Music for 3/9/20!!! Orchards, U.S. Girls, Vanderslice, Active Child

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@@@ Orchards: Sincerely Overwhelmed (Big Scary Monsters, 2020)  Another pre-release track (I started listening down the bottom).  If a smurf from the ’80s had a lovebaby with that stereotypical California shiny happy hottie it would sound like this.  Bouncy as fuck, bouncy like a mental patient.  Female singer, pumping drums all presented in a super energetic manner.  Ska feels without being ska.  Drums high in the mix, a fully panned mix, etc.  It gets a bit more rocking towards the end of the track and I can’t remember the ’80s group this evokes/bites but trust me it does.

@@@ U.S. Girls: Heavy Light (4AD, 2020) 4AD, the home of ‘adventurous’ white musicians like St. Vincent!  This appears to be a laidback retro soul vibe copped from the mid ’70s.  It does a good job of using those sounds and the retro theme continues in the second tune as we get an early ’60s quasi Dusty Springfield vibe on the tune Overtime.  The third tune, IOU, moves into piano ballad territory and this might be where I tip out.  I appreciate the craftsmanship but I feel like I would rather go listen to some of these records myself as the vocal performance of Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield are more compelling to me.  But hey that’s just me.

@@@ Vanderslice: Cold Winter (Coalmine, 2020) I’m on the mailing list for an independent hip hop label/distro and I got to this track via an email from them.  I see from the Apple Music graphic elements that Vanderslice is a big ol’ white boy but when he gets on the mic he gets right to it and he sounds pretty menacing.  Nice use of organ sounds for drama and either a trippy delay on the loop, that has to be how he got that shuffle going but it’s pretty catchy and uncommon.  Fat bass, speaker cone blasting, this track is more than all right it has elements.  It’s only 90 seconds so it’s like a small snack at a dinner party but I dig it and think it’s pretty banging.

@@@ Active Child: Weightless (Sony, 2020) Saw this on the Twatter!  I love the twatter, it’s good stuff.  This is a pre-release track and it’s a combination of slick electronic sounds, a schmear of New Age epicness, and major label cheese.  I find cello to be a New Age signifier, f’real.  Lots and lots of vocal tracks, an immaculately arranged track but pretty soulless as one would expect from the suits at Sony.  I guess the most reasonable thing would be to assume that the musician is going for trying to describe sonically the feeling of weightlessness but I don’t feel the mission has been accomplished.  It has a tinge of melancholy, some running melodic fragments and a midtempo but not entirely funky beat.

YTD recordings listened to: 169
Good music, not list worthy: 96
Not good music: 73

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, Drama, Beatrice Dillon

 

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