@@@ Virginia Wing: I’m Holding Out For Something (Fire Records, 2021) All three of today’s listens are off last week’s All Music notable release email. This was described as experimental but to my ears it’s an update on Laurie Anderson’s uplifting concious friendly electro rock. I like but don’t love Wing’s voice, I’m not a huge fan of the lyrics, I like the bass and the beats all right but I’m hearing too many handclaps. They just keep going and I know enough about recording to know that they can be muted and then returned at a later time. It gives the impression of being a grade school singalong and it also wears down my ears a bit. I let the player click through to the next track and it’s just a bit too art school for my taste.
@@@ Django Django: Free From Gravity (Because Music, 2021) What is slotted as experimental rock is really just an upgraded frat boy soft rock biscuit! Oh how disappointing and regular readers know how much I hate being deceived in marketing. It doesn’t sit well with me. Engaging singer, pretty cliche lyrics, a little electro garnish and a little white boy dancefloor action, oy. He does a little hip hop rhythmic vocalizing thing here and there but the mix is dominated by friendly, shiny sounds with absolutely nothing challenging happening here. OY. The tune should be called free from reality not free from gravity.
@@@ Roy Montgomery: Cowboy Mouth (Grapefruit, 2021) Our last listen of the day and it’s been a bit of a rough listening day with mismarketing and art school flavors. This track opens guitar ambient and delayed, sorta spitting guitar fragments out into the, well your earholes! It’s joined by a little slide and also a friendly saw shaped wave, and maybe another synth and it’s cloudy and a bit dark and enjoyable for the most part. The question here is whether beats are required or not for this track. I don’t usually like guitar in my ambient music but this tune while being pretty ambient and pretty noodly is doing all right. It’s an interesting balance of structure and no structure — it feels meandering but doesn’t come off as bullshit to my ears. Maybe I’m full of shit but it works all right. It’s an 8+ minute banger and I’ve made it 5+ minutes and that’s a big accomplishment for me. Beats not required imho.