@@@ Animal Collective: Painting With (Domino, 2016). Off the Apple Music front page. People love these guys and that’s not always a good sign. For a band that is labelled as experimental this opener is pretty friggin’ poppy. This is a quirky indie rock song with an assload of vocals and a bouncy beat. Same formula on the second tune which sports a pulsing synth bass, some squirgly synths and some R2D2 noises. The vocals remind me of XTC (a band you youngsters should check out) and this isn’t experimental music despite marketing efforts in that direction.
@@@ Ruth B.: The Intro (Sony, 2016). Some mainstream young people’s torch music/pop off the Apple Music front page. This first tune is a lot of semi-clever, semi-cheesy lyrics accompanied by Broadway stage style piano. I thought the second tune was gonna take it uptempo with the fully pop money shot, but no they’re going deeper into the ‘meaningful’ lyrics’. Miss B. can sing but she needs a smaller reverb patch and some better lyrics. They got no whoomph, they’re too Disney.
@@@ Yo Gotti: The Art of Hustle (Epic, 2016). Some major label hip hop that brings the epic in the opener My City with sparse acoustic guitar and some diva vocals. I like Gotti’s voice, he’s a little drawl-y but flavorful. He goes electro and skittery on the second tune, Bible, it’s a pretty funky mostly gangster tune. Mr. Gotti appears to be involved in the drug trade, moving bricks of flour. These arrangements are funky with fat bass and stylish beats but you gotta be down with Gotti’s lifestyle.
YTD recordings listened to: 177
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 98
Not good music: 69
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, Unrestrained