@@@ Maximum Joy: Station MXJY (Maximum Joy, 2017) I saw this reissue of an 1982 release in an email from Stranded Records. Blurb clipped here:
This music is from a less locked down time. Before algorithms, before the self censoring of social media, they’re just playing and enjoying it. It’s a blend of rock, world and jazzy sounds smashed up into one. I like the spirit and the energy and the combination of sounds, but I don’t really like the tunes. That’s just me so check it for yourself.
@@@ Marcus King: One Day She’s Here (Fantasy/Concord, 2019) I got to this updated electric blues track via music biz honcho/loudmouth Bob Lefsetz. He usually has very pedestrian taste with a bent towards cliche lyrics about love. He’s a white boy and I’m justifiably nervous of the white electric blues god, but this is more of a funky white boy thing as he sings in a solid falsetto and plinks more than shreds. The arrangement is full on ’70s ensemble with string flourishes and some percussion to go with the drum kit. The vocal hook is ‘she disappears like the dawn, one day’s she’s here and the next she’s gone.’ It’s all right as a hook and I would say if you don’t like the chill ’70s funky rock vibe you won’t like the tune. I find it all right.
@@@ Fenne Lily: On Hold (Fenne Lily, 2018) Artist of the week of at Line of Best fit. This first tune is a mope-pop mash with twinkly guitar. This first tune Car Park has a tambourine in it, and I love tambourine. Lily’s voice is slightly wispy and melancholy and I like it, but I find the music here to be a tad simple for my taste. Let’s peep a bit more. I don’t like her voice enough to offset the music which I find a bit retro and predictable. If she put some more interesting sounds underneath her voice she’d be onto something.
YTD recordings listened to: 41
Good music, not list worthy: 25
Not good music: 18
Honorable Mentions: 0
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