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Poll: Which album is your favorite? Please listen to all ten before voting.
All The Pretty Little Horses by Current 93
0%
 0%  [0]
Blonde by Frank Ocean
33%
 33%  [1]
Untrue by Burial
0%
 0%  [0]
Depressive Silence II by Depressive Silence
0%
 0%  [0]
Ancestors Call by Huun-Huur-Tu
0%
 0%  [0]
Big Blood & The Bleedin' Hearts by Big Blood & The Bleedin' Hearts
33%
 33%  [1]
The Dance Of The Moon And The Sun by Natural Snow Buildings
0%
 0%  [0]
The Mantle by Agalloch
33%
 33%  [1]
Bergtatt - Et Eventyr I 5 Capitler by Ulver
0%
 0%  [0]
Divine Music From A Jail by Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun
0%
 0%  [0]
Total Votes : 3

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Lowkey



Gender: Male
Age: 22
Location: Orlando, Florida
United States

#21 | Posted: 06/11/2019 22:34 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Love that these records are getting more love!

My number 2:


Blonde by Frank Ocean

This album changed my life in 2016. I was going through a ton of mental turmoil and ended up coming to an epiphany with the help of this record. White Ferrari is one of the most beautiful songs in western music, Nikes is absolutely stunning, Solo and Skyline To are such great, breezy jams, and Futura Free rounds it out so well. I love every track on here, and there is not a dull moment on the entire record. I can't thank this album enough for what it did for me, and I'm eagerly awaiting what this icon puts out next.
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Jameth




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#22 | Posted: 06/13/2019 04:49 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Wow! A two and half hour long album I have to play from YouTube ( Sad )!! I’m gonna have to skip over it until I have time to listen to it uninterrupted. But, I’m pretty excited to listen to an album as long as Scarface.
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baystateoftheart
Neil Young as a butternut squash



Age: 24
Location: Massachusetts
United States

#23 | Posted: 5 days ago | Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dance Of The Moon And The Sun by Na... Buildings

I really enjoyed this album. The blend of drone and folk works quite well for me, and this is a talented duo. However, it felt pretty inconsistent, with some tracks being incredibly beautiful, while others others were merely rather nice, or even simply odd. I also found its length to be somewhat bloated and not totally necessary for what it accomplishes.


The Mantle by Agalloch

An acclaimed metal album that feels a bit tangential to the genre, with its atmospheric nature and folk elements. That's fine with me, as stylistically it's a better fit for my ears than classic riffage. While it's often beautiful and is a perfect fit for its cover art, some of the songs feel a bit aimless, and as usual I'm not a fan of growled vocals.
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#24 | Posted: 4 days ago | Post subject: Reply with quote

Bergtatt - Et Eventyr I 5 Capitler by Ulver

This is pretty cool. It skips between a couple styles, and the more atmospheric the music gets, the better it is. Another great match for the cover art. There are some really good vocals on here, but also some more growling metal vocals that leave me cold. Probably not destined to be a personal favorite, but an interesting listen.
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#25 | Posted: 38 hours ago | Post subject: Reply with quote

Divine Music From A Jail by Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun

This album has a fascinating and tragic story behind it.

Some Facebook page via Boxfish in RYM shoutbox wrote:
Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun was a Tuvan man trained in traditional throat singing. He was born in the Tuva oblast in central Asia under the USSR. In the 1960’s, he was imprisoned for life on one count of youth corruption and three of murder. Some support his innocence, saying his imprisonment was political. The veracity of his guilt is unconfirmable. He threw himself into music to maintain his sanity, using only his voice and a prison bayan, a stripped-down accordion available to him. He developed a unique form of throat-singing that would come to be named after him. During his 34 years in prison, he wrote 18 songs that were recorded during his sentence. He named the album “Divine Songs from a Jail.” When the Soviet Union was disbanded, he had his freedom and his music found a following in Tuva.

It was soon after that he went missing. His whereabouts unknown, his style of music became a taboo. No one dared associate themselves with a potential pariah, lest they become pariahs themselves. The Oidupaa style of throat singing was practiced behind closed doors and the suggestion that it should be performed in public was met with wide-eyed uncertainty.

In 2007, he returned after fifteen years and performed in a public forum. His performance broke the taboo. Today, Tuvan musicians perform in his famous style without reservation; his style reminds its listeners of hardship, not glory – of the confinement of a cell, not the openness of the plains.

His decade and a half away from home is shrouded in mystery. What little is known is that he fed himself by selling tapes of his music and performing in public, getting as far as Switzerland by unknown means: likely hitchhiking. I have never met Oidupaa, but his face looks as though it tells little.

I never know what’s real. I dream of a Siberian Christ, wandering Eurasia, performing miracles. Maybe I owe it to myself that I should suspend my judgment. Oidupaa lived to atone for the crimes of a wrathful Earth and he died in 2013.


While he may be known for his distinctive and original style of Tuvan throat singing, I like it significantly less than the styles on Ancestors Call. The instrumentals are likewise not as good, although obviously constrained by the limitations of his situation. This is not a bad record by any means, but unfortunately it's not something I really enjoy as of now.

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I am abstaining from the vote, but here's my rough ranking:

Amazing

1. Untrue by Burial

Great

2. Depressive Silence II by Depressive Silence
3. Blonde by Frank Ocean

Quite Good

4. The Dance Of The Moon And The Sun by Natural Snow Buildings
5. The Mantle by Agalloch

Pretty Good

6. Ancestors Call by Huun-Huur-Tu
7. Bergtatt - Et Eventyr I 5 Capitler by Ulver
8. Big Blood & The Bleedin' Hearts by Big Blood & The Bleedin' Hearts

Okay

9. Divine Music From A Jail by Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun

Not Listened

All The Pretty Little Horses by Current 93 [don't want to derail but the reason is somewhere in my diary]
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Lowkey



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Age: 22
Location: Orlando, Florida
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#26 | Posted: 10 hours ago | Post subject: Reply with quote

Untrue by Burial

This was my #1 for a few years, this really hit me when I first heard it but at the time I could not drive. Upon getting my license and a car, listening to this driving throughout the various metropolitan areas that I frequented at the time

It changed my entire mind on how effective ambiance and atmosphere can be to music

Shell Of Light is the highlight on here for me and the last minute or so of this track is one of the greatest moments in music, period.
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#27 | Posted: 5 hours ago | Post subject: Reply with quote

Depressive Silence II by Depressive Silence

One of the most transport-ive albums I've ever listened to. From start to finish, this album doesn't break its medieval character and that's one of the things that makes this so special. I love how I feel like I'm walking through a castle from hundreds of years ago whilst listening to this record. Forest of Eternity is a top 10 song of all-time for me and it the main highlight, though the entire record is impeccable
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