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8078c06b5b53d67791ee61bb2b5bbdfc0c5c4d9b — Paul Graham 2 months ago b7e930e
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<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=4206456037/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://leegamble.bandcamp.com/album/exhaust">Exhaust by Lee Gamble</a></iframe>
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1513830339/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://leegamble.bandcamp.com/album/in-a-paraventral-scale">In A Paraventral Scale by Lee Gamble</a></iframe>

Lee Gamble has released the first two parts of his tryptich album _Flush Real Pharynx_ and they are just a ton of fun.
I've always liked Gamble's approach to dance-oriented music and this one is slightly more by way of Autechre than his
regular ambient-sphere approach. Really looking foward to that third part.

### [Medhane &mdash; _Cold Water_](https://medhane.bandcamp.com/album/cold-water-2)
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2451271634/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://medhane.bandcamp.com/album/cold-water-2">Cold Water by Medhane</a></iframe>

Medhane has been kicking just below mass awareness for a few releases now and _Cold Water_ might be the push he needs to
get over the top. Most of the beats are in greater post-Clams territory and Medhane is the perfect foil for them. He
lurks just below the surface of consciousness, delivering short singsongy missives that stick more in the craw than hit
you in the jaw. It's important to note that right after this album dropped he has been
[been dealing with some serious accusations](https://pitchfork.com/news/medhane-faces-sexual-assault-allegation-responds/)
but there's no real way for a simple blog about Bandcamp shit to really deal with this, eh?

### [Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith &mdash; _The Mosaic of Transformation_](https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/album/the-mosaic-of-transformation)
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3623353059/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/album/the-mosaic-of-transformation">The Mosaic Of Transformation by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith</a></iframe>

I'll be up front that this album hasn't quite hit in the same way Smith's previous works, the towering _EARS_, the
sensual album _The Kid_, or her phenomenal split with synthesist Suzanne Ciani _Sunergy_ has, but the new age inspired
themes represent another volume of growth for the prodigal modern keyboardist. I've grown into this one even if the
impact is slightly lesser.

### [Snowy Hill House &mdash; _Under the Stars_](https://snowyhillhouse.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-stars)
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=777216974/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://snowyhillhouse.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-stars">Under the Stars by Snowy Hill House</a></iframe>

### [Lick NAND &mdash; _Forever Bastard Child of Your Angel Meat_]
This is probably the best of the releases I picked up from a Bandcamp blog on "comfort synth," a horseshit genre not
dissimilar in form and intention than dungeon synth. I still don't know if these microgenres are anything more than an
overstated aesthetic but I do like the composition on this album quite a bit.

### [British Sea Power &mdash; _Disco Elysium OST_]
### [British Sea Power &mdash; _Disco Elysium OST_](https://britishseapower.bandcamp.com/album/disco-elysium)
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2594204105/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="https://britishseapower.bandcamp.com/album/disco-elysium">Disco Elysium by BRITISH SEA POWER  (Golden Chariot Records Releases)</a></iframe>

We can debate where the game Disco Elysium sits in the pantheon of CRPGs (and personally, it's my favorite CRPG ever),
but it's easy to praise British Sea Power's masterful soundtrack whether you like the game or not. It's catchy,
cerebral, disconnected, wistful, and heartbreaking, just like the game. Just like humanity. This would have been in my
top 5 albums for 2019 had I considered it as a solo work in that year. Probably my favorite soundtrack since _Insomnia_
by Biosphere.

### [Panchiko &mdash; _D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L_](https://panchiko.bandcamp.com/album/d-e-a-t-h-m-e-t-a-l)
<iframe style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 42px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=272087637/size=small/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://panchiko.bandcamp.com/album/d-e-a-t-h-m-e-t-a-l">D&gt;E&gt;A&gt;T&gt;H&gt;M&gt;E&gt;T&gt;A&gt;L by Panchiko</a></iframe>

Panchiko's works have filtered through two decades of slowly-travelling word of mouth to Bandcamp. Their lone proper
album is a mashup of late 90s British genres from trip-hop to Britpop that is prescient in tone to the vaporwave works
of 15 years later. Highly recommended if unlikely.

## July

### [Julianna Barwick &mdash; _Healing is a Miracle_](https://juliannabarwick.bandcamp.com/album/healing-is-a-miracle)