go, and stop fighting it. The results can be transcendent.

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Drudkh: A Furrow Cut Short

Drudkh seem content to offer us another predicable yet satisfying slab of black metal.

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Coliseum: Anxiety's Kiss

This is hard rock music in 2015 at its most fun, relevant, and genre-crossing.

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Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire

In the end, this is exactly what we have come to expect from Lightning Bolt; a set list of fuzzy, overwhelming, noise rock that keeps it simple while never missing its target.

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William S. Burroughs' Ugly Spirit, Resurrected

Barry Miles' work depicts a complicated human being and visionary artist who has too often been dehumanized and made one-dimensional.


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