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Old 10-19-2021, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default Magdalena Bay is good

Their debut album gives me vibes from these artists:
-Pumpkins
-NIN
-The Cardigans
-Cocteau Twins

As filtered through modern pop production




 
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Old 10-20-2021, 04:14 PM   #2
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I'm not 100% sold, but I'm not repulsed. May give the rest of the record a shot. Thanks for posting

 
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Old 10-21-2021, 02:31 PM   #3
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As filtered through modern pop production
you had me up to here

& no i'm not "anti-pop" or whatever by any means (well, most means) but w/ those influences you listed i feel like i'd want something a bit rawer or whatev

i'll give it a go tho

 
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Old 10-21-2021, 03:27 PM   #4
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Gotta say I'm definitely getting a lot more pop than any of the artists you mentioned, though I agree the singer sounds a bit like the vocalist from the Cardigans

Like right now I'm listening to "Hysterical Us" which is either sampling or slightly modifying a lick from a Doobie Brothers song, and I don't think Corgan, Reznor nor Fraser would be up for that

Can you talk about what elements of what song(s) gave you a NIN vibe, for instance? Not an attack, I wanna hear this from your perspective

 
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:33 PM   #5
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Finished the album and I'm enjoying it. Here are vibes I thought I caught as I listened, generally song-by-song:

Kylie Minogue (The Beginning)
Madonna (Mercurial World, and not just the title)
Doobie Brothers (Hysterical Us)
Curve, Grimes (Domino)
Mariah Carey or some other R&B singer of her era (Prophecy)
Stuff Iím hearing in general: Y2K Pop, Charli XCX, chill wave/vaporwave

The depth of my musical knowledge is, if represented by a puddle, probably not quite enough for a baby to drown in, so it's very possible I'm missing much more accurate vibes here, but based on stuff I've heard, that's what I'm hearing

 
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Old 10-22-2021, 10:06 PM   #6
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I listened to the album a few times, can't do it. I definitely hear the appeal and there was a clear reason why I gave it so many listens, but it ain't for me.

 
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:43 AM   #7
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I'm actually enjoying the hell out of this record, so thanks to Dogfighter28 for starting this thread. In the continued absence of their defense of their musical references, however, I'm beginning to suspect we have a Boss Baby situation here



I'd love to hear otherwise tho

 
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:08 PM   #8
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The harmonic structures they use have an ethereal and aggressive component to them that is unusual in pop and more akin to some of the artists I listed. It’s not so much the songs at face value as the undercurrents. Same way that a lot of late 90s pop and trip hop was influenced by that stuff.

 
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Most obvious examples to me were the oddly dark chord progressions in the verse of Chaeri and also the prechorus of this song (bop)

 
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:15 PM   #10
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Listening to it just now, "You Lose" to me sounds like if girly-vocals early 90s Corgan sang on top of a MGMT track. Not really in the chorus, but the rest of it.

Either way I'm pretty stoked on this band and their earlier EP is great. Much less of the sound from "Mercurial World", more poppy and modern, but god damn are they some catchy and interesting songs. I think that's why I like them so much - full of hooks, but written by someone who wants to structure the songs in a more interesting way. They used to be in some sort of prog outfit before this so that makes sense and really hits the intersection of my musical interests in the G spot.


 
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Old 10-26-2021, 12:20 PM   #11
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Ok I'm done sorry i just got excited there

I have a real bridge and/or new unexpected C section to finish out a pop song fetish and they do it a lot in a way that makes me randy. See 2:04 of this song for prime french tickling - and the outros of Chaeri and Killshot which break away from the main structures of those songs in bombastic ways that also remind me of shit you would hear from a rock band in the 90s

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Old 10-26-2021, 01:42 PM   #12
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Thank u for explaining

I'll listen again with all this in mind, but I have zero musical education and this is probably why I'm not getting these vibes; I just don't recognize 'em

 
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Their debut album gives me vibes from these artists:
-Pumpkins
-NIN
-The Cardigans
-Cocteau Twins

As filtered through modern pop production



I wanted to say thank you for sharing. I bought what they had available on Bandcamp.

I pick up hints of those bands and some Postal Service and Depreciation Guild, too. They picked up all sorts of pop sounds from the 70s forward.

 
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