@@@ Faten Kanaan: The North Wind (Fire Recordings, 2020) Some experimental electronic music off this week’s All Music notable release email. Apple Music has labelled this as alternative so we’ll see. It’s probably neither and I don’t mean that as a dick, it’s just mislabelling is rampant in the music marketing game. It opens with a bell synth patch and a medium buzzy chainsaw synth pulsing together. Waiting. Still waiting, let’s get on with it. Now a cloudy synth over the top and it’s a thick stew of long but not very long tone synths. I like it all right but it’s a bit of a thin synth gruel. Can I get some oscillation or morphing on these synths sounds? Or a step sequencer to put a little rhythm into these pretty staid sounds? I guess not. Not really my thing.
@@@ Lee Han: Piwa Pi (ghostplant, 2020) I got to this 1 track improvised organ music piece via a twat on the Twatter by Ted Gioia a prolific music critic with slightly narrow listening interests. You’re not gonna be able to rock an organ without evoking church and religion but she’s got some playfulness mixed into the churchy vibes. I like this a whole bunch as background music and I don’t mean that in a mean way. I’m not put into a trance by it but it has interesting moments and is compelling solo organ improv. I can’t tell if there’s some sort of Leslie speaker or rotary effect on the organ or if she’s playing in a way to produce that tremolo-y effect but it ups the energy and I enjoy listening to it.
@@@ Zilo: On a Wave (Zilo World, 2020) Also off the UK online music magazine, Crack. Talk ’bout breathing some life into a synthesizer this r&b chill banger gets ’em breathing on the opening to this track. I don’t partake of the broccoli/chronic but I imagine this would be a fantastic track if you were mad stoned. The sounds are lush and it’s right at the edge of too much and just right, it’s kind of bursting though it’s a pretty straightforward song with a hook. I find interesting sounds fascinating, they’re like medicine. Ms. Zilo works a light touch on the microphone but she’s got some undercover bounce in her delivery and it’s a tasty meld of sonics and lyrical energy here.
@@@ Tristan Arp: Slip (Bannoffee Pies, 2020) I saw this NYC based electro funk/sound design guy featured on this week’s Crack magazine email. This sits about halfway between abstract electronic and dancefloor banging. It’s funky but it’s got an industrial tinged flavor as well as some quirk that works against straight booty shaking. I flow all ways when it comes to booty shaking, both abstract and literal. I like this track it’s hot with some IQ infused into it, putting together disparate elements and making something different. I would listen to more of this, he’s good at building up layers of rhythms that are reminiscent of way back in the day hip hop and then threading somewhat South Asian melodies in here and there. Not overtly, you gotta listen.
YTD recordings listened to: 910
Good music, not list worthy: 490
Not good music: 387
Honorable Mentions: 5
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