@@@ Bell Witch: Four Phantoms (Profound Lore, 2015). Halloween has passed but Thanksgiving and Christmas has a gloomy side. After some intro solo bass out comes the slow crush and the caveman gravel. This first tune moves like a giant metal glacier with excellent tones. This isn’t a record that you listen to for the songwriting — these are long jams with a groaning man on the mic, but they deliver the crush. It’s almost like sound design — sit back and let the distortion and the pain wash over you.
@@@ Fast Asleep: Outside the Fence (Deep Six Records, 2015). Some old school super fast, exploding hardcore punk. This is the shit, they’re really cranking the energy on here. The snare sounds tighter than a nun’s pussy, the guitar is slashing and fresh, and the bass — let’s just say this guy has a different conception of what a bass should sound like — it rattles, might I even say that it’s a tad fart-y. The vocalist is quite agitated and upset. The songs jerk around and spasm with great enthusiasm. They groove for a bit, they lose their shit, they thrash it up. Most delicious and Imma gonna check it out when I have more times and shit.
@@@ Kate Boy: One (Island, 2015). Some mainstream, ’80s influenced synth pop off the Beats highlights page. Clunky kraut beats, exquisite synths, and synth bass support Ms. Boy who does a good job. She does a lot of restrained singing in the verses and then she airs it out in the chorus. The lyrics are pretty standard, no Bob Dylan heah.
YTD recordings listened to: 897
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 510
Not good music: 311
Honorable Mentions: 21
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