@@@ Cautious Clay: Dying in the Subtlety (Self-released, 2020) The first three listens today are from last week’s Line of Best Fit email. Friendly coffee shop r&b with a super smooth singer layering up the vocals tracks. Lyrically I’m not sure what dying in subtlety means, I mean I know what the words mean but it’s a literate attempt and it may be too subtle for a simple ape such as myself. It’s a brief tune, about 2 minutes, with user friendly guitar solo at the end and that’s pretty much it. I’m a bit weirded out by the giant face below so Imma tip.
@@@ Babeheaven: Craziest Things (Babeheaven, 2020) I can’t think of a friendlier rock sound that could wash across anybody’s taint. A couple of guitars, soft reggae imitating as well as a single line thing, steady but not pushy drums, and female voice that is a hazy warm blanket. The vocal hook is ‘I’m sorry I can’t lay there anymore.’ I don’t know if that’s a sex strike anthem it certainly doesn’t have a protest vibe to the sounds. There’s a tambourine that makes an occasional shake and for once I don’t insist in demanding a cowbell replacement. A cowbell in this tune wouldn’t work. Cowbells are insistent, a look at me sound, hells yeah and all that. Here we have chips and dip, mostly dip. It’s not particularly cheesy so it’s not cheese dip but it’s dip nonetheless.
@@@ Litany: Uh-huh (Litany, 2020) Some upbeat funk with a poppin’ bass and a bit of video game blurp sauce. I like the minimalist arrangement thought the tune does fill up and push in the chorus. She’s got a fair amount of vocal tracks but they didn’t go overboard with the background vocals. I usually do not cotton to the pop funk that is completely electro, I like guitars for contrast, but this works. Not jumping up and down but it’s focused and it makes sense. I tend to enjoy music more when it makes some sort of sense.
@@@ Butcher Babies: Bottom of a Bottle (Blood Blast, 2020) I got to this metal track via a music publicist. Take a bit of glam and showboating and layer it onto some hard rock drumming and blasting guitar power chords. Some might say (me) that this is sports bar hard rock — it’s about getting pumped up and drinking and just hells yeah. Another barrier is down as a pair of women have cock walked through a hard rock track. Hells yeah!
YTD recordings listened to: 930
Good music, not list worthy: 500
Not good music: 397
Honorable Mentions: 7
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