@@@ Pottery: No. 1 (Partisan Records, 2019) I got to this indie record out on British label Partisan via the weekly email at Line of Best Fit. They open the record with an extended medium energy guitar jam which I find odd. If you’re Santana, I say go for it. When the vocals hit, it is a pleasing Elvis-y kind of fellow smooth on the mic in the lower register. Musically, it’s pretty mainstream which is fine with me, it just shows how what was mainstream is now indie and what is mainstream is pretty much baby food for adults. The singer sounds like another singer but I can’t pull the name off the hard drive in my buckethead. Regardless, the record gets mathier in the guitar neighborhood as it progresses with more single line playing. I like that. It’s an energetic version of a pretty established formula. A lot of folks love this formula, it may be you.
@@@ Miraa May: Care Package EP (Island/Universal, 2018) I got to this Algerian Muslim musician’s EP via the same Line of Best Fit. I get the identity politics but there are no kudos for cheesy garbage on this here blog. This is a slicked up version of American r&b and I do like her rhythmic sense when she’s singing. It’s not standard to hear a musician use this formula to proclaim that she doesn’t bow down to nobody, she only trusts God and her family. I would be all over this if the lyrics were as smart and developed as the sounds. Sonically it’s a lot of well done keyboard sounds stacked to make a dreamy impression with funky but not super upfront drum machine beats.
YTD recordings listened to: 349
Good music, not list worthy: 209
Not good music: 119
Honorable Mentions: 0
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