@@@ Sophie Tassignon: Mysteries Unfold (Rare Noise, 2020). Slotted as electronic music, this track is the last of the record and it’s her singing over her own voice chopped and presented rhythmically in a klezmer-y vibe. To my ears at least. She glides melodically over what would be the rhythmic oom-pah of a tube or some such horn. It’s a two minute track and it’s the closing track so it’s hard to listen to this as the core track but it’s a bit NPR-y and a bit highbrow, that’s the feel and I would expect that to be found on other tracks.
@@@ Joel Harrison: Stupid, Pointless, Heartkess Drug Wars (Sunnyside, 2020) Some large ensemble jazz that I think I got to via the Twatter. Apple Music has it slotted as big band and as I listen to the horns there are a lot of them so yeah it’s a big band. First off I was drawn to the title of the track. In listening to it, the guitar work and the guitar sound (pretty rocking) is atypical and works against the listening stereotype of a big band. At just around 3 minutes the whole band shifts to a higher tempo and into a different feel. More blasting, more guitar riffing and more energy. It builds impressively to a melodic crescendo before falling down into pieces. And then there’s a quick outro melody which sounds out unlike the rest of the tune but cool.
@@@ Whitney Rose: We Still Go to Rodeos (MCG Recordings, 2020) Some classic country with modern sound updates, even a little jazz feel to the electric guitar. Rose has a sultry and rich voice as she walks the streets with her man. The point of the tune lyrically is that she maybe married with kids but she and her man still go to rodeos. And good for them, I’m glad they still go to rodeos! I don’t know why I said that as I’ve never been myself and I’m guessing there’s quite a bit of animal shit smells floating around but that’s the city slicker in me. I find the electric guitar tone/playing to be the most interesting component of the track. The jazz-ish sound works for me and I dig the sounds of this track. The lyrics are a bit staid but whatevs, she does a good job delivering them.
@@@ Lorenzo Senni: Discipline of Enthusiasm (Warp, 2020) Decidedly upbeat hybrid abstract dancefloor bangers. Titles like Dance Tonight Revolution Tomorrow convey the spirit of the record. I can’t accurately count how many synth tracks are here — there are a couple of bouncers, a couple more used percussively, one that is deployed to carry the melody, and one that’s glitched out. It’s a fiercely layered synth sandwich. I think I would like it more if it didn’t sport such a simple and somewhat unfunky beat. It’s a bit like getting beaten with a giant submarine sandwich. One that’s been soaked in milk for a bit. I must not be very disciplined as my enthusiasm for this is minimal.
YTD recordings listened to: 318
Good music, not list worthy: 166
Not good music: 140
Honorable Mentions: 0
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