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Massa Nera, Forth Wanderers, etc.
Staff | November 01, 2019

Each week, the Jellybones staff will post our recommendations for the coming week as well as a link to a Spotify playlist containing relevant songs recs. Hope you had a great Halloween - here’s the playlist, and here’s to the new month!

Post-hardcore screaming from the Latinx community of New Jersey. This is the music of the revolution - “This is a false flag operation.” Immediately arresting dark melodies paired with immediately relevant lyrics - “Having to pick between squeezing pins and needles or swallowing glass/Choosing a side based on repugnance or fraudulence…/It’s safe to say I’d rather swallow glass.” Me too. Screamo isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but give it a shot - you might be surprised to see that this might resonate with the anti-fascist inside you. “We march, in hopes to dethrone.” I’ll see you out there. - Young Fenimore Lee

SECOND LANGUAGE by XXX
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BANA, 2019

Please listen to the Korean underground. Their voices should be heard. - Young Fenimore Lee

Some serious standout indie rock here from songwriting duo Ava Trilling and Ben Guterl. The melodies are catchy and cloying, as Ava inquires about confused love - “He says/He likes my taste/But I bite his tongue/You know, just in case” - the teeth as a metaphor for being “all over the place.” “Taste” is one of the album’s standouts, along with the first track, “Nevermine,” which has another eternal hook: “I didn’t waste my time/You were never mine.” Modern punk-y indie songwriting sensibilities at their best. - Young Fenimore Lee

Incredibly grating music - the most experimental Xiu Xiu has created up to this point. The melodicism has started to fade - at least, you think so, until the haunting “Normal Love.” Then, the noise settles to the sidelines to reveal the beauty within the whole project itself. Like water, noise feels inessential until its beauty is again perceived at some epiphanic moment. This is one of those epiphanic moments.- Young Fenimore Lee

My favorite ambient album ever. Sonic interactions at their base and most primal. Adam Wiltzie and Christina Vantzos’s audiovisual experiments are well adored through pockets of the internet, but I have yet to see anyone recognize that this was some of the most successful revolutionary ventures in audiovisual ambient art. It blows me away listen after listen, and I’ll never tire of hearing the ending piece, “The Struggle,” and putting the album back on repeat again. - Young Fenimore Lee