Saturday sounds: Nightmares on Wax, Buckethead

Two discs from the back catalog to talk about today, In a Space Outta Sound by Nightmares on Wax and Forgotten Library from Buckethead.

In a Space Outta Sound (2006) by Nightmares on Wax (★★★)

The entire album is a fantastic trip, but “I Am You” is a must-listen cut that brings a lot of intensity to an otherwise chill album. In a Space Outta Sound is a downtempo journey into laid back beats, sparse (but excellent) vocals and dabbling with textures to draw the listener in. This is the type of album that I like to put on before bed to wind down and clear my mind.

Available on Bandcamp, strongly recommend giving it a spin and letting it work its magic. Make sure you’re able to give it its due and a full listen in one sitting.

Forgotten Library (2013) by Buckethead (★★★)

A few years ago I bought Buckethead’s full digital discography on Bandcamp. At the time, that was 269 releases. I’m still working my way through that collection.

With that sort of output, you might wonder whether Buckethead’s “Pikes” and other albums could possibly be that good. I’ve definitely found a few that aren’t to my taste, but his discography has far more hits than misses.

Case in point, Forgotten Library. This one reminds me a little bit of Metallica’s Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All period, minus the vocals. Buckethead splits his time between acoustic and electric on this album, with very little filler. There are a few grunchy bits but they’re minor. Absolutely worth a listen for anybody who appreciates guitar shredding.

(Ratings follow a slightly modified Robert Christgau scale.)

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