@@@ Anenon: Petrol (Friends of Friends, 2016). This is a featured album in the experimental section of Apple Music. I chose this record as it has a saxophone on the cover and always good for some experimental sax music but this ain’t it. It’s not so cleverly disguised New Age music on this first tune. Let’s peep a little more but it’s not looking good. The second tune has more of a jazz beat with a synth blanket over that. Oops, my player skipped and that was the third tune and the second one opens up with an arpeggiated synth and a synth bass pulse. I don’t really dig the flavors here.
@@@ Aethenor: Hazel (VHF, 2016) More from the Apple Music experimental section. This first tune opens pulsating and a tad squiggly, like a hooker party at Trump’s house. Well not quite as this is more abstract, Trump is just filthy. We’re getting some nice active percussion soloing here which is making this much more interesting. I’m on the second tune and there’s a very good drummer busting this music out to a much better place. I’m feeling this mash of droning tones and a wildly percussive drummer. Let’s peep more. The third tune was a tad more New Age due to some angelic vocal samples, but it held in there and I’m grooving on the fourth tune. Imma have to swing back on this record as these are long pieces that require some attention. Peep this, it’s quality. If you’re into Sigur Ros you might dig this.
@@@ Wolf Parade: EP 4 (Wolf Parade, 2016) The last pick from the Observer most anticipated of 2017. The writer of that article pretty much takes a shit and creams his jeans over this band but I don’t get the rush. This is some ’80s influence guitar rock with a serious singer. Art school and shit. They have a lot of energy which I like and they can play but the singer doesn’t do it for me. But if you’re a hipster looking for a little high brow rock this might work.
YTD recordings listened to: 35
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 24
Not good music: 9
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor,