2/8/16: The Deathtrap, Freakwater, King

@@@ The Deathtrip: Deep Drone Master (Svart, 2014).  Some black/death metal off this week’s Aquarius Records email.  After an intro featuring snoring pigs and a dark drone they get right into the thrash.  And the orc singer has made his appearance and he’s upset.  The guitar sounds are a bit buzzy for my taste but the drummer is spot on.  I heard Coldplay really took a shit on their career at the Super Bowl last night.  Surprised?  I’ve been rabidly anti-Coldplay for years.  The got a nice monster stomp going in this third track, Dynamic Underworld.  I’ve attached a nice mid tempo grinder for your earholes.

@@@ Freakwater: Scheherezade (Bloodshot, 2016).  Some dark folk/roots off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Two highly capable female vocalists out front with fiddle, flute, banjo, bass, and drums backing them up.  The second tune is more of a Neil Young ‘7os folk rock thing, but the vibe is very different with these two singers.  These folks get into some creative and surreal lyrics which is quite uncommon these days and their singing is excellent.  As Kanye would say Imma gonna swing back on this record.

@@@ King: We Are King (King Creative, 2016).  Also off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Alternative r&b on the email, but to my ears it’s 1980’s slow funk with sophisticated and layered vocal arrangements.  Besides the vocals it’s mostly synths, bouncy as a rule with standard drum machine beats.  Let’s check out more.  The second tune is slower but sports the same formula.  If you dig early Prince records you might like this.  Myself I would rather spin Dirty Mind.

YTD recordings listened to: 130
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 70
Not good music: 52

Honorable Mentions: 3
Buys: 2

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, Living Hell


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