@@@ Devendra Banhart: Ape in Pink Marble (Nonesuch, 2016). ‘Surrealistic soft rock’ I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune Middle Names is acoustic guitar and Banhart, intimate and okay. The second tune brings on the full band with more arpeggiated guitar, some minimalist bass and some electronic goodies sprinkled. I don’t think I love these vocals. I’m not a big soft rock and this is a king sized pillow slab of soft rock. I’m not sure how much softer rock could get than this.
@@@ Forma: Physicalist (Kranky, 2016). Experimental ambient music also off this week’s All Music notable release email. We open up with the tune Collapse of Materialists, a really party banger! Something to bend Miley Cyrus over to for sure. After a little synth cloud intro it gets into a delicious spaceship arriving rumble. And then a high synth ribbon and there’s some really nice interplay between the slow moving elements of this tune. Awww, after that sweet abstract piece it’s into the video game pong synthesizers. #disappointing. The third tune continues the instrumental krautrock with a bit more bounce and I’m out like bell bottom jeans. I’ve clipped the track I dug because I give I give I give.
@@@ True Widow: Avvolgere (Relapse Records, 2016) Post rock off this week’s All Music notable release email. From the cover for the video below I’m predicting these guys are gonna bring some art school heavy to the show. Thus far my low IQ aim is true with this tune Back Shredder which sports an outstanding distorted bass sound, a trashy drum beat and some aloof, low in the mix vocals. I’m really feeling the sludgy low end on this record, the dreamy grungy vocals not as much.
YTD recordings listened to: 755
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 426
Not good music: 282
Honorable Mentions: 12
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