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    Scoring through 3 38. 18.0 Zack 37. 21.5...

    Scoring through 3

    38. 18.0 Zack
    37. 21.5 PunchyTheCat
    36. 22.3 Relm
    35. 23.0 sOHiJK
    34. 23.3 Owner of a Lonely Heart
    33. 24.1 ladd
    32. 24.4 Zander
    31. 24.6 Owner 2
    30. 24.7 tonystarkprime
    29. 25.0 Mischief
    28. 25.3 tane
    27. 25.4 MyNameIsKPOP
    25. 25.6 Angrypotato
    25. 25.6 Moose
    24. 25.9 shubaka17
    23. 26.0 marmot
    22. 26.5 Ace Marvel
    21. 26.7 staypositivefriend
    20. 26.9 Visorslash
    19. 27.0 Ampharos
    16. 27.7 Bloobird
    16. 27.7 BLOODYRAIN10001
    16. 27.7 Newcomb
    14. 28.1 MyNameIsNothing
    14. 28.1 roro__b
    12. 28.5 LordQuas
    12. 28.5 soah
    11. 28.6 Psycho666Soldier
    10. 29.1 soah 2
    9. 29.5 vanity.
    8. 29.7 Tanner_FromHighschool
    7. 30.5 nutella
    6. 30.6 Roman
    4. 31.7 Rhand
    4. 31.7 Zarathustra
    3. 31.8 Kane
    2. 32.8 Schiavetto
    1. 34.3 birdwithteeth11
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    1st place: nutella Guilhem Desq - Visions...

    1st place:

    nutella

    Guilhem Desq - Visions

    This felt destined to win on first encounter. A lot of subs challenged that more than I expected, but here we are. Holy hurdy my gurdy this is a trip.

    The Ermine Prince gets so excited that he unleashes his meownagerie on the dinner party and murders everybody. Release to graveyard?

    11
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    2nd place: birdwithteeth11 K'ala Marka -...

    2nd place:

    birdwithteeth11

    K'ala Marka - Cuando Florezca el Chuño

    Panflutes add soooooooooo much space to a song, and that deep slightly echoed drum and the way the strumming style rolls into itself... I feel like I'm listening to this on a lush plateau at the top of the universe. The vocals are great. I watched a live version of it and their energy is massive. I want to listen to this forever.

    10.9
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    3rd place: Schiavetto Àbáse - Agangatolú...

    3rd place:

    Schiavetto

    Àbáse - Agangatolú

    This wasn't the party I imagined but it's the party I want.

















    10.8
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    4th place: Psycho666Soldier Egschiglen -...

    4th place:

    Psycho666Soldier

    Egschiglen - Chandmani nutag

    Subbing a sample artist is always a bold move, but lucky for you I only have Gobi and Zazal and this is on Sounds of Mongolia. Naughty child hurr hurr no who am I kidding I don't care if you send me stuff you know I know. (And I think the more plausible explanation that you didn't notice is funnier.)

    That the recording is simply louder might be a silly starting point to rank its merit, but it makes what he's doing a lot more accessible than Shu-De and gives the song a harsher, earthier edge. More importantly, he's displaying a significantly wider range of pitches and techniques to keep me actively amazed. This is wild by any standard I've developed for the genre.

    10.7
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    5th place: Tanner_FromHighschool Aksak...

    5th place:

    Tanner_FromHighschool

    Aksak Maboul - I Viaggi Formano La Gioventu

    I had a pleasant dream the other night. It had most of the usual features--the power goes out at a wooden camping complex / fortress in the forest with an impending apocalypse just beyond the threshold, but I'm well equipped to fortify the place, and there's a cute girl who admires my zombie survival skills, and everything is inexplicably immersed in a foot of crystal clear water that minds its own business. I suppose those details don't really matter. Anyway, this was playing in the background of it so thanks I guess.

