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QUICK REVIEW GAUNTLET (Jan 2022)


Well, here we are again. I just wanted to get listening to albums I left out in 2021 before we really begin the music year of 2022, so without further ado, lets get right into it




Hayley Williams-Flowers For Vases/Descanos


Hayley Williams is mainly known for her contributions to the band Paramore. After a solo debut in 2020, she went to record another album for a 2021 release with the album “Flowers For Vases/Descansos”. I will say that it didn’t blow me away in any way but there were some good ideas brought to the table. I think if Hayley develops in this style a bit more, she’ll be able to create a great record with it.


Month Of Release:February


Genres:Singer/Songwriter,Indie Folk


For Fans Of:Sufjan Stevens,Laura Marling,Taylor Swift



Conway The Machine-La maquina


There are two types of Griselda projects. The ones where the members go all out to create a great hip hop project, then there are the Griselda projects where the rapper doesn’t try to aim for a classic. This album is in between. It’s not as impactful as “From King To A God” but its mixture of the classic Griselda sound with modern trap songs is a cool venture for Conway as he does his attempt at modern rap. I like the approach that Conway is going because he still stands with his lyrical ground, but on the other hand, he could’ve tried so much more than he did on this project.


Month Of Release:April

Genres:Hardcore Hip Hop,East Coast Hip Hop,Gangsta Rap


For Fans Of:Kool G Rap,Mobb Deep,JAY Z



Hiatus Kaiyote-Mood Valiant



This is actually my introduction to Hiatus Kaiyote and I will say that I think their sound is unique. It’s a Neo-soul record but more influence on jazz and psychedelia than most Neo-soul. It also sounds a little bit more lively and performative. Will I go out of my way to listen to this again? Probably not, but do I recommend it to people? Yeah.


Month Of Release:June


Genres:Neo-Soul


For Fans Of:Erykah Badu,Solange,The Internet




Still Woozy-If This Isn't Nice I Don't Know What Is


Honestly, I wasn’t super big on this record. I appreciate the sound palettes that Still Woozy is trying to accomplish but to me, it’s just a ripoff of Of Montreal with a hint of Mac Miller. If you’re into bedroom pop with a lot of syrup though, this record is for you.


Month Of Release:August


Genres:Bedroom Pop


For Fans Of:Of Montreal,Clairo,Gorillaz



Lil Ugly Mane-Volcanic Bird Enemy and the Voiced Concern


I honestly don’t know why I didn’t decide to review this. I’ve always wanted to get into Lil Ugly Mane and a new album is always the best way to get into someone. On the other hand, this album is a trip. Do you see the cover here? The album is the soundtrack of waking up to that exact scene. You’re so intoxicated and drugged up and you wake up to see this bird mascot and a puppet cop arresting you in this random bar. That’s what this album basically is

Month Of Release:October


Genres:Neo-Psychedelia,Trip Hop


For Fans Of:Four Tet,David Lynch,Portishead




Dijon-Absolutely


I’m glad I got a chance to listen to this. It’s only 31 minutes but Dijon provides a lot of great ideas over these 12 tracks taking a lot of influence from multiple styles of music. ?He also proves that he is a great singer and pretty intimate songwriter as well. It just has a unique DIY vibe to it as well. It makes me wonder where his sound can head off to once he gets a bigger budget to his name.


Month Of Release:November


Genres:Alternative R&B,Neo-Soul


For Fans Of:Frank Ocean,Solange,The Internet



Aesop Rock & Blockhead-Garbology


I was never the biggest fan of Aesop Rock’s music but I’ve always enjoyed the music when I hear it. He usually chooses production that fits with his style and the lyricism of this guy is above level like always. With that being said, it’s still one of the strongest hip hop releases of 2021 when it comes to lyrical skill.


Month Of Release:November


Genres:Abstract Hip Hop


For Fans Of:Danny Brown,Del,Cannibal Ox



Richard Dawson & Cirlce-Henki


As a person who loves progressive rock, this record was right up my alley. On the other hand, it does a low-key border on parody. I love the instrumentation and I love Richard Dawsons vocal performance as he seems to be an avid prog listener but the songwriting and subject matter do border on being pretentious. On the other hand, I love seeing a group of people re-create some of the best music of the 70s.


Month Of Release;November

Genres:Art Rock,Progressive Rock


For Fans Of:King Crimson,Pink Floyd,The Mars Volta



Snail Mail-Valentine


Not only Snail Mail has been recommended to friends of mine, but they’re also pretty well known in the new branch of indie rock. I will say that I think they make solid music, but their music is nothing special to me. It's solid and tolerable but nothing strong enough to revisit or even regret reviewing. It was solid. Nothing more, nothing less.


Month Of Release:November


Genres:Indie Rock


For Fans:Sufjan Stevens,Pheobe Bridgers, The Microphones

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