@@@ Bibio: Ribbons (Warp, 2019) Both of today’s listens come from the All Music notable release email from last week. It’s an electronic record that opens up with a gentle descending guitar part. More complex than standard indie and I can say upfront I don’t usually dig guitar in my electronic music. Okay I skipped to the second tune and it’s acoustic guitar with some sort of pan flute synth patch and the general vibe is, oh boy, not my scene. It’s a 2019 hippie/New Age bigly vibe. I’m not going to say it nauseates me but it’s not what inspires me these days. We finally get some drums and a little bit of funk in the third track but it’s still butter soft. I don’t object to soft sounds, not everything has to be hard and uptempo but there’s no contrast and there’s most definitely something lost when all the roughness is smoothed over. If this had some hard driving funk to go with the New Age white boy business I would find that much more interesting.
@@@ Glenn Hansard: This Wild Willing (Anti-, 2019) Okay I dig the premise of this record. Up on the Apple Music it talks about his frustration of being trapped in a singer-songwriter framework and he wanted to break out of that. So this record is an effort to get out of stereotypical singer-songwriter setup and I’m all for people evolving and pushing against what is supposed to be. This first tune has elements of singer songwriter but is darker and features a drum machine. This first tune starts very lo-fi and bedroom-y and builds to a massive orchestral/guitar noise crescendo. The second tune don’t settle opens up with piano and pretty raw lyrics. The third tune, Fool’s Game, introduces some electronic elements and does embrace and break out of the singer songwriter thing. I’m not jumping up and down about the tunes, but that’s just me and I can see folks getting into it. Big respect for the concept behind the record.
YTD recordings listened to: 202
Good music, not list worthy: 123
Not good music: 70
Honorable Mentions: 0
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