@@@ Moonlapse: Concious (Moonlapse, 2015). Described as electronic prog rock by the publicist email I got, I was intrigued by the erotic implications of an electronic prog. The first tune features a drum, some space rock guitar, some Who style pulsating synthesizers and other electronic goodies. When you had a lot of electronic elements to a drummer and guitar and bass outfit it’s hard not to sound a little jazz fusion-y. And while the composition here is not jazz it does have a fusion-y vibe. I’m going to skip ahead to the next track because this first piece of taffy is getting stretched big time. In the second tune, A New Legend, the synth lead steps front and center and I can’t say I’m super jumping up and down. Yeah, I think I’m gonna tip, but if you like a pube of fusion, a New Age pube, and a pube of classic rock all swirled up in a bright mix you could go a long way with these guys.
@@@ Heather Woods Roderick: From the Ground (Western Vinyl, 2009). All of today’s listen’s came from some indie radio show. Western Vinyl tends to be more roots oriented with indie influence. This first tune is a lonesome piano instrumental, a nice ambient tidbit to start out the meal. The second tune, Cottonwood Bay brings on the lonesome strummed acoustic guitar and the Ms. Roderick’s voice, and here slowly floats in a lonesome slow string flourish. Shit, this is mad lonesome, but I like it. The third tune moves back to the piano and the tempo is still slow but it’s more baroque. Oh, tasty ambient drum sound. Looks like this is gonna be a slow indie piano/acoustic guitar record with variations on lonesome. I’ve attached the tune I liked the most.
@@@ Husky: Ruckers Hill (Nevado, 2015). A record that straddles a bunch of musical neighborhoods — Beach Boys vocalizing, space rock, and indie vibes. At least on this first track. The second song, St. John, heads more firmly into jangle indie with a continued emphasis on super sweet vocal melodies. I prefer to listen to that sweetness when it comes with some muscle — a ripping drummer, something. But hey, that’s just me.
YTD recordings listened to: 535
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 310
Not good music: 184
Honorable Mentions: 14
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Chico Trujillo, Richard Thompson, Evan Caminiti, ILSA