Music for 8/26/19!!! Holly Herndon, The Endangered Species, Everyone You Know

@@@ Holly Herndon: PROTO (4AD, 2019)  I got to this electronic record via a feature in Crack magazine where the artist has a discussion with some leading thinker regarding AI and the future and other topics that signify high intelligence (ha).  I’m not usually a fan of 4AD releases as I find them to art school and not visceral enough but in this first piece I hear a pleasantly rough glitch component to the tune.  Though that may not hold as the second tune brings forth a clunky beat and a lot of synth drama.  It’s a wall of synth indie and female voices roughly chopped, that’s the formula here.  You hear her voice but to say that she’s front in center in a traditional sense of  a singer is a bit misplaced.  The third tune, Canaan (live training) is an acapella piece that I clicked past and the fourth is a lot of vocals again roughly chopped and I don’t hear as much creativity at work here as I would like.  To my ears it’s pretty mediocre beats with a lot of vocal sauce.  I get that some art school types might find this compelling but I’m not one of them.

@@@ The Endangered Species: World Gone Mad (N/A, 2019)  I got to this hard rocking tune via a music publicist email.  The lead singer is serious and the lyrics are relevant and dramatical.  Big arena drum sounds with lots of toms and plenty of guitar riffage.  I think one of the main vocal hooks is ‘I’m not the only one insane’.  Yeah, that makes sense, we got mad crazy people up in here.  Big quasi-metal guitar solo with wah wah.  Not a big fan of the singer and consequently am not listening closely to the lyrics but check it for yourself.

@@@ Everyone You Know: Look After Your Pennies (Sony, 2019)  A British hip hop EP I got to via the Line of Best Fit weekly email.  It’s a double MC outfit and the record opens up with some nice guitar playing and my favorite thing, British people rhyming.  It straightens out into a disco beat and the head dude lamenting that she don’t dance no more so he doesn’t anymore as well.  Poor bloke!  Maybe this is a r&b record and not a hip hop outing.  Let’s peep a bit more.  They do a bit of rhyming but it’s not a hip hop record, they’re doing tunes and it’s a full band.  The production is full major label and I don’t like the tunes.  On the fourth tune, Money, they do go full hip hop with a distortion plugin on the MC’s voice but I don’t really feel this.  I have seen it suggested that British people should not do hip hop and I don’t go that far but I struggle with hearing it and liking it.

YTD recordings listened to: 436
Good music, not list worthy: 263
Not good music: 148

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe

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