@@@ Big Thief: Not (4AD, 2019) All of today’s listens are off the Guardian’s best songs of the year. This Brooklyn band sports a female singer with a striking voice and they do a blend of hippie guitar sounds and indie sounds here. They certainly avoid a lot of what I don’t like about indie, namely a detached pretension which I find pretty awful. Also the singer puts herself out there. An abstract Daniel Lanois-esque guitar (?) fills the background of the mix which deepens the track. I can’t believe it but I like this song, the first one off the Guardian’s whole list. #shocking. Check it out. Heartfelt always works for me.
@@@ Dave: Black (Neighborhood, 2019) British hip hop, stand back! This is a celebration of blackness so it’s not going for gangster scenario, it’s historical and social and political shit so the accent works better. Beats are all right, I don’t like strings and ringing piano chords in hip hop I think they sound stupid but it’s a serious subject which I’m down with. I’m super into the lyrics, agnostic on the delivery, and not so into the sounds. The contrast of the litany of shit that black folks face up against funky sounds would have worked great for me, but I’m a freak!
@@@ AJ Tracey: Ladbroke Grove (AJ Tracey, 2019). A UK garage track that blew up over the summer in the Brexit hole. It’s a boast track with decent beats, a girlish female vocal part that I don’t like and Tracey talking about his rock star status and his need for a rubdown. Hmm, I don’t have too much to say here as there’s not too much to say about this dancefloor banger. I can see how it would blow up in the UK equivalent of the frat boy crowd but it’s a tad short on actual funk.
@@@ Fat White Family: Feet (Domino Recording, 2019) This is a Brit band that I don’t think has broken through over here. I don’t know their story but the record with this track on it signalled a stylistic shift for these guys. To my ears it does sound a bit like the Some Girls era Rolling Stones– funky white boy dancefloor honkey moves but with less Jagger cock walking and not nearly as many guitars. The song itself is not much more than a groove with some crooning and gauzy melodic flavors. I could have used more energy from the vocal performance as I wasn’t given a ton to groove on.
YTD recordings listened to: 635
Good music, not list worthy: 381
Not good music: 216
Honorable Mentions: 0
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