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Tigran Hamasyan - Luys I Luso    ...I really love his jazzy/proggy stuff, but I have to say, the more I listen to this, the more I enjoy and am moved by it. Slow, contemplative piano and Armenian choir, doing stuff that (to my ears anyway) runs the gamut from early music to experimental vocals in the vein of Meredith Monk (ish), if not that extreme. Deep and sometimes weird. I wonder what Thatguy and MarkM would think of it.

 

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1 hour ago, FatherAlabaster said:

Tigran Hamasyan - Luys I Luso    ...I really love his jazzy/proggy stuff, but I have to say, the more I listen to this, the more I enjoy and am moved by it. Slow, contemplative piano and Armenian choir, doing stuff that (to my ears anyway) runs the gamut from early music to experimental vocals in the vein of Meredith Monk (ish), if not that extreme. Deep and sometimes weird. I wonder what Thatguy and MarkM would think of it.

 

This is Thatguy approved. Very much the ECM house style - which I like - including the album art. I too hear echoes of Meredith Monk. Atmospheric, lovely. Not scary at all.

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Voivod - Killing Technology (1987)

Here be punky vibes galore!  I struggle with a lot of Voivod stuff and prefer them at their more raw and energetic level before they went all proggy.  Snake could be on a Discharge record here and yet there's no disconnect with the more thrashy elements of the record.   Granted that the record does have this tendency to jump all over the place but each place it arrives at still feels earthy and accessible even if these changes can be distracting some of the time.

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3 minutes ago, MacabreEternal said:

Voivod - Killing Technology (1987)

Here be punky vibes galore!  I struggle with a lot of Voivod stuff and prefer them at their more raw and energetic level before they went all proggy.  Snake could be on a Discharge record here and yet there's no disconnect with the more thrashy elements of the record.   Granted that the record does have this tendency to jump all over the place but each place it arrives at still feels earthy and accessible even if these changes can be distracting some of the time.

I too prefer punk-thrash Voivod to prog Voivod which I largely do not like.

 

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I love all things punky, but I can't decipher any Voivod that came after their first two albums. And even they're not currently in rotation and haven't been for many years now. I know plenty of Voivod fans who talk them up regularly but it just sounds too off-kilter and intentionally non-musical to me. I'd rather bands stay on the kilter.

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On 1/15/2022 at 2:43 PM, FatherAlabaster said:

Love some LLN. It's not all good, I guess maybe the rawness by itself works for some people but the actual music is hit or miss for me. Favorite one I've heard from that scene is Black Murder's album "Feasts". Kinda disgusting.

Funny you  mention LLNN, assume it's the same band w/ 1 more "N". I think I've copped to being a AOTY list reading whore. LLNN , as anyone with eyes and interest knows, is one of AMG's hyped albums in their lists. Yes, I still look at AMG to check stuff out. Many of their listy albums don't quite stick the landing. I gave this one a cursory listen back some time ago an then again recently and it it stuck. Just ordered a CD and it should grace my own "best in year"-not the top 10 probably but I like it. I'll need to dig in some more but I find it reminiscent if CUL's second breakthrough album The Beyond before they fully developed their prototype post metal sound on Salvation. I always thought atmospheric sludge was a better descriptor for The Beyond-a pretty crushing album by post metal standards and more skewed towards  heft than ethereal beauty. Anyway, unmaker feels more inclined in that direction-heavy, more minimalistic and sludgy with a kind of barbaric epic sound. 

I'm not familiar with Meredith Monk-will have to check his stuff out.

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2 hours ago, Hungarino said:

New Nocturnal Graves kills!

Into the "to listen" Bandcamp list it goes, then if it's Hungarino sanctioned!

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1 minute ago, markm said:

Funny you  mention LLNN, assume it's the same band w/ 1 more "N". I think I've copped to being a AOTY list reading whore. LLNN , as anyone with eyes and interest knows, is one of AMG's hyped albums in their lists. Yes, I still look at AMG to check stuff out. Many of their listy albums don't quite stick the landing. I gave this one a cursory listen back some time ago an then again recently and it it stuck. Just ordered a CD and it should grace my own "best in year"-not the top 10 probably but I like it. I'll need to dig in some more but I find it reminiscent if CUL's second breakthrough album The Beyond before they fully developed their prototype post metal sound on Salvation. I always thought atmospheric sludge was a better descriptor for The Beyond-a pretty crushing album by post metal standards and more skewed towards  heft than ethereal beauty. Anyway, unmaker feels more inclined in that direction-heavy, more minimalistic and sludgy with a kind of barbaric epic sound. 

Heh, no, I was being lazy and not typing out "Les Légions Noires". A group of lo-fi French BM projects from the 90s. But your description of LLNN sounds like it might be something I'd enjoy, thank you.

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56 minutes ago, markm said:

I'm not familiar with Meredith Monk-will have to check his stuff out.

Ah, just saw this... She's a composer and vocalist. I got introduced to her stuff by a classical music friend when we were talking about metal vocals and "extended" vocal techniques. I suppose the stuff I'm familiar with would be called "avant-garde" and "minimalist". Her piece Dolmen Music really blew my mind a few years ago and remains my favorite, but I can't find the studio recording on YouTube and the live clips I'm finding are incomplete and not the greatest quality. I feel like it's much better heard in full, if you're feeling patient and receptive. Fair warning, I've played it for some metal friends and their eyes usually glaze over after four minutes or so.

Edit, I found a Bandcamp stream of the Dolmen Music studio recording:

https://thehousefoundation.bandcamp.com/album/dolmen-music

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