@@@ Aaron Dilloway: The Gag File (Dais Records, 2017) I saw these two experimental electronic musicians as part of a gig announcement via Flavorpill’s weekly email. This first tune, Ghost, is an dark sci-fi kinda flick with a simple industrial rhythm, not a drum loop per se and a bunch of chainsaw synth action. The second tune (clipped below) features a heavily processed vocal, barely recognizable in fact, has a nice quasi whisper sound and a funkier bassline and rhythm. I dig the creativity here. I like this music, it’s interesting. I don’t love some of the synth sounds and something about the processed vocals I find not enjoyable.
@@@ Lucrecia Dalt: Anticlines (RVNG, 2018) Not to make inside jokes and shit but I’m hoping this is not an anti-Nels Cline record! I’m not a huge Wilco fan but you can’t blame Nels for that (completely) My first impression is that this musician is inspired by Laurie Anderson and her music. Spoken word, lighter electronic sounds with most of the meaning and power concentrated in the words. I liked it but skipped to the next track. The second tune Altra, is darker and more needle-y at the same time. For some reason I’m not super paying attention to the lyrics — I guess that’s an unconcious sign of not liking something and the music is not deep enough to hold you on your own. So either pay attention and get into what she’s talking about or head out of town!
@@@ Private Function: St. Anger (Private Function, 2019) I got to this Australian punk band via an online Aussie music mag called Crack. There are many punk flavors at this point and this is sorta classic Coke with a bit of Southern California singalong pop punk swirled in. The second tune, Shut Up has a manic spitfire vocal part that really lifts the track. It’s not up to the blasting race energy of the Muslims recent record but it’s a pumping part. I like these guys and there’s a lot of vocal energy while the band playing is pretty standard. I can imagine this killing it live.
YTD recordings listened to: 464
Good music, not list worthy: 283
Not good music: 155
Honorable Mentions: 0
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