I actually managed to get my downloads within the calendar month this time!
* “_Akumu_ by *Akumu*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Akumu-Akumu-MP3-Download/11971417.html
Ambient, teetering on the precipice of minimal. Akumu is the post-Thrive project of Deane Hughes. While it hasn’t captured my attention the way Thrive had, it’s very very good.
* “_I Will Be_ by *Dum Dum Girls*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Dum-Dum-Girls-I-Will-Be-MP3-Download/11992486.html
I downloaded this after listening to the 30s samples. Imagine a low-fi Ladytron and you’re most of the way towards understanding the sound of this album. Excellent.
* “_Improvised Electron Device_ by *Front Line Assembly*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Front-Line-Assembly-Improvised-Electronic-Device-Deluxe-MP3-Download/11949530.html
Once again, Rhys Fulber has left the fold and the FLA sound changes. It doesn’t change all that much, though. Like KMFDM, I keep buying FLA’s stuff because of its consistency – it might all sound similar, enough so that I can’t always tell which album any given song is from, but it’s all *good*.
* “_Pearl Diver_ by *Malory*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Malory-Pearl-Diver-MP3-Download/11821603.html
The first Malory album, the magnificent “Not Here Not Now”, was an unabashed Slowdive worship session. Since then, Malory have worked hard to define themselves as their own band, and not merely an exceptionally good knock-off band. Pearl Diver, their fourth effort, still wears the Slowdive influence proudly, but by now it’s just that – an influence. The songcraft is more varied with this album, with songs that wander into the atmospheric and spooky. This album’s the highlight of the month.
* “_Chase the Tear_ by *Portishead*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Portishead-Chase-the-Tear-MP3-Download/11940371.html
A one-off track that Portishead released in support of Amnesty International. This could be the song that defines Portishead for me.
* “_Sister Kinderhook_ by *Rasputina*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Rasputina-Sister-Kinderhook-MP3-Download/11940354.html
* “_Parallelism_ by *The Science Teacher*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/The-Science-Teacher-Parallelism-MP3-Download/11047920.html
Gentle, yet haunting, ambient music from Stripmall Architecture (ex-Halou)’s Ryan Coseboom. Not what I was expecting from him at all, but well pleased. It’s lovely. My only complaint is that at 3 tracks across 18 minutes, it’s just way too short.
* “_Small Black EP_ by *Small Black*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Small-Black-Small-Black-EP-Deluxe-MP3-Download/11916812.html
* “_The Five Ghosts_ by *Stars*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Stars-The-Five-Ghosts-MP3-Download/11972967.html
Perhaps not Stars’ best album, but a worthy followup to the brilliant Sad Robots EP. To be fair, I think anything would be hard-pressed to top “A Thread Cut WIth A Carving Knife”.
* “_YG No Art EP_ by *Young Galaxy*”:http://www.emusic.com/album/Young-Galaxy-YG-No-Art-EP-MP3-Download/11972285.html