@@@ Erlend Apneseth Trio: Undergrunn (Hubro, 2019) I saw this folk/jazz recording mentioned up on the Twatter by the jazz blogger Bird is the Worm. I could not find this record on Apple Music but significant chunks of it are on Soundcloud. The cloud of sound. Apneseth is Scandinavian and he’s an ‘award winning hardingfele player.’ The hardingfele sounds like a violin/fiddle type instrument and the playing in this tune has South Asian feels to it. A little Scottish, a little South Indian classical though as the tune moves it recedes back into a decidedly Westering thing. I believe I hear a kit drummer and a hand percussionist or maybe they’ve been consolidated into one musician but the tune builds and then recedes on its way out. A mash of slightly New Age world music and some jazz/improv.
@@@ Trophy Wives: Old Scratch (Latest Flame Records, 2011) A continued look at 50 records out of Louisville Kentucky in the last decade. Fantastic idea for a record list in my opinion. It opens up with tune Taste of Your Medicine (clipped below) an energetic power pop punk anthem with great energy. Great drumming. Very Foo-ey but I enjoy the singing here and the tunes are a bit more splashy and interesting than typical buckets of Foo. I like it, I don’t think I need to put it on my iPod but it may work for you more rock-centric listeners.
@@@ Lower Dens: Young Republicans (Ribbon Music, 2019) A pre-release single I got to via a music publicist email. It’s an ’80s electro rock track with gated snare sounds, vintage synth sounds presented as video game bloops, shiny arpeggios and some slow moving clouds. The singer is about the consumption of the lower class by the young Republicans. Musically, it’s a classic rock mellow in the verse/exploding chorus we’ve heard a million times before. It’s a classic for a reason. I’m sensing the tune may more be about climate change as the phrase ‘the world is burning’ surfaces repeatedly.
YTD recordings listened to: 272
Good music, not list worthy: 159
Not good music: 95
Honorable Mentions: 0
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