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WHAT’S THE SOUND OF…JUNE?!

We had a burst of new releases in spring; it was hard to recognize all the quality, because there was so much of it. Now, you can already sense the silly season of summer. Not that much quality music, but still enough to satisfy your very own inner music snob/enthusiast. Let me show you some of my favorite records for June 2017!

 

 

Artist: ’68

Album: Two Parts Viper

Genre: Post Hardcore/Grunge/Garage Rock

Release date: June 2

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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I love Josh Scogin. Everything he touches turns to musical gold. Sure, I was more than excited for ’68‘s new album Two Parts Viper, especially after the masterpiece which is In Humor And Sadness. Despite my expectation, Two Parts Viper caught me off-guard and overwhelmed me with its stylistic confidence and great songs. What an album!

 

 

 

Artist: Satomimagae

Album: Kemri

Genre: Dream Pop/Folk/Ambient

Release date: June 6

Personal rating: 9/10

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Followers of this feature may recognize that I have a super huge sweet spot for Japanese music. I’m fascinated by the almost endemic approach to songwriting many bands in this country cultivated. Same with this beautiful album by Satomimagae. Dreamy and savory, but also creepy and disturbing. Wonderful.

 

 

 

Artist: Anathema

Album: The Optimist

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: June 9

Personal rating: 8/10

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You can find my thoughts in our review for this album right here!

 

 

 

Artist: Exist

Album: So True, So Bound

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release date: June 9

Personal rating: 9/10

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When I first saw Cynic some years back, the guy who did second guitar and harsh vocals grabbed my attention, based on his extraordinary guitar playing and Chuck Schuldiner-esque vocals. After some research I’ve found out that Max Phelps had a band, and I’m following Exist since then. With So True, So Bound, the band reached an impressive level and delivered one of the best prog metal records I’ve heard this year. You can clearly hear influences from both Cynic and Death (Phelps also plays in Death To All), and the overall eclectic and epic sound makes this record so enjoyable.

 

 

 

Artist: Slow Dancer

Album: In A Mood

Genre: Synth Pop/Soul

Release date: June 9

Personal rating: 7.5/10

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Great old-school soul vibes, cool vocals and tasty guitar licks. I really enjoyed listening to this record while sitting outside and relishing in the sun.

 

 

 

Artist: Cigarettes After Sex

Album: Cigarettes After Sex

Genre: Ambient/Pop/Indie

Release date: June 9

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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This album is the soundtrack for the movie it creates inside your mind. I can’t even handle this much beauty, it’s overwhelming. This needs to be listened to by every one.

 

 

 

Artist: Sleepy Sun

Album: Private Tales

Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Indie

Release date: June 9

Personal rating: 9/10

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This is simply so much fun and a collection of incredibly well-written songs. Exciting and comforting, this album is the warm hug and the splash dive into a refreshing, crystal clear lake you need in your life.

 

 

 

Artist: Gentle Knife

Album: Clock Unwound

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: June 15

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This is the epic eleven-piece retro prog band from Norway you’ve been looking for your whole life. The prog world sleeps on this. Don’t be like the prog world. Be better. Check this out.

 

 

 

Artist: Igorrr

Album: Savage Sinusoid

Genre: Igorrr

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 10/10

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Check out my love letter to Igorrr and this album here!

 

 

 

Artist: Arcadea

Album: Arcadea

Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock/Electronic

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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Very trippy. Mastodon’s Brann Dailor goes a bit crazy with this project. Crazy electronic and space rock elements with Dailor’s distinctive voice and organic drum sound!

 

 

 

Artist: Hundredth

Album: Rare

Genre: Shoegaze/Indie/Melodic Hardcore

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 9/10

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Hundredth were always an outstanding band for me. Their energetic and authentic interpretation of melodic hardcore stood out against so many faceless bands out there. Now, they are back with their new album Rare, just to throw most of hardcore elements overboard and create an amazing indie/shoegaze album which is scarily on point. There are still some melodic hardcore parts on this album, but the airy vocals and overall ethereal mood fabricate a new identity, with only some glimpses of the old one.

 

 

 

Artist: Alison Moyet

Album: Other

Genre: Synth Pop

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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Legendary British singer Alison Moyet returns with a fantastic album and proves that her voice and stylistic flair lost nothing of its greatness.