    The meditative mood this sets is great. It's a harbinger of something dangerous, but it feels more focused than foreboding. I find the lead melody that kicks off at three minutes inescapably catchy, and I'm quite content to let it be stuck in my head all day. And technically Antarctica is the world's largest desert so something something sure why not.

    lol that rock and roll finish

    10.6
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    nutella
    Psycho666Soldier
    Schiavetto
    Tanner_FromHighschool
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    6th place: Kane Anda Union - Jangar...

    6th place:

    Kane

    Anda Union - Jangar

    Feels like we've come a long way from The Hu Featuring Papa Roach. I'm proud of you MU. Maybe next year I'll feature a proper Tuva and Mongolia category.

    ...That was a joke, probably.

    10.5
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    7th place: Ace Marvel José Luis Sánchez...

    7th place:

    Ace Marvel

    José Luis Sánchez Salvatierra - Corazon Del Sol (Canción Azteca)

    Pulling this song up was a bit of a trip. The infallible wisdom of artificial intelligence over at Google auto-inserted copyright information into this guy's original composition crediting it as an equally obscure psytrance song from a completely unrelated musician.

    I think at this point our cast has well and truly lost it. I've occasionally heard PhD-toating western know-everythingers talk about world music like awareness of other cultures challenges our assumptions that our ideals of beauty are universal. No, $%#! that, the Aztecs knew this $%#! was crazy. That's why these things got used in incantations and rituals. It's the pursuit of Plato's butthole that needs some reconsideration.

    10.4
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    8th place: BLOODYRAIN10001 Yoshida Brothers...

    8th place:

    BLOODYRAIN10001

    Yoshida Brothers - Nikata

    I was sent a Yoshida Brothers track last year that made it into the top 5. I'm seeing a trend here. You sent me an abridged version, but it's only missing a not overwhelmingly relevant intro and it flows better on the playlist this way so I'm rolling with it. I've heard so much effective use of shamisen in rock music over the years that I'm surprised it's not some sort of second tier staple like harmonica or accordion. This might be one of the least wacky tracks in the top half, but I like how it makes me feel and that's good enough. Needed something to spice up the afro-mongolian necrochants.

    10.3
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    9th place: MyNameIsNothing Papé Nziengui -...

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    MyNameIsNothing

    Papé Nziengui - Gho Minongo

    Kind of at a loss for words to write about this but it's pretty cool. I've heard things kinda like it? On those Rough Guide and Nonsuch type sampler albums. But this captivated me a lot more than I was used to. Performing this has to be exhausting somewhere on par with what I imagine it's like playing drums on a twelve minute progressive black metal song.

    10.2
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    10th place: ladd Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un...

    10th place:

    ladd

    Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval

    Commercials and film soundtracks do their thing, but I don't think I have ever actually sat down and paid attention to a salsa song in my life. It sounds like salsa. It works, and it's super catchy, and I love this vision of my cast of weirdos dancing to the least expected while still heavily structured and formal style of music you could have popped off with. The Ermine Prince smiles and steeples his hands in pleasure.

    10.1
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    Ace Marvel
    birdwithteeth11
    BLOODYRAIN10001
    Kane
    ladd
    MyNameIsNothing
    nutella
    Psycho666Soldier
    Schiavetto
    Tanner_FromHighschool
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    11th place: LordQuas Sabah Fakhri - Qadukka...

    11th place:

    LordQuas

    Sabah Fakhri - Qadukka Al Mayyas

    I hate that the memeiness of this helped make it a fantastic category fit, but more importantly I love that the memeiness of this helped make it a fantastic category fit. It works great from the start. I remember the first time through I started thinking, well it's pretty repetitive for 7 minutes, could be a bit shorter, followed by phasing out of it for a minute, followed by wait what the $%#!? The song never fundamentally changes, but this dude keeps subtly but surely getting more and more unhinged until by 5:00 he's low key losing his $%#!. He sounds absolutely ridiculous and I love it. The instrumentalists are totally into it too, styling all over the place vibing off of each other.

