Music for 11/18/20!!! Ana Roxanne, The Green Child, Tani Tabbal, Homeboy Sandman

@@@ Ana Roxanne: Camille (Kranky, 2020) I love ambient music and welcome any new additions to my collection. At the open I notice she’s using the drum machine sound from Prince’s Sign O’ the Times. The comes church-y organ and draggy vocals. By that I mean not that the vocals are a drag but they drag the energy of the tune down which I don’t like when vocals do that. So two droning elements, the vocal and organ and a chill but steady rhythm. When the spoken word sample comes I like that more. My taste for ambient centers around super slow and steady and engaging, this is more ambient flavored indie. I often don’t do well with ambient music with vocals.

@@@ The Green Child: Low Desk: High Shelf (Upset the Rhythm, 2020) An interesting title leads the listner into a track heavily indebted to ’80s synth rock. I don’t mind the synth sounds as much as I don’t cotton to the very straight beat. Once again we get vocals presented with not a lot of rhythmic energy and they lay on top of the music and drain it a tad. My favorite part of the track is the guitar solo when the delayed synth notes are conversating with a medium rocked out guitar.

@@@ Tani Tabbal: Just Woke Up (Tao Forms, 2020) A free jazz trio led by the drummer with sax, bass and drum instrumentation. It’s a wide mix and open sounding — I dig that. The energy here is more exploratory and I find myself listening most to the bassist then the drummer. Around 5 minutes in to the track the sax player took a coupla chugs of Red Bull and started sending out more energy. Very nice bass solo at the end of this track, I’m feeling that. Very nice sounds, I could use a bit more energy and I’m feeling the bassist.

@@@ Homeboy Sandman: Trauma (Mello Music, 2020) First off what an excellent name for an MC, Homeboy Sandman, I want to celebrate that even though I have no clue what it means. This is the first track off a record called Don’t Feed the Monster and he describes a turbulent childhood and the resulting trauma. The sonic arrangment has a ghostly whistle and chord slide and a retro type beat. I’m almost entranced by these lyrics and the story he spins and the way he frames the story he’s telling. He’s just talking about his life and what made him the person he is now and it’s really engaging and meaningful. I’ve checked out the second track and I dug that and I will return to this record when I have time but I think this record will end up on my year end list. This MC works for me — he’s odd in his lyrical approach and the things he’s talking about and I find the way he delivers these introspective lyrics in a pretty strong way it’s just awesome.

YTD recordings listened to: 902
Good music, not list worthy: 486
Not good music: 383

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, Homeboy Sandman

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