@@@ Arlo Parks: Green Eyes (Transgressive, 2020) A female Londoner track I got to via the hot tracks section on Apple Music and my first impression is she can’t match the beat in energy in the verse but rises to the occasion in the chorus. Sonically the rhythm section is killing it here and there’s really not a lot of jam if this was a sandwich with the bread on one side and her vocals as the top slice. I guess Ms. Parks wrote a bunch of confessional poetry in her teens and this is the basis for these songs, who knows if these music business blurbs are true or not but the lyrics are all right and the rhythm section smacks it almost out of the park for a mainstream Apple Music hot tracks tune.
@@@ GYPTIAN | “Warm & Easy” [Single] (VP, 2020) I got to this artist via the WRIR weekly playlist email. It’s a blend of old school roots reggae and new production. This is not murky Lee Perry business, it’s pretty shiny and upbeat. Gyptian the vocalist hits this love song with smoothness and devotion. I like the vocals the most here, then the rhythm section, then the rest of the band, then the production style. He does a great job on the microphone conveying his love and devotion.
@@@ Brijean: Moody (Ghostly, 2020) I saw this pre-release single up on the Twatter. I thought this was gonna be some schmalty loverboy techno but it’s tropicalia inflected electronic music. Just a wee bit over 2 minutes of it. It most notably reflects Brazilian samba music both in the rhythms and the vocal rhythms. Right around halfway the conga drops out for the bit but they retain the samba vocal flow and it really works. The conga and other percussion returns and some epic synth clouds suffuse the mix around 2/3. It’s a high quality quick hit.
@@@ The Indigo: Dizzy (Beef Records, 2020) I got to this Brit rock type track via a music publicist email. Beef records, I would expect that for a hip hop group. When I think of Brit rock I think of stodgy epic rock with bits or romanticism but this is a more modern sound and a tad of glam up in it. It’s not Oasis, thankfully, as I could use a break from Oasis type rock. The lyrics are post relationship focused but I find the sounds more interesting. It’s a pretty fresh arrangement and presentation — not mind blowing but higher end sounds for a rock track.
YTD recordings listened to: 890
Good music, not list worthy: 479
Not good music: 378
Honorable Mentions: 5
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