@@@ Dana Gavanski: I Talk to the Wind (Ba Da Bing , 2020) Today’s all female listening session is from this week’s Line of Best Fit email. I’m a bit skeptical of a song entitled I Talk to the Wind, we’ll see in the chorus as that is where the cheese lurks. Thus far I’m sensing this music is rooted in late ’70s soft rock/folk — I’m enjoying the retro bass sound, the soothing vocals are less of a draw for me. She says pretty much upfront that she talks to the wind but it doesn’t talk back and can’t hear her which begs the question of whether she might be mentally ill. I kid, I kid. I remember seeing a shirtless dude outside of Madison Square Garden eating a quart of ice cream and screaming at something like the wind. It wasn’t this pretty! So lyrically I’m not in but I like the drums and the bass sound, it’s got some firmness to it. Not really my demographic but I get it and I conciously chose not to focus on the pun/meme of releasing wind or any such intestinal humor. I’m growing.
@@@ Benee: Kool (Republic/UMG, 2020) I don’t know where Benee is from but she has a bit of an accent to her voice and she’s framed in a pop rock sound palette. It’s a compressed mix with drums high in the mix and thwacking 808 type snare. The vocal arrangement, as with a lot of major label tunes is overly complex and ultimately doesn’t serve the tune at least imho. Outside of an occasional power chord that slides in and out and a bit of janky rhythm guitar the arrangement is sparse, dominated by a lot of vocals in the chorus and the rhythm section. Not really my thing. She wishes she was cool like you, and let’s face it you’re not very cool.
@@@ Nayana Iz: Partner in Crime (Different Recordings, 2020) Smooth female vocals over some slinky retro r&b funk sounds. Most notable is the drum machine clap it’s pretty defining. It has some Prince feels and it being slotted as hip hop on Apple Music seems a bit mislabelled There’s not a ton to say here — the music is dominated by her UK inflected vocals and the handclap and the pulsing bass and it’s a solid track. Lyrically I didn’t latch onto it, doesn’t mean it’s not good that’s just the reaction I had.
@@@ Beyries: Great Green Eyes (Bonsound, 2020) The last listen on today’s all female linup. She’s going ultra waif with a huge reverb patch on her voice and mellow arpeggiated guitars panned out left and right. Then comes hippie-ish vocal harmonizing which I like but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that huge reverb on her lead vocal. Then the resounding piano chord and we’re building and will this explode into a super touch feely updated hippie cheese bomb? Hang in there folks. There’s a shaker, fuck a shaker! Why not a cowbell? Big pot of oohs and aahs and a restrained electric guitar solo (barely) and we’re fully massive. My headphones is full, I don’t know if I can take more sound. There’s a line, feel the distance wide and deep so I give credit for the lyric matching the sound. It dies back down to her and the acoustic guitar. It got high end cheesy but it didn’t explode and become too maudlin, that’s good.
YTD recordings listened to: 894
Good music, not list worthy: 482
Not good music: 379
Honorable Mentions: 5
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