Music for 11/17/20!!! Marieme, Alcest, Teebs, Amy O

@@@ Marieme: Freedom (Galseme, 2020) I got to this track by a Senegalese female via a music publicist email. They shit out thousands of emails and sometimes I listen. I don’t know what I expected, I guess I expected more African feels though she’s obviously not obligated, but this is a version of mainstream pop. A big stack of vocals, a little dancefloor crescendo drama and drum machine action, a string arrangement, it’s more of a pop diva thing to my ears than anything world-y. I like her hair, for real, I could not pull off blue hair but she rocks it and it’s a major statement. I’m enjoying her singing, it’s very strong, and I like the lyrics for the most part. I don’t hate the sounds but I’m not a huge fan. It’s a bit messy which I’m cool with but the strings and the less than funky beat don’t work for me. I always go to the cooking show metaphor. The tune has strength, it has plenty of salt, but there’s a flavor missing that makes me not like it as much as I would like to.

@@@ Alcest: Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast, 2019) I’m trying to up my collection of metal and heavy music and saw this band listed on an October 2019 AllMusic notable release email. As it opens it looks set to be pretty polished hard rock business with arena drums and epic rock feels. Regular readers know of my love of a fully molten metal thing, I love it when the shit hits the fan. Here the shit is packaged like a cheese and cracker corporate lunch product, everything in its own compartment like a snack pack, there’s nothing wrong with it but it does go against the idea of the shit hitting the fan if it’s neat. There’s some dreamy vocals layered in here which gives it a Gregorian chant sorta vibe. This badboy is 7+ minutes so I don’t know if I can hang with the full biscuit. I like the guitars when they go for the power slam, the drums is all right and I’m not a huge fan of the vocals as they decaffeinate the proceedings. Hey that’s just me and if you’re up for some epicness, get up in here.

@@@ Teebs: Atoms Song (Brainfeeder, 2019) I got to this IDM track via the same October 2019 All Music notable release email. This is the opening track so it’s the table setter and it opens with a pleasantly distorted bouncing synth, some chords behind it and a shaker type sound. Why no cowbell? #eternalquestion It’s an almost 8 minute banger so things are gonna unfold slowly. There’s a keyboard progression behind the pinging and ponging, also some ambient space candy. I don’t know if I’m being selfish wanting more here, I like what’s here but I could use some action. It’s got a pleasant lo fi bedroom sound I dig but also a cloying slowness so I end up agnostic. Still waiting on a change. All I’m getting is a minimal string melody and some, you know that firework where it explodes and squiggles round and round like a comet or an unambitious sperm, there’s a sound like that in here. I’m now writing to entertain myself which means I’m not being sufficiently entertained by the music here. I like some of the elements here but not enough of them. I made it with 1 minute to go so that’s pretty good.

@@@ Amy O: Crushed (Winspear, 2020) Same AllMusic notable release email. Old school guitar indie with a female singer. The vocals are not super reverbed out but they’re spacious and pleasant. The drums have been mixed almost a toy kit with a small tight snare sound, classic slack rock guitar sounds. I like the energy of the drums and how the vocals don’t drain the track of its energy while remaining large. I’m not a huge indie fan at this point but this surpassed my expectations and is fresher than most indie specimens rolling down the pike.

YTD recordings listened to: 898
Good music, not list worthy: 484
Not good music: 381

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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