@@@ Gauche: A People’s History of Gauche (Merge, 2019) I find the vast majority of indie disco and indie funk to be unsatisfying. I saw this record on Bandcamp’s best of 100 and while I like the band energy of this first tune, the vocals kinda drag it down. It sounds a bit like the Minutemen had a baby with the B-52s. Angular, driving, and most definitely a white folks night out. The driving energy here puts this release into a different category than the milquetoast indie funk but it does barely qualify as a dance release, it’s more of a ramped up pogo punk thing with a friendly vibe.
@@@ Blanck Mass: Animated Violence Mind (Sacred Bones, 2019) A dark electronic album I saw on Vice’s best 100 of the year. After an intro it gets into a industrial dance vibe on a tune called Death Drop. It brings in some video game sounds and it has an annoying synth string thing going and I’m not quite sure I’m up for 7 minutes of this. I give it props for smashing up very disparate sounds but I’m not super enjoying it. I’m in the third tune and these could either use more sounds to deepen the grooves and engage the listener or the songs should be shorter. With better synth patches, the cheesy pop patches are at odds with the industrial feels. It’s not word salad, it’s a sound salad.
YTD recordings listened to: 665
Good music, not list worthy: 404
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 15
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