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Microshift

Hookworms

2018

Microshift

Album Summary

Microshift is the third studio album, fourth long play record and final album by British rock band Hookworms. It was released on 2 February 2018 by Domino Recording Company. The album's namesake is an audio plug-in. The record is dedicated to "Archie", the band's former live sound engineer. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.09

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4438

Genres

  • Rock
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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

Wow, this is currently the absolute newest album on the list. No surprise, then, that it happens to be British, because why else would an album this unremarkable be chosen to represent that year? Be honest, who really thinks that this is something we MUST hear before we kick the bucket? To name a few from 2018 alone, I think Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs, Tierra Whack's Whack World, SOPHIE's Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, hell, even Travis Scott's Astroworld are all leaps and bounds closer to being "must-listens" before you die. I wouldn't say this album is bad music, but it's a pretty bland selection (and current conclusion) for this list. I liked a couple tunes, but I can't say I'd return to it. The bias is strong with this one. Favorite tracks: Static Resistance, Opener. Album art: The saving grace here is that the album art is pretty neat. I like the colors and the smooth, abstract art. Made me expect something funky and groovy, and the music didn't quite deliver. 2.5/5

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Not painful to listen.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Very chill but somewhat unique vibe. No bangers/ memorable songs to me though

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Beautiful, complex, and fun

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Added to my catalog. Love discovering nuggets like this.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Really awesome! I had never heard of these guys, but it is just great cool driving indie rock.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

A New Favourite

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Cool synth album

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

This is what I signed up to this site for. An album and a band I had never heard of that blew me away. Mesmeric beats and samples building up to a shimmering flow that drags me in. Sure, I couldn't tell you want the lyrics are about, or even remember them, but every song have ideas and their own hooks. No filler.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

The perfect balance between noisy and catchy, poppy and experimental. Call me Goldilocks, because this was just right, and I’m gonna fucking devour this porridge.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Yeah, so I really enjoyed this. A lot. So much so that I had to look up Hookworms - an act I'd literally never heard of. And I rather wish I hadn't. This album game me strong Spiritualised vibes - and that cannot possibly be a bad thing. Catchy, melodic and multilayered, this album stands up. I might even go an listen to their first two albums. Just don't go looking into the band and you'll be blissfully unaware of the need to separate art from artist and the context its made in.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

idk

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

this was great! and totally new to me

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Leuk plaatje. Blij dit te hebben leren kennen

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Great stuff! Sounds a bit like gizz, a little like arcade fire, but all around very enjoyable song writing

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Primeira música é impressionante, demonstra opção de psicoldelia ampliada.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Voice is slightly annoying but the music is really good and Im into it. Great album

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Great. It hit me in the right mood. Good mix of modern indie electronics and psychedelia

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

- remind me of django django - really like boxing day

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Strong 4 stars. Honestly pretty awesome album. Surprised I haven’t heard before

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Like it - will listen to more. Not a fan of vocals so low in mix.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Really like this. Reminded me of Les Big Byrd.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Weird perhaps even stupid name but damn, I Like this album. It rocks...it has soul and it's mostly electronic. I enjoyed most every song. I really enjoyed the album and I will delve deeper into their catalogue. 4 stars

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Reminds me of all the indie rock albums I listened to in college. This isn't a bad thing at all, but it feels of an era pre-2015. Surprising that it came out in 2018. Probably doesn't deserve a 4, and if I really think about it, I don't "get" why it deserves a slot on this list. But I like this kind of music a lot.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

A lot of melodies and stuff. 0RS

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I really like this, shades of MGMT and Tame Impala, nice and dreamy with some interesting weirdness in there such as the broken guitars in Boxing Day. Each Time We Pass was a standout for me, really nice song

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

That was a pretty good one.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

This came as a complete surprise and I really enjoyed it ! 4*

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

I enjoyed this - I like a bit of motorik style krautrock. Not entirely sure what qualified this album for the list, though? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - uh, "Static Resistance" maybe? I listened to it three times and no specific track jumped out at me, although I liked the album well enough as a whole...

