@@@ Wrangler: Anthropocene (Bella Union, 2020) Slotted as experimental electro on an All Music notable release email from February, it’s funky/krauty dancefloor bangin’ to my ears. Funkier and a bit Prince like in certain sounds it then comes with a sorta ominous deeper voice sauce. I really dig the sounds, the voice I’m agnostic on.
@@@ Nivhek: After its own death/Walking in a spiral (Yellow Electric, 2020) I got to this via an email from Superior Viaduct. It is an indie musician doing four ambient pieces two of which are 15+ minute fatties. This first tune opens up with vocal harmonizing and it’s church-y fo sho. I’m not a huge church-y ambient guy. I’ve skipped around a bit and it does change but the bass she brings in is an indie punky bass which sounds out of place to me. The second piece is a 21 minute banger and I’m hoping it’s gonna grab right outta the gate so I can stay engaged. Hmmm, guitar, not great. I love mixing peanut butter in my chocolate but guitar in my ambient, it’s gotta be done just right. I’m not a huge fan of the combination of sounds, to me I want my ambient pure ambient and I guess that means electronic. And yes, I’m being a genre bitch and I’m setting down rules as to what belongs where but I don’t give a shit, it’s my blog.
@@@ Carly Rae Jepsen: Summer Love (Interscope, 2020) There are two full releases by Ms. Jepsen up on the Apple Music, one is Dedicated and the other is Dedicated Side B. This tune is off Dedicated Side B and she evokes ’80s Madonna type dancefloor pop sounds but she’s a much better singer than Madonna, which isn’t hard. Reow, cat fight! She’s not as flavorful so maybe that’s why she poses topless for this record, kick things up a notch and whatnot. I like the bass sound, the drum beat is standard, the synths are a bit boring and she’s all right on the mic. She could use a shot of Red Bull. Classic disco string melody to fancy up the rhythm. Lyrics, meh. So overall a pretty mixed package. I guess part of being a pop star these days involves being really familiar (boring) so lots of folks can identify. Maybe I will swing back because she has put out a lot of music here and maybe this is not representative of the record.
@@@ Kidbug: Together (Joyful Noise, 2020) Take some Smashing Pumpkins and hit it with some purple drank and that’s pretty much what you have here. You even have that detached white person voice but not quite the Queen Ill Bitch Billy Corgan. Manicured and panned guitar sounds (panicured?) and a drum beat that could use some Red Bull. The guitars are stealing the show here f’real. The drummer is about as exciting as Drake’s beard and the singer should get the other bit of the Red Bull can. Half rawk, oxy-rawk, you get it. Myself this is too cute and if I want this vibe I’ll hit up some stoner metal for the full 10 piece bucket.
YTD recordings listened to: 398
Good music, not list worthy: 206
Not good music: 180
Honorable Mentions: 0
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