12/5/15: Cage the Elephant, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Benoit Pioulard

@@@ Cage the Elephant: Tell Me I’m Pretty (RCA, 2015)  Some major label  mainstream indie that is better than expected.  Solid driving rhythm section with some fashionable psych sounds, especially in the guitar neighborhood.  I like this second song Late to Say Goodbye better and the first tune available to stream, Mess Around.  The hooks are good, I don’t love the singer.

@@@ Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: A Year with 13 Moons (Kamado/Mexican Summer, 2015)  This record is listed as best ambient record of 2015 ova yeah.  The first tune is notable for it’s noise/static that goes with the slow melody.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down, but I like it.  More static on the second track Love After Love.  It sounds a bit like a U2 instrumental played on a Chinese sweatshop transistor radio.  This is not my #1 electronic record of the year.

@@@ Benoit Pioulard: Noyaux EP (Morr Music, 2015)  Another ambient record off this site albumoftheyear.org.  I like the pace of the opener Noyaux — slow turning clouds of stretched sound.  I listened to almost all of this EP while I was making a kidney bean dal and they’re nice background jams.  I didn’t get completely engaged with them, and I like to be engaged but I liked it more than the Cantu-Ledesma record above.  You gotta peep these records for yourself.  You can’t be taking the word of others as your taste in music.

YTD recordings listened to: 980
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 553
Not good music: 341

Honorable Mentions: 25
Buys: 15

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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Lionel Loueke, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves

2 thoughts on “12/5/15: Cage the Elephant, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Benoit Pioulard

  1. Interesting mix on that albumoftheyear URL you linked to. I got nervous at first to see that Kid Cudi turd right in the doorway but then linked to the list. Some interesting stuff if not a bit predictable. Not what I came here to say, though. Benoit P is a really interesting guy to me. Super prolific, at times more adventuresome than others (when I love him most) but even at his most static he’s comforting to me somehow. Glad to see him in your reviews.

    • good to hear from you mr. whirly. i feel the same way about these lists. there are some records i haven’t heard sprinkled among the big records publicists throw a lot of money and weight behind. too much crap indie, imho.

      i hear what you’re saying about benoit p. some musicians want to take over your consciousness and benoit is just putting up a real comforting soundscape to chill shit out.

      better get out there and do all your holiday shopping instead of listening to music. we must not let the terrorists keep us out of the malls!!!

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