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Sono rimasto spiazzato all'inizio, ma facendo l'abitudine ai suoni elettronici ne escono dei bei pezzi. Sì, una piacevole esperienza. 'Each time we pass' la mia preferita. Sta tra il 3 e il 4, direi 4 perché mi ha piacevolmente sorpreso.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

funky. i like the keyboards. reminds me a bit of genesis. freaking love static resistance. synthy madness. reminds me of the Brian Eno from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Great record.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Pretty damn good! Atmospheric, the connections between songs was well thought out.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Good, reminded me a little bit of arcade fire

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Du bon indie rock alternatif. Définitivement à réessayer, influences évidentes mais son tout de même original.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Muy bueno, grata sorpresas

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Cool album cover The transitions between some of the songs are seamless!!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

This one really took me off guard. I had never heard of this band and honestly thought they were electronic vs alt rock Apparently now broken up after this one came out from accusations against their lead singer which is unfortunate.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

decent; 4,5

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Really interesting sound, love the blending of genres here. Great find

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Never heard of this bunch. Quite like it. It’s never a 5 but glad to have discovered them. Cover art 5/5. You can beat a bit of surrealism

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Really good. I enjoyed it. The vocals were hidden in mix and should be more profound.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

This is deadly! Unreal rhythms and grooves, it really digs in

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Decent

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

When I first started listening to this album, I would not have guessed that it was from 2018. I'm not sure that I could place when exactly it was from, but this album is a throw-back to earlier synth music in many ways. There are also many modern elements, and everything blends together seamlessly. Some parts of it compare favorably to Animal Collective's sound. Really cool synth pop with solid if not overwhelming lyrical content. Dope. 4/5

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Had never heard of them before, but I really enjoyed this album! I don't feel like there was anything particularly innovative or stand-out about it, but it's well-executed melodic electronica which is good enough for a 4/5 in my book!

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Surprisingly good. I didn't know anything about it going in, but I really enjoyed the album and will look forward to listening to it again.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Never heard of this band but enjoyed the listen. If i had to compare them to someone, they're like a more straight forward Tame Impala

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Wow.. I'm surprised how much I like this.. I'll be listening to this more for sure.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Nikad čuo za ovo

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Enjoyed this a lot, it bopped.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

I actually thought this was sick, reminded me of Foals and sort of Arcade Fire. and Little Comets kind of, but more experimental at times. Will listen again! Summer vibe

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Neo-psychedelia, space rock, noise rock, drone rock. Muy chulo. Un poco Claps your hands and say heah, pero con más guitarra.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Big Kraftwerk energy. very boppable and enjoyable.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Good neo-psychedelia, like a lesser MGMT to me. Disappointing to hear about why they dissolved as a group.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

When the album started I thought: oh idk about this… but then I ended up rather liking it!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I’ve never heard of this group but I did enjoy it. My kind of sound.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Very interesting album. The mix of post pop punk and new wave flow together beautifully.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

ma confiture fort

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

A bit strange, can't quite place the genre but pleasant enough to listen to

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Hlustaði tvisvar, fannst skemmtilegt og mundi hlusta aftur, jafnvel í fjórða sinn.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Surprisingly good! Typical Indie sound of the late 2000s, few filler songs and generally songs dragging on a bit but overall catchy and easy listening songs

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

A tad lengthy for this style, but overall enjoyable. Up beat and fun.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Very good

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

funky

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

pretty good

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

In the interest of full disclosure, I was tripping out in a nice way when I listened for the first time. I'd like to report that it opened up a whole new world for me. And it actually did for a while. But then I started feeling like I was in the middle of the panic scene of Batman Begins when Cillian Murphy throws that fear gas at a young Katie Holmes, which made me realize she was in that movie before Tom Cruise entered her life, so much so that she didn't do The Dark Knight and we just had to accept that Rachel Dawes is now played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. I don't really have anything against Maggie Gyllenhaal, it's just, you know. Tough beat. Show up for half of what is considered the greatest superhero movie ever before your character is killed off. So yeah that's the rabbit hole I went down with this album. The shrooms did the heavy lifting, and I eventually stopped listening to this and chose some Fat Elvis alternate take of a Righteous Brothers song that the King allegedly performed after Midnight in front of a rapid Vegas crowd. I bet the Colonel was passed out, but I'm telling you, Elvis was BRINGING IT! He even came back and did the "Baby Baby, I get down on my knees for you..." part again at the end of the song. If there's anyone who could ever will you into bringing back that lovin' feeling, it's Goddamn Vegas Elvis in the wee small hours of the morning.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

