Music for 7/30/22!!! Hurray for the Riff Raff, Max Johnson

@@@ Hurray for the Riff Raff: PIerced Arrows (Nonesuch, 2022) Aargh, I can’t remember how I got to this track, an ethical lapse!!! It opens with a muscular New Wave flavor, nice growl on the lower frequencies and a good singer. It’s got a bit of an epic vocal hook, or the buildup to the chorus is epic, and then the cheese starts to ooze out from between the slices of bread in the chorus. The strings panned out wide and just a bit of downtown hipness swirled into the mostly mainstream music sounds. I don’t know if they have a new honcho at Nonesuch but this doesn’t sound like normal Nonesuch business. I like the fourth track Rhododendron because it’s more stripped down. They got a good band vibe and the songs are very focused. Myself I would like to hear more rocking as the energy and focus is mostly on the singer. And Lord somebody get some flavors for the drummer, homie is stuck!!!

@@@ Max Johnson: Why the Moon is Blue (Fresh Sounds, 2022) I got to this record via the Twatter I believe. It’s a chill sitch with piano, bass and drums as instrumentation. The video below is for the first track and it does percolate as it moves through its 5 minutes of length. Today I give not a fuck for grammar, tomorrow maybe. I’m listening to the second track, Presently, and it’s energetic and contained straight jazz. Nothing for me to personally jump up and down about but others are different. There are moments where they start to get into it, yeah I think the second track works better for me. Imma give a peep to track 3 and then head out for the day. Of the three tracks I heard the second one works best for me.

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