@@@ Mysie: Bones (Mysie Recordings, 2020) The first two listens today are from the Line of Best Fit weekly email. Slotted as pop in Apple Music it’s a thick, r&b/pop blend with Mysie’s full dare I say chocolate-y voice filling out the middle of the track. I had to googlePimp this singer but I heard some African flavoring at work here and I was correct. She is a second generation immigrant from the Congo her rhythmic flow here (I think) reflects that. I’m not sure what the message is here lyrically but the sounds are quite lush, there’s a fair amount of rhythmic singing and the sounds are poppy/worldy.
@@@ Hannah Georgas: Easy (Arts and Crafts, 2020) Ah, here you go, you can’t take a shit without finding something recently dropped by somebody in the National. This record is produced by a lead National cat so that means it sounds soft and highbrow and coffee shop-y as hell. Lots of classically flavord sounding synths, pulsating and arpeggiating while Georgas sings ethereally. I like the stutter of the snare drum but it’s a likable element within a pot full of soft rock meat chunks. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is the sound of white supremacy as it’s not wearing a KKK hood, but this is the music of sensitive, fragile white people. And I’m a cracker myself. Maybe my fine listeners/readers out there are super into their whiteness but at this here blog we keep that shit at the distance. Very well put together and sending a sonic message I find difficult to enjoy.
@@@ Brownout: Somewhere to Go (Fat Beats, 2020) I got to this track off a 6 month old WRIR playlist email. WRIR, for those who don’t know, is a premier college world music station in Virginia. We will see where this track takes us but I got this off a world music station playlist email and it’s slotted as rock on Apple Music. A thick, medium distorted bass, some frat boy dance rock beats, a fratty singer, I guess it’s frat rock. If it smells like stale beer and urine then it’s frat rock. The horns are the only element swimming upstream here as they have a tad of New Orleans swagger and smell a bit world-y. It’s good at what it’s trying to be but it’s not a sound I have a ton of interest in.
@@@ Steve Kilby: Sheba Chiba (Kilbey, 2020) I got to this track via a promo email from Happy Mag in Australia. Are you up for some upbeat and at the very same time faded singer/songwriter rock business? Tom Petty style strummed acoustic guitars, a little bit of shiny electric guitar, and a big vocal melody. Think of a more popped out and more rocking version of the Byrds formula. I like how high the drums are mixed here and I find the singers voice warm and engaging but it’s looking like I don’t need any chiba today. Word.
YTD recordings listened to: 680
Good music, not list worthy: 355
Not good music: 304
Honorable Mentions: 0
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