6/5/16: Fionna Brice, Troller, Gevurah

@@@ Fionna Brice: Postcards From (Bella Union, 2016).  I got to this experimental rock record from this week’s All Music notable release email.  Each song is a place, the first is Berlin, the second is Paris yadda yadda yadda…..this tune Berlin open up with melodic violin playing over some layered drones.  Purdy but not rock and starting to sound a bit repetitive and precious.  On to Paris!  The second tune opens up with solo piano and occasional violin.  I just went back to the All Music email and it does indeed say experimental rock.  That’s funny because to my ears this sounds like a pop/classical record with slightly New Age production.  Oddly not rocking for a ‘rock’ record.  Ah well, it’s the music business you really never know what you’re gonna get because they don’t bother to label music correctly.

@@@ Troller: Graphic (Holodeck Records, 2016).  One of the records of the week at Aquarius Records out in San Fran.  Poor San Fran, ruined by all those tech assholes.  The first tune opens dark, synth-y, metallic, and drone-y.  It may be an appetizer to ease you into the darkness.  And it is.  The second tune, the title track, features a full band with synths out front and a super reverbed female voice.  Dark and unsettling is what I believe what they’re going for.  This is odd as it’s not rocking enough to be a rocking record and not dark enough to be a real gloomer.  It retains a middle of the ground pop feel amidst the detached vocal sound and the layers of synths.  That actually sounded like a real record review.  Fuck!

@@@ Gevurah: Hallelujah! (Profound Lore, 2016).  A black metal/death metal record off this week’s Aquarius email.  The first tune opens up conspiratorial, with a lot of whispering and a slow, buzzy guitar before it gives way to the doom.  Slow, ominous doom coming down Broadway, people!  After a bit of that it gives way to a most tasty thrash — sweet and suffocating like the Catholic church.  The second tune, Cosmic Putrefecation, starts again with the quasi-Satanic chanting and guitar buzz but I predict the crush will be commencing forthwith.  And here it is for your earholes!  The singer is more on the post-hardcore tip and you can make out what he’s shouting about if you strain the ears.  He is not dirty, funk ass Neanderthal grunting pig/human.  These guys are from Canada, I thought I would throw that non-sequitur in.

YTD recordings listened to: 483
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 269
Not good music: 180

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 9

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, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks

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