@@@ Warm Digits: Wireless World (Memphis Industries, 2017) Some pumpin’ ’80s synth rock with dashes of New Age. Oh they are cranking the tempo and it’s getting more like an austere krautrock with some edge to it. There’s a big prog rock synth solo on this first track so this has a lot of influences to it. Oy, they’re into a nerdy funk vibe on this second track, its a poo poo platter of sub genres yo. I’ve sample about half this record and it is a mix of nerd music, funky white boy business, and upbeat New Age threads. Unique for sure.
@@@ Caroline Says: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong (New West, 2017) This and the record above from this week’s All Music notable release email. The first tune opens up intimately with some arpeggiated guitar and melancholic close mic singing. The second tune gets into some ’80s rock — oh that guitar sound, I hate that guitar sound and that smooth vocal thing. Ah well. They’re back to the mopey, faded Beach Boys indie thing on the third tune so it looks set to bounce around between these two sonic formulas.
@@@ Naomi Punk: Yellow (Captured Tracks, 2017) 74 minutes of indie also off the All Music weekly. The first tune is an ambient looped thing but I don’t know if that’s to whet your palette or that’s how it’s gonna go. The guitars and drums have showed up by the third tune but ambient elements remained and it’s sort of a meandering and messy cloud of sound they have going on (which is fine). These are millennial hipsters getting their freak on. It’s a kind of punk for sure. It’s not super aggressive or guitar driven but the attitude is there.
YTD recordings listened to: 517
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 279
Not good music: 216
Honorable Mentions: 6
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