@@@ Deepfake Moneybomb: Super Colliders (Self-released, 2020) I got an email from the band about their record so I’m checking it out. If you are a musician I’m very nice to indie bands, rappers, etc that reach out. I’m not super nice to Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga but I treat folks who ask for reviews with respect. Slotted as alternative folk it’s looking like it’s gonna be offbeat lyrics over folk rock feels. A straight rock-ish beat and a little distorted electric guitar toughen up the sound in this first track. The singer is low in the mix and he could come up a bit. There are vibes (actual vibes, not feels) on the first two songs that I’ve checked and I’m a huge vibes fan. The third tune Super Colliders is about well it’s about super colliders and it does affirm that there are nerds embedded in this band. The singer could use a bit of sweetening to bring him up to the level of the rest of the recording which is well tracked and mixed. Something ornamental or enhancing. I appreciate when musicians get their freak on.
@@@ Bullion: Strike a Light (Jagjaguwar, 2020) I seen it on the Twatter. A pre-release track from a larger indie label. Opens up synth-y and ’80s with that kraut-y boring ass kick snare kick snare kick snare kick snare over and over and over. Please can we get a break from that beat? Even if shit is layered over it, it needs a break. Oh boy, this isn’t for me. Lyrically it’s about something, there are images of nature but the ethereal delivery of the vocals takes these light sounds to an even ligheter level. I know folks love this sound but to me it’s like a hot ginger ale enema and it’s quite unwelcome. Let me phrase it this way — when you watch a cooking show almost all of the judges are looking for contrast — they don’t want a bowl of soft baby food, they want some cruch, they want a little spice to go with the sweetness and they want some dimensionality. While this is executed as it should be given the formula the lack of any contrast makes it a no go for my earholes.
@@@ Kate Westbrook: Drowned in the Flood (Westbrook Records, 2020) London Jazz blog weekly email. Straight jazz you gotta love it. I thought it was going to be straight but it comes out with a grizzy dizzy guitar, a walking bassline, swelling organ, and spraying drumming so whattya know life is full of surprises. Somebody has some Sonny Sharrock records and is going for the guitar shred. About halfway through two female singers come into the mix chanting/singing ‘drowned in the flood/burned by the wind’ and then onto other lyrics. It’s a wild old school stew and it is a bit like eating your vegetables at dinner. I find climate change so depressing that it’s hard to get psyched up for climate change jazz but that’s not the fault of the artist here, it’s the fault of our shit society. I like the guitar, I could use some bass that’s not a walking bassline, I like the drumming, and I’m agnostic/bewildered on the voices. It borders on the grating feel of a lot of heavy metal where they get right up in yer face with the Lord of the Rings shattered throat singing.
@@@ Awa Fall: All I Want (Staudenmann, 2020) I got to this compilation of female reggae performers via the WRIR weekly playlist email. Marley-esque sounds here — chill tempo but firmly drummed, similar guitar sounds but the whole thing fresher as it has a female singer and she has a soaring and strong voice. Yowsa, she’s feeling the spirit and that lifts the whole track. She has more females singing behind her and when they all come together and sing it’s a wall of strong feminity. Lyrically it’s concious business — talking of freedom and struggle and what it means to be free. Modern sounding drum and bass and I must add the bass sound here is so deep and thick and convincing.
YTD recordings listened to: 712
Good music, not list worthy: 378
Not good music: 312
Honorable Mentions: 2
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