I will be picking the four people who are suggesting albums and PM'ing them some time tonight before I go to bed. After that, you will have a week to submit an album, and then we will start!
Ask me for the clan test!
OK, here goes:
Album Name: Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory
Artist: Dream Theater
Genre: Progressive Metal
Where to Listen:
Spotify - open.spotify.com/album/1QZi8laY96nhaeGSklvN4D
iTunes - itunes.apple.com/us/album/metr…2-scenes-from/id282694467
In addition to the generic questions of last time, let's ask the following:
- Did you find the music difficult to get into at times, perhaps too experimental?
- Did you think the album was at times too technical, or did you appreciate that aspect?
- Which tracks were most intriguing to you regarding the above two?
I would like to give some info and suggestions to maximize the enjoyment of this album.
1. This is a concept album. This means that the tracks tie into each other and tell a story. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the entire thing in order and in one sitting if possible.
2. It is progressive music, and as such, tracks can vary a lot in tone and even genre, and can even change motifs within the same song a lot, so even if you don't like a few tracks you might very well love some others. Basically, keep at it, and if you can't stand the current track just skip to the next.
You can use the following picture if you want:
ok this was hard lol
Album Name: Mia Pharaoh
Artist: Miniature Tigers
Where to Listen: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp
- What is your first impression of the album after listening?
- Have you listened to this artist/album before? Do you listen to anything similar to this?
- What were the standout moments or songs on this album?
- Would you listen to this again?
- Any other thoughts?
Album Name: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Artist: Mount Kimbie
Genre: trip-hop, post-dubstep
Where to Listen:
- Have you ever listened to this kind of music before?
- What would you characterise it as?
- If you listen to the music and think of it as a painting, do you think the abstractions and concepts make more sense?
- Anything else you would like to add?
Comments: This music is highly abstract in my opinion. To get the full experience I recommend keeping an open mind, listening to the album in its full (since it is a concept album) and paying attention to details that may not be so obvious, (what instruments are hidden? are there any conflicting time signatures? how do the chords conflict with the key?) Think of this music with the same lens/frame of reference as you would look at a cubist or abstract expressionist painting.
Album Name: Hot Thoughts
Genre: Indie rock/pop, art pop
Where to Listen:
1. Have you heard anything similar to this? Do you listen to this genre of music at all?
2. Is this something you would listen to again? Did it vibe with you?
3. What did you think of the album as a whole? How did it mesh together - what picture/image/mood did it paint for? How did it make you feel?
4. Any stand out songs? Anything from the album that really just struck a chord with you?
5. Any other thoughts?
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Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory opens to Nicholas, a troubled man going through past life regression therapy. In a hypnotic trance induced by his hypnotherapist, he begins to see a girl named Victoria and a life that feels strangely familiar, despite the fact that he has never been here. ("Regression") He learns that she was murdered, and that he was Victoria in a past life. ("Strange Deja Vu") He begins to believe that Victoria is haunting him to reveal the truth about her murder. ("Through My Words") Nicholas is able to recall that Victoria began distancing herself from her lover Julian because of his drinking and gambling addictions; she sought comfort in Julian's brother Edward and began an affair with him. Nicholas assumes that Julian murdered the two of them out of jealousy, a story backed up by a newspaper article covering the events, which cites a witness' testimony. However, Nicholas begins to doubt this series of events, and converses with an older man who was more familiar with the case. He realizes that he will never be able to get on with his own life until he solves her murder. ("Fatal Tragedy"; "Beyond This Life")
The second act begins by describing Julian's addictions to cocaine and gambling, which drives Victoria away from him. ("Home") Edward feels guilty about deceiving his brother, but decides that his love for Victoria is greater than his guilt, and he seduces her when she is vulnerable following her breakup. ("The Dance of Eternity") After visiting Edward's old house, Nicholas believes he has solved the mystery: Julian had tried to beg Victoria for forgiveness, and when rebuffed, killed both her and Edward, and positioned himself as the witness in the newspaper article. ("One Last Time") Nicolas comes to terms with what has happened, and bids farewell to Victoria. The hypnotherapist ends the session at this point, despite pleas from Victoria's memories. ("The Spirit Carries On") The narrative then cuts to Edward's perspective, revealing that he wished his romance with Victoria was more than a simple affair. As Victoria begins to reconcile with Julian again, Edward confronts the two of them, murders them, then stages the scene and assumes the role of the witness for the newspaper column. The flashback includes Edward telling Victoria to "open [her] eyes" before killing her, echoing the same choice of words the hypnotherapist used to wake Nicholas from his hypnotic trance. ("Finally Free") In the present, Nicholas arrives home, followed by the Hypnotherapist. Nicholas is startled by another request to "open [his] eyes", before the album cuts to (and concludes on) phonographic static. The band confirmed on the Scenes from New York live DVD that the hypnotherapist is Edward's reincarnation, and has killed Nicholas to complete the cycle yet again.