@@@ Tigrin Hamasyan: For Gyumri (Nonesuch, 2018) Both of today’s listens come from an old ass All Music notable release email from last year. A solo piano record with some vocalizing, oh boy there it is (the vocalizing) and I don’t like the way they put it in the mix. Too New Age-y. For the most part I do like Hamasyan’s piano playing. Aarrgh, more and more voices, it’s turning into a Bobby McFerrin record in front of my very eyes! That’s not what I’m looking for. Let me check another tune. I like the piano playing on the second track (clipped below) and I’m agnostic on the brief electronic music flourishes. Certainly more engaging than Brad Mehldau who I find to be a cup of warm milk before you die, it’s still a bit snoozy for my taste.
@@@ Shannon and the Clams: Onion (Easy Eye/Nonesuch, 2018) I have enjoyed the quirky energy of the Shannon and the Clams on previous recordings. They do a really good update on the classic doo wop rock thing. They are tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time and they infuse mad energy into their stuff. The second tune, It’s Gonna Go Away, is a very good example as they drop the tempo but the playing remains crisp and tight. It’s a bit shocking that this record is out on the Nonesuch imprint as they are the kings of slack flavored coffee indie — a band that gets up on it and kicks out the jam with gusto is not what I associate with Nonesuch. I’m going to circle back on this when I have more time to eat the whole sandwich but don’t sleep on this.
YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not list worthy: 141
Not good music: 84
Honorable Mentions: 0
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