Tinashe - Aquarius (out October 7 2014)

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No thread for her yet? Talked about a bit in the Rolling R&B threads. 3 excellent mix tapes in 2012-13. Acclaimed early-2014 single ("2 On"). Proper debut album out in October. Latest single is "Pretend," with A$AP Rocky:

https://soundcloud.com/tinashenow/tinashe-pretend-featuring-aap-rocky/

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

"Pretend" is just heavenly. Highest hopes for this album.

Evan R, Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, looking forward to this. Haven't checked out her tapes at all.

MikoMcha, Monday, 25 August 2014 07:09 (three years ago) Permalink

the last tape was pretty bad aside from "vulnerable" - which katy b later reworked into something more transcendent anyway.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Monday, 25 August 2014 07:41 (three years ago) Permalink

this new song is awful

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 25 August 2014 14:07 (three years ago) Permalink

"now i admit that i was fucking with a kid" is a line that could've been rewritten imo

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:06 (three years ago) Permalink

it reminds me of something specifically i can't put my finger on but more generally it's pretty superior morose rainy day r&b à la brandy's afrodisiac

lex pretend, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:08 (three years ago) Permalink

The Rocky verse in particular is very De La Soul/Teenage Fanclub

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOmdg3epcic

Evan R, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

that asap rocky song is still trash but this is dope http://www.thefader.com/2014/09/15/tinashe-feels-like-vegas

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 15:34 (three years ago) Permalink

"It begs for a Wiz Khalifa guest verse"

lol foh Fader writers

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:12 (three years ago) Permalink

aw I like that A$AP track

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah "Pretend" is great. Weird hearing Stargate become Noah "40" Shebib on this Vegas track tho

Evan R, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (three years ago) Permalink

2 On > Pretend > Heaven or Las Vegas

They're all great though.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (three years ago) Permalink

idh why j0rdan hates "pretend", i'd've thought it was totally in his wheelhouse

lex pretend, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink

*idg

lex pretend, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink

it's like R&B as written by linda perry -- i'm good

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Heaven or Las Vegas

interesting slip

een, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:40 (three years ago) Permalink

haha i was about to say

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:42 (three years ago) Permalink

although it's easier to imagine Jhene Aiko singing "Heaven or Las Vegas"

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Uhh, that was quite intentional.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 15 September 2014 16:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Pretend is hot garbage

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Also Matthew trammel is a good writer I don't think he nec. meant the wiz thing as a compliment

deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah as a neutral statement i agree w/ him

le goon (J0rdan S.), Monday, 15 September 2014 18:41 (three years ago) Permalink

The song definitely needs something imo... there's a lot of space there it doesn't know how to fill

Evan R, Monday, 15 September 2014 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

xps guess that was a lil too subtle for me, Herbie Handcock

een, Monday, 15 September 2014 19:08 (three years ago) Permalink

meh these non-"2 on" songs are boring, not sure she will ever get interesting ime

dyl, Monday, 15 September 2014 22:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Are y'all about to pull a Jessie Ware/Imagine It Was Us on this woman and constantly judge every new track by how it stacks up against the one song in her discography that was actually atypical of her usual sound?

Greer, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 01:14 (three years ago) Permalink

feel like jessie ware's recent output has been judged against far more than "imagine it was us"

idk, i guess i'm still checking for tinashe. i cherrypicked some of her mixtape tracks & like a few of em. just not v excited for this album yet.

dyl, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 02:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Jessie ware is dope, this is trash. easy

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 03:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Are y'all about to pull a Jessie Ware/Imagine It Was Us on this woman and constantly judge every new track by how it stacks up against the one song in her discography that was actually atypical of her usual sound?

― Greer

it's a slow night

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 03:05 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm with j0rdan that linda perry doing r&b sounds most unwelcome, but i don't really see what "pretend" has to do with that. just sounds in the lane of all the other songs this year aiming to sound a bit like deep brandy album cuts off afrodisiac

don't think either new one is a patch on "2 on" (obv) and i hope it's not all in this vein but they're def better than anything from her mixtape days, i could see them clicking into place in album context

lex pretend, Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:16 (three years ago) Permalink

The more I hear from this album the less sense I have of what it's trying to be. This is track 2 from the record, and its pacing and long, wonky guitar outro spit in the face of album sequencing best practices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftB-DccfZkY

