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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

3.08

Votes

3454

Genres

  • Rock
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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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5

Beautiful, complex, and fun

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5

Added to my catalog. Love discovering nuggets like this.

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5

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

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5

A New Favourite

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5

Cool synth album

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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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4

- remind me of django django - really like boxing day

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Really like this. Reminded me of Les Big Byrd.

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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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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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4

A lot of melodies and stuff. 0RS

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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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That was a pretty good one.

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

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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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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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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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4

Great record.

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

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Good, reminded me a little bit of arcade fire

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

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4

Muy bueno, grata sorpresas

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4

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

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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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decent; 4,5

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

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

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

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Decent

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

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Nikad čuo za ovo

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Enjoyed this a lot, it bopped.

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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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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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Big Kraftwerk energy. very boppable and enjoyable.

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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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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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3

Catchy stuff. Late teens pop....

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

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

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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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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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Not painful to listen.

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

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

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Reminds me of Stereolab plus like indie pop?

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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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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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Album notes. Add them before you vote below.

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

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

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

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

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I dig it

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

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Enjoyed it!

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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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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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it was ok, bit too noisy

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

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

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

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

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3

Not bad!

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

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

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a little boring

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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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Didn't do much for me

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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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Meh, the album.

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Boooring

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Decent enough but wouldn't rush back to it.

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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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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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forgot it was playing

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Psychodelic

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Narp. Soz.

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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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Unspecial but not offensive.

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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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Pretty boring but not the worst thing ever

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Música electrónica estilo Depeche mode

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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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Forgettable.

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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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It’s like a tamer Tame Impala.

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meh hip indie rock.

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Hookworms? Aren’t there pills for that?

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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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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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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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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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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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It was okay, not really my vibe though.

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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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2.5 good at times.

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Didn’t like

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no real hooks. boring

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Nah

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Oof. This was REALLY not my thing. I like experimental stuff, but not this. This just felt like noise to me. I don't really "get it", whatever there is to get. Wouldn't re-listen. Fave track: Shortcomings, I guess. Not wild about any of them though.

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terrible shit

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