    My superficial first impression assimilated so much of this into some sort of stereotype of commercially viable Arab folk pop, but every last one of them is howling at the moon. It gets better every time I hear it. For reveal purposes I wish the recording quality was a lot better. Doesn't lend to an easy one-time experience. Given a dozen, it seems criminal to place it this low. Honestly I think it might be my favorite sub to this category. It's just that listening to it side by side other songs, it's so poorly recorded that I feel like I'm trolling to place it higher either.

    Compromise. You get the points but not the reveal order.

    10.0 + 1.0 bonus
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    12th place: Newcomb Kálmán Balogh -...

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    Newcomb

    Kálmán Balogh - Bulgarian Gipsy Hora

    Unfortunate I couldn't find a performance of this. I want to see the blur of his hands moving all over that roided dulcimer. The only thing holding it back is the melody isn't quite memorable enough to stick with me. It was the last sub to really form a semi-coherent picture in my head beyond "ah yes and this is the one that does eccentric things in that genre."

    9.9
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    13th place: vanity. 'O'rang - Little...

    13th place:

    vanity.

    'O'rang - Little Brother

    Huh this is... a pretty intriguing soundscape. There are a lot of subtle weird effects going on in the background that make it a very immersive experience. I'm not always convinced that I particularly enjoy what's playing over top of it, but it's certainly an experience. That cursed electric guitaromonicawhatthe$%#! that comes in around 5:50 is... something, eh? This song is a bubbling quagmire of music soup sputtering up novelties that rarely achieve intrinsic satisfaction before the 6 minute mark but certainly keep me morbidly curious. How do you even begin to write something like this?

    9.8
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    14th place: MyNameIsKPOP Humming Urban...

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    MyNameIsKPOP

    Humming Urban Stereo - Mambo Mood

    Damn. If I hadn't already fallen for a song in a similar style, this might have fit a desired niche to slide up even higher. That one's strict formality won the late challenge to its position on category fit over this song's smooth edges, but I still love it.

    9.7
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    15th place: roro__b Shaano Beats - Kurdish...

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    roro__b

    Shaano Beats - Kurdish Shexani (Duhol & Zurna)

    This is like the Higashino track but with actual people playing instruments and doing things. I had no idea what to expect from Kurdish folk music, but I certainly didn't expect this. Heading to Ebay to see if I can pick up a used goose to toy around with.

    9.6
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    Ace Marvel
    birdwithteeth11
    BLOODYRAIN10001
    Kane
    ladd
    LordQuas
    MyNameIsKPOP
    MyNameIsNothing
    Newcomb
    nutella
    Psycho666Soldier
    roro__b
    Schiavetto
    Tanner_FromHighschool
    vanity.
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    16th place: Mischief Hajime Wakai -...

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    Mischief

    Hajime Wakai - Kakariko Village (Day)

    Breath of the Wild's inability to tell a remotely compelling story within its vast and otherwise imaginative world is easy to ignore mainly for its breathtakingly vivid setting. Music is just as responsible for bringing those things to life as graphics, and the sound team certainly rose to the occasion.

    Kakariko is an odd little hamlet that doesn't make very much sense when you think about it. Civilization in Zelda never does. They've all got to be like SSJ2 at least to still be surviving with such a small population after 100 years staring down an uncontested colossal horde of minions supported by an army of ninjas, but there's no visible sign that combat training is that core to their lifestyles. Impa perches like a queen watching over her kingdom of like 30 people. Guards patrol the streets as if they're more interested in catching chicken thieves than preparing for moblins. Somewhat inevitable for RPG gameplay, half the population are local merchants, but a place this small and isolated shouldn't even have commerce. The scale is a bit off, and it feels a bit off because the rest of the world is just so well spaced out. The music does more to give it depth and character than anything else about the place.

    9.5
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    17th place: Zander GWAR - Meat Sandwich...

