Valley View Music
Valley View Music

Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

You’ve fallen asleep and have awoken in 2006. You turn on the radio and the first thing you hear is “Misery” by Creeper. You sign into MySpace and see they’re touring in direct support of My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade tour and mark it off on your calendar… then you really awake, and ah fuck. Alas, it’s 2017!

Childish Gambino – STN MTN / Kauai

STN MTN is a mixtape that contains several firsts for Gambino. It’s a concept mixtape where Glover is asleep dreaming he “ran Atlanta”, with songs based off mostly early-to-mid 2000’s southern hip hop. The mixtape ends with Glover awaking from this dream on the Hawaiian island, Kauai.

Childish Gambino – EP

By the time of Childish Gambino’s debutĀ EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there – great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics… really, it sounds exactly like Camp.

Kanye West – Yeezus

Right off the bat, one is stricken by the abrasiveness of the synth parts, the distorted drums, and the abrupt shifts in sound and style. This album sounds like commercial appeal was one of the last things on Ye’s mind. A truly bold move for such a high-profile artist.

U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited

In A Poem Unlimited, loosely built around a framework of experimental electro-pop, covers an astonishing amount of ground during the course of its 11 tracks. The album frequently steps outside even these loose bounds though, drawing direct influence from several decades of musical movements.