Wild Nothing – Indigo (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Wild_Nothing-Indigo-(CT-282)-CD-FLAC-2018-HOUND
Artist: Wild Nothing
Album: Indigo
Genre: Indie
Year: 2018
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:41:10
Size: 288.35 MB

Although civilization’s transition into a cyborg world seems inevitable, there are still those who recognize the beauty and power of a human touch to complement the circumvention. Jack Tatum understands this balance, and through a decade making music as Wild Nothing he has learned to embrace both sides of that dynamic—but perhaps never as distinctly as on Indigo, the fourth Wild Nothing album. On one hand, it is a return to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010’s Gemini, and on the other, a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne and Life of Pause. Indigo finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident—resulting in an artful blend of hi-fi humanity and technology that fires on all circuits and synapses. To make Indigo, Tatum confronted the Man vs. Machine dichotomy by seizing on the surrounding synergy. Finding the right people to work on the album was integral, as was the proper place to record it. So, Tatum booked four days at legendary Sunset Sound’s Studio. Afterwards, producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Japanese Breakfast) and Tatum built out the rest of the album’s sound by adding new parts and repurposing sounds from Tatum’s demos. The resulting Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum had been seeking his entire career. From the opening drum beat, chiming guitar, and sweeping synth of “Letting Go” to Tatum’s Bryan Ferry vocal turn on “Oscillation” to the ’80s-heavy blips, clicks, and strut of “Partners in Motion,” it’s clear that Indigo is at once vintage Wild Nothing and a bold, new leap into a bigger arena.

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Toto – Turn Back (1981) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Toto_-_Turn_Back-(MHCP_611)-WEB-FLAC-1981-BiNGO-iNT
Artist: Toto
Album: Turn Back
Genre: Rock
Year: 1981
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:37:36
Size: 260.46 MB

Toto went from disappointment to disaster with its third album, the generic Turn Back. The group’s ability to turn out highly competent studio rock was not translating into an individual sound, and since Turn Back had no memorable songs on it, one was left with nothing more than those famous chops that Toto possessed in abundance. The group would rally from this retreat, but for the moment a better title would have been Fall Back, as in, the bandmembers always had their studio jobs to fall back on.

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Toto – Toto IV (1982) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Toto_-_Toto_IV-(MHCP_612)-WEB-FLAC-1982-BiNGO_iNT
Artist: Toto
Album: Toto IV
Genre: Rock
Year: 1982
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:42:00
Size: 298.46 MB

It was do or die for Toto on the group’s fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball’s vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as “power ballad” pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: “Rosanna,” the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; “Make Believe” made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, “Africa” hit number one ten months after the album’s release. The members of Toto may have more relatives who are NARAS voters than any other group, but that still doesn’t explain the sweep they achieved at the Grammys, winning six, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Rosanna”). Predictably, rock critics howled, but the Grammys helped set up the fourth single, “I Won’t Hold You Back,” another soft rock smash and Top Ten hit. As a result, Toto IV was both the group’s comeback and its peak; it remains a definitive album of slick L.A. pop for the early ’80s and Toto’s best and most consistent record. Having made it, the members happily went back to sessions, where they helped write and record Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

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Toto – Toto (1978) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Toto_-_Toto-(MHCP_609)-WEB-FLAC-1978-BiNGO_iNT
Artist: Toto
Album: Toto
Genre: Rock
Year: 1978
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:40:57
Size: 282.35 MB

It’s as easy to see why radio listeners loved Toto as it is to see why critics hated them. Toto’s rock-studio chops allowed them to play any current pop style at the drop of a hi-hat: one minute prog rock, the next hard rock, the next funky R&B. It all sounded great, but it also implied that music-making took craft rather than inspiration and that the musical barriers critics like to erect were arbitrary. Then, too, Toto’s timing couldn’t have been much worse. They rode in during the middle of punk/new wave with its D.I.Y. aesthetic, and their sheer competence was an affront. Of course, there’s always been an alternate history of popular music not available to rock critics (it’s written in record stores and concert halls and on the radio), and in that story, Toto was a smash. Singles like “I’ll Supply the Love” and “Georgy Porgy” (featuring Cheryl Lynn) made the charts, and “Hold the Line” hit the Top Ten and went gold. The members of Toto had already influenced the course of ’70s popular music by playing on half the albums that came out of L.A. All they were doing with this album was going public.