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    Zander

    GWAR - Meat Sandwich

    I can't think of a metal band that could possibly be more aligned with this category than GWAR, and I can't think of a GWAR song that vibes more like pompous psycho minions dancing than this. It is possible that you tried to replace it with a song I didn't particularly care for and I shouted WAIT STOP NO NO NO DON'T NO STOP, but that's just between you and me.

    9.4
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    18th place: Moose pluffaduff - Snow...

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    Moose

    pluffaduff - Snow Halation but it's Bakamitai

    I'm picturing the guy in the white suit from the video image getting up on stage and performing this to my category subjects. They all think it is the most classy high society thing imaginable, of course.

    Because it is.

    The Ermine Prince tilts his head back and closes his eyes in bliss, a tear of joy trickling down his cheek. The only line he understands is "I love you", but it perfectly captures his subjects' devotion.

    9.3
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    19th place: Zarathustra Miki Higashino -...

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    Zarathustra

    Miki Higashino - Ah, Beautiful Dancer

    Yeah sure just sub from my all-time favorite videogame. I've been making a point to dump a track from the Suikoden Celtic Collection series in every walrus I can squeeze it into for the past year or so. This is, well, not exactly one of the game's stronger tracks, but that's because it surfaces under fairly normal circumstances. It's even called "beautiful dancer", as if it isn't hideous. The unwarranted abrasive harshness of the lead sample in a fairly empty soundscape feels a bit demented. It's much more at home here than in the Dunan Republic really.

    Like, if I listen to this for what it is--a creative idea for a melody and tone arranged with dubious effort--it's a middling cut in the Suikoden II soundtrack. If I listen to it as if it is supposed to sound exactly like this and it is pristine perfection in the eyes of its beholders, the implications are delightfully demented.

    9.2
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    Ace Marvel
    birdwithteeth11
    BLOODYRAIN10001
    Kane
    ladd
    LordQuas
    Mischief
    Moose
    MyNameIsKPOP
    MyNameIsNothing
    Newcomb
    nutella
    Psycho666Soldier
    roro__b
    Schiavetto
    Tanner_FromHighschool
    vanity.
    Zander
    Zarathustra
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    20th place: shubaka17 The Red Army Choir -...

    20th place:

    shubaka17

    The Red Army Choir - Kalinka

    I am slightly confused why one of the singers transforms into a bird who swallowed squeaky gym shoes near the end, but it's Russian so not really. I think the video editor's decision to add fade to a staccato grand finale is hilarious. The Ermine Prince has already ordered his immediate execution.

    9.1
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    21st place: Rhand The Dubliners - Lord...

    21st place:

    Rhand

    The Dubliners - Lord Inchiquin

    This is entirely pleasant in a standard sort of way. I did google the name hoping to uncover some nefarious figure, but it actually refers to a title not a person.

    This particular cut got me thinking a bit because it's nigh indistinguishable from the American folk I grew up listening to... what did American folk even sound like before the Irish diaspora came rolling in? Or was English folk not particularly different and it just always sounded like this? Anyway, this is a perfectly peaceful song I've found delightful every time I've put it on. It's such a familiar style that I can't imagine it far beyond the reaches of my mother's kitchen, but that's no fault of yours, and on average I would rather be hearing this all day long than much of anything else.

    9.0
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    22nd place: sOHiJK Josef Sakonov -...

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    sOHiJK

    Josef Sakonov - Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale, Op.51, No.6

    This is the correct way to ship classical to a walrus. The length is not cumbersome. It's actually produced instead of sounding like some concert hall field recording. I goddamn love waltzes so much I actually ran a waltz category one year. There's always something about that sway that can make a song feel at once more grand and majestic and just a wee bit unstable, teetering, susceptible to collapse. Great sub. Please enjoy this complimentary tank position.

    8.9
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    23rd place: Roman Satanicpornocultshop -...

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    Roman

    Satanicpornocultshop - Comment te dire adieu ?

