@@@ ADULT: Why Always Why (Pais, 2020) #MusicPublicistEmail. I’ve seen this record just released this week namechecked around the interwebz in various outlet-holes. It’s a ramped up ’80s synth rock formula with medium rougher synth patches chosen. Friendlier than Nine Inch Nails with more bounce. I like the synth sounds; it’s the singing that brings the energy of the tune down. It leaves a soggy impression, very blah-y to my ears. Neither sexy, not particularly tough, just not great for me. If only the vocals were as fresh as the synths, then they’d be onto something.
@@@ Remi Wolf: Woo! (Island, 2020) #LineOfBestFit weekly email!!! Super sweet female fronted pop with a bit more r&b than a lot of pop. The funk is in the singing with some spontaneous woo! shouts and Ms. Wolf does a really good job on the microphone. The rest of the tune allows her vocals to sit on top. Straight non-fancy beat, same with the bass. She sells the song for sure, not my favorite musical formula but well exectuted.
@@@ Hamilton Leithauser: Stars & Rats (Glassnote, 2020) A strummed electric guitar intro and shambolic singing but I fear this is going to be a big ol’ cheese rock bomb. I like the drum sound for sure, spacious and wide, this is what Lou Reed wanted to sound like but couldn’t because he couldn’t sing. It’s 2 minutes in and I’m wondering if it’s going to simmer all the way through or if it will crescendo (verb?). It chooses the middle path and builds some more without blowing the roof off the sucker. I give him credit for not smashing the emergency glass and going over the top. Not sure what the song is about but he sings well.
@@@ Jerskin Fendrix: Oh God (Untitled Recs, 2020) Slotted as indie pop on the Apple Music it’s got a strange but not bad keyboard pounding singalong thing going on here at the start — we’ll see where it goes from here. It’s bringing on a rave siren and while expecting beats he’s thus far restrained himself though he’s rocking these big one note big farty synth blasts. Another long builder, almost at 3 minutes and we’re building voices oh he’s gone to 11! Pounding the shit out of his keyboard, big booms, letting loose with the vocal cords, and he’s just done like that. Never any beats, it’s a dancefloor confessional electro thing without the dance beats but the rest of the sounds. Points for going his own way with the tune.
@@@ Cold Years: Electricity (Inside Job, 2020) #MusicPREmail. A pre-release rock track. A bit punky but more grungy than punky. It’s Foo-ey with lower energy and more like that band, ah the Smithereens. The hard drive is still spinning, god bless it! The production is well done but it drains the sound of the rock-ness a bit, it’s the same way I feel when I hear manicured classic metal. Sometimes a little messiness can help you out.
YTD recordings listened to: 270
Good music, not list worthy: 145
Not good music: 119
Honorable Mentions: 0
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