@@@ Freak Heat Waves: Self-Vortex (Telephone Explosion, 2018) A little psych, a little goth and a little indie on this single that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. The singer is lower register and mashed up with various effects over some rhythmic synth playing, standard indie guitar work and a straight rock beat. It’s all right. It’s the same sort of vocal schtick that the Butthole Surfers singer used to rock — grating, weird.
@@@ Milk & Bone: Deception Bay (Bonsound, 2018) Slotted as pop on the Apple Music but sporting pretty heavy trip hop sounds the opening track is all right. With these beats this is closer to new style r&b than pop. The female singer goes for the lush, sensual sound but it’s not overdone and it’s presented in a minimal arrangement. I don’t usually like this genre/style but the arrangements here are very tasteful.
@@@ Bashavel: Hoorhay (Hudobny fond, 2018) Some straight-isa jazz I got to via this week’s London Jazz blog. Instrumentation is violin, piano, bass and drums. All the songs are in sport some sort of Eastern European language titles and I hear a bit of Balkan at points in the recording. They get into some fairly different playing in the last third of this tune which I’m having a helluva time finding a tidbit for my ardent fans. Ahem. There is an instrument that came in during that last third of the opening track — it sounds kind of plucked and stringed but I’m not sure what it is as I can’t find shit on these musicians. For straight jazz, which is far from my favorite bag, this is high energy with some interesting passage. It is available on the Apple Music so probably on the other streaming ripoff stores, I mean streaming stores. Come and get your 4/10ths of a penny!!! And don’t bitch about it either.
YTD recordings listened to: 98
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 54
Not good music: 40
Honorable Mentions: 2
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, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One