Tortoise- Beacons of Ancestorship (2009)

This Tortoise album is definitely not my favorite. I thought they were post-hardcore, but I guess not. Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen are mentioned in the write-up on Bandcamp, which gives an idea of where this album is going. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they said “inspired by”, but honestly if I wanted to listen to Kraftwerk I would, and they are better at their sound than anyone else is anyway. This is one of those albums that is a flop because the artists got too artistic, 70%.

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Colors- Unfinished Business (2014)

Stonercore is the type of music J Mascis would play if he smoked pot instead of just being weird and socially uncomfortable. Seriously. Kinda upbeat, soothing song structure, cool guitar riffs, perfect for a rainy afternoon.
So… Colors is a stonercore band. The cover of this release makes them look like some real goons, but trust me, it’s good music. It’s not like I’m asking you to hang out with the dudes. They might be into some of off shit like swordfighting or docking, so I wouldn’t ask that of anyone. But the music is pretty good, ten and a half minutes, instrumental, chill, defiantly a good bandcamp find, 85%.

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Mono- The Last Dawn (2014)

Post-rock is like pizza. It’s normally pretty good and different everywhere you go. Mono is the Japanese parallel to Pelican, instrumental and brooding, their latest release The Last Dawn is magnificent, easily the best post-rock album of last year. I would say more, dissect the album by song and by sound. But, my mind is cloudy, muddled by the excellent mango, so all I can manage to say, is check it out. It’s an instrumental masterpiece that suits the Monday morning session quite nicely.

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Sendelica- The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer (2012)

Sendelica is an instrumental psychedelic space rock trio from the UK. Twangy, moody and mellow, this is a good album to accompany a cup of coffee and an oil session on a frosty morning.
The album starts off with an absolutly killer riff, and Satori in Elegance Part II ends with another long repetitive one, probably the best of the album. Overall though, I’m not inthralled with this release. It’s good, but not great, and I was going to say, falling more into the category of background music for work than session music, but that’s not a fair analysis. This release suffers from overproduction more than anything. Psychedelic and Space rock are both dirty sounding genres that don’t transition well to clean recordings. It’s not like early black metal albums that sounded great on muddy, garage recordings, and then spectacular when rerecorded digitally. A good live recording of this album would be stellar, but this studio release is way too clean and falls a bit short, 86%.
Seriously, super clean psychedelic sounds like jazz.

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