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Tu Fawning: Secession

Gothic in the 18th century literary sense.

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Pumice: Quo

Even the least of these pieces are imbued with a subdued magic.

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Shy Child: Noise Won't Stop

Live energy and racing tempos have translated to studio recording very well, but the band's genre decisions, intentional or not, may not be maximizing their potential.

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Chessie: Manifest

Soundtracks to the exhilarating speed and momentum of transcontinental locomotion.

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Realistic: Perpetual Memory Loss

Realistic feels like a missing link between familiar electronica and plunderphonia.

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Oh Astro: Champions of Wonder

Latent pop sensibilities get free reign for a glossy sample-collage sound, something like Jason Forrest re-imagined as a slick electro producer.

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Angel: Kalmukia

Drone of uncommon vision and scope, from microscopic detailing to monolith force to utter swallowing void.

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Flying: Faces of the Night

Faces of the Night is a nocturnal carnival of uneasy delights.

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Little Women: Teeth

Spiralling twin-sax freakouts, tightly coordinated jazz-as-thrash-metal noise blasts, and almost-smooth melody references.

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The Apes: Ghost Games

Spare post-punk overwhelmed by organ storm-surge, oddly held together by uniformly strong vocal performances.

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Venetian Snares: My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)

As with its predecessor, My Downfall is a meticulous exercise in constructing intricate and expansive classical music, then inundating the results in heavy drum and bass programming.

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Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche: Ultimate Reality

A full collective, American unconsciousness of glorious Saturday morning cartoons-and-sugar-cereal overstimulation.

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Marcus Schmickler: Altars of Science

An electronic reworking, perhaps, of Penderecki's screeching orchestrations.

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Clipd Beaks: Hoarse Lords

With unpredictability and rule-breaking held as virtue, there's a better chance that new noise-rock will be able to keep genre monotony at bay.

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David Shrigley: Worried Noodles

"It was easier not to make a record."

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Sightings: Through the Panama

The noise overwhelms the cues of traditional music, but not the senses.

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Fennesz: Hotel Paral.lel

Endless Summer may be the most recognized Fennesz release, but even as far back as 1997 he was laying down a template for the tension of that album's lovely guitar shimmer and abrasive scraps of feedback.

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Prefuse 73: Preparations

It's going to take more than a simple return to the clearer song forms of One Word Extinguisher to get anyone all that excited at this point.

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Enon: Believo / Grass Geysers... Carbon Clouds

Both albums are united by a certain loose noisiness, however, that makes them inherently more involving than those of the intervening years.

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Japancakes: Giving Machines / Loveless

The two albums are occasionally lovely, always effortlessly competent, and while a body of work can perhaps survive by those traits alone, it isn't likely to distinguish itself.

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Múm: Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy

Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy may serve as an affirmation, both of Múm's lasting viability after flagging somewhat on their last effort, and of the practicability of their new seven-piece line-up.

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Luke Vibert: Chicago, Detroit, Redruth

By drawing from several of his past genre-segregated projects, Vibert has created an album that stays fresh a little longer than some of his other recent output.

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Dirty Projectors: Rise Above

This is some kind of alchemy, turning straight-shooting punk guitar riffs into quiet breaths of orchestration and shouted choruses into cooing two-part female harmonies.

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