DFA meets shoegaze. I guess they broke up for problematic reasons.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

I can't remember the first Hookworms track I heard but it was streaming era randomness—which is to say either partly or wholly governed by the algorithm. It felt like just a song on a playlist somewhere in the Spotify Sea. Off the coast of Wherever, it was enough to make me look into them. I've been a casual fan since. It must be hard for bands with casual fans. I never bought any merch, never bought an album, never supported them by going to a show or sending a few dollars their way. Essentially, I streamed a song or two with some regularity, probably threw one of them onto a playlist mix that I listened to for a month before forgetting it, maybe listened to a few albums at the outset during the discovery phase. And what's that amount to in terms of financial viability? A few pennies here and there from me. I understand platform math and the long tail and how things can add up. But they don't always. I also understand the money isn't what drives most music, but they got to eat too. Anyway, I hope these guys who were around from 2010 to 1028 understand. I liked them then and now. And I really like this record. It's definitely in that sweet spot for me of psychedelic, fuzzy, synthy rock. Some tracks step into the pop realm more than I might prefer but it feels holistic to the band. It doesn't feel like a coincidence that it's Neu! 75 for me one day, and Hookworm's Microshift for me the next. They, along with Maserati/Turing Machine, sound like kin to my ears. And, the kind of family you want to hang with. Not some annoying cousin who you wish would stay home. -- Note: Of course, this is one of the dangers of casual fandom: You might not ever know about if or when someone has been a creep. And, that just might come to light after hearing their record on 1001albumsgenerator.com and writing a positive (unedited) review only to check out the wikipedia after the record closes but before your new album is up.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

This was a pleasant surprise. Likeable and contemporary

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

It’s always more exciting for me when there is a more recent band on the daily album generator that I haven’t heard of. It makes sense if I haven’t heard of a band from long before I was born, but something from just a few years ago then went under my radar is always good fun to explore! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Ullswater, Negative Space This was such a fun album. I’m always a sucker for a good synth, and I got the feeling from only the first few notes that I was going to like this. The synths stay throughout, but it is much more rocky than those first few notes would suggest. The music is high energy throughout, and the vocals sound great - somehow reminiscent of playing sports games as a kid despite this album being released long afterwards. Overall, an easy album to recommend if, like me, this album passed you by when it released 4 years ago.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

Nice to hear something I wasn't already familiar with that I liked a lot. Very reminiscent of Arcade Fire. 4 stars.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

A 2018 release! This means that I won't be able to find it in my edition of the book, so I'll have no idea why it's on here. And that's kind of the problem with newer albums: unless they made a big splash upon release or soon after (see: Black Star by David Bowie), then an album is going to have to so some heavy lifting to convince me that it's important or influential. Otherwise, it's just a newer album that some guy liked more than another album on the list. Well, consider me impressed because this mountain of sound is so good. The steady beat with the psychedelic synth walls envelop the sound so nicely. "Opener", in particular, is not afraid to explore it's sonic landscape for a while before kicking in the vocals. And that's probably my only real problem with the album: the vocals. While the grandiose electronic arrangements blow me away, the vocal bits remind me of a generic garage-rock revival band from the 2000's that is just alright. "Boxing Day" also ends abruptly; who's production choice was that? Overall it's a good album. Pretty superb album, if you ask me. However, it'll need more time to see if it'll do anything to the wider music landscape. I can hear some of it in the newest King Gizzard album "Butterfly 3000", but "Microshift" still has some heavy lifting to do for it to really earn a spot on the list.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Not my favourite album. Songs weren’t bad but I thought all the tracks sounded like one big merger. Obviously this is intended but I need to listen to it again but as a first listen I wasn’t really feeling it - @CJEdwardsx Ali- Pleasantly surprised by the purposeful blending of each track however that did make me feel slightly bored at times as it felt like one long song.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Catchy stuff. Late teens pop....

