@@@ Sophie: Product (Numbers, 2015). Also off this week’s All Music weekly email. Sophie sounds like she’s 6 years old. A very girlish voice. She is served up on a bed of chopped beats with occasional jeep bass blasts (thumbs up on that), and just an awful lot of electronic digestive noises — it’s feeding time at the alien zoo is what it sounds like to my ears. Production is strange but pretty polished and dense. She sounds very young but she gets into some double entrendre with references to whipped cream, making you feel better, lemonade, and things being and getting hard. So it’s a bit of the perv slipped in by the super young girl — I think some folks out there will groove on that aspect. Ya fucking perverts.
@@@ Miro Hazama: Time River (Sunnyside, 2015). Some large format chamber jazz I got to via the jazz blog Bird is the Worm. It opens up peppy with a super tight snare sound and a rolling beat before it heads into a multi-instrumental call and response section. The record sounds more than a bit fusion-y. I like the arrangements, I don’t love the sound of the record and I wish there was a bit more fire in the tunes. If you dig the super pretty Republican jazz, this is a good place to turn.
I’m sorry, but I can’t find a crumb of this music for you to hear. I tried, I really did.
@@@ Parquet Courts: Monastic Living (Rough Trade, 2015). A nice blast of guitar/vocal noise over a steady rock beat greets you in the first song of this record I got to via the All Music weekly email. The singer has been in the pub for sure, and the second track (title track) brings on the buzzy bass and this song is just mental. It’s got to be purposefully out of its mind, yikes. I’m all for noise and fuck you punk rawk yeah yeah, but the same melody over and over and over. A perfect record for Christmas when everybody is around the tree losing their minds.
@@@ Benny Sings (Jakarta, 2015). Off this week’s All Music weekly email. Ultra nerdy disco on the first tune and odd pop confection on the second tune. Benny has a strange voice, he sounds timid and not at all partyistic, but yet his arrangements are indie electronic/dance music so it’s kind of a strange mash. He’s got tambourine going on, he’s got a lot of synth actions, some handclaps and drum machines, it’s the full package. That’s right, I said package.
YTD recordings listened to: 969
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 547
Not good music: 337
Honorable Mentions: 23
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