Music for 9/23/20!!! Holly Humberstone, Saunder Jurrians, Salarymen, Jon Lake

@@@ Holly Humberstone: Vanilla (Holly Humberstone, 2020) The first two listens today are from last week’s Line of Best Fit. So I guess we’re not expecting some hardcore funk here with a title like vanilla. It’s highly manicured pop with performative confessional lyrics. I like the ambient synth floating in the back of the mix, the beats are a bit cutesy, and it does halfway explode into a pop cheese bomb in the chorus. She has her best nights without you, that’s not a good sign. Let me go back and denounce the background vocals as so extra. I’m not how the flavor or the word vanilla fits into this track. I hear the lyrics because they’re right up in yer face and she does sing the word vanilla. I like vanilla, I also like chocolate. Is her half assed boyfriend boring like vanilla? Ah, spending my time trying to make sense of word salad, fuck that.

@@@ Saunder Jurriaans: Easy Now (Decca, 2020) Meaningful major label alternative music? Oh boy somebody owns Simon and Garfunkel records and they’ve been spinning them. There’s an egg shaker here in this track that could easily be replaced with an urgent cowbell, right? In our times of need we turned on each other like beasts, that’s a good line and indicative of the spirit of this easy going, mid ’70s re-hippie track. There’s a breakdown with a violin and a electric guitar that I give respect to, that’s pretty fresh to go with that. Regular readers know that I’m an all over the place listener — I will listen to dogs fornicate if they’re interesting dogs. I think this is a great track for cubicle dwellers and people who have jobs as it squeezes out some genuine feelings within a certain set of rules that I don’t adhere to but aforementioned cubicle dwellers do. It’s got a wee bit of pretension to it but hey, that appeals to many listeners.

@@@ Gus Dapperton: Palms (AWAL Records, 2020) Here we have some friendly pop music with mid 70’s FM soft rock feels. Dapperton has a smooth voice with a little whinge in it, and as the tune expands into a full band formula it skips to the next decade and adds some ’80s synth rock and chorused guitar to the mid ’70s feels. There’s been a lot of work to make this atmosphere but I don’t get the lyrics til the acoustic guitar take the tempo down breakdown. It’s a lot of words and as near as I can tell he didn’t help a friend of his that needed help. I think they put the parts they wanted loudest and that’s the friendly guitars, the strummed acoustics, and the wide panned background vocals. So maybe the lyrics are meant to be a garnish not the meal. I get the feeling it’s trying to evoke but I could have used some lyrics to deepen that feeling.

@@@ John Lake: The Bet (Outside in Music, 2020) I got to this jazz trumpeter’s debut single via the Twatter. Go Twatter! This is the first track off this musician’s debut and it is a 2 horn attack with piano, bass and drums. Right off the bat I’m hearing the piano player sticking out all over the place which I like. Drums high in the mix, I like that. The drummer has plenty of energy and I like that. I’m agnostic on the horn playing so there you have my view on all the players here which with a coupla bucks you could get yerself a cup of coffee. It’s straight jazz and it’s not called straight for no reason! Very nice production that is cleaner than a nun’s taint!

YTD recordings listened to: 732
Good music, not list worthy: 393
Not good music: 317

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 4

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