@@@ Peeling: 7 Years of Blood EP (Buzz Records, 2017) A pretty noisy guitar indie recording off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Singer mixed down in volume and single coil telecaster guitar sounds mixed high. Think Television with a half a Percocet pill and a pretty stomping rock drummer. They should have put the third tune in the lead off position as it’s pretty rockin’ and if the singer had less reverb on his/her voice I’d probably be more into this.
@@@ Unleash the Archers: Apex (Napalm Records, 2017) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It’s opening up synth-y and now we’re into a fast, double kick classic metal jam. This singer is full on operatic with a soaring range. This isn’t really my favorite sub genre of metal but they’re doing it all right. The arrangements are complex and the production is immaculate. When the singer goes high in the third tune, I don’t know what you’re supposed to do but it’s epic.
@@@ The Velveteins: Slow Wave (Fierce Panda, 2017) Some indie folk also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Ah, that might just be the opening taster course as they get into some bouncy and energetic indie rock. I like the arrangement on this second tune (clipped below). They’re back into the strum dee dum on this third tune so this may be the course of the record, a combination of indie folk and indie rock sounds.
@@@ Chief Keef: Thot Breaker (RBC, 2017) Switching gears let’s check out somewhat famous Chicago gangster Chief Keef. This first tune is surprisingly tender and the second tune is a bit of a dance floor banger. I had to do some Duck Duck Going to ascertain if I had it right that Chief Keef as a gangster dude as these tunes have some skittery beats but the general tone is not super rough. This third tune is a pro weed anthem and it’s clipped below. I tend not to love the synth only arrangements but this is all right.
YTD recordings listened to: 359
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 204
Not good music: 140
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, RAM, Oumou Sangare, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb