7/27/16: Magic Giant, Seratones, Animalia, Andy Shauf

@@@ Magic Giant: Magic Giant EP (Magic Giant, 2015).  I saw from a publicist email that these guys have signed on to the Washington Square label so I thought I would peep.  They do a more modern folk roots thing with an uplifting vocalist and lots of yeah yeah vocal harmonies.  It’s like a Death Cab for Cutie/folk lovechild.  This second tune brings the Bon Jovi whoa hos and other sounds I can’t abide by, so adios Magic Giant!

@@@ Seratones: Get Gone (Fat Possum, 2016).  A Southern r&b outfit that owns a whole bunch of Nirvana records.  I got to this band after seeing them on the CFUV weekly playlist email.  I like the singer, she yips and keeps it fresh on the microphone.  Oh mama, this is the kind of shit I can slurp on all day long.  A little hooky, some good muscle, and energy.  I love energy.  Nice sounds thus far — some buzzy bass, solid drum sound but it’s the singer and the guitarist that really hit it out of the park.  Imma swing back on this one but I suggest folks break off a piece of these guys.

@@@ Animalia: (Dissonance) (Culvert, 2016).  Dark art school music off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  It’s hard to tell from the opener thus far if it’s gonna wrong, oh it’s not it’s gonna bounce with some kraut sauce and ping pong synth.  I don’t think this singer is a native English speaker and that’s fine but she’s not going to do well when Trump gets this wall thing going.  Joke, don’t piss yer pants.  I’ve taken bites of five of the songs and it’s pretty standard synth rock with dramatical vocals.  If you roll that way….

@@@ Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti-, 2016).  Also off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Pleasant and laidback singer-songwriter soft rock off.  This first tune is driven by the piano and a sparse rock beat.  Shauf is dour but not suicidal, he’s got enough in the tank for some oodie, doodie doo typa background vocals.  Let’s peep more.  I’m on the fourth tune and I like a bunch of the sounds here and I like the orchestral aspect to some of the arrangements.  I like Shauf’s voice but it’s a tad soggy for my taste — he’s mad mellow in his singing and the band is super mellow and it’s making me a tad sleepy.

YTD recordings listened to: 602
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 330
Not good music: 221

Honorable Mentions: 10
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, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones


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