@@@ Jack Penate: After You (XL, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. If the first tune is indicative of what’s coming this is a variation on Justin Bieber style male singer/songwriter/loverboy but with more maturity and slightly different sounds. Modern production with some electronic garnish here and there. There’s also a distinctly British feel to the proceedings here whether a snatch of Beatles type melody in a line or a regal feel though that’s hard to put into distinct statements. This second tune, Loaded Gun, could be an updated Pink Floyd tune. Though I like some of the sounds and appreciate the hipness of the production it’s a bit polished for my taste and regular readers know I like my music as visceral as possible.
@@@ Susan Sundfor: Music for People in Trouble (Bella Union, 2019) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. This is a live record, and reading her bio and seeing that she’s Norwegian and going on the assertion that Americans don’t really care about art any more it does make sense that a Norwegian would keep the Laurie Anderson spoken word/electronic thing going. It’s hard for me to say how good or bad it is because I’ve kinda dug Laurie Anderson and thought she’s a crock of shit at the same time. The second tune is a folk tune so I mighta spoke too soon. I did speak too soon as she just dabbled with that as an intro and I’m on the fourth tune and it’s feelings heavy folk and piano music. Not quite Sarah McClachlan but in the emotional area with better, less cheesy lyrics.
@@@ Grimes: My Name is Dark (4AD, 2019) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section. A pre-release single that combines a bit of rock, some dancefloor and a bit of ambient music. I appreciate the distorted bass sound, and while I’m not jumping up and down on the beats they’re better than average indie action, while the vocal sound and amount of tracks ascend to arena rock levels. Stacks, people, stacks of vocals. Some dreamy, some delayed and trippy and some dream poppy. I think there’s a line in here that says ‘unfuck the world, you stupid girl’. It’s much easier to get the vibe of the vocals than it is to understand the words. I dig this all right, I though it would be much worse and it avoids a lot of pitfalls that people get into when they aspire to combine these sounds.
YTD recordings listened to: 621
Good music, not list worthy: 373
Not good music: 210
Honorable Mentions: 0
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