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What’s The Sound Of…January 2018?

Welcome to the first episode of What’s The Sound Of… of the year (well, technically I released the December 2017 episode in early 2018, but you know what I mean)! After a relatively quiet December, January took no prisoners and celebrated 2018 with a blow of so many amazing and interesting records. Let’s start!

 

 

Artist: Author

Album: IIFOIIC

Genre: Indie/Post Rock

Release date: January 1 

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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An incredibly intense and fascinating album. This contender for my AOTY list (for real) surprised me out of nowhere with amazing soundscapes and great vocals. A powerful album!

 

 

 

Artist: Undercover Rabbis

Album: Andromeda

Genre: Doom/Post Punk/Shoegaze

Release date: January 1

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This is what happenes if you do a doom version of Nick Cave. Fantastic.

 

 

 

Artist: Louser

Album: Intermediate State

Genre: Indie/Grunge

Release date: January 1

Personal rating: 8/10

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A little diamond full of charming songs.

 

 

 

Artist: Follows

Album: Nyctophile

Genre: Indie/Dream Pop

Release date: January 2

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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There is great music all around the world. This amazing band is coming form Bangkok, Thailand, and they’re hella great!

 

 

 

Artist: Hated

Album: Breathless Art

Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal

Release date: January 3

Personal rating: 8/10

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Are you missing Chuck Schuldiner and Death? Check out this album.

 

 

 

Artist: Sinistro

Album: Sangue Cassia

Genre: Doom/Dark Metal

Release date: January 5

Personal rating: 8/10

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Their doomy, gloomy noir-esque metal is really captivating. Striking hard with a great album.

 

 

 

Artist: Weedpecker

Album: III

Genre: Stoner/Psychedelic/Progressive Rock

Release date: January 5

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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Mastodon riffs, Kyuss vibes and awesomeness. This album will be on my AOTY list. Fuck.

 

 

 

Artist: Feeding Fingers

Album: Do Owe Harm

Genre: Post Punk/Experimental

Release date: January 5 

Personal rating: 8/10

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Mictrotonal tunings are trendy, but they aren’t used in great fashion oftly. Gladly, that’s not the case for this album.

 

 

 

Artist: Corniglia

Album: Corniglia

Genre: Indie/Dream Pop

Release date: January 9

Personal rating: 9/10

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An incredibly warm and sweet album. Hailing from Perth, Australia, Corniglia have a certain way of expressing their aesthetics which I only find in Japanese bands these days.

 

 

 

Artist: Dependence

Album: I Just Needed A Little Time

Genre: Post Hardcore/Indie

Release date: January 7

Personal rating: 8/10

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Fantastic little gem for fans of La Dispute or Hotel Books. Just a bit less pretentious and overall better.

 

 

 

Artist: Dean McPhee

Album: Four Stones

Genre: Ambient/Post Rock

Release date: January 12

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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The magic he creates with just one guitar is magnificent.

 

 

 

Artist: Capstan

Album: In The Wake Of Our Discord

Genre: Progressive/Post Hardcore/Pop Punk

Release date: January 12

Personal rating: 8/10

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Very energetic, a bit more compelling than most of your typical swancore stuff, with a higher diversity of elements.

 

 

 

Artist: Psychic Lemon

Album: Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay

Genre: Psychedelic/Progressive Rock

Release date: January 11

Personal rating: 8/10

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Very trippy. Like, VERY trippy. And fuzzy. And pretty spacey. You know the deal, it’s pretty trippy. Trippy.

 

 

 

Artist: Blå Lotus

Album: Tube Alloys

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: January 12

Personal rating: 7.5/10

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Guitar-less retro prog from Sweden. Pretty cool.

 

 

 

Artist: Doppälgängär

Album: Melencholia

Genre: Post Metal

Release date: January 13

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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One of the best post metal albums I’ve heard in a very long time. Interesting and fascinating.

 

 

 

Artist: Filthy Young Impalers

Album: Pattern Blue

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Release date: January 13

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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In a genre which is all about technical proficiency, this EP is all about energy. And that makes it so refreshing!

 

 

 

Artist: If I Die In Mississippi

Album: Holographic Heartache

Genre: Ambient/Shoegaze

Release date: January 14

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This is meant as a compliment, but the whole album is a like an intro for an amazing shoegaze song. Just without the song and with extra ambience.

 

 

Artist: Nulabee

Album: Queen For A Day

Genre: IDM/Future Bass/Chillwave

Release date: January 15

Personal rating: 8/10

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Super duper sweet electronic goodness, as usual from Nulabee.