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

it started out sounding pretty good, but shifted to regular band stuff part way

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Never heard this album. It was pretty good but didn't blow me away.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

This is a new one for me. While I'm scratching my head as to what makes this album so important that I listen to it before I die, I like it. I'll have to check this group out to check on the rest of their catalog.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Album tak swiezy, ze jeszcze goracy, bo rocznik 2k18 a juz na tak elitarnej liscie sie znalazl, jest to trzecia i ostatnia plyta w dyskografii hookwormsow, dosc nietypowej grupy, mocno indyjskiej dodatkowo brytyjskiej, wszyscy czlonkowie bandy ukryci sa pod pseudonimami bedacymi pierwszymi literami imienia i nazwiska, a czlonkow bylo pieciu, wiec jak na rokowa bande przystalo, lineup skladal sie z drumera, dwoch gitar, basiste ktory ogarnial takze synthezatory, ktorych mocne wykorzysztanie definiuje brzmienie tej plyty, oraz frontmena MJa wokalnego, pisarzyste tekstowego i klawiszowca, a wiec jeszcze wiecej syntezatorowego brzmienia, pewnie jedynie tego jegomoscia zapamietam, bo pol strony wiki zajebane o tym jak to banda sie rozpadla, jak nie chodzi o pieniadze, to zawsze chodzi o baby, w skrocie byla laska zostala reprezentantem nieznajomej laski, ktora uskarzala sie na napasc seksualna frontmana bandy, szybka kampania twitterowa i banda do rozwiazania i kariera porobiona, ciekawe z perspektywy tego, ze najdluzszy kawalek albumu opener mowi wlasnie o tym, ze chopy to nie musza byc twarde rejpujace karki, ale moga tez byc ciapciakami, ostatnie notki albumowe sa o wiele rozwiazle, wiec jesli chodzi o sama plyte, to microshift dobrze synthezuje feeling psychodelicznego rocka z elementami elektroniki, slychac zabawe na synthah i samplach, slucha sie tego troche jak dark side of the moon pinkow, ze wzgledu na to jak traki sa ze soba polaczone i nie czuc pomiedzy nimi przejscia, wiec plyta idealna na pojedyczna sesje odsluchu, 45 minut na 9 trakach nie wydaje sie byc zbyt dlugie zeby znudzic, a czuc ze material tworzony jako calosciowy koncept, a nie zbior traczkow, wiec pomimo tego ze liryka jak i wokale wydaja sie troche zbyt mialkie, to jednak w tej popowosci nerdzik moglby tez uslyszec cos dla siebie, wiec dla mnie ulubionym kawalkiem plyty jest instrumentalny reunion, najbardziej psychodeliczny numer albumu, wiec leci na plejke, wraz z drugim na trakliscie static resistance, nie wiem gdzie juz slyszalem ten synthezator, ale strasznie charakterystyczne brzmienie, jesli mialbym strzelac to prawdopodobnie cos od the who, moze baba orilley ma podobne fragmenty, skoro nawet tak nowozytne numery sa na liscie, to nic tylko czekac na jakies spolczesne murzyny mumblujace zeby je zjedynkowac

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Really liked Negative Space and Shortcomings. This isn't the music I was expecting from a band called Hookworms - quite similar to LCD Soundsystem in places . I got a bit bored by parts of the second half and some of those songs.outatayed their welcome. nice record to have on in the background for work though

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

It's in the same vein as a lot of my favourite music from the past decade so no surprise I enjoyed this too. I'm not sure it's necessarily better or more important than other similar albums that probably aren't on this list though. 3.5.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Had interesting stuff in it but didnt fully vibe with me. Would need definitely another listen

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Interesting album. First couple songs remind me of more alternative modern baseball

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Reminds me of Stereolab plus like indie pop?

