Music for 3/17/20!!! Four Tet, Circa Waves, Early James, Hilary Woods


***All of today’s listens come from this week’s All Music notable release email.***

@@@ Four Tet: Sixteen Oceans (Temporary Residence, 2020)  I’m a fan.  Over the years he’s moved from more abstract electronic stuff to more classic dancefloor bangers with some abstraction on top.  This album opens up with the track School which is an active drum loop with a percussive type synth melody over it.  It’s well put together and should be as this his 10th record but it’s pretty staid.  The second tune, clipped below, is the pre-release single and it’s hot.  Not the sounds as much as the vocal processing/arrangement, it’s got heat to it and the tune works as a whole.  I recommend people check that out.  The heat of the second track dissipates on the third track Harpsichord which returns to a mellow place (even drum machine-less).  He’s a pro but I think he could use some Red Bull.

@@@ Circa Waves: Sad Happy (Prolifica, 2020)  From chilled electronica to upbeat, frat boy rock.  The first tune, Jaqueline, builds to a pretty explosive chorus and hmmm, not sure what to say to that.  It’s classic, let’s go with that for politeness.  The second tune, Be Your Drug, recycles a very common lyrical cliche within the upbeat rock framework.  This really isn’t my cup of tea.  Big production, big feels, not much originality to lyrics or song structure, a plate of stale cookies slathered with more than a bit of cheese.  Cookies and cheese for me, no thanks.

@@@ Early James: Singing for My Supper (Easy Eye/Nonesuch, 2020)  Opening with some space rock feels I’m guessing this is gonna be an epic journey down the lonely rock highway.  Mr. James comes in with a weathered voice and he sounds tired, really worn down by the world.  Grab a ticket dude.  I dig his voice, it’s quite limited but somehow more authentic than what is usually chosen for us these days.  The second tune, Stockholm Syndrome, starts slowly and builds to a crescendo.  I don’t know who’s playing guitar on this but they squeezed a lot of guitar melody into this rock record.  I wish the playing was a bit more interesting — it’s a pretty standard blend of rock and blues and even a wee bit of soul.  More than a wee bit.  As I often do I would like to see a bit more fire and originality here.

@@@ Hilary Woods: Birthmarks (Sacred Bones, 2020) A dark record about motherhood.  I’m guessing that it’s about motherhood as a female hand on a pregnant belly is the front cover.  It’s a cello, a fluttering rhythmic sound, a thick big drum sound and Woods’ singing.  It doesn’t appear to be directly lyrically about motherhood so maybe it’s not so don’t hold me to that.  There is a line about ‘it growing inside of me’ and it grows and it grows but the tune is called ‘Orange Tree.’  I’m on the third tune and it has the dark theatrical feel of a heavy metal record without the sounds.  It’s a lot of arpeggiated guitar (acoustic/clean electric), somber cello notes and Woods’ voice.  I like it all right, I’m not super in the mood for it but I dig it.

YTD recordings listened to: 192
Good music, not list worthy: 109
Not good music: 83

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, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes


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