Music for 2/15/18!!! Barrie, Nilifer Yanya, Becky and the Birds, Chemtrails

@@@ Barrie: Canyons (Winspear, 2018) Off tracks of the week at Line of Best Fit. A slow lush tune with a dreamy female voice that breaks into ’80s synth rock with a big bass sound underneath. It’s a well executed version of a well known formula and kinda snoozy. Not much more to say to this actually.

@@@ Nilufer Yanya: Thanks for Nothing (ATO, 2018) A major label single also off this week’s tracks of the week at Line of Best fit. As the toy drum machine tinkles beneath the guitar vamp and the emotive female singer this sounds to my ear like an adult alternative/indie mash. The beats drop in the chorus and the live drums come in and we’re heading for rock tune? Nope, back to the drum machine. I don’t like this singer — she’s probably an awesome person but she has an undercover yodel to her voice that annoys me. I do like the segue from the drum machine to the live drums in the verse/chorus but that’s about it for me.

@@@ Becky and the Birds: Holding On (Self-released, 2018) I like the opening to this track — it’s kinda amoeba like and trippy before the singer (Becky, I assume) comes in. It breaks out into big, shall we say epic chorus with a pitch shifted voice, a wide beat with some layers, and a main voice that says she’s holding on. You hold on maam! I like the verse much more than the chorus but I give respect for the adventurous sounds.

@@@ Chemtrails: A Killer or a Punchline (PNKSLM, 2018) Last tune of the day off the Line of Best Fit. It opens with a fast arpeggiated synth and then goes into a mainstream FM classic rock guitar groove. Oy. The vocals come in and it’s a nerd rock show — one young gent and a female friend singing quirky lyrics over the power chord progression and the synth in the back. Not my thing but check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 86
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 47
Not good music: 36

Best: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: 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, 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, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One

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