@@@ Timber Timbre: Sincerely, Future Pollution (City Slang, 2017) The #1 record out at CFUV in British Comlumbia. This first tune is indie singer songwriter with some synth accompaniment, simple drums and delayed percussion. It’s tasteful in its minimalism. The second tune hearkens back to 1980’s rock with a bit of funk swirled a la David Bowie and John Lennon. This is very intelligently put together — self-contained arrangements coherently put together. I’m not a huge soft indie listener but this is as good as it gets for that sub genre.
@@@ Kelly Lee Owens: Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound, 2017) Indie electronic off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Right out of the gate Owens layers that reverbed female voice over some really thick pulsing bass and the juxtaposition of that low syrup and the dreamy female thing is evocative. People lap it up with a spoon. It’s a combination of sounds that I think has become somewhat derivative but let’s peep more. The second tune mixes a more clubby rhythmic foundation with that Lord of the Rings Elf Queen vocal sound. The layering of voices gets a bit much on the third tune featuring Jenny Hval.
@@@ Tigran Hamasyan – An Ancient Observer (Nonesuch, 2017) A mostly solo piano jazz record off this week’s CFUV weekly email. Hamasyan is from Armenia and I had to glean that info off the interwebz. This first tune is restrained with some pretty straightforward and pleasing piano work. There are some classical flourishes to his playing and that combined with the sound of the recorded piano lends a sort of uptight vibe to the recording. The second tune features a female singer echoing some of his right hand playing and it’s all right but it leaves a bit of New Age pixie dust on the floor.
YTD recordings listened to: 268
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 159
Not good music: 103
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark