@@@ Future Islands: Born in a War (4AD, 2020) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. Not a huge 4AD fan but I like to know what’s floating around out there. In the music world that is, and this diseased ass world as well. I’ve heard these guys before, they make impassioned ’80s synth rock with a deep register voiced singer. This tune is anchored by white boy dance beats, a very pleasant bass tone and a gauzy array of pillowy synths patches that I don’t like. The singer is quite earnest which I sometimes struggle with. Look into a strongman’s eyes is a repeated line and that seems quite Trump related. My problem here is the energy cancelling power of the synths just sort of plump and undermine other sounds in the tune. It doesn’t have an impact on me.
@@@ Anastasia Clarke: Crushed Matrices #5 ( , 2020) I saw this NYC electronic composer featured on BK performance outlet Roulette’s concert series and found this recording on bandcamp. Oy, a mouthful and a lot of info. This is a 46 minute live trance/drone banger so I will probably peep about 10 minutes and maybe skip around the rest of the track and get a general sense of the flavorings here. Thus far we have a monotone, a sandy shuffling rhythm and a little bell action. You can’t hear this blend and not think of church. Slow church but church nonetheless. As the tune progresses we get some more insect-y or scraping sounds. I like the tempo and the amount of sounds as well as the blend. It’s a slow unfolder here but hey nobody’s got a job and plenty of time on their hands, check this live ambient out as it’s really effective at what it’s trying to do. The mood darkens in places for sure which seems appropriate as this was done in a Catholic church. Hey ho, go Catholicism!
@@@ Longwave: It’s Not Impossible (Bodan Kuma, 2020) I don’t usually rock the music publicist emails but I haven’t heard of this band and though I should check ’em out. Rando for sure, but everything about music discovery is rando. This is the last tune on the record and last songs can often often offer a fading, outro vibe which this appears to be in the process of doing. At least in the intro before they add some epic U2-ish epic drum vibes to the vortex of swirling guitars. The singer comes in and he rocks an engaging a friendly vibe. Blech:)! He’s falsetto chanting ‘It’s Not Impossible’ so we’re getting that uplifting sentiment which is too prevalent these days. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is a self-empowerment tune but elements of it are there. About a minute from the end the guitarist launches a massive cloud of delayed/reverbed guitar that I like, a simple melody and quite enveloping.
@@@ Brothers Osborne: Skeletons (Snakefarm, 2020) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. The title track of the record and this sounds like it’s gonna be new country which is my absolute favorite subgenre of country music as it brings the arena, Bon Jovi cheese and it doesn’t spare the sauce! You can raise your cholesterol on this stuff. High time to come to Jesus you got skeletons in your closet, and he’s got bones to pick with them. That’s some poetry right there. Plenty of very nice electric guitar tones here, classic rock drumming it’s all here baby just put yer bib on and dive right into this cheesy biscuit sandwich. Complete with a rock guitar solo. I do appreciate how high the drums are in the mix but the lyrics are very cliche, the singer is performing a part and the whole thing is wrapped up like a flagship sandwich from Cracker Barrel. I’ve never eaten anything at Cracker Barrel so I don’t know what they’re flagship sandwich is. Nevertheless this is cracker music for sure.
YTD recordings listened to: 788
Good music, not list worthy: 429
Not good music: 334
Honorable Mentions: 5
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