@@@ Jefre Cantu Ledesma: Tracing Back the Radiance (Mexican Summer, 2019) I’ve seen this record mentioned on the Twatter as well as in other promo emails. I’m a little suspicious of the title as words like radiance often pull the listener down the New Age path. The record consists of three pieces, the first at 21 minutes and the last at 15 minutes with a 5 minute banger in the middle. It opens with a big pot of bell like drones, some sparse piano and a little bit of jazz like skittering drums. It’s a New Age-smooth jazz kinda thing. This is not awful, it’s just very familiar and my fears are confirmed. The second piece, Joy, continues the huge, contemplative, fat happy baby flow. I like some of the huge clouds of synths but the melodies and the soft sounds, meh.
@@@ Abase: Invocation (Lekker Collective, 2019) I saw this Hungarian jazz collective mentioned in a promo email by its Australian label. At least I think that’s the chain of command. Interesting right out of the gate with a wall of hand drumming and percussion (including some really nice metal percussion) mixed with ’70s fusion jam vibes. A little ways in there is a chorus of female chanting/background vocals so it does straddle world music and a subgenre of jazz. I love the hand drumming and if the rest of the playing was more adventurous I would be all over this record, but alas it’s pretty standard.
@@@ Kevin Abstract: Crumble (Sony, 2019) Another song off of the Guardian’s songs of the summer article. This record was released in April, so I’m not sure it’s proper to throw this in the summer jam pot. It’s a mash of styles with left field hip hop rhymes and at least two indie sounding guitars. No beats as of yet, this cat is weird by hip hop standards, not so weird by indie standards. There is a very well done vocal break/choir thing towards the end right before the beat comes in. I’m not sure why they waited so long for the beat as it comes in 30 seconds before the end of the tune. It very much buoys the tune and adds to what are not the most flavorful guitars of all time. I get a little summer vibe at the end but I suspect the work of a music publicist here as well. It does not reek of corn on the cob and bbq.
YTD recordings listened to: 358
Good music, not list worthy: 212
Not good music: 124
Honorable Mentions: 0
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