YUNOREVIEW: NOVEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

These are the albums I touch down on:
Killjoy Club – Reindeer Games
Grouper – Ruins
Wiley – Snakes & Ladders
This Will Destroy You – Another Language
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
At The Gates – At War With Reality
The Contortionist – Language
Jessie Ware – Tough Love

Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rhythm

Wildbirds & Peacedrums return with one of their catchiest efforts yet.

Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.’s second commercial project, much like his last, leaves much to be desired.

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

I travel down memory lane a little bit with a Slipknot review.

Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below

Detroit rapper-producer Black Milk treads water on his latest release.

Hartley C. White – “Let’s Play Politics”

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re in a good mood today, because I’m going to introduce you to someone very interesting: Hartley C. White. This guy is a multi-instrumentalist, martial artist, poet, and songwriter that currently resides in Queens. He records a self-coined style of music called “Who-pa-zoo-tic Music,” which seems to emphasize extremely broken rhythms. While it all seems entirely new on the surface, most music nerds will probably draw similarities between Hartley and notables names in “outsider music“: R. Stevie Moore, Wesley Willis, Tonetta, Ariel Pink.

On “Let’s Play Politics,” Hartley’s melodies are rudimentary, but there’s something strange and unique about them as well. The odd rhythmic character of the song makes every note pronounced and sticky. Despite this song’s unorthodoxy, it’s incredibly catchy. On the lyrical side of things, Hartley doesn’t say anything he doesn’t mean, making every word count in this clever satire of today’s political landscape.

This track is from a forthcoming compilation of songs dropping via OSR, and features music off Hartley’s first four albums, which were all released between 1984 and 2009. Pre-order here.

Panda Bear – Mr. Noah

Animal Collective’s Panda Bear give us a taste of his forthcoming album.

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

El-P and Killer Mike team up for an even more ambitious Run the Jewels record!

Dope Body – Lifer

Dope Body releases a chaotic and somewhat psychedelic followup to 2012′s Natural History.

Logic – Under Pressure

Maryland rapper Logic releases his commercial debut.