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Useful to listen to, if only to see what is hip for modern music. The first 45 seconds or so are catchy as heck. It sounds really good, but nothing really grabbed me except the first bit.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Nothing much to comment on here. Sounds like it could have been from 4 decades ago - but also a sound similar to Fun.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Album notes. Add them before you vote below.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

It was interesting. I want to give it another listen.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

I liked it a lot. Kinda wanna give it a 4 but I’ll stick with a 3.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

a weird amount of modern music on this list are avante garde stuff no one listens to this wasn't so bad though, like a less good grizzly bear

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

This has a very nostalgic vibe to it - could be the music to a new romance. I listened to this twice.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Wow this is a brand new album for the list. What's up with all the random British music being thrown on, though? I can't figure out why this would make an appearance. Actually enjoyed a good amount of it, but it's not especially notable.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Pop-rock con algún toque electrónico. No me ha llamado la atención

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

A neo/psych/synth rock album that was a pleasant listen with a dreamlike quality to the whole thing. Too bad one of the band members are a total piece of shite. Best: Static Resistance Worst: Each Time We Pass

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

This was new to me, and not bad, but nothing remarkable.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

I dig it

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

Microshift is the third studio album, fourth long play record and final album by British rock band Hookworms. It was released on 2 February 2018 by Domino Recording Company. The album's namesake is an audio plug-in.[1] The record is dedicated to "Archie", the band's former live sound engineer.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

3rd March 2022 Listened in the living room while working on the sofa in the afternoon. Chilled evening finishing season 1 of sopranos and first episode of the Morning Show. Reminds me of when I first listened to this working at the Home Office and shared it with Gareth. I like the more grandiose, soaring tracks than the industrial ones but really like it. 3.5 if I could.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I’m not sure - is this sub par New Order or sub par LCD Soundsystem? Either way, not quite enough here to sustain engagement with the record.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Competent and pleasant — a blend of '80s new wave, synthwave, and psychedelia. Kind of one-note, though.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Enjoyed it!

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Moderately interesting and energizing, this record reads like an amalgam of the contemporary indie/alt scene – some math rock, chillwave and slowcore elements and the odd shoegazing moment all thrown in the mixer. The synths and keys threaten to overwhelm a few tracks, but combine intriguingly and to strong effect with the core on a few cuts. I’m not sure how this snuck by me in real time, and I plan to listen again, but I don’t imagine I’ll find any great initially unheard depths. 3.4 for 3.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

There's nothing wrong with this, exactly, but I can't imagine putting it on when Fuck Buttons exists. What do you think the chances are of this surviving the next edition of 1001 Albums?

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

it was ok, bit too noisy

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Never heard of Hookworms. Comes in like a lost LFO track then turns into a psych pop art rock thing. Hard to pigeon hole really. Keyboards like Stereolab. Bit of Neu. Probably good live. Kinda throws the kitchen sink at everything in the recording studio. Not that keen really. (Unlike the music journalists who gave it 4 and 5 almost everywhere) Maybe it needs more listens...

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Eh, not my cup of tea, night give it another shot down the road

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Enjoyable album but I'm not sure there is enough here for it to be memorable. Generous 3 maybe.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Never heard of this band before. They were OK, didn't mind them, not sure I had to listen to them before I die though

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Another album in the "didn't mind as background music" category

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Not bad!

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Wed May 25 2022
3

This had a good feel - not sure if it's going to remain a '1001' worthy album, but perhaps too early to tell. Worth another session.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

This is a solid indie rock album that sits nicely in the niche of what indie rock does best: Layered soundscapes with a variety of instruments and styles folded in accompanied by existential pondering lyrics presented in a nice upbeat/dancy package. The influences are numerous and clear on this record - elements of MGMT, Animal Collective, The Antlers to name a few. Overall I find that it draws together these sounds well and presents it in a way that is fresh enough to not just sound like recycled material, however it has not gone far enough to be anything progressive or influential. Most of the songs are on the longer side, which is a risky move, but I find works well, especially with how they're all faded into each other. The only one I felt that dragged a bit too much was Opener. Fav Tracks: Negative Space, Ullswater, Shortcomings

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Very strong Animal Collective aromas coming off of this album. The smooth synths and softened vocals make for a nice relaxing listen. The psychedelic tones are present and this record makes it easy to drift away. Based on how new this album is, I am surprised it's on this list; it's not really a new sound circa 2018, however Hookworms does a good job of releasing a solid album within this established genre. Good overall, I'm not super excited about it but it foots the bill if I'm in the mood for a neo-psych/indie album. Fave tracks: Negative Space, Opener, Shortcomings

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Ágætis tónlist. Síðasta platan sem þetta band gaf út enda komu upp ljótar ásakanir á söngvarann um svipað leyti og í framhaldi af þeim hætti bandið að starfa.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Its fine, but is it really good enough to be included so soon after release?

