@@@ She Must Burn: She Must Burn EP (Artery Recordings, 2016). A proggy/orchestral metal EP I got to from an indie music blog. Big production sound, shiny with an aggressive double kick drummer. Looks like that first tune was metalhead foreplay as they dispense with the pretty and get right up in your grill. There’s a female singer in the chorus to garnish the angry orc in the verse. An interesting mash of art school metal touches with full throttle face ripping.
@@@ Trapper Schoep: Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile, 2016). I got to this old school very Dylan-esque country rock via a twert. Schlep’s voice is not as nasal as the Big Z and the band is tighter than the blunted ’70s country rock. Uptempo band with some engaging slide guitar and piano work. Towards the end of the tune things get a bit mussier and I dig that.
@@@ Mya: Smoove Jones (Planet 9, 2016). Some steamy r&b I got to via the Apple Music New Music section. Mya has a good voice and she’s not x rated in this first tune. Lots of synth washes and a firm, medium funky beat. Oh, she will do it on the kitchen table. Hot! The third tune Hold On has a cameo if you’re looking for a chronological reference think late ’70s/early ’80s. Post disco, quiet storm funk.
@@@ The Donkeys: Midnight Palms – EP (Easy Sound, 2015). Melodic guitar indie off this week’s All Music weekly email. The second tune goes in more of a roots direction with a mellow, quasi-hippie flow. I’m noticing the electric piano/organ player so a shout out to whoever captures my ear. The third tune shifts gears again into a kind of faded white guy rock so it’s gonna be in that neighborhood.
YTD recordings listened to: 163
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 88
Not good music: 63
Honorable Mentions: 4
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