This Heat – This Heat

If you like music that makes you feel happy, with obvious structure and strong sense of melody, steer clear. This Heat’s bold and defiant debut album is an experimental masterwork whose atmosphere is utterly foreboding.

Capillary Action – So Embarrassing

So Embarrassing by disbanded Philly group Capillary Action, is nothing short of brilliant. It is by turns loud, aggressive, dynamic, dissonant, and melodic. No doubt, this is musician's music, but what makes this album especially impressive is that they actually wound up writing good songs. There's no mindless noodling. The album is filled with well-written songs featuring thoughtful instrumentation and orchestrations.