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Microshift was new music and Hookworms is a new band for me. About half of the tracks on this album were 3.5 or more stars. At various points within the album I was reminded of the Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, and Passion Pit. Overall I liked the album. I saved "Ullswater", "Opener", and "Shortcomings" for a replay. I would listen to additional music from the band. The opening track ("Negative Space") takes a bit to settle in, and "Boxing Day" was tempting me to skip it. After only one listen, I'm not ready to round up to a full 4 stars.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

I was prepared to really dislike this, but ended up finding it quite good, though a little too much the Radiohead B-squad frankly. Very 21st century end to the band with one of these hard to pin down he said, she said ( or more precisely in this case, she said she said, he said) me-too downfalls where the actual reality of what happened will never be known.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Interesting sound - never had heard of them before, but enjoyed the record as a whole - worth further listens. One fault is that the songs don't exactly stick after time passes - so it's a kind of a transient album.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Completely unknown to me. Sounds a bit like Friendly Fires and MGMT with a soaring and uplifting pop rock feel of The Killers. I like the electro rhythm and driving uplifting rock. Being critical, perhaps a little too many passages of ambient atmospheric electro textures and not enough actual ear worm catchy hooks and choruses on initial listen. Definitely going to listen again. The ear worms might grab me! High three with potential for four stars.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Very hard to rate, it's ok, it plays as an album, but it's certainly not one of the best 1001. You'd rate as an interesting album rather than one you'd pop on for your friends (unless you live in Shoreditch).

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

The name puts me off a bit. Pretty chill music that feeds a work ethic pretty well.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

this sounded a bit experimental to me and at times it worked and at times I found the album annoying.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

I'm not sure what about this album warranted being on this list. It wasn't a bad album but I don't think there was anything groundbreaking in it. It was nice to have on while working though.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Based on the name of the band, I was not expecting this album to be as soothing and pleasant as it was! 😄

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Ca sonne tres actuel, genre half moon run, les descendants de coldplay genre.c'edy bon dans le genre radiophoniqie rock 3'

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

A fun, immersive LP in the stlye of MGMT meets Soulwax meets Animal Collective. I appreciated the tasteful throwback and reimagining to 90s-era synth sounds, just not sure this one is impactful enough to warrant inclusion on the list.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

When it first started I was very displeased, but it actually got better and I didn't mind it by the end.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Hookworms lack hooks or earworms.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Starts off promising but quickly becomes background music.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Interessanter sound, synthii

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Ouais c'était bien mais je sais pas trop

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

A good album but it blends together. The first song is very exciting and feels like a throwback to early aughts indie’s best impulses, but by the end it has become mush.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Rock experimental.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Completely new to me. Not bad, will definitely have to listen again

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Weird style. Sort of grows on you.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

hookworms - microshift (2018) notes - indie rock with psych and kraut rock influences - shades of phoenix, arcade fire, mgmt - never heard of this band, wonder why this album made the list - band broke up in 2019 after allegations of abuse by frontman MJ fav - ullswater - upbeat instrumental with lyrics about a breakup - cool synth lines throughout least fav - each time we pass - nice spacey song but didn’t feel like it really went anywhere 3.5/5

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I've never heard of this band before. Wasn't bad at all. Nothing great either but I'd probably listen again.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
3

Decent listening. It's giving atonal, whiter Tame Impala. And the white guy's voice is like every other white guy's voice. I'm not mad at it though. Nice transitions. Good to drive to.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Enjoyed parts of it. Kinda faded into the background for me.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Opening track started off pretty promising Latter half wasn't what I expected at all until the final track.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

