Music for 6/9/21!!! Japanese Breakfast, Rostam, White Flowers

@@@ Japanese Breakfast: Be Sweet (Dead Oceans, 2021) All three of today’s indie listens are off this week’s All Music notable release email. Unlike a lot of other ’80s influenced synth rock this sports higher drums and a bit more rock punch than other specimens in the category. Ms. Breakfast does a good job working the microphone, flavorful but not primping and posing. The chorus explodes a bit into a higher melody and an aspirational sentiment where she asks her special someone to be sweet to her and she needs something to believe in. I don’t usually like this formula but this sports high energy and works well. The next tune Kokomo, IN is slower and more indie so maybe it’s going to have it both ways. Slack and indie and rocking, things that are hard to go together.

@@@ Rostam: Changephobia (Matsor Projects, 2021) More indie, yes! I guess this is a former member of Vampire Weekend, an outfit I’m mostly agnostic on, but my impression here is this is intended to be a mathy yet friendly effort for the music nerds out there. Washed out chorus guitars are a big drag for me personally, but Rostam has a friendly if not a bit cloudy voice. Big ups for a sax solo in the middle of this bad boy — a nice break from the standard guitar solo. Think Death Cab for Cutie in a car accident with Yes. Not my thing but I’m a freak.

@@@ White Flowers: Daylight (Tough Love, 2021) More ’80s inspired guitar tones, it’s an all you can eat buffet. Then a dreamy female vocalist and straight drumming. All of today’s listens are off this week’s All Music notable release email. Oy, the mope, lots of mope here. I get it, I would never deny anybody their right to mope but I don’t have to like it! As I listen to the track and surf a bit I do get pulled in by the vocal swirl, it’s like shoegaze packed into a singer’s performance, the other parts are pretty standard. This recording seems pretty directly tied to Roxy Music, for better or for worse.

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