Evan R, Monday, 29 September 2014 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Awesome!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Stream doesn't work, blogs keep posting it anyway.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Content above all!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:18 (three years ago) Permalink

it's a pretty solid album

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:28 (three years ago) Permalink

it feels very zeitgeisty in a contained way

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:28 (three years ago) Permalink

that's vague

it feels zeitgeisty in that it tracks along post-drake, post-aaliyah is a goddess R&B but not like fka twigs or something where it's *all* about that

insofar as it's an album with inherent commercial motivations that still manages to sound 'hip' it feels perhaps even more idiosyncratic and considered than something like twigs where the aesthetic is really the meat of the album

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:31 (three years ago) Permalink

not that the two need to be pitted against each other or anything -- i like the twigs album a lot too

could swap jhene aiko out w/ twigs and i think the argument still holds

snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:31 (three years ago) Permalink

I am very curious to hear this. does the stream not work for anyone? soundcloud told me it was because I was in the wrong country

rob, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Everything else on her soundcloud plays for me except the album stream.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:46 (three years ago) Permalink

About halfway through, and am enjoying this - Aquarius seems like a really suitable title, given the full on shiny, aquatic dub sonics and subsumptive dynamics. And, ah, pan-pipes.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, those pan-pipes...

Also about halfway through, also enjoying it.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

it feels zeitgeisty in that it tracks along post-drake, post-aaliyah is a goddess R&B but not like fka twigs or something where it's *all* about that

what? the strength of the twigs album is that the pre-release narrative about that aesthetic is a gigantic red herring b/c it's not that relevant to the album, which feels like it's in another lineage entirely. it's got tinges of r&b about it but certainly not the real zeitgeisty sad-drake-r&b/glacial-aaliyah-vibes sort, and it's a v minor component anyway

lex pretend, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink

How Many Times is amazing.

Greer, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

The stream I think is UK only but it worked for me using hola.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:22 (three years ago) Permalink

oh thank you, I recently moved to Canada from the US and have been meaning to figure out a good vpn

rob, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 23:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Man, I love the end of Bet, with the final thick chord, and then the guitar solo playing that little riff, which then becomes the bass-riff on Cold Sweat.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 00:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Half-expect Enya-sample from Ready or Not to drop at the start of Bet.

The best parts of this record recall Aaliyah's s/t slowjams.

It's crazy long tho, reminds me of Goldenheart that way - could have been a bit more concise.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 2 October 2014 06:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to this yet and I am not well-versed in the mixtape world but what would make this not an album?

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 4 November 2016 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

there is no way this is not the original album

boxedjoy, Friday, 4 November 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

it's not if you say it's not, stevie

j., Friday, 4 November 2016 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink

manifestation, sigh

j., Friday, 4 November 2016 15:49 (one year ago) Permalink

ya I just read an article on Noisey that was basically like "a mixtape is an album that people release themselves and aren't trying to market like a proper label release"

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 4 November 2016 16:34 (one year ago) Permalink

i wonder if this is the album she wanted to release before her label made her fuck it all up?

― Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, November 4, 2016 8:30 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i assume this to be all the R&B tracks she recorded during the JOYRIDE sessions, and her and the label settled releasing them as a ~mixtape~ so her proper album can be more of a pop record (where we'll probably find "superlove" and, more importantly, "player," hopefully without chris brown)

josh, Friday, 4 November 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

:O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62-pl6d_rpE

Evan R, Friday, 4 November 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

mostly empoweringly drab mood music with the unfortunate jojo quality of making you sympathise with the execs somewhat

hard to think of many capable artistes surviving being this polarized, in fairness

flickers in the last third; 'spacetime' is v cool on that reliable astral b sure tip; 'touch pass' is superb, the perfect elusive tinashe poise

r|t|c, Friday, 4 November 2016 18:45 (one year ago) Permalink

'touch pass' is actually probably p regulation cassie on its own but context gives it ballast

always-underrated amethyst ep now only getting better as artistic statement in retrospect

r|t|c, Friday, 4 November 2016 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

not underrated by me!!!

low end production, esp in bass drum, seems a little itunes-cruddy on this, but oh well

i like all the ones where she sounds like she is sad and sits in her room

j., Friday, 4 November 2016 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

i def like a lot of this but it feels really like a hodge podge of more introspective/odd stuff with attempts to be commercial r&b

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 4 November 2016 19:27 (one year ago) Permalink

this mixtape is very excellent

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 5 November 2016 02:07 (one year ago) Permalink

i love "touch pass" and "ghetto boy" but it felt like i had to sift through a lot of shapelessness to get there

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 November 2016 16:56 (one year ago) Permalink

"sympathise with the execs somewhat" otm

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 November 2016 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

so mmmmmmmmmmm this ones a skit mmmmmmm i call it binaural test mmmmmmmmmm basically i mmmmmmmmmm [exec stares at superb cleavage pondering missed lambo repayments]

r|t|c, Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink

heyyyy

j., Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

i apologise for lowering the tone with str8 facts my guy

r|t|c, Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

the thing is that this case makes a pretty clear case for why it was shelved as an album but it's not like the alternative of turning her into 2006-era ciara is working artistically or commercially either so like....