My first thought when I saw this was: "who?" I listen to a lot of music, and as annoying as it sounds, I like to think that a lot of what I know isn't mainstream, and I've literally never heard of this band or album. This list has kind of surprised me with how out of left field some of the albums have come. I kind of can't tell what the impetus for that is. Are they pet albums of the curators? Are they just critical darlings? This album doesn't really feel like the latter. Don't get me wrong, I actually really liked it; it's a solid 3.5 (gonna round down), but the presence of this album on this list kinda defies reason, in my mind. Standouts: Negative Space, Static Resistance, Ullswater

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

This was an interesting album. It was a lot of electronic music with many elements that I normally like. The beginning didn’t grab me, and neither did the rest, but I enjoyed it the whole time

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I certainly admire the modern krautrock stylizations of this record, but nothing really struck me.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

I found this to be spacey and unique! It was just exciting enough while being chill, just experimental enough while being familiar. It didn't grab me fully, but I was intrigued. I felt like the album had a very cohesive idea around it, musically; everything fit together well. Again, I won't debate whether or not this really needs to be on 1001, but I'm glad for the opportunity to check it out! I'd rate this somewhere above a 2.5, so might as well bump it up and call it good.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

Robert tu es vieux arrête d'essayer de faire croire à tout le monde que tu n'es pas dépassé par les évenements, tout le monde deteste tes albums de merde post 2000.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

3.8 - Energetic and urgent. Reminds me of LCD Soundsystem.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

Inte alls oävet.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

Before today I had never heard of Hookworms before, so I had no idea what I was in for. What I discovered was a very ambient, almost atmospheric sound, with heavy electronic backing, and distant, layered lyric delivery. The music has strong phychadelic rock/electronica vibes to it, with a very strong beat. Although I have had issue with most electronica on this 1001 Albums Generator, I enjoyed this stuff. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a singer, perhaps it was the inclusion of an actual beat, either way it worked. Hookworms sounds similar to MGMT who I have reviewed before. A lot of the songs on this album run into each other like a compilation, which I enjoyed. It made it a better listening experience. Apparently this album was a huge change from their previous works, and it ended up being their last album as a band. Overall, I enjoyed this album. It isn't something I would gravitate to often, but it wasn't bad at all. Favourite songs: Ullswater, Negative Space, Static Resistance, Opener Least favourite songs: Boxing Day, Reunion 3/5

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Second rate MGMT

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

yeah nice cool cover not really for me

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Some nice synth and grooves. Nothing I haven’t heard before, but still pleasant.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

Very quirky and interesting sound but also kind of slow for my taste. The song trailed too long too

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

a little boring

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Sat Aug 21 2021
2

Started off promising, but ended up sounding pretty generic. Drone rock is one of the listed genres on Wikipedia, and is apt - pedal tones over rock does not an interesting album make.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Didn't do much for me

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

This is kinda generic indie rock. And we can't say they were pioneers because this album came in 2018. The sound felt old, something we have heard before.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Meh, the album.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Boooring

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

Decent enough but wouldn't rush back to it.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

Alright. This is an album. It has some slightly interesting but not entirely new approaches. That's it. No idea what could possibly merit the inclusion on this list.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

It was OK. Didn't really stick with me. Too polished and produced, could've done with stripping back a bit.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

forgot it was playing

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Psychodelic

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

Late night listen. Not bad but not something I'd revisit.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
2

Narp. Soz.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

Not sure why this album is on the list. Pretty underwhelming and nothing too special about it. It wasn't awful, but it was very forgettable...

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Unspecial but not offensive.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

Hints of Kraftwerk and Daft Punk but mostly repetitive and droning. The Soft Season started strong and then... wow. Didn't hate but didn't add.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

Pretty boring but not the worst thing ever

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Sun May 01 2022
2

Música electrónica estilo Depeche mode

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Thu May 05 2022
2

The beats and the hooks are nice. But they cranked the volume up to 11, then whooshed it out with the classic indie rock TV static noise, at the top of that, there's these fever dream-sy vocals that only amplifies the monotonicity and messiness of the overall sound. These guys know how to make great sounds, but they probably got carried away while producing.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

Forgettable.