    The fact that this didn't make my top half is so strange and bewildering and I don't even know what to say lol. I guess it's too mainstream or something uh... I dunno it's weirdness is very cleanly presented and deliberate. It lacks flaws. It's more cute than disturbing. I can't picture something dancing to it. It's not folky. And none of these things are even drawbacks. I'm just trying to figure out why when I had to make a cut I went ugh fine that one I guess.

    ...But then on my final play through I bumped it down farther so maybe I'm enjoying it exclusively as a novelty. Not sure what the thing is that makes it not resonate with me a little deeper. A glance at what remains tells me it's the only cleanly produced electronic track. I like dirt.

    8.8
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    24th place: soah 2 Beedle The Bardcore -...

    24th place:

    soah 2

    Beedle The Bardcore - Thong Song but it's MEDIEVAL

    ...I don't think it ever registered how dark this song was, but I put on the original and it's really all right there prime for the bardcoring. This is exactly what our royal entourage shall be shaking their booty to.

    8.7
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    25th place: PunchyTheCat Shu-De - Throat...

    25th place:

    PunchyTheCat

    Shu-De - Throat Singing Solo

    I actually got a lot of throat singing to this category, which generated the unexpected but enjoyable task of having to rank them vis-à-vis. As opposed to giving it a novelty slot. I listened to a fair bit of Shu-De when I went through my early 20s Tuvan phase ... but this was ultimately the weakest of the lot on my tastometer. It's really cool. I don't get tired of this stuff and enjoy the way it makes me feel as much as I enjoy appreciating what they're doing. Packing them all together and underrepresenting all the other peculiarities of this sideshow feels weird though. Your placement suffered for the competition within this genre, at least to the extent that it didn't get that extra little boost of me going I'm so glad someone sent me something like this. But I am in fact very glad many of you sent me something like this.

    8.6
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    26th place: soah Zmey Gorynich -...

    26th place:

    soah

    Zmey Gorynich - Деда-тетеря

    When this went djent I busted out laughing. Not the gimmick I was expecting but I'll take it.

    Wait, maybe the angry polka is the gimmick and I live in a very isolated bubble....

    It's so repetitive that the novelty does get a little bit old over time compared to the rest, and I'm maybe not completely sold on the metalcore bit towards the end. But I had fun.

    8.5
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    27th place: marmot Phideaux - ....

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    marmot

    Phideaux - .

    When I first heard this a time or two playing through in the background I thought ah, this one will go high. But alas, when I sit down to really absorb it, it feels closer to 1971 than 2011. The so what response to that is... kind of correct? It's weird to be in the 20s and already like everything that's left. I have to make some pretty petty personal preference calls, and those archaic synth tones and Kansian strings carry some trifle baggage of being associated with an era/style of music I typically don't care for. I think I... still don't care deeply for traditional prog regardless of when it was written? They just remind me that it's what I'm listening to where other elements are less blatant. The crowd noises in the background and the cartoonish 70s tones I just complained about actually do a pretty solid job of matching the scene. Will I rob this anyway? Will I give it a last second bump? Will I rewrite this either way when I've made up my mind? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    8.4
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    28th place: Ampharos Vulfmon -...

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    Ampharos

    Vulfmon - Contrapunctus I

    Yeah something about this jazz style is a bit antithetical to the flavor I think. It's weird if I try to spell it out because like, you've got this classical tune fit for royalty but they sleaze out the edges... that sounds kind of perfect on paper? I just don't experience it that way, maybe because what I actually associate jazz with is super chill and earthy. The dime store hookers just wanna have fun. I like it and I like my rationalization of it, but I don't viably feel it here.

    8.3
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    29th place: staypositivefriend Zeal & Ardor...

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    staypositivefriend

    Zeal & Ardor - Blood in the River

    This is like the Iron Savior sub except I like the song a lot. I feel like it's describing the scene rather than participating in it. I'm no stranger to Zeal & Ardor (last.fm says 700+ plays o_o; ) so there's a novelty factor missed, through no fault of your own but it is what it is. I think this was a pretty tough category for metal to thrive in. At least any metal that takes itself seriously. The thin veil was more important than the vile beneath it.

