Music for 10/29/20!!! Djuena Tikuna, Katu, Luke Combs, Ariana Grande

@@@ Djuena Tikuna: Nos Somos A Floresta (N/A, 2020) Today we have a couple more listens from the indigenous Brazilian musical resistance to Amazonian deforestation article in the Guardian and then a coupla mainstream cracka ass listens. And there is some GooglePimpTube action as well. I couldn’t find this on Apple Music but it’s over at Soundcloud if you want to get your peep on. It opens with some wooden flute playing, then some shaker type percussion, it’s very acoustically ambient and if one had a bit of a brain it sounds a bit like a rainforest. Ms. Tikuna hits the microphone and it’s solemn. The last third brings in a more focused ensemble feel with hand drummers and multiple flute players. It’s quite beautiful music, completely without artistic pretensions, and is almost something you might here in church.

@@@ Katu: Aguyjevete (Katu Mirim, 2020) Okay last listen off the Guardian’s article. It opens with some skittery-ish hip hop beats and a spoken word section before the classic hip hop bass comes in and a female MC hits the microphone. There’s also a background MC chanting/singing a fragment that is then looped. I just heard the Brazilian President’s name (Bolsonaro, fuck him) mentioned so this has the tone of a protest track but it’s affirmed with that fucking cock’s name being mentioned. I like the sounds and I like the rhyming, I wish I could understand the lyrics.

@@@ Luke Combs: Forever After All (River House/Sony, 2020). I was digging up this video on the GooglePimpTube and saw Combs has a track with 245 millions spins on a video 3 years ago. I guess I missed this country Beethoven, people be tunin’ in!! He builds to the chorus and then it goes full cheese bomb. They say things don’t last forever, but they haven’t seen us together. It’s a decent vocal hook, it rhymes and shit. The production here is smoother than a porn star’s cooch. This is new country balladry, a wee bit of country slide guitar and then it’s mostly Cracker Barrel action. The lyrics are VERY familiar and the chorus is pretty much unacceptable to my ears but I”m just one cracker myself. The ebb and flow to and away from the cheese centered chorus can lull you into feeling like you’re sailing on a cheesy ocean, and you are!

@@@ Ariana Grande: positions (Republic/UMG, 2020) Off the Apple Music hot tracks section. I haven’t peeped Grande in a bit and coming back I notice how not strong her voice is. Kinda thin and a tad unconvincing. I don’t know if they’re chopping the low end out of her vocals (it sounds a bit like that) or this is just the way her voice sounds. I can’t tell what this song is about lyrically without looking up the lyrics. I have looked up the lyrics and there’s a lusty aspect to the lyrics when you see them on the screen — she’s in the driver’s seat in the bedroom and she wants to meet your momma on Sunday and make a lot of love on Monday. That’s a pretty low end rhyme, no? The arrangement is tight, I appreciate that and I like the plucked violin sample loop, the beat is neither meant to nor does it stick out (unlike Ariana’s man’s boner, word). It kinda comes and goes without landing with much impact, for me at least.

YTD recordings listened to: 836
Good music, not list worthy: 456
Not good music: 355

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi

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