@@@ John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Partisan, 2015). Some adult alternative indie I got to via this big best of 2015 list over here. Alienated lyrics reminiscent of Radiohead but with a piano. This first tune is a bit long so Imma gonna skip ahead to the second tune which is in a completely different style. The second tune is mostly electronic with forward squiggles and a dabble in the krautrock. The third tune gets into Nine Inch Nails aggro synth rock so this bad boy is gonna sprawl. I’m not a huge fan of sprawlers but if you feel like taking a ride…
@@@ Rabit: Communion (Tri Angle, 2015). Dark ambient with sci fi/mechanical leanings off the same list at albumoftheyear.org. This first tune consists of drones and explosions with some industrial poundings. The second tune, Snow Leopard is busier in spots and sprinkles some high frequency stardust over the industrial pounding sounds. As the album moves on it builds intensity and aggressiveness. The punching/percussive machine sounds are at the core of the record.
@@@ Prurient: Frozen Niagara Falls (Profound Lore, 2015) Profound Lore is usually home to metal bands but this record off the best of 2015 list I been chewing through is slotted as noise. The first tune sounds like a poorly tuned radio with indigestion. Now we’re getting some synth melodies. I don’t like the smoothness of the synths combined with the super high frequency static reeeeeeeee. Let’s skip ahead. The second song marks the appearance of a pissed, pretty unrecognizable shouter/singer. I don’t think this record is for me. I want more noise.
@@@ EL MATO A UN POLICIA MOTORIZADO: Violencia EP (Nacional Records, 2016) Latin rock off the weekly WRIR playlist email. The first tune opens up more indie than Latin which is a shame. It’s more competent than bunches of American indie bands and I can’t comment on the quality of the lyrics as my Spanish is complete shit, but the sound is pretty straightforward guitar indie.
YTD recordings listened to: 255
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 140
Not good music: 94
Honorable Mentions: 5
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 Parker, Divanhana, Troum, Unrestrained, Carrie Rodriguez, Moken, Ghostlimb, Los Hacheros, Cruciamentum