@@@ Kaylee Elizabeth: Passing Through (Self released, 2020) Today we listen off the Guardian’s fall music preview article which lists a shitload of new music. The best comparison here is Nick Drake — sophisticated and simple guitar playing and beautiful singing. Believe me I’m very skeptical of folks who step to this formula as it requires a lot bravery to put yourself out there so nakedly. She put a massive distorted sound before the second verrse where the full band comes in which changes the vibe bigly. No more Nick Cave, it’s a rock tune now. With about a minute to go the tune brings in some washed ambient horn parts and while I still dig her singing and I like the band playing the first third of the track is my favorite. Very expressive singing without breathiness and cheesy production, I respect that.
@@@ Nova Twins: Bullet (333 Wreckords, 2020) Hard rocking black women you can’t beat that shit with a stick! It comes in with some super muscular guitar sounds and when the chorus hits it’s Rage in the Machine chant ’em down Babylon. Back to a bouncier flow in the verse with more rhythmic rapping and a picked guitar part. I like the chorus as they really release the Krakken. I like the mashing of female MC teasing flavors — towards the end of the track there’s a chant of bitches and hoes that I find entertaining. I let the player keep playing as I finish up this pocket review and there’s something going on here. For me if they went a bit sonically past the retro Rage sounds and into some full meltdown metal sounds it would raise the unhinged quotient and that would really put this over the top for me. As it stands it’s got a one dimensional chaotic feeling and I say go full on. Solid B+.
@@@ For Those I Love: I Have a Love (September Recordings, 2020) A super earnest electronic spoken word/electro thing from a gent out of Ireland. Let me peep that. It’s a bit of a sonic collage with all manner of voices. It’s so serious in its goals it makes me a tad uncomfortable and I don’t know if I’ll make it the full 5+ minutes. About halfway through it morphs into a dancefloor banger with acoustic piano which I find an interesting combination. I made it 3:45 into the track which I think is pretty respectable. It’s not really my cup of tea as it’s kind of sprawling and lyrically too serious for me.
@@@ Annika Rose: Butterflies (TaP Records, 2020) Blurbed as a blend of paranoia and disco that makes perfect sense. Lots of disco lovers snuffle the cocaine and that shit produces paranoia so there ya go, rando yet rational connections. I’m not sure how the paranoia is going to be portrayed in the track as it feels like a breezy lounge disco banger. The lyrics are fairly dark in the verse but the chorus is where the sugar syrup gets poured over the groove which I like. It’s a fairly good track and I like the singer but it’s a case (once again) of misblurbed music. There’s no real paranoia here, none at all.
YTD recordings listened to: 752
Good music, not list worthy: 408
Not good music: 322
Honorable Mentions: 5
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