@@@ Helado Negro: This is How You Smile (RVNG, 2019) I’ve been seeing this record listed on the WRIR weekly playlist email for a bunch of weeks, but it’s been officially released and is up on the streaming stores. This first tune is mostly indie and having read in Mr. Negro’s bio that he’s Latin and Brooklyn it explains the sonic formula. The second tune is also slack bedroom indie so maybe that’s what this record is gonna be. I was hoping for a mash of indie and world music as I’m a fan more of world music than indie but what can you do? He switches over to Spanish for the fourth tune and that surely changes the vibe of the tune. The production here is most excellent and well done, the songs are good without really super working for me and that’s where it’s at as far as I’m concerned. The fourth tune Fantasma Vaga is the best of what I heard.
@@@ Townes Van Zandt: Sky Blue (Fat Possum, 2019) Without knowing much of Van Zandt’s catalog he sure was a bit of an underground country icon. The first tune is old school-ish melancholy country. It’s just a man and his guitar which is cool. I can tell from the differences in sound between the first and second tune that this a compilation of tunes and the GooglePimp tells me it’s a posthumous collection of unreleased tracks. I like it. Lonesome county music that paved the way for a lot of hipsters that came after.
YTD recordings listened to: 155
Good music, not list worthy: 94
Not good music: 55
Honorable Mentions: 0
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