1/20/16: Klangstof, Lecrae, Coffins

@@@ Klangstof: Hostage (Mind of Genius, 2016)  Some uber clean and tailored indie electronic off the Apple Music front page.  Simple drum machine beat, a minimalist guitar part and exquisitely extruded vocal harmonies garnished with high frequency bleeps and angelic twerbles.  Tres intimate.  I can only imagine the tour van for these dudes – no crumbs, no hairs out of place, no dirty socks.  Great music for Facebook privacy programmers?

@@@ Lecrae: Church Clothes 3 (Reach Music, 2016). Conscious hip hop outta Houston that I found on the Apple Music front page.  This first tune has major gospel influences with big vocal choir vocals.  I don’t super love Lecrae’s work on the mic, but the second tune features Propaganda and I’m a big Propaganda fan.  This second tune, Gangland has pretty interesting lyrics about the history of black gangs.  hip  hop

@@@ Coffins: Craving to Eternal Slumber EP (Hammerheart Records, 2015)  Some Japanese heavy metal I found on the KFJC every so often station email.  This first tune is a very pleasing detuned mid tempo grind with some nice melodic bass playing.  Enter the caveman, he’s grunting hard.  The main appeal of this record is the sludgy guitar sound — it’s not super bright and the distortion really fills up the ol’ headphones.  Well executed mid tempo monster stomping.

YTD recordings listened to: 66
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 38
Not good music: 25

Honorable Mentions: 2
Buys: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa,  Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, James McMurtry, Living in Hell

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