Music for 8/25/20!!! Sevdaliza, Glassing, Unknown T, Phase Fatale

@@@ SEVDALIZA – HABIBI (Twisted Elegance, 2020) Via Brooklyn Vegan.  Meh, Brooklyn Vegan.  Opens with solo piano and heavily reverbed and partially auto-tuned vocals.  Also chainsaw synth (understated) and a few pretty tasteful electro garnishes.  It’s a torch song sonically and tempo wise despite the electro sounds.  I find the various waves of processed sound that spin into the mix to be the highlight of the track and I find the mixture of sounds to be fresh.  Lyrically it almost feels like a chant, lots of the lines are repeated in succession which keeps the track more like a hypnotic sound piece than a traditional song.  I guess that’s the point of it, it’s straddling the line between a song and being about sounds.  I liked the piano playing in places and think it could stand to be decreased.  The piano that is.

@@@ Glassing: Twin Dream (Brutal Panda, 2020) Off an upcoming full length I got to via Brooklyn Vegan.  Meh, Brooklyn Vegan, hipster PR stooges.  Get ready for some rawk!  After a small intro we get into the hard rock drumming and some epic guitar, at least it wants to be epic guitar.  On top of that comes a vocal that hangs out there like a whisper, the opposite of what you expect in a rock track. After it establishes itself it could use a few changes to the formula to keep my interest.  I don’t want to speak about anyone else’s interest.  The production here is simultaneously interesting a tad stifling.  The vocal is well placed and reverbed within the track so the vocalist is very quiet but you can hear it.  At the same time the track is very manicured and could use a bit of mess to increase the energy level.  It also could use a turn down on the guitar reverb imho.  The singer morphs out into an emo screamer at the end section and I dig that contrast.  The last 45 seconds brings a pretty complete meltdown both vocally and sonically.  What a journey.

@@@ Unknown T: Deh Deh (Unknown T/UMG, 2020) I got to these last two listens via Crack Magazine.  British rap, I love British rap!  The beats here are not retro and not trap, very nice bass sound and motion in the bass, some reverbed out piano that washes over the track and there’s Mr. Uknown T.  He’s got a thick accent, I know there’s a variety of accents in the UK and I’m not sure which one he’s rocking.  He’s slapping up clowns and pressuring fools or the other way round.  He sounds like a cross between a junior high school physics teacher and a pissed off motorist stuck in a parking lot after a football match.  Very literate and precise in his delivery.  That combined with that piano loop makes for a more highbrow listening hip hop experience.

@@@ Phase Fatale: Binding by Oath (Ostgut Ton, 2020)  Electronic music I got to via that aforementioned Crack Magazine.  Aggressive, rock flavored frat boy drum machine beats right upfront with some Hollywood menacing synth accompaniment.  More of a pulsing bass that’s tied to the kick.  I could use more musical elements — if these beats were sufficiently funkafied to my liking I could deal but I need more flavor.  Maybe if the beats were turned down?  It’s quite possible that there’s something wrong with me but this feels like 5/8s of a track — it could work in a video game or in a low end Mission Impossible satire, but not much after that.  Mr. Fatale does seem quite interested in handing you a beat down with his beats and I respect that but I would like more sauce.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not list worthy: 338
Not good music: 291

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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