@@@ Tremblers Of Sevens – Nonesuch/If (NoiseAgonyMayhem). We’re coming from bottom to top on this blog post and this first pocket review is a second listen off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It comes on retro Hendrix with wambly electric guitar and organ before perking up with a drummer busting a steady beat. The guitar player goes from evoking Hendrix to a more Richard Thompson-esque flavor and is supported by a stylish organ player and an active drummer. When the vocalist appears he sounds a whole lot like grunge icon Mark Lanegan so it is a basket of familiar sounds combining for a pretty fresh rock flavor. These are lean times for rockers so when something not super derivative comes along it’s good to push it up.
@@@ Zoon – Bleached Wavves (Paper Bag). The title track of a shoegaze record I got to from Vancouver’s CFUV. There’s an odd chopped/phased sound to the guitar which makes it uncommon shoegazeto my ears. I think of shoegaze guitar as Lord Byron-esque waves of distorted slightly dissonant distortion. His vocals qualify as classic shoegaze and I’m wondering if there will be drums here, hoping so. And hoping for lots of them and loud, waiting. It never does erupt with drums but the player has brought the next track and it is indeed oddball shoegaze that I like. It’s got both uplifting and more mumbly dark shoe business. No vocals on this one so maybe he leaves an element out of every track! He’s got a cowbell on this next track and it does make you wonder if cowbell has been used on a shoegaze record, somebody should try it.
@@@ Bryce Sainty: Nervous (Self-released, 2020) I saw this track mentioned on online Australian music outlet Happy Mag. It’s a slowish adult alternative ballad with classic rock and just a wee bit of country feels. It aspires to be huge in sound, emotion, and scope. He’s nervous because he hasn’t seen her and he’s wondering if she/he is feeling the same feelings that he’s feeling. I’m feeling it’s a tad claggy and could stand to use a fresh sonic approach. He goes a coupla verses before somebody uncorks a John Mayer style rock guitar solo and meh. I don’t want to meh but I meh. Also a bit too much reverb on the voice.
@@@ Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations (Intakt, 2020). I’m on the mailing list for this Swiss jazz label and I saw this record as part of their most recent email. I’ve seen Tomeka Reid’s name here and there in my jazz scrounging and have wanted to check out her playing so I am. Here she is playing in a duo setup with a piano player I think I’ve heard before and they’re in a staccato back and forth place at the beginning of this track. I like the playing of both musicians but wish the cello was a bit louder and more present. I can’t tell you why but the tune is appropriately titled as Shards and Constellations. I’m not usually huge fan of jazz piano but this combination of piano and cello is compelling. I’m going to swing back and listen more but how I wish they mixed her louder, she’s a great player and I crave hearing them both at the same volume.
YTD recordings listened to: 560
Good music, not list worthy: 284
Not good music: 247
Honorable Mentions: 0
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