@@@ Tinariwen: Elwan (Desert Blues, 2017) I dug the most recent Tinariwen record but felt that the two before that were a tad soft especially the one where a record label told them to sing in English. This first tune appears to be a return to their hypnotic desert blues shit that I can lap up with a spoon. Brisk hand drumming with circular guitar melodies that will drive you somewhat insane. Let’s peep more. After a nice stripped intro on this second tune they dive right back into the groove with the second tune (clipped below). I’ve peeped portions of about six tunes and they all sound really good — no cheese, nice level of dirt, beautiful performances. Imma swing back on this record when I have more time but this is going to end up on my year end list. Check this record out!
@@@ Dirty Projectors: Keep Your Name (Domino, 2017) One of the three advance tunes up on the Apple Music from an upcoming full length. After a strange vocal and piano intro it blossoms out into an mildly electro piano ballad with a strange singer. Maybe this dude is pitch shifted. I think there are Prince funk aspirations but it comes off as too cutesy indie and true funk is in short supply on this track. I think this is a strange opening track to a record — I appreciate the daring but I’m not super feeling it.
YTD recordings listened to: 97
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 53
Not good music: 31
Honorable Mentions: 0
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