@@@ King Krule: Man Alive! (True Panther, 2020) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. A bit lo fi, a little psych and trippy, a little bit of ’80s synth rock, as well as a little bit of classic indie. He’s a talented arranger, I like the way the sounds of the first track are put together. The second tune is more downer-y with a bit of dark dub and a little aggro, alienation. I like this third tune, didn’t like the second one, and liked the first one so I’m giving this a mixed bag rating. He’s definitely not following somebody else’s roadmap and I respect that.
@@@ Jan St. Werner: Molocular Meditation (Editions Mego, 2020) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. 4 tracks, 40 minutes with a 20 minute opener. I will just be taking small bites. This first piece starts as spoken word but slightly off kilter and dystopian spoken word with some dark, minimal sound garnish. I was going to say that the tune builds slowly as I click through the 20 minutes but I just happened onto a solo voice with no accompaniment followed by a sheet of static. The second tune opens up with drum and bass sorta thing but some of the beats consist of static. The general vibe here is a disembodied voice with noisy, aggro sound accompaniment and I believe it’s a commentary on these fabulous times we live in. He’s a bit weird and a little angry, maybe he’s hangry.
@@@ Cerrone: DNA (Because Music, 2020) Our last listen of the day starting out with an epic bass and a plinky arpeggiated synth up top. I expect a cheesy dancefloor beat but we’ll see. Let’s check out a bit more but I don’t think I will be here for long. The combination of the arena rock production and the Cheez Whiz electronica is a bit much for me. Personally I don’t know who would dig this kind of music but it takes all kinds to fill the world so I won’t presume anything. If you have any respect for my taste I would steer clear of this, it could lower your IQ.
YTD recordings listened to: 128
Good music, not list worthy: 76
Not good music: 52
Honorable Mentions: 0
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