@@@ Sudan Archives: Confessions (Stones Throw, 2019) A pre-release single from an upcoming full length. I pasted this blog post up last week but I believe these listens were all from the Line of Best Fit email. I’ve heard this outfit before and liked their music. Not quite hit it out of the ballpark but I’m hopeful. The sounds here are pretty straightforward electro r&b except for an extremely catchy violin/synth patch that sounds vaguely East African. As you would expect as Sudan is in East Africa! #geographylesson. I dig the combination of American sounds filtered through another place. Lyrically I believe the hook revolves around being a refugee or immigrant — ‘there is a place I call home, it’s not a place I’m welcome’. Overall, sophisticatedly catchy, that’s the word from here. Check it out, folks might like this. P.S. I just saw somewhere that Sudan Archives hails from Cincinnati so just wanted to get that info out in the interwebz.
@@@ Eliza Shaddad: Girls (Big Indie, 2019) A single that came out at the end of October and the label name is appropriate, this is arch indie rock. In spades indie listeners, come and get it! Oh, it gets a bit more epic and mainstream in the chorus. In a rare move I think I prefer the indie sounds in the verse than the mainstream rock of the chorus. Lyrically, it’s about a long term friendship between two women, since they were Girls, hence the title. She’s giving heartfelt advice to her friend. This isn’t really my thing but if you’re into indie sounds mashed up with late ’70s faded rock, well have at it!
@@@ Konradsen: Saints and Sebastian Stories (Cascine, 2019) These folks are from Oslo and they’re singing in English, very successfully but there is a slight awkwardness to the vocals from it being a foreign language for them. However, big respect for even attempting it. The sounds on this first tune are a combination of electro r&b and folk feels but I expect some indie to make an appearance. The tunes have an intimate feel to them and thus far they’ve retained an updated blue eyed soul sonic palette. I was expecting more indie sounds. I’m agnostic on this music but I can see how this could work for a lot of people. As regular readers know I enjoy contrast in my music — I would love a screaming guitar soul to break up that overwhelming smooth feel to the production but that’s just me. The out of place rapid quiet plinking of piano keys in the fourth tune is the most interesting thing I heard here. People who crave a bedroom, quasi r&b record will be happy with this.
YTD recordings listened to: 572
Good music, not list worthy: 338
Not good music: 195
Honorable Mentions: 0
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