Music
Tasting
Notes

Is what these are.

Here I keep notes on 'all' the albums I listen, as a personal reference to remember me about all the awesome music out there. Most notes will be very positive, because I don't tend to listen to music I don't like.

This is also my online playground to play around with data-sets like these, tinckering with the design, database and code of the website, continually improving it. This means this site gets a facelift like every other day. And shit might not work, don't tell me, I probably already know.

The site is called 'De Maandagavond' (The Mondayevening) and is a remnant of old days of yore, when I would meet up with friends every monday evening to mostly discuss music. That hobby shortly evolved to a local and online radioshow on this domain, and after that crashed and burned, I kept it alive, still dedicated to the music.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:51IDFtT9jWSZtXwBkUVPoR Echo Other ()

There is never a shortage of downtempo chill-out, but this record by Australian All India Radio sticks out. Genuinely crafted 'real instrumented' melodies blend with soothing pads and some light electronic beats in such a way that gives a coherent vibe that never gets boring or stale.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4Dv7wcrSlcGW4aldxQSIyF Hugsjá ()

This record finally does what I always hoped Wardruna and/or Skuggsja would do; create the heavy dark folk atmosphere of Wardruna with the structures and melodies of Enslaved. It is by far the best horse in the Einar/Ivar stable so far. Get ready to close your eyes and get goosebumps all over.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1MqggQYTi7hA55AUACOVMx Møl ()

Jord does what Deafheaven does, but with a bit more dynamics in the songwriting. Expect colourful shredding guitars, pumping riffs and melodic breaks covered with gnarly screams. Every second of this record shows an idea, and most of them are very very interesting.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:12Jtf7h291mPyoTOAHjda7 Monolith ()

Impressive catchy songwriting with a lot of progressive hooks and breaks, and a special shout out to the sublime vocal(mix), massive amounts of care went in to each song and you hear the dedication. A melodic death/black band as there are few. In my opinion, they make Opeth look like pussies.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1oZFJGI7gZMqNvuejrKv7t IV: The Eerie Cold ()

After an confronting heart-to-heart opening, Shining does what 'we' want; spilling out pure hatred shaped by all stylish midtempo black flanked by all kinds of atmosphere. Whether it's by sampling actual pain and anguish, or just an eerie piano giving off an unsettling vibe creeping down your spine.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0uI9FHBF2YEuZagLxq12BQ Dying Surfer Meets His Maker ()

Damn fine example of desert blues. Expect ebbing guitars, wailing wah-wahs and the occasional sadboy ballad, all drenched in a thick layer of fuzzy atmosphere.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0BInKTLLdeZRHbiq2kXnS3 Codex VI ()

With the 6th installment of the original trilogy Shpongle shows they still got the mojo. Less generic samples and sounds, a more solid bass foundation and overal crazy fun production and some daring takes in genre mixes while staying true to the Shpongolese spirit. Darn fun!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6noO9CZ5n12LwPFKHPAttL Gumboot Soup ()

With a few hours to spare they did it; release 5 albums in 2017. I was afraid the quantity might devalue the quality, but instead the band seems to get better and better while pushing themselves more and more. Gumboot Soup in short sounds like a comprehensive summary of the whole year of releases.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7BRmj766fZpBj6IvGzezaG Bumblin’ Creed ()

Championing spirits of locus and wonder. Banjo plucks and dobro jitters, finger-pickin' and avian charms, with unions of harmonium and harmonica waltzing endless time with Faulkner's southern ghosts.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1bIKWCtkPqMtkt3i2Gi6kK With Doom We Come ()

Summoning does as Summoning is. No need to expect groundbreaking material, but no fan wants that. We want Summoning to be the sure footing in a rapid changing blackmetal scene. More of the same epic Tolkien metal. Some most memorable songs of their discography and some more than welcome filler.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:73wUDH27fFghbzO7gsQe4o Galgenfrist ()

Ghoulish-blackend-dungeon-funeral-doom that sounds like it's oozing from dark and desolate depths from inside a mirky and haunted forest. Not so much songs but more shaped soundscapes made to infer sorrow and a very creepy haunting atmosphere.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3b1RjfPP5U79gZtkI9lXfc The Animal Spirits ()

I adore artist who actively pursue development and experiments. James Holden is one such artist. With his latest work he leaves the dancefloor behind for the mystical forests of electronic infused tribal trance with some jazzy tones. Sounds interesting? It's because it is. A damn good experiment!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3Q8f483u8qWPzK0niR2Yu7 Lost Tales ()

Summoning made me fall in love with the whole dungeonsynth/blackmetal universe and this 'non-metal' EP serves as one of my favorite cheesy dungeonsynths ever. I wish it was longer than just these two tracks