@@@ Angel Olsen: MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar, 2016). Indie folk queen at the top of this week’s All Music weekly email. They are damned correct in saying this is a bold new direction because this is not folk music. At all. This first tune seems to be a bit of a snoozer for an opener so let’s peep more. The second tune opens up strummed clean electric guitar and a big retro vocal melody. This is indie rock and she may be the folk queen but I don’t think I love her voice. I don’t hate it, but I ain’t jumping up and down. The third tune (clipped below) is the best of what I’ve heard thus far but it’s not enough to keep me going further into the record.
@@@ Soundwalk Collective & Jesse Paris Smith: Killer Road (feat. Patti Smith) (Sacred Bones, 2016). I’m not a huge Patti Smith fan but a mash of ambient music and pretentious ’70s spoken word works for me. Patti Smith isn’t pretentious but she is mad dramatical. This first tune has some decent sounds, there’s a lot of hammered percussion/mallet-y kinda sounds in this first tune and some whirling business as well. Let’s peep more. The second tune is insect-y and it’s more Patti Smith spoken word and I don’t think this is for me. But you’re not me so maybe you’ll peep it.
@@@ Eluvium: False Readings On (Temporary Residence, 2016). Some ‘experimental’ ambient I got to via the All Music weekly email. It’s opening up centered around some minimal organ playing. Other elements are drifting in, mostly slow synth clouds and a dull string pluck. It’s aight, let’s peep. This second tune (clipped below) is opening up more kaleidoscopic and a tad classic (as the title would suggest) with underneath mournful pulsing. This is more engaging than the opener and I like the contrast. Thus far I’m noticing slow rotation of musical elements, not quite static but close to static. There’s a screeching angel sound that is both interesting and a tad grating that somewhat takes over the piece. I like this fourth tune, Regenerative Being, the best of what I heard. Solid B.
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