@@@ Brittany Howard: Stay High (ATO, 2019) Alabama Shakes frontwoman makes a solo record and I saw this listed on the Line of Best Fit weekly email. I was one of maybe six people who thought Alabama Shakes was overrated. This first tune, History Repeats, is less rock (though not without rocking) but it does have Prince feels and is more out there than Alabama Shakes. I’m feeling the guitar playing on this record — it’s weird, a little r&b and even a little jazz inflected tonewise. I didn’t expect to like this record but I’m feeling it. It sounds more intimate and personal than her old band which was kick out the jams, but at the same time it’s not soft and has soul to it. Let me peep a bit more and then throw it on my list. Very interesting sounds, great singing, some weirdness and individuality, I love that shit.
@@@ Penn Gutt: Hold Deg I Varmen (Luft Recordings, 2019) A Norwegian rapper I got to from the Line of Best Fit weekly email. I don’t love the UK hip hop but maybe some from Norway will do the trick. Probably not. The first tune, valentin, opens up Curtis Mayfield style with big orchestral swells before it gets into a slow Prince like electro jam. Prince feels is everywhere today, it’s gonna be a great day tater. Let’s see what Mr. Gutt has on the microphone. That was instrumental so let’s see what the second tune has. He’s up on the mic and it’s better than British rap. Norwegian is pretty guttural so it’s got some flesh to it. The super loverboy production is pretty riotously removed from the trap business flooding America. They packed a ton of sounds into these tracks. I feel a bit deceived as this is way more of a r&b record than a hip hop record. I like the quirky sound of the record and I’m relieved to not know what the hell the vocals are about.
@@@ Efferklang: Altid Sammen (4AD, 2019) We switch gears but remain up in Scandinavia, Denmark. Go Greta, even though she’s from Sweden. It’s a slow Beatle-y without guitars tune and again great relief at not knowing what is going on lyrically. The second tune, Supertanker, has similar slow energy. Slow isn’t bad, I like slow, I like fast. A bit of prog and art rock to be had here. I like the way the singer sings the word supertanker. Think of this as Danish Pink Floyd without the epic guitar solos. I like it, I prefer guitars in my space rock but that’s just me. You even get wave sounds in this tune if you’re up for a little sound of water.
YTD recordings listened to: 490
Good music, not list worthy: 298
Not good music: 163
Honorable Mentions: 0
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