@@@ Day Wave: Headcase (Day Wave, 2015). An EP of slightly lo-fi pop off the Beats highlights page. It’s shocking to hear how a little grit really de-cheeses a pop song. Much more palatable. Instrumentation is drum machine, guitar, and synth but the vocal melodies are the star here. At least on this first song. Mr. Wave’s voice is pretty soft, but with the plain and unshiny production he sounds good. It’s not my favorite style of music for sure, but if you dig the indie electronic ’80s throwback retro synth rock check this EP out.
@@@ Flavia Coelho: Mundo Meu (Mr. Bongo, 2015) I try to check out releases from Mr. Bongo. They do world music with an emphasis on dub and reggae. This first tune features a Brazilian female singer and the tune sports heavy roots influences plus some synth. Thick, slow moving bass lines with a few dub delays and snares thrown in to accompany the nylon string guitar and Ms. Coelho’s singing. The second tune is more Brazilian with drum rolls and pretty vocal arrangements. Check her out.
@@@ Framed: Outfit (Memphis Industries, 2015). A tune from a Liverpool collective that I got to via a music publicist email. 1980’s drum sound, electric bass, piano tinkling in the background and pretty major Bryan Ferry vocal stylings. Sort of UK blue eyed soul — falsetto, intimate. Don’t forget the synths, not tons but they’re there.
You can stream over here at The Guardian.
YTD recordings listened to: 572
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 331
Not good music: 197
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