    8.2
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    30th place: Bloobird Taverna - Bard's Way...

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    Bloobird

    Taverna - Bard's Way

    I'm already making not terribly easy cuts. I like everything else about this song quite a bit, but the vocals are pretty rough for me. They feel too stylized for my tastes, especially with the group chants and the way it just clashes hard with everything else. The instrumentation demands quality cosplay but they're singing the sequel to LazyTown's You are a Pirate. My enjoyment of everything else could have carried it higher in some other universe. The competition here is too strong for lulzless drawbacks.

    8.1
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    31st place: tonystarkprime Umm Kulthum -...

    31st place:

    tonystarkprime

    Umm Kulthum - Enta Omri

    Dang. This was subbed to me 3+ weeks after I wrapped up the category and I am soooo displaced from hearing the rest of these songs. I love old traditional recordings like this. I find them so interesting. I'm always wondering where the line is. What is the prototype? When did this stuff first start to homogenize with modern western-defined sensibilities and leave a bit of its authenticity behind? Or did it never really? 1967 isn't exactly ancient, and this was performed in Paris. Had it already absorbed some western interpretations of what Arab music ought to sound like, or is it pretty unadulterated? I'm not going to dig too deep for answers, but I get a kick out of thinking about it.

    Coming back to this as I sort the late wave of subs, I actually ended up moving it down a bit. I think that its novelty gave it a favorable position in isolation and, replaying everything else a fair bit more the next time through, I was reminded that almost every sub has an awesome novelty going on. 9 minutes of this wears me out a bit vs the competition.

    8.0
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    32nd place: Owner 2 Wendy Rule - The Circle...

    32nd place:

    Owner 2

    Wendy Rule - The Circle Song

    This is alright! Don't let the placement mislead you too much. People took all kinds of different directions on in this category and I think just about all of them nailed it in some capacity. The broodier desert beats angle will resurface more than once in the tunes to come. This one just did the least interesting things for me along the way.

    7.9
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    33rd place: tane Issam Hajali - Ana Damir...

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    tane

    Issam Hajali - Ana Damir El Motakallim

    This kind of drags. It feels like a whole bunch of ideas for songs spliced together without a coherent vision. I'm not suggesting that he didn't actually have a plan, I just don't feel it at all. While the mood is persistently at odds with anything I place in the scene, the funk and dulcimer hybrid at the beginning is sufficiently odd for a category of curiosities. The b-fireside acoustic ballads throw me off and kind of bore me though. I swear at 6:00 he starts playing some sort of Landslide / Can't Help Falling in Love mashup. I at no point successfully got into the song and don't think it works particularly well here.

    Somewhere down the line I started to develop a soft spot for how endearingly cheesy this is and added it back into the pack.

    7.8
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    34th place: Owner of a Lonely Heart ...

    34th place:

    Owner of a Lonely Heart

    Coldplay - Hymn for the Weekend

    I remember when I first started hearing people rip on Coldplay a lot.

    I was like... huh? Yellow is fine and Clocks is solid.

    Now I understand everything.

    This works as a cat fit. I'm just not interested in buying a mattress today.

    (Ok I had a last minute change of heart it's fine.)

    All point distribution is in 0.1 increments from here lol. This is one of three categories that I only took to 11.0, but this one is low for the right reasons. Everyone did so such an entirely decent and creative job with it that I felt no need for a wider point spread.

    7.7
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    35th place: Zack Bo Burnham - Bezos I...

    35th place:

    Zack

    Bo Burnham - Bezos I

    Should have subbed a compilation of all the Bezos tracks tbh. There's not enough of this for me to amuse myself bumping it up to half way relief in what turned out to be a very strong playlist, though I appreciate the relevance.

