@@@ MUNA: Number One Fan (RCA, 2019) Second to last track off the trash Guardian songs of the summer list. I didn’t know it was a trash list going in but it has not put any tracks on my summer ’19 playlist. This one’s for the gloomy, sad rockers out there pining for some ’80s sounds and an ultraharmonized chorus with big synths comin’ at ya. It’s got some super hip synth bass sounds, the beats not so much. The singer is all right and the lyrics are all right. To me this is white Prince and if you can surf over and rock 1999 I don’t know why you wouldn’t. The playing and the songs and the performances are much more interesting.
@@@ GoldLink: U Say (RCA, 2019). The Guardian article claims this tune was written with warmer weather in mind. I’ve heard a fair amount of GoldLink and I like his microphonic style though I’ve never heard that track that pushes him up to where I see J.I.D. for example. The track has a fair amount of slink to it, downright not hip hop and more r&b with rhymes. I do like that one syllable vocal sample that keeps pushing through the mix, and I do like the beats and bass a whole bunch. It’s a good track but not my jam of the summer. Thus far Nikki Minaj is winning it with Megatron but she could easily be dethroned.
@@@ Taylor Hollingsworth: Tap Dancing Daddy (Flower Moon Records, 2019) I got to this record via a music publicist. It’s alt country and mainstream at the same time as mainstream country music has become Bon Jovi with a cowboy hat. A pleasantly nasal voice, simple country shuffle beat, and at least two arpeggiated electric guitars. It is both a happy song and a bittersweet one at the same time. It’s got the bounce of an upbeat tune but the vocal melody is a bit melancholy as well as a few of the guitars. In my opinion it’s a tad long at 5 minutes but if you’re into it then well, you’re gonna be into the 5 minutes.
YTD recordings listened to: 372
Good music, not list worthy: 222
Not good music: 129
Honorable Mentions: 0
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