Music for 5/27/20!!! Indigo Girls, Matt Berninger, Marie Dahlstrom, Lianne La Havas

Catchin’ up on shit I forgot to hit the publish button on!

@@@ Indigo Girls: Howl at the Moon (Rounder, 2020) A single off the latest from the Indigo Girls and more bluegrassy and folk-y than the singer/songwriter coffee shop rock I remember from back in the day.  Their classic upbeat harmonizing and songwriting hasn’t ever super resonated for me, but there are folks out there who love their flavor pack.  I like the banjo and the beat they chose, but I think there are too many vocals.  I, however, am not their targeted demographic, this is more of a clam bake situation and I’m a card carrying sausage monger.  Sometimes it goes like that, it’s not that I can’t like music by women, but music by women for women, well it’s not for me.  By design.

@@@ Matt Berninger: Serpentine Prison (Concord, 2020)  I think this was on this week’s Line of Best fit email and the first related artist I think of is Leonard Cohen.  Not nearly as black but this is no Memorial Day BBQ party banger.  Lots of pretty guitars arpeggiated, a desolate organ sound, and a shuffle snare tucked in the back of the mix.  When I tune in to the lyrics I’m not super grabbed and I think the title is a bit…maybe overwrought would be accurate without being cruel.  This kind of stark, sad white folks soft rock has always been a hard sell for me.  I’m more comfortable with anger and outrage than this.  Helluva nice organ sound though.

@@@ Marie Dahlstrom: Like Sand (Self-released, 2020)  Electro singer/songwriter is my guess on this track I got to via Line of Best Fit.  Or new style r&b with slick production, some serpentine melodic bass playing and some straight jazz guitar playing.  So we’re gonna land on fusion style r&b with electro sauce.  Lyrically I’m not sure what’s like sand, but I think it’s a dude which is interesting but a tad curious.  Maybe it’s their love, I think it’s their love it’s like sand and shit, not as firm and sliding around like sand and you can’t control it.  Okay, it at least makes sense.  I like how much guitar playing there is in the tune, I don’t love the fusion-y bass tone.  It’s an interesting blend of sounds, not mind blowing but interesting.  The last 90 seconds is sorta breaking down into a lot of vocal tracks — oohs and la las, then a quick guitar shred and back into the chorus.

@@@ Lianne La Havas: Paper Thin (Warner UK, 2020) Another pre-release single and more old school than fusion.  Opens with a nice tight beat and a lonesome guitar progression that sets the stage for La Havas to sing.  I think I remember her from a few years ago, she’s got a very hip voice, soulful, a little raspy, I dig it. Man! Her performance here is quite high end and while I get why they put the band in the back to make space for her voice it would have worked better for me if there was some more interesting playing at certain points in the tune.  Less can be more but more can be awesome too.  If they switched up some of the sounds to reframe her voice.  They went for the adding more vocal tracks over the switching up the arrangement.  Man, I dig her singing.

YTD recordings listened to: 398
Good music, not list worthy: 206
Not good music: 180

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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