@@@ The Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood (4AD, 2016). A California mash of a few Beach Boys vocal harmony pubes, some ’70 soft rock, and a little doo wop/old school r&b. Also some Supertramp, yikers! It’s a sister/brother team and the irony abounds. Instrumentation is rock bands, plus a lot of organ/synths but the emphasis of this record is on the vocals and the song arrangements. There’s a lot of energy here, but not rock energy, it’s like a hipster Thomas Pynchon record but not as weird.
@@@ Tove Lo: True Disaster (Universal, 2016) Hopefully this song won’t be. We got a little ambient synth opening and now we’re into the electro bumptious rock. Keep playing her heart strings faster and faster, you can be just what I want my true disaster. What are we gonna give that vocal hook? C, Imma giving it a C. She’s also doing that thing where she’s about cream her underpants and panting like a panda in a heat wave. Blech, this song is a bit of a shiny pop electro disastro. I made it 2:18 into this biscuit, life’s too short.
@@@ Kita Klane: Technicolor (Kita Klane Music, 2016). Some forward looking Kate Bush FemRock that I got to via the Apple Music Hot Tracks section! Big synth presence while retaining a rock feel. She’s talking about seeing the world in technicolor. See the world in black and white, I’ll be in technicolor. I’m not sure what that means, but it’s the hook. C for nonsense factor.
YTD recordings listened to: 814
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 456
Not good music: 305
Honorable Mentions: 12
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