@@@ Nicolas Jaar: Cenizas (Other People, 2020) This electronic listen and the third one today are both from the weekly Stranded Records online re-issue/new release mostly vinyl joint. I don’t know much about them or have a relationship with them. It opens cloudy and puffing with a pleasantly dulled synth patch that makes it sound more like an analog sound. Then a vocalist, I didn’t expect that. He sings in Spanish with long long reverb tails and because of that it tilts a bit away from being a vocal performance and comes across a bit like a sonic wash that happens to be a human being. I like the minimalism and the spaciousness of it. A beat comes in for the outro and overall it’s a solid piece of restraint.
@@@ Drive-By Truckers: The New OK (ATO, 2020) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. Comin’ out with a blend of classic rock/country rock ala Neil Young, even the singer gets into the fragile, resigned rock vocalist. I thought this was going to be a rampantly political song but I don’t get that message clearly at the open, it seems more personal. Also let’s recognize the slightly muscled up Tom Petty feels that reside in this tune. I guess it comes down to the line ‘we lost our way and that’s the new ok’. God forbid somebody put out something with a focused and uncommercial message. I like the drummer best, the vocal tone after that, and the lyrics after that. It does become explicitly political in the second half of the tune and I dig that.
@@@ The Heshoo Beshoo Group: Armitage Road (We Are Busy Bodies, 2020) There is a pre-release track up on Apple Music from this record and it’s a split between old school funk, a bit of Afrobeat, and a couple of pubes of jazz (especially in the horns). The drummer is absolutely killing it here, tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time! Some janky ass guitar playing in the right channel, an upright bass with a steady and unobtrusive lock on the low end. I did a bit of random GooglePimping and saw this is a reissue from 1970 South Africa and it’s been fascinating to hear this kind of joy out of a miserable society like that. Sounds like somebody did a really nice job remastering this record. I will be checking this out more when all the tracks are available.
@@@ The Weather Station: Robber (Fat Possum, 2020) Off the Twatter! It opens more rhythmically than what you expect from indie type rock. Could be those two drummers pictured below. In addition, there’s a wee bit of jazz threaded up in here especially in the piano. Fusion, not straight jazz and there’s a sax as well so that’s not undercover jazz it’s right there. The female singer keeps proclaiming that she never believed in the robber which I guess is a reference to capitalism — I seen that in the twat I seen on the Twatter. There’s not much if any indie up in this track and it refers back to ’70s rock that incorporated jazz feels. In the spirit of what Joni Mitchell did though not in that laidback L.A. way she rocked it. It builds to a polite crescendo and then it stops (the tune) quite suddenly and dramatically. I like it all right, no jumping up and down.
YTD recordings listened to: 800
Good music, not list worthy: 438
Not good music: 337
Honorable Mentions: 5
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