Two Sentence Album Reviews

Album: Temporal
Artist: Julia Kent
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Favorite Tracks: Last Hour Story, Sheared
Thoughts: Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent creates atmospheric pieces with repeated melodies, drones, and tape loops.  The result is cinematic scores for films that don’t exist, and an odd ASMR response.
Rating: ****

Album: amo
Artist: Bring Me The Horizon
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Favorite Tracks: Ouch
Thoughts: What if heavy metal was mixed with electronic dance music? Would the result be satisfying to fans of either genre? Also, Grimes.
Rating: **

Artist: Nicola Cruz
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Favorite Tracks: Arka, Siete, Señor de las Piedras,

Thoughts: Electronic music may also be combined with folk musics, in this case the music of Ecuador.  Cruz adeptly brings together traditional drums and wind instruments – the siku of the album’s title – with electronic drones and rhythms.
Rating: ****

Album: 7 Directions
Artist: Nkisi
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Favorite Tracks: III, IV
Thoughts: Congolese-born, London-based DJ Nkisi offers another take on electronic music.  Sounds and rhythms build, pulsate, and swirl with no resolution on seven tracks numbered “I” through “VII.”
Rating: ****

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