@@@ Gwenifer Raymond: Hell for Certain (Tompkins Square, 2020) All of today’s listens are from last week’s AllMusic notable release email. Contemporary folk is a genre I enjoy peeping though the cover image for the video below is more freak punk or metal than what I envision as contemporary folk. Let me say on thing upfront, Ms Raymond puts some mustard on it, her tone is strong and projects with high energy. I’m a huge fan of the energy of others drawing me into their music. I’d like to know how she got to this point cuz she’s killing it. This is player’s music and Ms. Raymond is a player. It’s hard to entertain a listener like me with just a guitar but as I said I feel the energy when it is sent my way.
@@@ Stats: Naturalise Me (Memphis Industries, 2020) When you see the haircuts on the two main people who appear on the artist page of this band you know what yer gonna get. Yer gonna get a shot of ’80s white people funk dancefloor action which is a bit of a oxymoron. The beat is not straight kick snare but it’s not many slots above that. I’m vegetarian but when folks sit down and rock a burger (veggie burgers included) the fixings are key — some ketchup, mustard. This bad boy needs some funk sauce, the actual elements are there but it’s square. I like their falsetto singing though I confess I don’t understand what the vocal hook ‘set me free, naturalise me’ means in the least. I think if you’re gonna hit that hook this much it should be more apparent what it might mean. I would put more schwing into the bass synth and change up the beat. I understand I’m one dude but that’s the view.
@@@ WL: ADHD (Beacon Sound, 2020) I’m up for a track called ADHD, it’s a major problem for our, wait the pot on the stove is overflowing and what’s up with North Korea? This opens bell-y and maybe a bit too bell-y or something should get added here. Just after two minutes we get a couple of descending synth melodies with delay on them. Vocals at 3:10 and it’s a pretty slow and sweet song which is not what I imagined a tune called ADHD would be like. Maybe it’s ironic? I’ve always been too punk for irony I think, I’m not a single cell organism but I don’t believe in fuckin’ around. If you’re gonna rock an 8 minute slow jam like this, I need a bit more, you know what’s entertaining is the leader of North Korea’s haircut, that shit is engaging and wondrous. #ADHD
@@@ Molchat Dama: Discoteque (Sacred Bones, 2020) Hopped up on Red Bull Devo type synth rock, that’s my first impression. Without the red flowerpot hats and a more melody and less krauty though plenty krauty in the bass and rhythm parts. The singer comes in and he’s rockin’ it in Russian and composing the synth to melodically follow his vocals at most points but in contrast to at some points. Around 2:25 they take it up a notch with the addition of an arpeggiated synth and a keyboard solo. I like the energy and wonder how much funk a listener can expect out of Russia. I think that’s a valid question but I’m not sure if I’m up for that debate right now. He wants everybody to come and ‘dance with us’ and that seems to be a reasonable sentiment. I think a wee bit more funk in yer dance music is not an unreasonable desire.
YTD recordings listened to: 906
Good music, not list worthy: 488
Not good music: 385
Honorable Mentions: 5
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