Music for 8/8/19!!! Carla Dal Forno, Gold Panda, Ariana Grande

@@@ Carla dal Forno: So Much Better (Kallista, 2019) A pre release single I got to via an email from the online music retailer Stranded.  It opens with a little dub wise sound — echoing bells over a really nice thick bass sound.  Dal Forno sings in that classic detached manner that doesn’t work for me.  She has some extremely nice sonic garnish floating across the stereo field but I fear it’s not enough to overcome my aversion to the singing.  It is a relationship song with rather vicious lyrics which I appreciate.  I’m happy that you’re still the same and I’m so much better.  I dig that.

@@@ Gold Panda: Transactional Relationship (City Slang, 2019)  I got to this single via a twat on the Twatter.  It opens strangely with an indie funky loop and what sounds like a glitched up loop.  We get a little keyboard vamp, some monosyllabic vocal pieces and what sounds like an updated needle scratch sound.  The most work appears to have gone into the chopped and glitched up pieces of sound that garnish the groove.  There are no vocal parts per se after the bits are considered.  It’s cool, kinda stays in one place but that’s fine.

@@@ Ariana Grande and Social House: Boyfriend (UMG, 2019)  I see this collaboration up on the hot tracks section.  I kinda like Grande and think she’s full of shit at the same time.  Grande’s recent tracks have been a combination of superslick pop and graywater sour feelings.  The arrangement here is dense, medium high funky and accessible at the same time.  Everybody has issues in this track both Grande and her collaborator.  They love each other but they’re not boyfriend and girlfriend, the sounds are way more sophisticated than the lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 401
Good music, not list worthy: 240
Not good music: 137

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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