@@@ Ela Minus: megapunk (Domino, 2020) Today we listen off a fall music preview article on the Guardian. The Guardian’s music writing is better than the New York Times’ music coverge but that’s not saying much. Yup I said it, NYT’s music writing is straight up ass. Here is the Guardian description — “the Colombian-born, Brooklyn-based producer makes her presence felt with buzzing hardware.” It opens up pretty kraut-y and tamer than I expected, I guess when it mentioned buzzing hardware it meant…I don’t know what it meant. The very lushly presented vocals detract from the energy/impact of the song though it’s an interesting sonic contrast. There are a couple of percussion layers on top of the classic techno kick-snare. There’s also a slow chainsaw synth and a few other electronic goodies. The reverb on the vocals also make it harder to hear the lyrics. I was expecting more of a freakout, it’s pretty straightforward. Also the title megapunk — outside of a bit of talk about rights in the lyrics there’s not a lot of punk to it from what I can hear.
@@@ Pottery: Hot Heater (Partisan, 2020) Description — “the debut album by Montreal art-rock quintet Pottery packs a lot into its 40 minutes.” The Apple blurb compares these gents to both James Brown and the Talking Heads. I hear the Talking Heads, the singer especially sounds like David Byrne. I don’t hear the polyrhythms of either the Talking Heads or James Brown so either I’m confused or this is shitty music marketing. It’s more of a mash of classic rock with a schmear of Talking Heads. The funk here is most def frat boy style and not the slinky ass virtuosity of the Parliament tracks I was listening to this morning. There is a cowbell in this track and regular readers know I’m absolutely batchit crazy for cowbell. Vive le cowbell!
@@@ Pa Salieu: My Family (Warner UK, 2020) British rap, jump up and down! The track opens up qiute murky, then a stutter-y beat and I hear a bit of Caribbean business both rhythmically and in the accents though I think this MC has connections to Gambia. Yes, yes he does, Gambia. There is a stacked vocal choir bit you might hear in Game of Thrones which I don’t love, but I do dig the various half menacing MCs that hit the microphone. Their foreign accents mixed with their UK accents makes it less like a hip hop show at Kensington Palace. Strawberryies and cream mate? Beats are jumpy and not American hip hop sounding. I have no idea what this track is about, that’s how thick the accents are.
@@@ Year of the Knife: Virtual Narcotic (Pure Noisce, 2020) Description — “pitched between punk, metal, and a particularly raw in-your-face brand of electronica, the racket they make is righteously pissed off.” I’m not sure where they’re gonna put the electronics because when the play button kicks off it is a pretty unholy shitstorm of guitars, battering drums and a quite angry singer. Good for him, let that shit out and you’ll feel better. I let the player click through to the next track because this record contains 13 less than 3 minute bangers totalling 32 minutes which is a focused blast of bile and a commando style I respect. They get a little hopped up and even more anti-social in the track Stay Away. I think some head scraping aggro metal is just what the doctor ordered for our completely fucked society. These guys crank the metal energy, it’s off the hook in terms of aggressive energy, a lot of which is due to the singer. I don’t hear electronics in here, maybe in some of the other songs?
YTD recordings listened to: 736
Good music, not list worthy: 396
Not good music: 318
Honorable Mentions: 4
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