Music for 11/19/19!!! Pat Metheny, Loscil, Sergei Bulat

@@@ Pat Metheny: America Undefined (Nonesuch, 2019)  A 13 minute pre release single from a full length dancefloor banger from Metheny due out in 2020.  I can’t wait for the next decade if it starts out with a bomb from Metheny!  I got to this tune via the Twatter, hmmmm the Twatter.  Instrumentation is piano, guitar bass and drums and opens at a firm and laidback pace.  Oooh, a few flute flourishes back in that mix.  I guess the discussion of Pat Metheny would have to revolve around a slightly philosophical discussion as to the purpose of music and the joy that it brings to each of us in its different ways.  If you listen to music as a comfort and you want some smooth improv to help you through your day you could turn to Metheny.  If you are looking for some fire to inspire you to rise above this thirteen minutes will not work for you.  This music makes me yearn for flavored coffee or a big glass of red wine and a thick sweater, all things that are not part of my life on a daily basis.

@@@ Loscil: Equivalents (kranky, 2019)  A twatter listen, I love the Twatter it’s good stuff.  This is ambient music, I dig ambient music but I have certain things I like in ambient music and certain things I don’t like in ambient music.  I don’t like guitars in ambient music, for example, they sound stupid to my ears.  This first tune is a stew of ambient synth clouds with lots of motion packed into the clouds.  It’s pretty dark stuff and I tend to prefer the darker ambient to the New Age stuff.  The second tune is slower with less motion in the mix but it has an ominous church feel to it without using a church organ patch.  Also a very nice bass pulse throbs tastefully at the bottom of the frequency range.  I’m on the third tune and I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard thus far.  I plan on circling back on this record when I have the full amount of time to digest the whole thing but this is primo dark ambient.

@@@ Serge Bulat: Kalah Folklore (Serge Bulat, 2019)  I got an email from the artist for this listen.  I’m not obligated to like music because somebody wrote me an email but I always treat the independent artists with more respect than I do the corporate dirty dogs like Bruno Mars and Lady GagMe.  It is a three song EP that I think combines electronic and world music.  It has a lighter rather than a darker feel without being to light or particularly.  He takes the female singer and puts a lot of delay onto her performance making it more of a color than an outright melody.  Overall it is a busy mix that percolates percussively.  I’m on the second tune Idiots don’t Exist and the arrangements are really well done.  A unique and interesting chill vibe is at work here.

YTD recordings listened to: 604
Good music, not list worthy: 361
Not good music: 203

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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