Music for 11/10/20!!! Adulkt Life, Sam Smith, Batu, e4444e

@@@ Adulkt Life: Stevie K (Romy Church, 2020) The first two listens today are off this week’s AllMusic notable release email and the last two are from Crack Magazine, an online and pretty hip electronic music magazine. It opens with some monotone guitar feedback before busting out into an updated churning punk with rock sauce formula. I like the singer and I like the band. It’s a pretty familiar formula with some dramatic spikes of feedback surprisingly lurching out of the mix. I’m checking out the first tune, County Pride, and it’s a spaced out Jane’s Addiction style rocker so there’s some variety here.

@@@ Sam Smith: Kids Again (UMG, 2020) I get that Sam Smith is a super financially successful UK pop star. But I find his music overly dramatical and the equivalent of highly sweetened baby food. I enter this listen with an open mind but expectations are low. This tune opens with strummed acoustic guitar, a little meaningful piano chord actin, and Sam Smith who sings really well though his lyrics are a crock of shit, true third grade business. We’ll never be kids again, that’s just how it is yo, you gotta get a little more connected to reality and make a song that has some lyrical spark to it. Do you even think about it? Don’t it make you sad we’ll never be kids again? Yikes.

@@@ Tuna, Batu: Your Love (SSL Music, 2020) I saw this artist saying some really smart shit in a marketing email from an online music magazine called Crack. I’ve clipped it below if you give a shit, otherwise let’s check out the track. It’s an old school super dramatical dancefloor banger. Your love takes me higher and higher, I’m burning for your desire. That second part confuses me, I thought desire is like a fire, I guess they’re both on fire. It’s a male singer and he’s epic, but these dancefloor sounds are not my favorite. Light on the funk, high in drama. I don’t find the chainsaw synth bass to be that convincing, I want some thickness. I’m burning for some thickness.

I agree with both of the above statements though they sit far outside the mainstream (everybody be up in the mainstream these days).

@@@ e4444e: Wolves (Romy Church, 2020) I saw this musician on an Australian music magazine gig announcement. This track opens up with a plucked guitar melody that moves in unison with the vocal melody, some Velvet Underground plus half a can of Red Bull drumming and a slack singer. He’s right at the bottom of my slackness meter, I find him acceptable but not by a lot. When it comes to the chorus it goes into an ambient rock thing which I dig while he croons the word ‘wooooollllvvvvveeeesssss’. I like it. Some spinning synth comes in about 2/3s of the way through and the energy builds to a mellow boil before returning to the guitar/vocal melody on the outro. Pretty good with a few unexpected flourishes/sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 878
Good music, not list worthy: 473
Not good music: 372

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, Ellen Jewell

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