EUREKA!

By el_duro el_duro
updated 11 days ago

Some musical ruptures are so penetrating, so incisive we just can’t help but exclaim EUREKA! While many of our picks here defy categorization and test the boundaries of what exactly discerns ‘music’ from ‘noise', others complement or continue anachronistic traditions that have provided new forms and ways of listening. We consider the section a work-in-progress, so expect its definition to be in perpetual flux. – TMT

Created by the Tiny Mix Tapes webzine, "[the] EUREKA! award is given to albums not on the basis of some intrinsic notion of quality, but rather based on their capacity to challenge the limits of music and representation." – Gabriel Samach, TMT

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Tara Sinn + Blues Control – My Afterlife Is So Boring II
2015
Styles: fun drone, puka-shell kraut, HTML
Others: Eric Copeland, Kwjaz, Molly Soda
"Released [by Blues Control] as sonic accompaniment to artist Tara Sinn’s My Afterlife Is So Boring II project – published on multimedia publishing platform NewHive – the six short pieces forego the usual music-release structure, being wedded to Sinn’s images to create a delightful mini-trip through an online wonderland. Unlike the opposing hierarchies implied in, say, a CD release or a gallery installation, the images and sounds here are in total symbiosis, without any need to separate one from the other."
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Pacific Yew – Maidenhair
2019
Styles: waiting for the bus, smoking a Newport on the stoop
Others: Gil Scott-Heron, Ariel Pink, Standing on the Corner
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Organ Tapes – Hunger In Me Living
2019
Styles: bedroom rock, top 40, drill, mash-ups
Others: malibu/dj lostboi, noctilucents, Anna, Le Makeup, Durutti Column
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Thelma (7) – The Only Thing
2019
Styles: pathetic love songs
Others: Angel Olsen, Joanna Newsom, Lana Del Rey
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DjTiGa – The Sound: Vol. 1
2016
Styles: Jersey club, house, hip-hop, footwork
Others: DJ Sliink, J Cush, Brick Bandits
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Angel-Ho – Death Drop From Heaven
2015
Styles: uncanny, bass music, death mix, non-binary
Others: Arca, Venus X, Dope Saint Jude, E+E, Crazy 3
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Random Touch – Alchemy
2007
Styles: art-rock, experimental jazz, free improvisation, progressive
Others: John Zorn, Nurse With Wound, The Residents, Angelo Badalamenti
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  1. Mount Eerie With Julie Doiron - Lost Wisdom Pt. 2

    2019

    Styles: crackle, compost, thank you, next
    Others: Eric’s Trip, Beat Happening, Geneviève Castrée

    Review

  2. Topdown Dialectic - Vol. 2

    2019

    Styles: 4D (or more?), vibrational energy transference, non-linear sound systems
    Others: Jan Jelenik, Vladislav Delay

    Review

  3. Yeule - Serotonin II

    2019

    Styles: dream pop, ambient
    Others: Baths, Meishi Smile, Dasychira

    Review

  4. Galen Tipton - Fake Meat

    2019

    Styles: sound collage, plastic surgery
    Others: Keith Rankin, Toiret Status, Roland Barthes

    Review

  5. Thaiboy Digital - Legendary Member

    2019

    Styles: Equestrian, agrarian, wind, lasers, spray, above sea level
    Others: Tom Cruise, St. Peter, The Beach Boys

    Review

  6. ODAE - Ataraxic

    2019

    Styles: electronic, abstract, breath, texture, voice, concrete
    Others: Arca, Organ Tapes, Laurel Halo, Amnesia Scanner, Slauson Malone

    Review

  7. Charli XCX - Charli

    2019

    Styles: future, future
    Others: Hannah Diamond, Eartheater, Frank Ocean

    Review

  8. Fire-Toolz - Field Whispers (Into The Crystal Palace)

    2019

    Styles: subatomic tuning forks, electric narratives covered in varieties of skin, “vapo…” – nah that’s dumb
    Others: Nonlocal Forecast, MindSpring Memories

    Review

  9. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

    2019

    Styles: please delete your account
    Others: Sweet Trip, James Ferraro, Atari Teenage Riot

    Review

  10. Mister Lies - Mister Lies

    2019

    Styles: dreams, memory, immersion
    Others: David Sylvian, You’ll Never Get to Heaven, Laurel Halo, How to Dress Well

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  11. Yatta (2) - Wahala

    2019

    Styles: voices, poetry, wisdom
    Others: Klein, Eartheater, Moor Mother, L’Rain

    Review

  12. Lingua Ignota - Caligula

    2019

    Styles: noise, doom
    Others: Frozen Niagara Falls, Hildegard von Bingen

    Review

  13. Holly Herndon - Proto

    2019

    Styles: proto-[signifier], anachro-glossolalia, anti-syncretic chant
    Others: Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Wendy Carlos, Jlin, ADR

    Review

  14. Sarah Davachi - Pale Bloom

    2019

    Styles: nard or valerian, artemisia or angelica, thyme, vanilla, savory, oregano, cinnamon and benzoin, hyssop or coriander, lemon balm, myrrh, ginger, marjoram
    Others: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Young’s Well-Tuned Piano

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  15. Ayankoko* - Kia Sao ກ້ຽວສາວ

    2019

    Styles: molam, drum & bass, hyper-speed distraction
    Others: Lafidki, Yearning Kru, Fire-Toolz, Dagshenma

    Review

  16. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

    2019

    Styles: anti-cynicism pop
    Others: Ariel Pink, Karen Carpenter, Sarah Cracknell, Trish Keenan

    Review

  17. The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 6

    2019

    Styles: ambience in translation, imagined real death, recovery, and then
    Others: Liz Harris, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke

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  18. Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano - Serenitatem

    2019

    Styles: ambient, environmental, collaboration
    Others: Hiroshi Yoshimura, Toshifumi Hinata, Midori Takada, Brian Eno, Bill Nelson

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  19. Tree (17) - WE Grown NOW

    2019

    Styles: deep throat, soul, Chicago blues
    Others: The “smoking gun” tape, Kanye West’s ghostwriters’ reference tracks, Howlin Wolf

    Review

  20. Triad God - Triad

    2019

    Styles: electronic, new age rap, post-hauntology, ad-libs
    Others: Babyfather, Yung Sherman, Fatima al Qadiri, Lolina

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  21. Myriam Bleau - Lumens & Profits

    6 For Sale from $10.52

    2019

    Styles: glitch, minimalism, constructivism, electronic, inventors
    Others: Takamitsu Ohta, Holly Herndon, Tomoko Sauvage, Lee Gamble

    Review

  22. Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next

    2019

    Styles: Gothic Romance, pop music, the greatest love of all
    Others: Rihanna, Taylor Swift, the Brontë sisters

    Review

  23. Xiu Xiu - Girl With Basket Of Fruit

    2019

    Styles: noise pop, character study, experimental, industrial, art rock
    Others: Profligate, The Double, Hard Corps, Merchandise, Wetware, Container

    Review

  24. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

    2018

    Styles: bloodletting, sludge rap
    Others: “Press, King, Navy, Med, MIKE on the bench”

    Review

  25. Machine Girl (2) - The Ugly Art

    2018

    Styles: bloodied banker-core, digital hardcore
    Others: Dreamcrusher, Deli Girls, Kill Alters, Channel 63, Five Star Hotel

    Review