@@@ Lexytron: Couples (Self-released, 2019) I got to this track via an email from the artist herself. This tune is not up on Apple Music as far as I can tell. The sounds seem to be anchored in 1980’s dance pop. Lyrically it is the viewpoint of someone who’s not in a relationship seeing couples everywhere. It’s not entirely delineated whether the singer is or is not in a relationship, I made a bit of an assumption there. I can’t tell if the tune is tongue in cheek but the sounds are upbeat for sure. Oh as the tune unfolds it’s clear it’s about a single person being around couples. I think the contrast between the lyrics and the music is interesting. I’m not a huge fan of the sounds but that’s just me.
@@@ Brent Faiyaz: Rehab (Lost Kids, 2019) I got to this DIY r&b artist, well I forget because I had an promo/magazine email associated with him but the draft of this listening session was not saved and I deleted the email. It’s a groove track light on rhythm and heavier on synths and arpeggiated guitars with smooth vocals. As you would expect from a tune called Rehab it’s about a person with problems and the partner in a relationship with that person. It’s got a suitably mournful feel to it. Not completely despairing but getting there.
@@@ Kill Alters Mutations: Cobweb Sensations (Self-released, 2019) I saw this noise/spoken word artist namechecked on a Flavorpill weekly email. The record opens up with an almost 10 minute track called Temporary Vehicle. It’s very rhythmic composed of simple percussive elements but stacked up well and with energy. When the female singer comes in she’s not doing a lyrics thing, it’s chanting and what might be defined as shamanic. I appreciate the balance between the looping electronic elements and an organic pre computer age of sound. I really like the chopped and hypnotic aesthetic Baxter has going on here, I find it very hip and enjoyable. I will circle back and peep more of this as it’s super up my weird ass alley. Lots of energy, contained weirdness (as in the tunes have structure) and letting that freak flag fly.
YTD recordings listened to: 530
Good music, not list worthy: 317
Not good music: 178
Honorable Mentions: 0
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