11/7/15: Matthew L Vazquez, Maka, Allan Licht, Cold Fronts

@@@ Matthew Logan Vazquez: Austin EP (No Label, 2015).  Slacker alt-country that opens up with a delayed snare protruding interestingly in the mix and what could be described as singing/whining.  When Vazquez starts singing proper I like it more, with more than a teaspoon of Dylan nasality.  This tune smells a bit like a slowed down Knockin’ on Heaven’s door.  This first tune Austin is gonna roll for a while so Imma gonna skip ahead.  The second tune opens up with some electric guitar and more uptempo — he’s still sporting the Dylan vibe but he’s got some rocking goin’ on.  He uses a line ‘you look good in slavery’ — that’s a nice turn of the pen. He’s really pushing his vocals which is rare in these very Republican post 9/11 era.  We’re onto the breezy vibe on the third tune, Halfcolt.  I don’t like everything about this record but I do like his lyrics and his delivery and I can see folks diggin’ on this record.

@@@Maka – Mu Na Gi (You & I).  An independent r&b single with heavy hip hop influence I got to via a music publicist email.  Beats are high in the mix, some simple vamped guitar chords and a Nigerian female vocal.  Fugue vibes in the beats to be sure.  Refreshingly not slick but well done.

@@@ Allen Licht: Halsema, First Love (Not sure, 2015).  I got to this tune off a link on a twert.  It’s a solo acoustic guitar tune, heavy on the strummed chord voicings and harmonics and less on picked out melodies.  Very pretty tone. 

Try this link here, I think it will work.

@@@ Cold Fronts: Radio (Sire, 2015).  A mainstream rock single I got to from a music publicist email.  Loads of produced vocals that trigger ELO feelings all served up on a standard rock rhythm section and a bed of poppy and crunchy rock guitar.  If you don’t like the vocal arrangements (and I don’t really) then you won’t dig the tune, and the opposite as well.

Stream it over heah.

YTD recordings listened to: 894
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 509
Not good music: 310

Honorable Mentions: 21
Buys: 13

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Israel Nash, Lionel Loueke


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