Music for 8/21/20!!! Sugarcane Jane, Eves Karydas, Harry Styles, Marcus Whale

@@@ Sugarcane Jane: I’m Gonna Grow Me a New Mind (Self released, 2020) I got to this via the indie music blog Indiepulse.  It’s a country rock jam with a pretty fascinating title.  Two acoustic guitars panned left and right, husband and wife sharing vocal duties, a bare beat in the back, an electric guitar filling in spaces and spitting out a bit of rock flavor, and a lot of aspirational lyrics that bounce between patriotism and a desire for a better life.  I’m gonna grow me a new mind from a seed I know to be pure, that’s pretty out there, intended to be or not.

@@@ Eves Karydas: Complicated (UMG Australia, 2020) I got to this via the Australian music magazine Happy.  Slick production and a vocal style that is a grittier Taylor Swift flow.  I like the pre chorus that leads to the chorus — when did everything get so fucking complicated?  How did I get so jaded?  I don’t know if that’s Karydas pictured in the video below but if it is she looks 12, how complicated could her shit be?  I like her voice and the melodies, I think she wears the hook out a bit, maybe more than a bit.  Sounds are pretty standard but fewer rather than more which gives more room for the vocals to have impact.

@@@ Harry Styles: Watermelon Sugar (Sony, 2020)  When I think of Harry Styles I just feel so juicy inside, he’s so passionate and British hot.  This tune is a bit retro soul (filtered through by white folks) and framed up in a high end pop studio setting.  A driving guitar figure here and a little rock spicing but over the top is that sweet Styles vocal stack saying ‘watermelon sugar high’.  Midtempo beat and lyrics that make no sense.  I don’t know how watermelon sugar tastes like strawberries on a summer evening but this is the essential unreality of pop music, it doesn’t have to make sense.  Speaking of making no sense if this tune was made by someone not Harry Styles it would be nonsensical pop dreck but since it’s by Mr. Styles it’s especially nonsensical pop dreck.  He just wants that feeling, yeah I get it.

@@@ Marcus Whale: A Ghost (Lucifer, 2020) I got to this track via an online Australian music magazine.  The track is slotted as dance on Apple Music and it opens up with a basket of synths and some beat free vocalizing.  The synthesizers vary in tone from dark chainsaw-y bass patches to high tingly arpeggiated ones.  I could use a beat, especially if this is dance music.  When the beat comes, it’s pretty vanilla and could use some swing.  I appreciate some of the darkness in this track found in the bass sound and some of the vocal melodies, but if it came out fat funky on the beat side I would really feel that contrast.  I haven’t heard much goth dance music outside of Nine Inch Nails and when they bring in some squally feedback and a high church organ sound at the end of the track it all makes sense.  It’s not really my cup of tea but it makes sense and these days I’m grateful for that.

YTD recordings listened to: 640
Good music, not list worthy: 333
Not good music: 288

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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