@@@ Girl Band: Holding Hands with Jamie (Rough Trade, 2015). Described as delicious noise rock/punk blend on the Beats highlights page. When the singer appears in the first tune, she has a slow, tortured timbre to her voice plus the funky distortion that has been added via the magic of the mixing process. The second tunes Pears for Lunch has a male singer and takes the tempo up, but the feeling I’m getting is that these guys are a bit like Sonic Youth focusing on their sound and less focus on their arranging and their tunes. They have some good sounds going (especially in the bass/guitar area) but the tunes…
@@@ Futurebirds: Hotel Parties (Easy Sound Recording, 2015). A little slack, a little alt-country, and a little indie. Big dollops of spaced out reverb on this first track before it resolves into a standard pop indie track. I don’t know if I need afternoon coffee or if this song is taking a long time to happen. The second tune Twenty-seven takes the tempo up a bit. If flirts a bit with early My Morning Jacket but with more pop swirled in and a chunk of the lonesome taken out. They got a nice jangle goin on, so if you dig that head on over.
@@@ Evocation: Excised and Anatomized (Century Media, 2013) A record of heavy metal cover tunes I got to after seeing this band’s name on my heavy music weekly email. This first tune For Victory has a pretty high end guitar sound — this riffage interspersed with some rhythmic splanking. The singer has plenty of gravel in his voice but he’s not full caveman. Let’s check out another tune. The second tune is a cover of a Carcass tune and I’m a pretty big Carcass fan. This is a muscular jackhammer of the tune and these guys are locked in tight. Man, if you want to blow the crust out with some classic metal tinged heavy bangers check these guys out.
@@@ Brothertiger: Wake (Not sure, 2015). An indie electronic single off a December record that I got to via a music publicist. Very ’80s influenced with chorused guitar, synths not right out front but supporting the vocal melody and that classic drum sound that I kinda hate. Mr. Brothertiger has a very warm and engaging voice, but there’s just so much of this kind of music floating around.
YTD recordings listened to: 785
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 449
Not good music: 272
Honorable Mentions: 20
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