 

 

 

Artist: Sky Architect

Album: Nomad

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Critically overlooked and underrated. Sky Architect are one of the best European prog rock bands these days, and they still don’t get the attention they deserve. Maybe another fantastic album in the vein of Nomad will change that!

 

 

 

Artist: Michael Nau

Album: Some Twist

Genre: Folk Rock

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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If I would say that this is an overlooked masterpiece from the 60’s/70’s, it would be hard not to believe me. One of the most ‘on point’ records I’ve heard this year.

 

 

 

Artist: Arve Henriksen

Album: Towards Language

Genre: Jazz/Experimental

Release date: June 16

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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The amount of pulchritude, concealment and grace is hard to digest. If you are still not aware that Arve Henriksen is a MUST LISTEN for everyone who is even slightly into jazz, ambient and/or experimental music, you doing it wrong. And like a good wine, he ages so well and keeps getting better and better.

 

 

 

Artist: Onryō

Album: Mūto

Genre: Mathcore/Grindcore/Technical Death Metal

Release date: June 20

Personal rating: 8/10

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The description on Bandcamp says: For fans of Psyopus, The Red Chord and Cephalic Carnage. And you’ll get exactly that!

 

 

 

Artist: Hollow Ran

Album: Thanks Your Welcome

Genre: Math Rock/Experimental

Release date: June 22

Personal rating: 9/10

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Don’t get distracted by the rough sound. Hollow Ran are an amazing band, and I’m thankful for every release!

 

 

 

Artist: Algiers

Album: The Underside Of Power

Genre: Indie/Art Rock

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Disturbing and incredibly interesting.

 

 

 

Artist: Ex Eye

Album: Ex Eye

Genre: Doom Metal/Jazz/Experimental

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 9/10

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Colin Stetson goes metal. And it’s freaking fantastic. What an album! This is new, fresh and heavy, and every one who is into the more experimental sides of metal should definitely listen to this. Some Yakuza vibes here and there!

 

 

 

Artist: Bent Knee

Album: Land Animal

Genre: Progressive/Art Rock/Indie

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Bent Knee’s upcoming album was one of my most anticipated releases in 2017, given how awesome Say So was. And gladly, their label debut turned out to be as surprising and exciting as their previous one. This band has such a unique flair and approach to songwriting, I can’t imagine something else than a bright future for these folks!

 

 

 

Artist: Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones

Album: Astrild Astrild

Genre: Darkjazz/Ambient/Drone

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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A dense ambiance, disturbing but also comforting. This record is a dark and warm beast, lurking for your auditive sense, and putting its droney claws inside of you.

 

 

 

Artist: Laurel Halo

Album: Dust

Genre: Synth Pop/Experimental

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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Laurel Halo seems to live in Berlin, at least temporarily, and Dust has a really strong Berlin-vibe. It’s the perfect soundtrack to get lost in the night. A bit weird and strange, but also with a distinctive urban beauty, which makes those nights so great.

 

 

 

Artist: Anomalie

Album: Métropole

Genre: Fusion/Electronic

Release date: June 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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I saw Anomalie‘s music pop up in my news feed quite often, posted by some famous modern prog artists. This stuff seems to be the perfect Zeitgeist right now. It has a strong future bass vibe, while delivering a strong balance between catchiness, smoothness and complexity. I hope his music doesn’t get overhyped, because there is a lot of potential!

 

 

 

Artist: Obsidian Mantra

Album: Existential Gravity

Genre: Progressive Death/Math Metal

Release date: June 27

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Poland seems to be the number one producer of mathy, Meshuggah/Gojira-inspired prog death metal. Another great band out of those realms are Obsidian Mantra, delivering intense and complex tunes with a certain roughness.

 

 

 

Artist: Cønstantine

Album: Esthesia

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release date: June 28

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Really amazing modern prog metal. Fans of Caligula’s Horse, Leprous and Voyager will love this!

 

 

 

Artist: Lapalux

Album: Ruinism

Genre: IDM/Electronic

Release date: June 30

Personal rating: 8/10

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One of my favorite electronic artists is back with a new record, and while Ruinism isn’t as great as Nostalchic, it’s still a great addition to his amazing discography.

 

 

 

Artist: Amberhill

Album: Songs From Summer

Genre: Math Rock/Indie

Release date: June 30

Personal rating: 8/10

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I’ve listened to this EP while preparing this article, and somehow it twinkled its way in. Really beautiful and sweet indie/math rock from Singapore!

 

You know the drill. Thanks for scrolling.

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