@@@ ORANSSI PAZUZU “Varahtelija” (20 Buck Spin) A mash of heavy music styles off this week’s Aquarius Records mailer. The record opens with Saturaatio, a slow tune with a repeating guitar figure and a melodic bass line. It gets moving with a more bash beat and some big Jane’s Addiction style guitar wash/shred. Some spaceship swirls and R2D2 bleeps make their appearance and the whole thing gets to another level of nutty. This may be the only heavy music record I’ve ever heard with vibes in it, so big respect on that. It is a unique experience to hear an orc scratch his vocals out over vibes. The songs are long (most) and unfold slowly and you’re in for a blend of heaviness and prog.
@@@ Quilt: Plaza (Mexican Summer, 2016). Described as indie folk on this week’s All Music weekly email I hear classic clean guitar indie with some synth garnish. Smooth female vocals lend a dreamy effect to this first tune. Ah, tambourine! The second tune (clipped below) is the single with a catchier arrangement over the straight beat. I’m a bit prejudiced against this formula so if you’re up for an updated classic indie record check this out. Medium quirk in this third tune.
@@@ Tweet: Charlene (Entertainment, 2016). Some gospel tinged, fusion-y r&b also from this week’s All Music weekly email. Clean guitar, some twerdling synths, big electric bass sound over a pretty minimalist beat with buttery sweet vocals. The vocals are old school to my ears. A little Al Green, a little early Prince, some more modern sounds and a sweet female voice.
YTD recordings listened to: 198
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 110
Not good music: 70
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, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb