5/11/16: The Reefriders, Alborosie, Beyonce, Julianna Berwick

@@@ The Reefriders: Dawn Patrol (Reefriders, 2016).  One of my favorite independent radio stations in the U.S., KFJC out in California certainly does their part to keep the ol’ school surf music going.  I saw this band listed on their list of bands playing an upcoming surf festival and thought it worthy of a peep.  I thought the guitar sound was a little noodly in the opener but it gets a little grit to go with it’s motherlode of reverb in this second track, Dead Man Surfin’.  Man, you gotta give props to how underground this band is.  The album is up on Apple Music but I had to scour for this live clip on the GoogleTube.  If you’re up for some ol’ school surf with a slightly punk rhythm section these gents will hook you up.


@@@ Alborosie: Freedom & Fyah (VP, 2016).  Some dancehall with roots influences I got to via the WRIR weekly email.  I dig the heaviness of Alborosie’s verbal style but not the snare nearly as much.  I also dig the keyboard arrangments including the classic dub delays on some of those keys.

@@@ Beyonce: Forward (Ft. James Blake): (Columbia, 2016).  We gotta chew through the rest of the Beyonce record.  It’s been all right, and this is just a little 1:19 piano and James Blaker and Beyonce makes a 5-10 second background vocal appearance so she’s barely up in this track.  It’s just solo piano and Blake singing over ringing chords and too much reverb and delay.  It’s supposed to be about a couple moving forward after trouble.  The electronic vocal mangling at the end of the track is a bit much as well as the reverb/delay but it’s neither a track to hate on nor to jump up and down over.  It’s a pencil sketch.

I can’t find this track up on the GoogleTube so you gonna have to download it or Tidal that badboy.

@@@ Juliana Barwick: Will (Dead Oceans, 2016).  I saw this baroque indie record up on the All Music notable records of the week email from last week.  This first track is multi-tracked vocals for a moment before cello and piano enter.  A somber and New Age vocal storm mashed up.  This second tune is more vocal stew but this time served up over an arpeggiated synth chord.  I don’t know how long I can hang with this, it’s not really my flow.  It’s like an indie Lord of the Rings album — undercover New Age.  One more track because I’m super open minded.  This third tune, Beached, opens with just piano.  I could say something like I hope it stays that way but I don’t roll like that.  Oh, here comes the giant pack of reverbed vocals.  If you’re all sad and shit, which I’m fine with, get out your old sweater and your cat and have a cup of chamomile tea while it’s raining out and just chill in the downer beauty of it all.

YTD recordings listened to: 417
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 233
Not good music: 153

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern


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