@@@ Bodywash: Eye to Eye (Luminelle, 2019) I saw this self described lush indie single mentioned on the Twatter. A cloud of synthesizers float in with a twinkly one panning back and forth in the stereo field to open up the tune. I guess there’s a thin line between lush and soft. Or maybe something can be lush and firm but if it’s too lush it can be soft. Regardless of the linguistics of this point this is soft synth rock firmly anchored in the fabulous 1980’s. I would be more open to these sounds if the singer wasn’t quite so laze. That’s a cross between lazy and gaze, f’real. At around 3 minutes it does firm up but I’m already deep in chamomile tea mode and not engaged, thinking about the difference between lush and soft.
@@@ Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells (Concord, 2019) I saw her new music namechecked on the Twatter. I’m not a huge fan of Spalding’s but I do listen and can change my mind. I believe this is a concept album with 12 tunes with body parts in parentheses after each title. 12 Little Spells (Thoracic Spine) for example. The music here is a prog/jazz fusion mash. I like Spalding’s singing, and her bass playing is pretty restrained here. What I hear is the fevered work of music nerds lacking in passion. The arrangements are trick and the vocal melodies are impressively serpentine but there’s a difference between listening with one’s intellect and just listening as an emotionally engaged experience. I feel like I’m at the circus watching acrobats.
@@@ Eljuri: Resiste (Cecilia Villar, 2019) I got to this reggae single via the music blog Indiepulse. Female reggae, I can get with that! It opens with a reggae/rock blend and a rocking wah guitar intro. The female singer, I’m guessing her name is Eljuri, works in Spanish which changes the vibe of the tune. I like her singing but I prefer not to have too much rock in my reggae, I like the fully ganja-tized reggae. Murky sounding, polyrhythmic, etc. This is more for frat boys, maybe Spanish frat boys. It’s also a bit weird but not bad to hear someone going for the rock guitar shredding in a reggae context. Not to be disallowed but not my first choice unless the shredding is more interesting.
YTD recordings listened to: 261
Good music, not list worthy: 151
Not good music: 93
Honorable Mentions: 0
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