@@@ Loscil: Monument Builders (Kranky, 2016). I saw this record high up on the CFUV weekly charts. This is going to be ambient and it’s going to be slow, which is all right by me. These are all 4 and one half to 6 and one half minute bangers. This first one sports a simple kick pulse with a typewriter on top, a metallic scrape, a normal synth melody, and some clouds in the back. Let’s peep more. The second tune, Red Tide opens up with arpeggiated chords with some phasing up front and clouds in the back. The arpeggios remain but get draped in some long tones that are a tad horn-y and a bit piano-ish. Not booty shaking horny, but like horns. The third tune, the title track, gets into some very tasty tremolo-ed chords. Guitars but not guitars. Oh this is the best of what I’ve heard — it has a minimalist and pleasing orchestral flow going. Peep this one and go one from there.
@@@ Daniel Bachman: Daniel Bachman (Three Lobed, 2016). His last record, River, was on my best of list last year and this one appears to want to move away from that Americana sound into a more grating territory. Grating and drone-y, yes I like that I like it a lot. After about 2 and one half minutes of that multi-layered industrial drone it moves into solo acoustic, more reminiscent of last year’s record. Bachman has skills and control, developing his ideas at a relaxed pace with a righteous tone. I’m not sure if I like this effort as much as River, but if you haven’t heard Bachman play, you should check him out.
@@@ Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Dori Freeman, 2016). Some country folk off Ted Gioia’s honorable mention list. This first tune, You Say, is a lonesome I’m still in love with somebody tune — simple strum and a lovely vocal melody. Let’s peep more. The second tune is a duet with a male singer and it’s nicer than the first tune. The Apple Music genre slot has her as traditional folk but that ignores the country melodies in both the playing and the vocals. Imma have to swing back on this record quickly because time is a runnin short and she’s working a classic formula but doing a really good job with it.
@@@ Jacob Lattimore: Mutual ( , 2016) A single off an upcoming long player that I got to via Apple Music. I’m guessing from the intro that this is not going to be a throwback tune — some squirgly synths (pleasing) and fingersnaps (not pleasing). Full loverboy action, panting and feeling it. Pretty raw lyrics, not pornographic but regarding past lovers and what not. I give respect for him getting raw like that but I don’t love the sounds.
YTD recordings listened to: 947
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 527
Not good music: 358
Honorable Mentions: 17
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, 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, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Neurosis, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest, 6Lack, Dori Freeman