@@@ The Japanese House: Dionne (Dirty Hits, 2020) The first three listens today are from last week’s Line of Best Fit and the last track is from the Stranded Records weekly email. Slotted as alternative it’s pretty influenced by ’80s synth rock done in an updated lush manner. Intimate female vocalizations with a bit of delay on them, swirling synthesizers, nice electronic drums (ahem). When it gets to the chorus I had to check to make sure my headphone cable was connected because the mix gets crushed and blows out in a somewhat farty distorted manner. I think it’s not effective but that’s just me. Maybe they were trying to toughen up these synth sounds which they do but the melodies get creamed and it’s purposeful as it dropped for the second verse and then came back for the second round of the chorus. Crazy business. I liked the melodies and the vibe ’til the crusher showed up.
@@@ Her Songs: If We Try (Her Songs, 2020) Contemporary r&b — mellow keyboards, quasi bedroom vocals but presented in an electronic r&b context. I really like the beats and the bass, especially how the fat bass tone contrasts with the finger snaps and other glitch-y type sounds that give energy to the arrangement. It’s a relationship tune, you know, if we try we can make it kinda thing. It’s hard to get too involved with the lyrical meaning with the plethora of vocal tracks and the various production flourishes which I dig. I think she’s saying she’s good to go and commit to this relationship but you know the dude isn’t trying hard enough. C’mon dude. The sounds are most notable here, especially the undercarriage of the track.
@@@ Oscar Jerome: Give Back What U Stole From Me (Oscar Jerome, 2020) I haven’t super connected with the UK jazz that’s coming out that Mr. Jerome is connected to. He’s also toured with Kamasi Washington and I think Mr. Washington is a bit overrated. The tune opens up with some flighty guitar vamping and is soon joined some nice drum spraying before the rest of the outfits started in getting into a bouncy clean funk flow. And then the MC comes in and my heart sinks. British rhyming, oy! I can’t tell if the title of the track is a macro political statement or a personal plea. I think it’s both as there’s mention of greedy people and rivers of gold and silver and blood. So that’s cool but I’m not connecting with this bold mash of sounds.
@@@ Ofege: Try and Love (Ofege, 1973) I got to this via Stranded Records and when I went to the Googlepimp I see it’s Ghana, 1973. Way before this bullshit we have going on here now. It’s got a classic African retro sound when bands were emulating records from other places (most notably American big rock bands), plenty of polyrhythms, a bit of ol’ school hippie rock and outstanding vocals/lyrics. Music fans should check out this for its heartfelt and freaky flow from the singer who is imploring his girl to try and love him for who he is. In addition to these elements we have a delicious space organ player which freak-a-fies the situation, some pretty epic clean guitar shredding towards the end of the track and the whole thing is sweet and funky like overripe (and delicious) plantains. I wish there were more vocals as I feel them more than the guitar shredding.
YTD recordings listened to: 628
Good music, not list worthy: 319
Not good music: 282
Honorable Mentions: 0
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