Moon Duo-Shadow of the Sun (2015)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 66%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wilding
  2. Night Beat
  3. Free the Skull
  4. Zero
  5. In a Cloud
  6. Thieves
  7. Slow Down Low
  8. Ice
  9. Animal
  10. Cross the Way

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the hunt for some music that would be on a Nicolas Winding Refn film.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Trippy. I lovez it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yup!

Final Thoughts:

Moon Duo was a pleasant surprise for me. I never really know what I’m getting into when I allow someone on What’s In My Bag to tell me what to listen to, but this was a winner. Really fun/dark sounding music. It’d be a perfect album to walk downtown at night to. Very cinematic sounding at times, but just overall a really great album that’s worth your attention.

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Mega Bog-Happy Together (2017)

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 73.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Diznee
  2. She’s History
  3. Marianne
  4. T.V. M.A.C.
  5. 192014
  6. London
  7. Modern Companion
  8. Worst Way
  9. Blackout
  10. Black Rose
  11. Fwee

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Missing Cowboy Bebop/wanting something more jazzy/instrumental than lyrical.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It does close to nothing for me. Just kinda boring/kinda whatever. Nothing much going on with this one.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really, no.

Final Thoughts:

Mega Bog instantly reminded me of The Seatbelts the fantastic band behind the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. But upon further inspection their songs were a lot less diverse. They’re a catchy band, no doubt. But their range is small and gets really pegged to one hole. Good music that needs a little more flow to it to really grab attention, but never annoying or over pronounced.

Tashaki Miyaki-The Dream (2017)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. L.A.P.D. Prelude
  2. City
  3. Girls On T.V.
  4. Out Of My Head
  5. Anyone But You
  6. Cool Runnings
  7. Tell Me
  8. Facts of Life
  9. Keep Me In Mind
  10. Get It Right
  11. Somethin Is Better Than Nothin
  12. L.A.P.D. Finale
  13. L.A.P.D.

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the lookout for a more chill and minimalist Little Dragon esque singer.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s beautiful, really great colours.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

I first came across Tashaki Miyaki through a Castle Face Records playlist on spotify. I instantly loved the track playing (City) and decided to get the whole album from there. I was a big fan of this album. It’s really listenable, and a great addition to my shuffle. I’m excited to see what this a group does next, here’s hoping they get a little more experimental because I could find myself getting bored if the second album kinda follows suit, but all to say it’s a surprisingly delightful album.

Xenia Rubinos-Black Terry Cat (2016)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 65%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Romeo
  2. Don’t Wanna Be
  3. Mexican Chef
  4. Black Stars
  5. Just Like I
  6. Right?
  7. 5
  8. Lonely Lover
  9. Laugh Clown
  10. I Won’t Say
  11. LL
  12. See Them
  13. Now Ur Being The Girl
  14. How Strange It Is

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some experimental R&B shiznat.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, kinda funny just like the artist

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No thanks.

Final Thoughts:

I’d call Xenia Rubinos’s Black Terry Cat a very experimental album. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard anything quite like it. There are a few really catchy tunes on this album, but overall it got a little repetitive for me near the second half of the album. It’s an artist to keep your eye on, but I still think she’s got some growing pains to get through.

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