For those who visit Erik’s Album Reviews regularly, you will know that the staff has been very busy for the last two weeks. Because of this we unfortunately missed the last two “The Thursday Ten” segments. However, last week we announced that in order to make up for this lack of album ratings, we will give 20 album ratings for this week’s installment rather than the usual 10! This week’s post features various releases over multiple genres covering everything from Black Metal to EDM. Even though twice as many releases are feature in this installment, the rules to “The Thursday Ten” haven’t changed, and of course, we encourage you to check out every album listed on any of the major music streaming platforms. Let us know what you think of the ratings, which albums you want us to rate next, and don’t forget to check out the previous installment to “The Thursday Ten”. Here is this week’s post:
- Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom EP: 8/10
- The Acacia Strain, Thy Art Is Murder, and Fit For An Autopsy – The Depression Sessions: 9/10
- Power Trip/Integrity Split EP: 7/10
- Dan Mason – Summer Love: 7/10
- Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool: 7/10
- Aborted – Termination Redux EP: 8/10
- Lamb of God – The Duke EP: 7/10
- Jason Richardson – I: 8/10
- bl00dwave – Distance: 8/10
- Defeater – Abandoned: 8/10
- Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine: 8/10
- Blink-182 – California: 8/10
- Balance and Composure – Light We Made: 8/10
- Moose Blood – Blush: 8/10
- Wakrat – Wakrat: 4/10
- Tesseract – Polaris: 7/10
- A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations: 6/10
- Adventure Club – Red // Blue: 5/10
- PZA – AMERICAN RITUALS: 9/10
- Vaerbitt – Tid: 9/10
The previous “The Thursday Ten”:
PZA, the prominent vaporwave/trapwave artist, has officially become the first artist to be featured at least twice on the “Track of the Day Tuesday” segment. This might be due in part to the fact that PZA has an immense discography, but it is mostly because PZA is one of the greatest producers in vaporwave and “American Rituals” is one of his best releases to date. Being released on New Years Day of 2016, “American Rituals” is a project by PZA that combines the use of plunderphonics, his signature EDM/trap inspired synths and beats, and chopped and altered samples of modern pop music classics. Taking samples from artists like Drake, Justin Bieber, and Lana Del Rey, PZA puts his own twist on these famous songs, and in return, creates one of the greatest vaporwave projects I’ve ever heard. This style of songwriting is slightly different from PZA’s usual sound, but the experimentation results in one of his best releases that has the potential to be an Album of the Year contender.
The entire album is phenomenal in my opinion, but if there is one track you have to listen to, it is “BEAUT1FUL”. “BEAUT1FUL”, which samples Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”, is probably the best track you will hear on “American Rituals”. By altering the various Lana samples and adding reverb filled synths and instrumental fills, PZA is able to turn this fantastic pop song into a dreamy, captivating vaporwave song. If you like any form of vaporwave or Lana Del Rey’s music you need to listen to this song, which is attached below. Unfortunately, the only stream of the track I could find was the stream of “American Rituals” on PZA’s bandcamp page. “BEAUT1FUL”, along with the rest of “American Rituals”, is attached below. I highly suggest listening to the entire project, but if you just want to hear “BEAUT1FUL”, then skip to track 5 and enjoy the stellar PZA track. I will also attach the link to PZA’s bandcamp page as well for those who would like to check out more releases from the vaporwave artist. Only a few of his releases are posted there, but it is a great place to start for those who are not familiar with his work. We often post about electronic music and vaporwave in particular on Erik’s Album Reviews, so if you are a fan of these genres make sure to visit often for more electronic music news and content!
PZA’s Bandcamp page:
“American Rituals” (“BEAUT1FUL” is track 5):
After a busy week with a severe lack of posts we’re back with a new Track of the Day Tuesday! This week I decided to discuss a vaporwave artist I have recently found on bandcamp who goes by the moniker of “PZA”. Despite having an immensely extensive discography, I was able to find this amazing self-titled release by PZA and was instantly blown away after hearing the first track. The opening song, which features a meme-referencing title called, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, is one of the greatest trap vaporwave/vaporwave songs I have heard since I recently began to learn more about the fairly new genre. PZA, based on what I’ve heard so far, usually writes in a hip hop influenced style of edm and vaporwave. However, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, actually sounds more like an EDM festival banger that you would likely hear at Ultra Music Festival. There is not a single dull moment to this song and the rest of the release is equally as electric and memorable.
All of PZA’s releases are free on bandcamp, so make sure to check out any release of his! The track, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, is posted below and if the amazing artwork and artist name don’t make you want to check out the project, then I don’t know what will. And of course, don’t forget to check back in this week as there will be a lot of content to make up for last week’s break.
PZA “PZA” free download:
PZA bandcamp page:
“OH SHIT WADDUP”: