@@@ Cherry Glazerr: Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadain, 2017) A featured artist in the new music section of Apple Music. It’s indie with some punk edge and my first impression is the drummer is solid but the guitar player needs some lessons. The singer is brash but not too punky. As if too punky is a thing. The second tune Trash People mixes in some electro and smells kinda Blondie-ish. She wears her underpants three days in a row. I say grab a ticket and get in line. The band is all right, the tunes are standard, the lyrics are pretty immature so it should be huge.
@@@ As Lions: Selfish Image (Better Noise, 2017) These guys are blurbed as rock legends in the making even though this is their debut. Seems to be a bit of a premature marketing ejaculation. I see from the GooglePimpTube that this band the Iron Maiden singer’s son. Well it must be good, right? This is art school/shopping mall metal with plenty of sheen and polish. The lyrics are overwrought, I’m hearing ‘we walk into the fire’ on this first track. Oy. The second tune, The Suffering, is a watered down Metallica tune with no teeth. Oy the drama continues with a piano opening on the third tune Bury My Dead. Very sophisticated production but incredibly cliche lyrics and standard song arrangements. I will put money that these guys will not be legends.
@@@ Shy Girls: Salt (Hit City, 2016) Blurbed as ‘bedroom r&b’ on Apple Music the opening intro consists of some abstract wimpering with some solo piano and a waterfall sound. Let’s not finish that. The second tune You Like the Pain Too is a song about loneliness. It’s a slow one with lots of piano chords ringing out and some lush sounds. I’m not super feeling it but I do like some of the sounds. The third tune Watercolor Dreams shows some spunk with some spacious guitar sounds panned out wide and some booty bass. He’s going for a Prince vibe and he succeeds to a degree but he doesn’t have the rawness of classic Prince tracks. Oh man, on this tune Trivial Motion (clipped below) he’s moving away from Prince towards Michael Jackson/Lionel Richie territory. That’s my ticket out.
YTD recordings listened to: 53
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 31
Not good music: 15
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, Krullur, The Lowest Form