    7.0
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    36th place: Angrypotato Feixue Yuhua - Qin...

    36th place:

    Angrypotato

    Feixue Yuhua - Qin Shi Mingyue

    This is too pretty. I mean, it's a lovely piece of music I enjoy each time I put it on, but this category demanded an ambiguous something. I left what that should be open to interpretation. Traditional drumming, playful superficiality, an air of formality, a feeling of something deranged lurking below the surface, or maybe blatant on the surface. Some hyperactive organic dionysian headrush. Non-western dance music. I dunno. It just has to complement the scene. This song is calm and peaceful and doesn't carry any baggage of self-importance along the way. It has no beat. There's nothing I can tie it in with.

    But more egregious by far really, the video just randomly ends half way through the song and I don't know where to begin to look for a more complete version.

    6.5
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    37th place: Relm Mystic Zaru - Bloody...

    37th place:

    Relm

    Mystic Zaru - Bloody Stream medieval cover

    This melody feels instantly familiar, but I can't imagine where I would have heard the original. My first hunch was Castlevania origins, but I've never heard of Coda. Maybe that's just the transcendental power of bardcore.

    I hope Moose discovered this searching for Bloody Keep.

    6.0
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    38th place: Visorslash Iron Savior - Flesh...

    38th place:

    Visorslash

    Iron Savior - Flesh

    This seems a bit too literal--a metal standard describing the nefarious characters plotting and scheming in the narrative. I wanted to hear what you felt they would listen to. Beyond that, it just... isn't a very interesting song to me. Pretty straight forward heavy metal that doesn't distinguish itself or hit off any catchy riffs I can get behind.

    5.8
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    https://i.imgur.com/zMLCOPZ.png 3. Banquet for...


    3. Banquet for the Ermine Prince

    What a marvel, the sheer otherness of life within walls built to keep out commoners like you. You never imagined that the royal palace of your own capital could feel this exotic.

    "Do not gawk," your escort chides. "Sir Trunkles is our esteemed ambassador from the distant south."

    Exotic, and dangerous. Past reindeer with bangle-clad antlers, past dresses and gowns dyed colors you never knew existed, your entourage pauses before a buffet stretching the length of a grand hall.

    "The finest cuisine for honored guests," Courtier Bristles proclaims with a bow. "Delicacies for the dignified palate. Rutabaga and turnip truffles. Field mouse soufflé. Clover chiffonade."

    "Excuse me Master Bristles," you interrupt with some hesitation. "Did you say field mouse?"

    "Aah," the attendant responds with a vicious smile, "does the plight of the common vermein trouble you? Rest assured that His Majesty the Crown Prince Ermirate shares not but the deepest compassion for your kin. Is it not He who approved the conscription of your colony, that youth such as yourself might know the honor of service? Is it not He who invited you to dine and celebrate our assured victory over the tundral savages? Let not a trifle luxury sour your mood on this, the eve of His grand campaign. Hark, the entertainment has already begun!"

    Gong Linna - No clue, ask AP
    Muzsikás - Dunántúli friss csárdások
    Xu Zhengyin - Dragon Boat
    Stary Olsa - Rujevit
    Piorun - Nadbuanski Wit
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    butts

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    Weekend break, see y'all Monday

    Weekend break, see y'all Monday
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    Scoring through 2

