@@@ fatherdude: attention please! (Deathrocket, 2020) I got to this mainstream r&b single via a music publicist email. It’s slotted as funk in Apple Music and it opens inbetween early ’80s funk and slightly newer sounds. It’s more Earth Wind and Fire friendly funk rather than Prince style freakiness though there are Prince type feels in here for sure. He goes mostly for the loverboy falsetto and he does it well. I’m most impressed with the arrangement and least wow-ed by the guitar playing which softens the track a bit too much for my taste. There’s a full shred guitar ten seconds from the end so they snuck it in just as he crossed the finish line.
@@@ Zorro Five: Rebel Rouser (Matsui Music, 2020) I got to this via this week’s Stranded Records newsletter. Looks to be a reissue as tracks from this record have been up on the GooglePimpTube for years. It’s a hipster alt country/jam rock thing I think as it opens with a coupla lonesome guitars and baseball park organ playing. This is a doofy version of a Meters track. Some funk, some melodic instrumental playing, etc but a buncha steps from the full Meters flavor pack, this is the frat boy version. I like the intention here but I’m not sure why I would choose this over a Meters anthology.
@@@ Sergio Calderon & Celi Lee: The Northern World (Self released, 2020) I got an email from the artist and I’m always nice to musicians who email me directly. Major label corporate musicians, not so much. This track opens up power ballad style with a distorted guitar arpeggio, another smoother guitar providing washes, and a female singer yearning. I like it but I could use a drummer and I’m feeling like it’s not going to go that way for me. Think of it as a layered textural piece and not a rocker as the guitar might indicate when you first hear it.
@@@ Milan Ring: Switch Off (Astral People, 2020) Happy Mag email from Australia! I can’t tell from the singer pictured below in the video but my ears are telling me this is white lady friendly nu soul style business. Wow, a lot of vocal tracks, they’re really going for a lush and full mix. Where I didn’t enjoy the guitar playing in the fatherdude track the guitar player here has more flavor. A listener’s enjoyment during this track depends on how much he/she likes the singer as she’s the dominant flavor here. I would have gone for a little bit less emphasis on the singer and more on the sounds but I didn’t make this track. Production is flawless and I find the hook in the chorus to work pretty well.
YTD recordings listened to: 588
Good music, not list worthy: 298
Not good music: 261
Honorable Mentions: 0
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