@@@ Bug Martin: Dharma Blues (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019) I got to this via a music publicist email. I”m listening to this first review after starting below. My Apple Music or something associated with it is still quite fucked and I can’t hear the first two songs. I’m starting with Diamond in the Coal and it’s a lonesome country track with some electric guitar splashes in the rear. Martin himself has a pretty classic country voice and this tune has similarities to old school Rolling Stones country rock blues except there’s nothing more than a tambourine here. The fourth tune dispenses with the electric guitar chord washes and goes for a more old school vibe. I like Martin’s voice, a bit nasal but nowhere near Dylan levels of craziness. The fifth tune, Jim Rodgers’ Blues (my third tune due to the fuckedness of the interwebz) is a stunner to my ears. He adds some falsetto and the blend of sadness and beauty is super enjoyable. Imma stop here cuz he went out on a high note.
@@@ Ciel: Why Me? (Ghostly Intl, 2019) I got to this edm record via a shout on the Twatter. My Apple Music shit is all fucked up so I can’t listen to the first track of this 34 minute EP and the release above where I would usually start. The second tune Go Fish is a playful dancefloor banger with some high bell, some robot blip action, some vibe like sounds and a whipping staticky thing. As I said it’s not dark and it funks along in a non techno manner. Let’s peep more as I like this but I don’t need to hear the whole sandwich. This third tune, called Hipwrecked, gets back into more familiar techno with a vaariation on the classic kick hat business. After a brief warmup it gets into pretty hard hitting techno funk. Hence the title Hipwrecked, you’ll dance your ass off. If you’re up for some techno with some mustard on it this will work for you. Brisk beats, stripped arrangements, driving sections, it’s happening.
YTD recordings listened to: 469
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 156
Honorable Mentions: 0
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