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Substance is a double-disc set collecting New Order’s singles, including several songs that were never available on the group’s albums, at least in these versions. While there are a couple of re-recordings of earlier singles, most of Substance consists of 12″ single mixes designed for danceclub play. Arguably, these 12″ mixes represent New Order’s most groundbreaking and successful work, since they expanded the notion of what a rock & roll band, particularly an indie rock band, could do. Substance collects the best of their remixes, and in the process it showcases not only the group’s musical innovations, but also their songwriting prowess — “Temptation,” “Blue Monday,” “Bizarre Love Triangle,” and “True Faith” are some of the finest pop songs of the ’80s. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Electronic, Pop
Neutral Milk Hotel.
In the aeroplane over the sea.
Find In the aeroplane over the sea at your library
Perhaps best likened to a marching band on an acid trip, Neutral Milk Hotel’s second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot, with the truth probably falling somewhere in between. Again teaming with producer Robert Schneider, Jeff Mangum invests the material here with new maturity and clarity; while the songs run continuously together, as they did on the previous On Avery Island, there is a much clearer sense of shifting dynamics from track to track, with a greater emphasis on structure and texture. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Alternative, Neo-Psych
Find Crystal castles at your library
No matter how much Crystal Castles insist they’re named after She-Ra’s fortress and not the 1983 arcade favorite, thanks to the Atari sound chips in their keyboards, their music evokes vintage video game soundtracks — albeit ones that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated almost past recognition. On their self-titled debut, Crystal Castles (aka Ethan Kath and Alice Glass) hurl eight-bit bleeps, bloops, and noise as relentlessly as Space Invaders marching down a screen, turning these sounds into sometimes chaotic, sometimes moody synth pop with a jagged edge. — allmusic.com
Keywords: Indie pop, electronic
The minimal wave tapes. Volume two.
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“New York DJ Veronica Vasicka’s Minimal Wave label has long championed a rare and shadowy sub-subgenre of incredibly obscure early electronic music. The second volume of Minimal Wave Tapes compiles 14 tracks of goth-leaning dark electronic sounds from the pre-MIDI 1980s, a cross section of the raw, rudimentary sounds that the label generally trades in. Unearthing stuff like this is no small feat, as in many cases the original releases were incredibly limited vinyl or cassette runs, moving in tiny circles among the artists and a handful of friends and fans.” — allmusic.com
Find Daydream Nation at your library
By refining the song-oriented breakthroughs of Sister and developing their fascination with noise and alternate tunings, Sonic Youth created a masterpiece of post-punk art rock with the double-album Daydream Nation. Though the self-conscious sprawl of the album might appear self-indulgent on the surface, Daydream Nation is powered by a sustained vision, one that encapsulates all of the group’s quirks and strengths. Alternating between tense, hypnotic instrumental passages and furious noise explosions, the music demonstrates a range of emotions and textures, and in many ways, it’s hard not to listen to the record as one long piece of shifting dynamics. But the songs themselves are remarkable, from the anti-anthem of “Teen Age Riot” and the punky “Silver Rocket” to the hazy drug dreams of “Providence” and the rolling waves of “Eric’s Trip.” Daydream Nation demonstrates the extent to which noise and self-conscious avant art can be incorporated into rock, and the results are nothing short of stunning. — Allmusic.com
Keywords: Alternative, Indie
Odessey & oracle.
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Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America (with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer); and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single “Time of the Season,” culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. — Allmusic.com
Keywords: Psych, Rock