    38. 11.0 Zack
    37. 12.9 PunchyTheCat
    36. 14.0 ladd
    35. 14.1 sOHiJK
    34. 15.0 Zander
    33. 15.5 Mischief
    32. 15.6 Owner of a Lonely Heart
    31. 15.7 MyNameIsKPOP
    30. 16.1 Ace Marvel
    28. 16.3 Moose
    28. 16.3 Relm
    26. 16.7 Owner 2
    26. 16.7 tonystarkprime
    25. 16.8 shubaka17
    24. 17.4 BLOODYRAIN10001
    22. 17.5 LordQuas
    22. 17.5 tane
    21. 17.6 marmot
    20. 17.8 Newcomb
    18. 17.9 MyNameIsNothing
    18. 17.9 Psycho666Soldier
    16. 18.5 roro__b
    16. 18.5 staypositivefriend
    15. 18.7 Ampharos
    13. 19.1 Angrypotato
    13. 19.1 Tanner_FromHighschool
    12. 19.5 nutella
    11. 19.6 Bloobird
    10. 19.7 vanity.
    9. 20.0 soah
    8. 20.4 soah 2
    7. 21.1 Visorslash
    6. 21.3 Kane
    5. 21.8 Roman
    4. 22.0 Schiavetto
    3. 22.5 Zarathustra
    2. 22.7 Rhand
    1. 23.4 birdwithteeth11
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    1st place: staypositivefriend Lorna Shore -...

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    staypositivefriend

    Lorna Shore - To the Hellfire

    I went to a modern art museum once and saw a full room display of hay and literal horse $%#! smeared all over the wall.

    Of course I thought it was stupid, but me being me I reflected on it for a while anyway, and over time I came to terms with it.

    This song is sort of like that, except I enjoyed it out the gate.

    Took a while to decide that I enjoyed it in more than a category 6 sort of way. It's first and foremost a presentation. This guy's absolutely outlandish vocals. An absurd level of overproduction that could only fly on a label like Century Media or Nuclear Blast. There's a song buried beneath it all that I really dig, especially with the synth, but this is just... I have never heard anything quite like this before. I don't have points to compare it to. I've heard deathcore, albeit not much, but nothing remotely this... it's like overproduction as an artform. I actually googled "overproduction in metal" because I figured I'm using the term fundamentally wrong if I'm stating it as a good thing, but in the first discussion thread that popped up people were citing Lorna Shore as a primary example. XD

    I dunno, bigger labels in the industry definitely sap the organic life force out of music in pursuit of an ever more polished, 'perfect' sound, but nothing about this song has any business sounding organic in the first place. I don't want to hear it pre-production. It probably sounds like crap. I'm mesmerized by how far they were able to push the envelope on manipulating it into something inhuman.

    Man the winner in this category swapped places two dozen times and Mg?a had it for ages, but I can't get over how much of a sick twisted spectacle this is. I don't think I'm going to be listening to them outside of this walrus, but right here right now this is the showpiece to culminate a category defined by excess.

    This also had the best youtube comment I read doing my walrus:
    Man… when he says “🦁🐽🦁🐽🦁🐽🦁” it really spoke to me. Ya know?

    11.5

    salsa cat up next glgl
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    2nd place: Zarathustra Mgła - Exercises in...

    2nd place:

    Zarathustra

    Mgła - Exercises in Futility V

    I have picked up (pirated; don't give these assholes money) every Mgła release I know of since they started dropping EPs, but I've never actually given any of them more than a once over. It just worked out that way. Sometimes bands I'm constantly told to listen to fall through the cracks. The mood this sets is great. It feels pretty well rooted in eastern European bm tradition--that rhythm-driven mid-tempo plod--but with a polish that had me thinking a little further west. The way the drummer keeps going ham on the cymbals gives me a tangible hook to stay invested through the trance. This is... one of my favorite styles of black metal presented flawlessly, and the album's now sitting at the top of things I need to listen to more when I'm done walrusing.

    11.4
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    3rd place: Bloobird Soul Glo -...

    3rd place:

    Bloobird

    Soul Glo - GODBLESSYALLREALGOOD

    I love everything about this in every possible way but the trap section is when my headset hits max volume. hahahahaha this goes so $%#!ing hard in so many different directions. I love how the vox never let off the gas at the moments I conventionally expect them to. I secretly wanted a couple nu metal subs but I never envisioned it with equal doses hardcore punk and hip-hop. Instant bandcamp pick-up and I can't wait to spin it when I'm done here.

    $%#!...

    11.3
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