@@@ ALTIN GUN: Gece (ATO, 2019) I’m a little surprised this Turkish psych rock via Amsterdam record is out on ATO. I didn’t think major labels released interesting non-pop music any more. There’s plenty of hippie vibes to be had in this world music so I get that. Nice guitar tones, a really good drummer and well done sounds. The vocal duties are shared between at least a gent and a gal. It does straddle the stoner rock/world/mainstream music crowd (maybe a bit less than the super huge mainstream) so I guess they could draw enough fans to attract a major label vampire. It does a really good job of being a retro record and a fresh one at the same time. I guess mostly the sounds and the production make it a compelling sounding record for these great and awesome times!
@@@ WUTA MAYI: La Face Cachee (Sterns, 2019) A 70 year old gent from Kinshasa in the Congo and his music goes back decades. This first tune just oozes sweetness out the speaker. Mayi himself sings as if he just ate a stick of butter, there is a choir of background vocalists, some nylon string guitars, hand percussion, a kit drummer and a whole bucket of smooth. Even an accordion or the African equivalent thereof. My guess would be the guitars are the sweetest of all, they’re really chilled out but active (and more than one). The horns on this second track, oh my. I don’t usually ever refer to artwork or videos in my reviews as I see them as superfluous but check the pic of Mr. Mayi and you can see where this record is at. It’s a high end expression of African musical culture. He’s a senior statesman and he’s doing his thing.
@@@ Green Day: Father of All… (Reprise, 2020) A pre release single from Green Day. Yikes, they’re making another lap around the ol’ corporate punk rock racetrack. They come out more Queens of the Stone Age rather than classic spiky hairdo Green Day talking about how they’re too bored to even spank it. It’s is a brisk punk tempo with handclaps and mucho glam feels to be had. A crushed drum sound, small production flourishes and falsetto vocals make this Green Day track stand out as a medium move away from past efforts which focused on singalong anthems. I check the lyrics on Genius and they kinda made sense and that’s pretty good for these days. I’m a bit puzzled as to what Father of All…. means as a title but I’ve learned not to sweat such expectations. It’s not gonna make a lot of sense and it feels like they’re just looking to wind the people up.
YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not list worthy: 285
Not good music: 156
Honorable Mentions: 0
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