J0rdan S., Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

this tape**

J0rdan S., Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

i think she prob needs to break up w/ her label and skip to the part where she's the next carly rae jepsen. indie audiences like fka twigs and dev hynes.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 5 November 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

if that Far East Movement single is any indication, she has no talent for club bangers either.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 November 2016 18:04 (one year ago) Permalink

have you heard the song "2 on"?

J0rdan S., Saturday, 5 November 2016 18:12 (one year ago) Permalink

"2 On" does not sound like this Far East Movement track.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 November 2016 18:20 (one year ago) Permalink

I think my biggest problem with this isn't that its all downtempo moody haze ambience but that she does nothing interesting with her voice at all. Like, compared to all the personality on Aquarius' big moments - 2 On, All Hands On Deck, Feels Like Vegas - this is so inconsequential.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 09:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Good to hear The-Dream back on his game

I like Superlove but it's such a collection of 2010-11 Terius songwriting tics that it feels like something he could have written in literally minutes.

No interest in the mixtape at all really.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:09 (one year ago) Permalink

have a cynical suspicion that that only ever got greenlit cos of the running man challenge

r|t|c, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Sevyn w/Terius >>> Tinashe w/Terius

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:37 (one year ago) Permalink

this is the thread where we discuss matters pertaining to the terius that accompanies the "End of R&B in Music" - 2016

r|t|c, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Tinashe really needs a forward thinking pop producer - 2 On was peak Mustard, but bringing Terius back just isn't the way to go.
What's becoming painfully obvious is that she only knows how to write two songs: the one where she's waiting for something to happen and the one where she's excited that it's kind of happening or trying to make it happen.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 November 2016 11:29 (one year ago) Permalink

have a cynical suspicion that that only ever got greenlit cos of the running man challenge

― r|t|c, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 3:29 AM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

def

Spottie, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 16:52 (one year ago) Permalink

nobody wants to hear songs about things that did happen

j., Tuesday, 8 November 2016 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah that post rly is premier water torture arguing

r|t|c, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

i just stared at it for a while like whuh... buh...

r|t|c, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

qualified exception for songs about things that didn't happen

j., Tuesday, 8 November 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

but not from tinashe!!!!

j., Tuesday, 8 November 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

you want a song about stuff that happened? maybe you should check out a little tune called "we didn't start the fire"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 November 2016 18:38 (one year ago) Permalink

If you like super love you'll love tink - wet aquafina

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 8 November 2016 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Let me rephrase that. A huge chunk of her songs are either about trying to get off in some way, impatience at not getting there fast enough or flat out frustration when it doesn't happen. It's all there on Aquarius from the great "get ratchet, go dumb then go more dumb then / we can keep it lit, let's roll" until the album ends with an orgasmic thunderstorm. But as her career's been stalling the sense of inertia and frustration has become all the more pervasive, and on Nightride her "and I know how to get there, don't follow me" lines just sound less convincing, with no release in sight.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 8 November 2016 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Thread is way underrating Nightride imo. It sounds beautiful and really opens up and reveals itself after a few listens.

Evan R, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 21:55 (one year ago) Permalink

The Terius "Mr. Yeah" coda tacked onto the end of "Company" is pretty unncessary

Evan R, Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://twitter.com/Tinashe/status/827251204681986048

fundraising for the aclu

<3

j., Thursday, 2 February 2017 20:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

don't know if it's just finally seeing the video which really brings it to life but I had grossly underestimated how great "Company" is

boxedjoy, Saturday, 4 February 2017 15:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I mean, it's fine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eB4EGjusrc

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

i think she prob needs to break up w/ her label and skip to the part where she's the next carly rae jepsen.

She tried taking Jordan's advice but did it wrong :(

This is dire

Evan R, Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

yes do not listen to this : /

j., Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

seriously ?

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

hahahaha wow this is completely nondescript

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

I feel like this was originally written for Jordin Sparks or something

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

The secret to appropriating 80s pop is you need to sound like you enjoy 80s pop. She did not get that memo.

Evan R, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

The video embed is dead, but I assume this revive was about Flame?

I'm just now listening to it, and I mostly agree with the lukewarm assessment, but that low end is riiiiiich.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 29 July 2017 03:20 (three months ago) Permalink


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