Five Songs, 7/6/2021
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Five Songs, 7/6/2021

The Avalanches, "Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu)"

The anarchic and sweet pop of the Avalanches is usually at its best when it's barrelling along, swirling and shimmering. You know when it is not at its best? When Rivers Cuomo shows up for some reason.

New Order, "All The Way"

I think Technique is the record when New Order really shook off the last vestiges of Joy Division. It's fully a bouncy pop record, danceable and charming. Because of that, it's probably my favorite record of those outside of Movement.

Sumerlands, "Blind"

Sumerlands play straight ahead metal. Not thrash, death, black, or any other variation. No, just pure 80s throwback. I'm not really sure what else there is to add here - you kind of hear what you're going to get here.

Fennesz + Sakamoto, "Aware"

A collaboration between two ambient artists, it's hard for me to tell how this differs from a Fennesz album. I like ambient just fine, but I'm not an aficionado, so I can't really point to particular things.

High on Fire, "Eyes and Teeth"

You know what? You could listen to Sumerlands, or you could listen to Matt Pike going absolutely ham with High on Fire, who occupy some of the same territory but are considerably more flaming. I know who I'm picking!

Joshua Buergel
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