Music for 3/3/20!!! Ryuichi Sakamoto, yMusic, Forq, Rashied Ali and Frank Lowe

@@@ Ryuichi Sakamoto: Dance (Sony, 2020) Off the Apple Music experimental section and what we have here is a blend of electronic music, classical string flourishes and a bit of off kilter piano.  I’m not sure what to say.  It doesn’t meet my definition for experimental music and I myself prefer Four Tet flavored sonic explorations over this.

@@@ yMusic: Thousandths (New Amsterdam, 2020) Some classical music that sounds as if it’s a blend of composition with a little bit of improvisation.  Just a guess on that.  It’s a medium large ensemble and there are some really nice passages here.  Strings mostly with some horns and flutes.  Lot’s of melodic runs that end in clusters of sounds.

@@@ Forq: M-Theory (Forq, 2020)  Some prog flavored ‘experimental’ rock off the Apple experimental section.  It’s a bit of grab bag of sounds, some tinkly glitch business, some rock flavored, guitars and synths getting it on.  It’s got a big winding guitar riff that leaves me a bit queezy in the knees.  I would call this Halloween nerd rock, a bit sinister in its aspirations.

@@@ Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe: Duo Exchange Part II (Survival Records, 1973) Some reissue free or mostly free jazz sax and drums to switch the flavors in the Apple Music experimental section.  How did the black folks sneak up in here?  It’s most welcome to my ears!  More fire in the sax area but plenty of energy from drummer Ali.  The sax player blows the microphone out in places which creates a fuzzy sax throwdown but I find this energy interesting.  Some of the skronk I find tiresome but overall I dig the drummer and most of the sax work.

YTD recordings listened to: 153
Good music, not list worthy: 87
Not good music: 66

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets

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