 

 

 

Artist: Pobeda

Album: The Honesty Field

Genre: Math Rock/Post Hardcore

Release date: January 15

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Really cool music, mathy post hardcore with some noise/skramz influences.

 

 

Artist: Sisare

Album: Leaving The Land

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8/10

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Fucking awesome prog from Finnland.

 

 

 

Artist: SiR

Album: November

Genre: R’n’B/Soul

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8/10

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Soulful and a bit retro. Great.

 

 

 

Artist: Night Verses

Album: Copper Wasp

Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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I’m a fan through and through, enjoyed every stylistic incarnation of the band, but they seem to be on a road to becoming the best Night Verses version yet.

 

 

 

Artist: Bahamas

Album: Earthtones

Genre: Indie/Soul

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Indie spiced up with soul and some country vibes. It works so damn well.

 

 

 

Artist: Zoology

Album: Bloom

Genre: Neo Soul/Experimental

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 9/10

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I’ve been following Beau Diakowicz‘s endeavours for a pretty long time, and I’m so glad he found so much creativity with Zoology. Smooth as fuck.

 

 

 

Artist: Yhdarl

Album: Loss

Genre: Black Metal

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This will probably be one of the best black metal records of 2018!

 

 

 

Artist: Somali Yacht Club

Genre: The Sea

Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Doom Metal

Release date: January 22

Personal rating: 8/10

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It’s not as cool as The Sun, but still great!

 

 

 

Artist: Waelder

Album: Non Places

Genre: Electronic/Experimental

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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Very rich and multi-layered!

 

 

 

Artist: Tiny Moving Parts

Album: Swell

Genre: Pop Punk/Math Rock

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Come on, it’s hard to NOT like this band. “Caution” will be one of my favorite songs of 2018!

 

 

 

Artist: Portal

Album: Ion

Genre: Experimental Death Metal

Release date: January 19

Personal rating: 8/10

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Love the noise or hate the sound. I love it.

 

 

 

Artist: Nils Frahm

Album: All Melody

Genre: Ambient/Modern Classical

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 9/10

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My favorite Nils Frahm album to date. Easy.

 

 

 

Artist: Ocean Of Grief

Album: Nightfall’s Lament

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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Doom is starting strong in 2018. Check this out.

 

 

 

Artist: Khruangbin

Album: Con Todo El Mundo

Genre: Indie/Blues/Funk

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Never heard anything like that. Could be a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack.

 

 

 

Artist: Giver

Album: Where The Cycle Breaks

Genre: Hardcore

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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One of the best hardcore records I’ve heard in a while. Powerful and on point atmosphere!

 

 

 

Artist: Django Django

Album: Marble Skies

Genre: Indie/Art Rock

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Weird and fascinating.

 

 

 

Artist: Lylo

Album: Post Era

Genre: New Wave/Indie

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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A wave version of The Police? A more joyful version of Depeche Mode? No idea, but this album is awesome.

 

 

 

Artist: Johnny Jewel

Album: Digital Rain

Genre: Electronic/Experimental

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Chromatics‘ Johnny Jewel created an amazing sonic journey.

 

 

 

Artist: Flying Horseman

Album: Rooms/Ruins

Genre: Indie/Folk

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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A bunch of great song, clever songwriting decisions and great sounds.

 

 

 

Artist: Dagon

Album: Back To The Sea

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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DAGON ARE FUCKING BACK! I loved Terraphobic back then, and it’s so great that these guys released another album full of great riffs and nautical quirks!

 

 

 

Artist: Silvia Kastel

Album: Air Lows

Genre: Electronic/Experimental

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Intriguing experience. I really love when an artist shows you how rich electronic elements can be.

 

 

 

Artist: Mimicking Birds

Album: Layers Of Us

Genre: Indie

Release date: Januar 26

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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I love their atmosphere. It’s vibrating, glowing and a bit psychy.

 

 

 

Artist: Cucina Povera

Album: Hilja

Genre: Experimental/Ambient

Release date: January 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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Dark soundscapes, haunting vocal layers. Sounds like a winter night.

 

 

 

Artist: Cyclamen

Album: Amida

Genre: Math Rock/Progressive Rock

Release date: January 28

Personal rating: 9/10

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A drastic change in style, but it’s working flawlessly. What a great record.

 

 

 

Artist: Sleepy Dog

Album: Just Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Genre: Math Rock/Indie

Release date: January 29

Personal rating: 8/10

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Nice midwest emo influences, as well as an overall lo-fi bedroom vibe.

 

 

 

Artist: Ekranoplan

Album: Hypnopædia

Genre: Grindcore/Sludge

Release date: January 30

Personal rating: 8/10

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Heavy, filthy, gritty. Good way to end the month!

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