@@@ Anna Burch: Not So Bad (Polyvinyl, 2020) I got to today’s listens via the Line of Best Fit email. This track is a blend of jangly indie sounds, coffee shop singer/songwriter, and ’70s soft rock. Not my favorite flavors but you get a shaker to listen to, and let me tell you, you can’t fuck with a well recorded, enthusiastic shaker. There’s an undercover horn line as well that I find interesting. Burch’s voice is solid if not not remarkable and the lyrics, well the lyrics aren’t my cup of coffee. It’s a relationship song. I’m not sure how you get to the top with a track titled Not So Bad. To be fair I’m not the targeted demographic here, this one’s for the womenz.
@@@ Maja S.K. Ratkje: Sja, Amioda (Rune Gramofon, 2019) I think I saw this artist namechecked on a Roulette email and she’s a musician rocking the neighborhood where classical and ambient and electronic music meets and has a nap. I kid, I kid. This is a sparse arrangement and Ratkje is singing. I hear accordion, a low register woodwind (possibly electronically manipulated) and her voice. It’s slow and dirge-y but it’s very cool to my ears and I’m enjoying its organic-ness. It’s very organic and not digital sounding regardless of its origins. I’m going to listen to more of this record.
@@@ Yin Yin: The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers (Bongo Joe, 2019) Back to the Line of Best Fit. This is the title track of the record and it’s opening up with echoed wah wah guitar and retro flavorings. A little Jefferson Airplane smushed up with some of the psych rock coming out of parts of Asia. Oh boy, they’re mixing in a little surf rock, yikes it’s a flavor pack. Also a bit of spaghetti western twang, ya know these lines aren’t drawn in stone, there’s overlap and shit. I’m not sure if I’m up for a full record of instrumental surf (I might be if the playing was a lot more manic and daring) but it sure is a bit of a pallette cleanser dumpling in the middle of the day. An almost 6 minute dumpling that does put a few ethereal backing voices at the back of the mix on the way out.
@@@ Nnena: Work it Out (Loud Robot, 2020) This week’s Line of Best Fit and our final listen of the day. It opens with some thick traditional big drum type drumming in my left ear and some trap but not trap skittery hat in the right ear and then Nnena comes in with some medium potty mouth rhyming. I would like to have five letters in my name and three of them be n, n is pretty cool. Some nice headphone rich sounds happenin’ up in heah. She’s got some put down action going lyrically and it’s an interesting blend of sounds and lyrics. Big respect for going some place sonically different.
YTD recordings listened to: 314
Good music, not list worthy: 164
Not good music: 138
Honorable Mentions: 0
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