2/14/16: Troum, Gwen Stefani

@@@ Troum: Acouasme (Cold Spring, 2016).  A drone record got name checked on this week’s Aquarius Records email.  Opens pretty dark, a tad metallic, and slowly expanding and contracting.  Nice — minimalist and tasteful.  Thus far I’m digging the tension created by the restraint showed in the arrangement.  The second tune, the title track clipped below is windier with an occasional super low bass pulse.  It’s dark and spacious.  The bass pulse comes on more frequently and starts to oscillate somewhat but the wind loop just keeps blowing and blowing.  This is some pretty bleak and dark music.  I hope it was this dark when Antonin Scalia died.  I know everybody is jumping up and down about what a great mind and how committed he was to his beliefs and what a great writer he was, but he was a racist fuck and now he’s just a dead racist fuck.  The record is very tastefully done, I might have to swing back and listen to it on headphones for the full mental trip.

@@@ Gwen Stefani: Make Me Like You (Interscope, 2016).  I’ve always thought Gwen Stefani is overrated and now it appears she has morphed into a Southern Cali version of mid-career Madonna.  Even the way she holds her hair in the photo for the cover, oy.  A little disco, a little ska guitar tucked in the back of the mix and a closet unt-tss beat.  The lyrics are pretty cliche and her vocal performance is pretty standard.  Not awful but not great.  This is the single from an upcoming full length.

YTD recordings listened to: 152
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 82
Not good music: 59

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 3

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, Matt Walker, Divanhana, Troum

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