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Wed May 25 2022
2

This should have connected with me more: shimmery synths, Foals-style grooves, beta male vocals. It doesn't quite add up. And then you read the band dissolved almost immediately after this album's release due to sexual assault allegations against the lead singer.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

It’s like a tamer Tame Impala.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

meh hip indie rock.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Hookworms? Aren’t there pills for that?

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Aquest indie britànic, mig psicodèlic mig electrònic, pretesament lisèrgic, va tenir els seus millors moments a finals dels 00's, començaments dels 10's amb bandes com Wooden Shjips o les últims discos de Maccabees. 'Microshift' sóna a tot això, amb records també al krautrock setenter. Res memorable, res especial

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Kind of reminds me of Phoenix or LCD Soundsystem if both bands weren't as... good. Let's call it what it is, this record feels very inconsequential. Overall forgettable. Favorite tracks: "Ullswater" "Boxing Day"

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

It's... Alright. You can hear interesting influences. !!!, Vangelis, LCD Soundsystem. But ultimately this is a band with a brilliant drummer and some synths disguising the fact they are otherwise producing relatively milquetoast indie that bands like Freelance Whales had already done better about 10 years prior.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

When it first started I thought there was a problem with the file, and then it got better, but not really. It's odd, I like some electronica type stuff, but this just didn't hit for me.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Not sure that this was a must-listen. It was okay. The neo-psychedelic label gets thrown around a lot, and I don’t always hear it. This was a perfect example of that.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
2

It was okay, not really my vibe though.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

Microshift is the third & final album from British rock band Hookworms. There is not much information about this album, aside from the fact that it did perform well critically at release. I'm not even positive what genre this could be classified as because it's majority rock, but it switches forms to neo-psychedelia, space rock, noise rock, or drone rock based on the different electronic effects that make appearances. It was an interesting album for sure, but compared to other albums on this 1000 albums journey, it doesn't come close to some of them.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

2.5 good at times.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Interesting, but not something i'd but putting on my list.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

Bland with shitty mixing

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Ni los conocía! No me parecería que merecieran estar entre estos 1001 discos esenciales.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

a micro shift indeed

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

Glimpses of goodness, can't say more than nice I guess, however. Too weak for proper dance music

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

"Shortcomings" is the only track that was remotely memorable. I didn't dislike this album, but there wasn't really anything unique about it.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

Definitely an album i didn’t need to listen to before I died.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Solid dance-punk full of polyrhythms and melody. Loses a star for the band's abhorrent alleged behavior.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

i like negative space and static resistance okay once they get going - the intros and outros were not my style. Opener was alright too. pretty bold to name an album hookworms though. made me think of earworms and then made me think every song would be catchy and stuck in my head. They sound like a band that might be playing in a backroom in Brooklyn (knitting factory, baby's all right) and I'd dance my head off and be like man that was fun but never catch their name. I don't think this is special or original enough to put on this kind of a list though? But I think I need to continue to forget the premise (1001 albums to listen to before you die) and just accept their position on the list and react to them as albums alone.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

this album has a sound we've not heard much on this list. it's electronic, but it's different from kraftwerk and other electronic artists part of this project. not to mention it's such a newer sound, so i'm not surprised it came out in 2018. while it was a calming and easy listen, i couldn't get into it. it was just too little. this was not a terrible listen, but there wasn't enough to grab me. the vocals were straight forward and bland. also, yikes about how hookworms disbanded.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

Experiential music. Would make good movie music. A little too repetitive and lacking something. Maybe too technical in its approach and maybe self hypnotic in some way.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
2

Eine langweilige Platte, die genauso klingt wie jede andere Platte aus diesem Genre in jenem Jahrzehnt.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Att blanda en boss genre som krautrock med en medioker genre som britpop verkar inte ha lett till en ny och fräsch take på någondera stilen. Istället blev resultatet långtråkigt, oinspirerat och sterilt men helt ok att passivt lyssna på.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
1

Didn’t like

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Mon Aug 30 2021
1

no real hooks. boring

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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

Nah

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