Music for 1/21/20!! sir Was, The Babe Rainbow, Skooly


I have a list of All Music notable release emails in my crowded ass email box and these two listens come from an email last fall.  It’s slotted, as you can see as alternative r&b, but to my ears it’s a bit indie with a lot of mainstream FM music and some r&b.  All depends on your definition of r&b.  It’s softer than a lot of old school r&b and it’s got a soft rock sensibility to it.  I like some of the sounds and I’m liking it less as I peep snippets of each song.  His voice is very earnest which I enjoy.


The first tune here is not neo pyschedelia, it’s a jazzy rock thing with a shuffle beat and some just a tad bluesy guitar playing.  The second tune brings on a drum machine playing a purposely bitty cheesy beat, some flute, some mellow singing and the same sorta hippie/indie guitar playing.  Not rock, not harsh, it’s a love fest.  Myself I see neo-psych as a somewhat brutal subgenre with purposely teeth grinding sounds to drive you insane.  I continue to maintain that this mislabelling by the labels and music press confuses listeners and does not reflect well on the folks who run this shitpile.  If you can’t even correctly label your shit what does that say about your credibility?  This is soft rock and if you’re playing it you should be proud of it.  It’s not my thing but I think a lot of people with jobs who drink wine might feel this somewhat.  Own it, bitches.

@@@ Skooly: How I Feel (remix)  (Atlantic, 2020) Off the Apple Music front page.  It’s a blend of hip hop and loverboy r&b.  A little guitar vamp, some trappish beats, some autotuned sung vocals and some rhymes.  It’s a crowded mix and it feels like it’s designed to move fannies out on the dancefloor but in a higher end style.  Lots of talk about pill popping and getting high.  It’s a bit of a trip to hear these lyrics with the friendly sounds, but hey it’s America, you never know what might break out.  This is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 55
Good music, not list worthy: 32
Not good music: 21

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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