Music for 10/29/20!!! Steven Wilson, Berise, Strawberry Pills, The Freedom Affair

@@@ Steven Wilson: KING GHOST (Arts and Crafts, 2020) I got to this track via a music publicist email and shockingly they’re raving about it!! It’s an indie electronic thing with some updated Cure feels — that’s what I hear in the beginning at least. Then he goes falsetto and that brings a different vibe, one a bit funkier and a bit New Age at the same time. He’s got some nice chopped up vocal bits. The arrengement is mad tight and I dig that, the beat is funkier than a whole bunch of indie electronic, the synths could be more interesting, there’s a nice bass at the end but it’s a bit more in the head than the heart. As I always compare if this was a cooking show I think the judges would want some crunch or some tang or some counterbalancing flavor to deepen the dish.

@@@ Strawberry Pills: The Voyeur (Inner Ear, 2020) I got to this track released by a small label in Greece via an email from the label. God I wish I was lounging in Greece and not here during this foul fucking election season! Enough about me. After a krauty intro things get into a rocking space but still with plenty of angular and aloof rocking. Drums are high in the mix, I like that, and I’m guessing that the vocal hook ‘sit back and relax’ while they bring on the doom is a bit of a tongue in a depressed cheek sentiment. This is not my favorite flavor of music but they rock it all right so if you’ve got the black eyeliner and the ripped stockings out give it a spin.

@@@ The Freedom Affair: Give a Little Love (Sunflower Soul, 2020) I got to this via a music publicist email. It’s not the email as much as it’s the picture of the band with three non-white women out in front. Imma cracker but I love black music and I feel no shame over it. This stands close to the Daptone formula (retro sounds and classic soul song structures) but the singing here is much softer, sweeter and more inviting. The lyrics are straight up Christian love your neighbor and tell him/her without mentioning the J Man. Nice horn playing, double tight drum sound, nothing particularly inventive arrangement/sonically but well executed.

@@@ Your Brother, Michael: All Good Christians (N/A, 2020) I’m on the mailing list for a music publicist in the Midwest and I’m up for a song about hypocritical Christians. Shades of Johnny Cougar Mellencamp and Midwest rock but with a Leonard Cohen flavor to the vocalist. It’s a straight up denunciation of all things Trump but set to a shuffle beat. He ticks all the boxes from the wall, to the immigrants and pussy grabbin’. I wish he had focused more on the hypocritical Christians and less on the piece of shit we know as the Bad Orange Man. I like the outro where he brings on the choir, the song works best at that point (in my opinion).

YTD recordings listened to: 840
Good music, not list worthy: 458
Not good music: 357

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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