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    Quote Originally Posted by Splicer View Post
    I just listened to this on your recommendation and I'm floored. Really good stuff.
    Great. The most fulfilling part of this site remains discovering and sharing music. So that's always great to hear.
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    I quite like the vocals, myself. I will say that they follow a seeming recent trend, though, of it being very hard to discern the lyrics upon the first couple of listens. On Bent Knee's excellent 2019 release You Know What They Mean, the words that Courtney Swain is singing, are practically un-intelligible, but still that was my album of the year!

    This is definitely in my mix, for my 2020 album of the year.
    We will see how it ends up for me, but it's promising as I have already gone back to it two more times since first listen.
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    Aka Moon's new album Opus 111 is based off a Beethoven Sonata. This is one is a bit of a "return to form" for them, blending some of Fabrizio Cassol's amazing arrangement/adaptation skills with a unique instrumentation approach. These clips will probably only be available in the USA, but I believe the album is on Spotify as well.



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    It's been fun browsing and researching items in this thread so far.

    Any newer new 2020 albums worth review?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    Aka Moon's new album Opus 111 is based off a Beethoven Sonata. This is one is a bit of a "return to form" for them, blending some of Fabrizio Cassol's amazing arrangement/adaptation skills with a unique instrumentation approach. These clips will probably only be available in the USA, but I believe the album is on Spotify as well.



    Really interesting stuff, as ever with Aka Moon (one of my favourite groups of the last 25 years without doubt). Not sure yet whether this one is going to become a favourite. Thanks for posting as I didn't know they had this out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    It's been fun browsing and researching items in this thread so far.

    Any newer new 2020 albums worth review?
    There's a new EP out from Ghost Rhythms, here:

    https://ghostrhythms.bandcamp.com/al...nary-mountains

    It probably goes without saying, this being Ghost Rhythms, that I think it's excellent. The first track, Coudreau's Dream, in particular is ridiculously great and also the hardest-rocking thing they have recorded.
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    Soooo far:

    Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
    Zopp - Zopp
    Elds Mark - s/t
    Moleslope - Slope
    Wildflower - Season 2
    Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You?
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    I haven't heard many 2020 releases and no prog, but I have been really liking Tame Impala's Slow Rush.

    It's got a bit of an ELO vibe.

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    So far for me-

    JG Thirlwell/ Simon Steensland: Oscillospira

    Aksak Maboul: Figures
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    Trane, Moleslope is a 2019 release. True, a late 2019 one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearHed289 View Post
    Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to sample this, and just did. Am ordering the CD now, really good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavus Torabi View Post

    Aksak Maboul: Figures
    I am waiting anxiously that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavus Torabi View Post
    Aksak Maboul: Figures
    I thought that was out only on May 25th??

    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Trane, Moleslope is a 2019 release. True, a late 2019 one.
    OK, shucks.
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    ^ I was lucky enough to get a promo.
    Heads up...it’s every bit as good as the other two. Really!
    I can’t get enough of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    between the working-at-home/other changes in schedule and lifestyle from Corona Virus and Diabetes (along with having to take care of a dog and even a cat now, lol), my consumption of new music has taken a dramatic backseat.

    but here's what I have off the top of my head


    Ours - Spectacular Sight III
    Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
    Pat Metheny - From This Place
    Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
    The Dear Hunter - The Fox and the Hunt

    in my cue

    Bruce Peninsula - No Earthly Sound
    Other Lives - For Their Love
    update

    1. Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea
    2. Ours - Spectacular Sight III
    3. Pat Metheny - From this Place
    4. Bruce Peninsula - No Earthly Sound
    5. Green Carnation - Leaves of Yesteryear
    6. Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
    7. The Dear Hunter - The Fox and the Hunt
    8. The Monkees - The Monkees Live – The Mike & Micky Show
    9. Nektar - The Other Side
    10. Other Lives - For Their Love

    Haven't Listened to Yet
    Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Homebound
    The Chap - Digital Technology
    Marian Semkina - Sleepwalking
    IAMX - Echo Echo

    2019's in my playlist and feel like new albums
    Lehto & Wright - Curios
    Maraton - Meta
    Misha Bower - Trying to Have it All

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    Trilok Gurtu God Is a Drummer Feb 7
    Dusan Jevtovic If You See Me Mar 20
    Wayne Krantz Write Out Your Head Jan 14
    Fernando Lamadrid De Paso Jan 31
    John McLaughlin · Shankar Mahadevan · Zakir Hussain Is That So? Jan 17
    Pat Metheny From This Place Feb 21
    Anika Nilles / Nevell For a Colorful Soul Jan 10
    Soften the Glare Glint Mar 3
    Ray Suhy & Lewis Porter Quartet Transcendent Apr 17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Trane, Moleslope is a 2019 release. True, a late 2019 one.
    I only first heard of 'em about a month ago so I'm putting Moleslope on my best of 2020 list! So there!

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    I kinda like PsychoYogi's new one Dangerous Devices though I would be the first to admit they're a bit of an acquired taste. Somewhat irreverent, dry and twisty with interesting lyrics.
    https://psychoyogi.bandcamp.com/album/dangerous-devices

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    ^ It's pretty good, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavus Torabi View Post
    ^ I was lucky enough to get a promo.
    Heads up...it’s every bit as good as the other two. Really!
    I can’t get enough of it.
    This sounds impossible, so there is a sudden rise of anticipation here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    I only first heard of 'em about a month ago so I'm putting Moleslope on my best of 2020 list! So there!
    yeah, I'll keep it in my list as well.

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    Three more: (now that the record shops are open gain)
    Glass Museum - Reykjavik (belgian piano-drum duo doing a quieter GoGo Penguin type of music - their second album)
    The Third Mind - S/T Dave Alvin (yes of The Blasters)'s excellent psych project including guest Jesse Sykes. lots of cover including Alice Coltrane's Saatchidananda
    The Dream Syndicate - The Universe Inside my fave in a very long time.

    also maybe;
    Trees Speak - Ohms Neo-krautrock (Köln-Dusseldorf school)
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    I thought this was really great (need to listen more, but I loved it on two listens):

    Lucian Ban - piano
    John Surman - baritone & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
    Mat Maneri - viola

    Transylvanian Folk Songs - The Bela Bartók Field Recordings

    Here's one track that's on their bandcamp page:
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    Dai Ka h t - easily the best so far 2020 release.

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    Tyshawn Sorey-drums/percussion-piano;Jennifer Curtis-violin.Invisable Rituals.

    Not jazz.Contemporay classical/chamber music is how i'd(clumsily) describe it.I dig it more with each listen.

    https://newfocusrecordings.bandcamp....visible-ritual


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