At first I thought maybe it was deep. It's so complicated it becomes confusing, and sometimes the point of the confusion is so minuscule you might wonder if it was worth listening and understanding.

It's overly complicated rap, but it sounds really cool.

So why did I stick around?

Raf Riley. We're talking quality back-to-back music production. It's that dark English stuff, from the grimey floor to smooth transitions. He made progressive beats that help AV's more poetic moments flow in the right light. Regardless of what the point of a song is, it sounds the way you know it's supposed to.

Together they made a better than average album. Understanding everything lyrically definitely won't be for anybody (Genius helps.) It helps that you can focus on transitions and general ideas. I love the way certain tracks introduce the up-comers.
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After a while I got into understanding the Avelino style and point of view. I really like when one listen is enough for me to understand the whole picture, but this guy's cryptic. The puzzle becomes fun, even if the finished result is nothing spectacular. 

I would have loved if the point of a particularly difficult track were something equally as complicated. But this is a good start. It's a lot to ask for, but maybe a future album will complete the circle I was hoping for.

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Do you know why I love Karikatura?

I mean I thought it was their use of Latin spice at a time where those influences are pretty much dying. Eyes Wide showed me that capability and I'll never forget my seat-dancing. Now it's something else, though.

Now it's about focusing on sounding good, and how it just so happens that their dominant inspirations are Latin.

Alright, so that first track is the EP's lead single and it's a great start. It features Akil B. Strange on rhymes, and it paints a darkened powerful picture to go with the theme. In fact, the entire EP is focused heavily on justice (or lack thereof) and the realities many of us have to face.

It's an extremely political effort, and its production does nothing but support it.
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A defining moment for me was with Miesto. For a while I kept thinking it went with the Latin theme. The music fit, the style worked, but I couldn't quite pin those vocals. After considering Portuguese and kicking myself about how wrong that guess was, I found that it's Russian lyrics with extremely Latin music.

And it works!

Dima Kay (think guitarist) has roots in Ukraine, which ends up making a Latin beat with the subject of identity struggles in the Ukraine, sung in Russian. Saying it feels almost as fun as hearing it.

As for the EP as a whole, it's bitter-sweet. I think it's overly lengthened with the addition in the end of a technically longer but censored radio edit of Ghost Town. The production for each track works wonders as an overall listen, though.

If you're looking for something a little less serious and a little more fun, they recently started shooting the Suitcase Series while they're out on the road. So far, covers include Stevie Wonder, Major Lazer, and Aaliyah.

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Captain Supernova has been a consistent force of retro electronics with the modern production of today, all wrapping his signature space travel stories. In his latest, Doors of Perception, I hear a lot of vocal jazz incorporation, and he's managed suiting it together with his synth base quite wonderfully.

Doors Into Doors leads you into the album, and if you're new to Captain Supernova it makes for a majestic entrance. Everything is a little too classic, though, and as an instrumental track I feel it does little to explain the fresh direction he's taking.

Skip to track 2, Only One

Only One is a personal favorite because it shows a lot of flexibility. It shows the direction and reminds us which album we're listening to. I look at it as the defining moment in the album's style.
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There's seven tracks in all, and only two of them are instrumental. All vocals are female, which pretty much goes best with the style, I think. I'm curious to know how male vocals would fit into the CS style, but I'm in no rush to find out, either.

I'll take whatever the Captain dishes our way and feast with it.

There's also a really cool music video for Searching for Forever I recommend you watch if you're digging the sounds. I have a hope that it's the first in a series, and that we're all in for the Captain's more visual side of his story.

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So, say a poet can use words to convey a story and melody. Well, Aussie ambient-psych rockers Twin Haus use their instruments to do the exact same thing.

And it's kinda funny, because I find the lyrics the most difficult part to understand.

I dug the album when I first heard it, but it was mostly a nostalgic thing. It's been a while since I've heard music that reminds me of The Mars Volta or Campo-Formio, and those awkward executions were missed and appreciated.

There were a few parts of it that didn't quite make sense until afterwards, though. I gave the album a rest and came back to it later to realize I'd seriously underestimated a lot of the work put into it. 

I don't know how long it's gonna take me to fully understand this album, but I feel like a cyber audio archaeologist after every play.
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Lets run the album down.

It starts off with the very popular Synthetic Egg. It's an amazing EP opener, and it's not the best track on the album, or at least that title can be very subjective. I have a personal thing for the way the EP was put together so the emotion of Synthetic Egg could carry on into my personal favorite, Self-Love. I'm a big fan of anticipation and reward, and the way those first two tracks play with each other almost defines the satisfaction I crave from it.

All this being said, it's definitely not an album for everybody, because it's not the best album of its kind. If I'm gonna be really honest, the only thing it has going for itself is that it's definitely its own sound. You end up treating it like a person, and it's either your friend, an acquaintance or —if you're not into psychedelics at all— an annoying guest.

Those first two tracks should define where on your music social chart Twin Haus will fit in, but you'll miss out on everything else if you stop there. Track three, I Used to Think, isn't the most eclectic track but it's fundamental in ending side A. As for the final track and the sole single on side B, The Revue, well I think that one embodies the entire Twin Haus idea in just 11 minutes.

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This one's been teasing me for months, and ever since it was released I've been listening to it on leftover time. I'm not gonna say it's perfect, it's got some moments that wobble for me, but I can say it's done with the best quality of sound in mind.

It's not your average folk album, it spins a little more towards psychedelic folk rock at times. It's well composed. We recommend clicking play.

Capsized is one of my favorite tracks overall, and the best intro this album could have. It's also one of the few songs with a music video, making it one of the few songs you can freely stream.

You won't be streaming this album on Spotify, so let me break down Capsized so you can better understand what all the fuss is about.

Capsized is the first date. It's charismatic, so it's not just trying too hard, it's succeeding. It's a magical take on its own folk and rock roots, and if you were to marry it you would not be unhappy with your relationship. All the magic and value is real, it's just not as concentrated as you'd find it on that first impressive date.

It's not exactly my soulmate, but I could live with it.


You know?

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The whole streaming situation is a minor pain. Again, not on Spotify, Soundcloud, or anything of the sort, but I could find a complete stream via NPR on this link. Check to see if it works for you, and let me know in the comments if you know of/found an alternate stream.
(It's appreciated)

If you want to experience the release the way I did, check out the video for Left Handed Kisses featuring Fiona Apple. There's also a very well made lyric video for Capsized, and a video stream for Roma Fade which is probably much closer to the album sound.

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