@@@ IV League: When You Lose Me EP (IV League, 2019) I got to this Australian band’s record via a contest they won in Australia. Slotted as indie rock the first tune comes out with updated ’80s mainstream rock sounds. Female singer, big energy, and lots of tom toms in that first tune. This is a Cranberries type of record with less grunge and less epic-ness, but not by a lot on the epic-ness. I know that’s not a word, I could give a shit. I don’t like the guitar sounds here, too washed out and chorused for my taste and lest you think I’m a bitch, when they do that to the guitars it declaws them and makes the rock instantly diluted to my ears. I appreciate some of what these guys are doing and I like the singer but I’m not sure I believe in this big rock sound, if I ever did.
@@@ Larkin Poe: Venom and Faith (Tricki-Woo, 2019) Another Australian female outfit, this time blues rockers. Starting with an old scholl chant presented in an arena rock style, they do bring some horns and a rolling snare into the proceedings. I give props to that as they don’t just hit it with the giant guitars and the white folks’ rock blues. Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues — there ya go for white folks doing the blues! It feels a little strange to hear Australian women do what is an old African American art form but I’m not one to say they’re not allowed, it’s not my shit. If folks dig this then I urge them to check out Howling Wolf and get some Smokestack Lightning going on.
@@@ Michael Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka (Polydor, 2019) A five star record I got to via the Guardian. A five star rating from the Guardian, let’s be accurate! I listen to so much music but I believe that I heard a pre-release tune by this artist. This first tune does open up the big bag of retro soul sounds from the early to mid ’70s era. A large ensemble (including tambourine) with a sweeping emotional vibe to it. I was reading a Christian prayer book for mothers that I found on the street this weekend and on one page it says the biggest room is the room for improvement. This record is aspirational in the same way that prayer book was. Outside of this record and its spot in our current society it is jarring to hear a record so earnest in such a cynical environment and I give big respect to him for going there. The sounds are very well done, I could use a tad more freshness to give a nod to the passage of time as well as a nod to a retro sound. It’s a black soul/slightly spaced out, slightly hippie rock thing, check it out!!!
YTD recordings listened to: 575
Good music, not list worthy: 340
Not good music: 196
Honorable Mentions: 0
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