@@@ WAAX: Big Grief (Dew Process, 2019) I got to this band via an Australian music magazine. Outside of the United States people still participate in and listen to rock bands. This is a retro guitar indie record with a female singer. This first tune is a Smashing Pumpkins/Hole lovebaby with big power chords in the chorus. These guys rock a classic formula because it works. The singer makes the attempt to put a unique fingerprint on this formula with her microphone work — a little waver in her voice, some sharpness there, and a wailing almost fliput at other points. The production files down some of the impact here for me but the band has a lot of energy and they rock it. Rawk!!
@@@ Local Natives: Violet Street (Concord, 2019) Also from an Australian music magazine. I’m a bit suspicious of Concord releases as they seem to be a comfortable label for the unadventurous masses but I go in with an open mind. It opens up with a tune called Vogue which sound like a less bummed Radiohead tune with quasi highbrow orchestration. Oh the resonant piano chords come out in the second tune, though the pop beats coffee shop this tune When Am I Going to Lose You. I think it might be Thom Yorke’s doppelganger on the microphone here though the effect is quite different. The third tune Cafe Amarillo brings back the strings and cements the record as a easy listening for the employed crowd. Soothing sounds, a thoughtful, conflicted singer and sweaters and flavored coffee. We all like what we like.
@@@ Lauv: fuck, i’m lonely (AWAL, 2020) I saw this musician discussed in a music industry email about targeted marketing, boy I love targeted marketing — it makes me feel so…wanted and targeted. I will check the song momentarily but I am wondering if the title is better than the song and if a lot of lonely people responded to this title. The verse is pretty average but the chorus is simple and effective. The sounds here are electro pop with a bit of hip hop urban-ness. It’s not bubblegum pop and I know urban can be a thinly disguised racist slur but I send it out as a sonic observation not one about any particular folks. It’s not much more than the hook whether we’re talking any sort of lyrical development or even sonic changes within the tune. But these days folks seems to be satisfied with just a hook and not much more so whichever way you want to go.
YTD recordings listened to: 542
Good music, not list worthy: 322
Not good music: 185
Honorable Mentions: 0
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