Music for 11/23/20!!! Anton Eger, Haseeb Haze, Tirini, Hypoluxo

@@@ Anton Eger: ‘HErb+++gA’ (Edition, 2019) I got to this jazz drummer’s music from the blog London Jazz News. I don’t know what’s going on with the syntax of the song titles here but there’s a lot of +++ and rando letters. I would say this track, the kickoff to the record, is trafficking in an upbeat fusion-y style with happy synth patches, a little bit of prog and Eger’s drumming. There’s also a fair amount of video game blurping as well as digital bug chatter going on so it’s tied to ambient music at points. Oy, this is some nerdy business. I like his drumming, don’t like the electric bass sound or the keyboard sounds, like the electro shit and overall you should put your smart hat on cuz this is mathy business.

@@@ Haseeb Haze: Pyaar Na Karna (Records DK, 2020) I saw this MC in the title of an email from Guitar Center of all places. I thought this was going to be a hip hop track and it does have some slow jam r&b flavors as well as a today sounding beat and bass but most notably it has some South Asian vocalizing that has been put it into this ‘urban’ framework. Nothing definitive turns up when I look for a bio on Mr. Haze but I’m gonna say with a fair amount of confidence that he’s Pakistani. I love this style of singing but I’ve never heard it presented in this manner. I like it but it’s very dramatical; I’m guessing it’s best I can’t understand the words and just groove on the melody. Myself I could have used more South Asian flavors in the arrangement but that’s just me. I would like to see the vocals and the r&b/hip hop flavors more fully integrated.

@@@ Tarini: Do you wanna dance? (Poopoobumface Records, 2020) I got to this what I think is gonna be a world music dancefloor banger via a blurb on the Happy Magazine weekly email. It opens small with a mournful bass line and some wheezy or processed vocals. I have a feeling this is going to explode out into a cheese bomb but that’s just a feeling. The melody is ascending and it’s building, the cheese is coming — can’t we just dance the pain away? That’s the hook. Instead of going full Disney cheesebanger a thick thick bass comes in and starts throwing its weight around with a tastefully skittery beat. Me like that. Now piano, cheesy piano and I’m thinking is going to remain a sad song about dancing the pain away. And that’s okay and not typical. Love the bass sounds here, love ’em love ’em love ’em, beats are standard, her voice is cool without standing out too much, don’t love the piano, lyrics have their moments. As she didn’t spray cheese everywhere (#grateful) I hope the dancing resolves her pain.

@@@ Hypoluxo: Nimbus (Flexible, 2020) I got to this track indirectly viat the Twatter when an undercover PR label guy namechecked a track and then I clicked through saw this other guy who is not an undercover but out in the open PR guy and this is the new Album of the week at Stereogum, which is like hipster fucking central (regardless of quality). This track opens up quite brisk with two guitars and some very ’80s sounding drums. Angular and slightly word singer doing a very literate schtick. He loses his shit a bit more in the chorus and I like that much more quite immediately. Don’t like the drums, meh on the guitars, like the lyrics and dig the singer most of the time, chorus especially. They’ll make it up, they’ll make it up as they go is the vocal hook in the chorus and I think that’s high quality. If they took the chorus off the guitars and put a little distortion on there I think the tune would be much better served.

YTD recordings listened to: 914
Good music, not list worthy: 492
Not good music: 389

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

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