Music for 6/30/22!!! Vincent Neil Emerson

@@@ Vincent Neil Emerson: Fried Chicken and Evil Women (La Honda, 2019) I got to this old school country singer on a list of best records of last year. Emerson has released a lot of music in the past 3 years or so and this effort with a full band worked best for me and it’s my blog so fuck yourself if you like the solo stuff. He’s got a bit of John Prine going and a whole lot of Hank Williams or other hard ass country guys. This is the title track clipped below and the beauty here as far as I’m concerned is the stripped down nature of the whole affair from the singing to the arrangements to the production. If you’re a fan of the genre this should work for you.

@@@ Salamanda: Overdose (Human Pitch, 2022) Off a list by the Vinyl Factory of the best 20 records of the first half of 2020 thus far. This is the first track on the record and it opens up a bit dubby and a bit ambient with a lot of what I would consider insect chatter. Then a bass pulse and a little female sigh in the microphone. It’s got a lightness to it that I usually associate with New Age music but a bit less here as there’s such a strong dub flavor to the music. Ooops, too soon there’s more New Age vocalizing there, yikes. Unfortunately I was stating something that turned out to be the intro of the record as I’m on the second track and there’s a whole bunch of New Age feels here, too many for me. Hammered marimba, Laurie Anderson type vocal snips, and more! I know tons of folks who love this flavor and that’s cool, I don’t hate it I just don’t really like it as a formula.

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