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Toto – Isolation (1984) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Toto_-_Isolation-(MHCP_654)-WEB-FLAC-1984-BiNGO_iNT
Artist: Toto
Album: Isolation
Genre: Rock
Year: 1984
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:41:50
Size: 310.05 MB

Having traded in lead singer Bobby Kimball for Fergie Frederiksen, a smooth tenor wailer in the tradition of Journey’s Steve Perry, Toto proceeded to follow its power ballad smash Toto IV with a Journey clone album, minus the aching ballads that had made Journey such a success. A workout for drummer Jeff Porcaro, keyboardist David Paich, and guitarist Steve Lukather, Isolation was anything but the kind of record those millions who had loved “Rosanna” were waiting for. It seemed intended to restore the bandmembers’ heady studio reputations as hard rock technicians, which it did by dispensing with the elements that finally had made the band a big success in 1982.

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Toto – Hydra (1979) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Toto_-_Hydra-(MHCP_610)-WEB-FLAC-1979-BiNGO_iNT
Artist: Toto
Album: Hydra
Genre: Rock
Year: 1979
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:41:19
Size: 278.32 MB

Hydra is the second studio album by American rock band Toto, released in 1979. It reached #37 on the Billboard Pop Albums. While most of the album’s singles failed to make any impact in the charts, “99”, a song inspired by the 1971 science fiction movie THX 1138, reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Thrice – Palms (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Thrice-Palms-CD-FLAC-2018-FAiNT
Artist: Thrice
Album: Palms
Genre: Rock
Year: 2018
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:40:18
Size: 261.31 MB

Thrice created Palms with a free-form and fluid approach to the album’s sonic element. The result is their most expansive work to date, encompassing everything from viscerally charged post-hardcore to piano-driven balladry. To carve out that eclectic sound, Thrice enlisted trusted producer Eric Palmquist for the recording of the percussion and vocal tracks, and self-produced all of the guitar parts on Palms. “When we track our own stuff we tend to be far less neurotic about getting every note perfect,” says singer Dustin Kensrue. “It’s more about getting the right emotion out of the performance, so that it connects on a deeper level.” Kensrue, co-founded Thrice with guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge in 1998. Hailing from Orange County, California, the band formed when three of its members were still in high school, making their debut with the kinetic punk/hardcore hybrid of the 2000 album Identity Crisis. Their breakthrough arrived with 2003’s The Artist in the Ambulance—Thrice’s third full-length, whose singles “All That’s Left” and “Stare at the Sun” each landed on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Palms is the band’s first release since signing to Epitaph in early 2018, and the album matches its raw passion with a measured intensity, a rare feat for an album so informed by the volatility of the times. “Even though some of these songs are really aggressive-sounding, I wanted to make sure they never felt like finger-pointing, especially at a time when there’s so much talking past each other,” says Kensrue. Within that approach, Thrice reveal their profound commitment to making an enduring impact on the listener.

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The New Mastersounds – Renewable Energy (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: The_New_Mastersounds-Renewable_Energy-(ONRCD022)-CD-FLAC-2018-WRE
Artist: The New Mastersounds
Album: Renewable Energy
Genre: Funk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:58:12
Size: 333.56 MB

Originally from the UK, funky soul-jazz veterans The New Mastersounds have been touring the US, Europe and Japan for over a decade and return here with their twelfth studio album, recorded in New Orleans and Denver and featuring a slew of musical guests including Sam Bell, one of the founding members of plays percussion on most of the tracks, and Mike Olmos and Joe Cohen of the West Coast Horns, who provide added horn action. “Renewable Energy” expands on the band’s trademark sounds. Their cover of James Gang’s “Funk 49” takes the album in a fuzzed-out psych-rock direction, while the moody Hancock-esque inflections of “Stash” and the sweet mellow vibes of “Swimming With My Fishes” add the final brushtrokes of colour to the canvas.

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The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything Youve Come To Expect (2016) [FLAC]

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Release Name: The_Last_Shadow_Puppets-Everything_Youve_Come_To_Expect-(WIGCD371)-CD-FLAC-2016-WRE
Artist: The Last Shadow Puppets
Album: Everything Youve Come To Expect
Genre: Rock
Year: 2016
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:37:23
Size: 246.3 MB

The Last Shadow Puppets return with their new album Everything You’ve Come To Expect out April 1, 2016 via Domino. The album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s The Age Of The Understatement at Shangri-La Studio in Malibu. Everything You’ve Come To Expect is a more open and expansive work than its predecessor, wearing its influences less obviously on its sleeve — by turns the album is soaring, snarling and breathlessly seductive.

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