Music for 4/20/20!!! Charlie and the Rays, Jack Curley, Orlando Weeks, Miho Hazama

@@@ Charlie and the Rays: For No One (N/A, 2020) A little country, a little singer/songwriter, a little rock.  I got to this via a music publicist email.  Birdsong female singer with another female backing her up.  Twinkly guitars in places, rock guitars in places, and country twang in places.  Get the pattern?  It’s a mash people.  It goes out on a country-ish guitar solo.  I feel neutral about this track, like some parts but feel it’s a bit slack/under energy infused for my taste.

@@@ Jack Curley: Tomorrow (Parlophone/Warner, 2020) Mainstream singer/songwriter off this week’s Line of Best Fit.  Curley has a gruff voice set off from slick guitars sounds.  The key here is how you feel about the mainstream pop production flavors involved here.  It’s like somebody dipped Ed Sheeran into some coconut oil, metaphorically speaking.  Yikes, let Ed out of the coconut oil, metaphorically speaking! There she comes looking like that, million dollar smile and I’m smiling right back.  That’s the hook.  He keeps asking can we save that til tomorrow, what is that?  Maybe the last stick of gum, maybe the last bagel of the dozen?  You know what I say when I’m forced to entertain myself during a song.  Something tasted different the last time we kissed.  I’m reciting some lyrics here and feeling I might be facing a bowl of word salad and that it’s not supposed to make sense.

@@@ Orlando Weeks: Blood Sugar (Play it Again Sam, 2020) A pre-release single I got to via Line of Best Fit.  Opens ambient-ly and mournful.  I like Weeks’ voice, I go for that quasi-falsetto fragile thing.  I’m not sure what to call this, it’s a wisp of a song with his voice, a bassline and some impressionistic rhythm that flows through.  The last minute of the track sees an increase in the delay buss with a denser mix of sounds before it dies away to end.  An interesting set of sounds with both different and familiar feels.

@@@ Miho Hazama: Dancer in Nowhere (Sunnyside, 2019)  A female Japanese big band leader based in New York and somebody on Slate is giving her a shout and her combination of classical and jazz.  This is an 8 minute piece and it’s a restrained, slightly Republican vibe, tempowise, arrangment wise and performance wise.  I like the strings that sit under the horn melodies and Lord knows I’m a sucker for anything with vibes.  The piece jumps to another idea driven by the strings and a percussive marimba thing and into a more energetic spot.  I like it all right but I don’t love the sound of the recording as it’s a bit sterile and saps some of the energy of the music.  The composition is more straight than free but it’s not arrow straight to my ears.  I could use more swing and for reference I would send people off to listen to Sun Ra’s 1959 classic, Jazz in Silhouette.  Be careful, it’s funky!

YTD recordings listened to: 290
Good music, not list worthy: 156
Not good music: 128

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, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge


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