@@@ French Mouth: Paper Tiger (Frank Haus, 2020) A post-punk hard rocker I got to via a music publicist email. Has a bit of At the Drive In wildness to it with jumpy sections to the song and fresh guitar sounds and vocal stylings. I’m looking at the promo photo and I see non-white faces and I hear it a bit in the playing. Hard to put into words but it’s subtle. I like this and would listen to more though I would mention that I could take even more chaos.
@@@ Gregory Allen Lisher: Three Kings (N/A, 2020) I got to this pre-release track from a Camper Van Beethoven guitarist via a music publicist email. It’s an interesting blend of sounds — a little folk, a little proggy, a little hippie business and a little rock all swirled up. There’s a shaker in the track but no drums and a supporting cello part I really like. Now when we are discussing the shaker we should mention the idea that maybe the tune could be remixed with a cowbell. Nothing would be finer than more cowbell up in this pastoral track. I was not expecting to dig this but I like it.
@@@ Teyana Taylor: Boomin’ (Def Jam, 2020) Missy Elliott is always a good thing, Future not so much. Taylor comes on thick and sensuous on this slow booty jam. Very sultry voice, occasionally skittering beats, fat ol’ bass. The keyboard sounds and arrangement is a perfect layer of trippy frosting that glues this piece of cake together. Future is a bit of a distraction to my ears, I would much rather listen to Taylor and the sounds that aren’t him that surround her. There’s not a lot of Missy Elliott to be had here which is fine.
@@@ John Legend: Bigger Love (Columbia, 2020) I think John Legend is a high quality human being who makes pretty cheesy music. Those two things can co-exist as bad humans can make great music, music quality and human being quality are not connected! Looks like John Legend had a medium sized glass of Drake loverboy business and Imma little scared. Oh, he drops the Drake business in the chorus and goes for the full cheesebomb. It’s a big chorus for a tune called Bigger Love. I associate Legend with Disney style sounds and he does retain some of that but the tame dancehall beats is unexpected. You can think of this as big ol’ Chipotle/Disney burrito with a plantain on the side. Yikes that was a rough listen.
YTD recordings listened to: 492
Good music, not list worthy: 2250
Not good music: 219
Honorable Mentions: 0
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