@@@ Hurray for the Riff Raff: Life on Earth (N/A, 2022) I got to these two New Orleans listens (I think) via a festival promo email where Big Freedia was playing. I like the singer a bunch, the synths a lot less and the drums meh. I skipped to the second track Pierced Arrows, I think I dig this track much more. I’m on the third track and feel like I’ve heard this record before, I’m not 100% sure on that but the fact remains that the band is solid but pretty standard and the energy that draws the listener in here is the singer. She’s a great singer and if the band had more fire or put more fire into their arrangements these dudes will blow up even more. I can’t put what labels these records are on because my Apple Music player is half fucked and I’m lucky to get anything out of it.
@@@ Mega Bog: Station to Station (N/A, 2022) Another female singer band which I’m into, this track clipped below more simmering and contemplative than the listen above. The arrangement here is more interesting with a bass player that catches my ear. The drummer is catching my ear less than the bass player but the drumming here is notable for its tastefulness. I guess everybody is up in the synths these days but I think this track could use a guitar or another acoustic instrument. It is positively bloated with synths which a lot of people will love but not me. There’s a guitar in the next track but it’s got that chorused guitar sound, oh good that fell away and they’re doing a vintage R.E.M. thoughtful rock thing. I’m not the hugest R.E.M. fan but it’s interesting to hear somebody whip it out in 2022. This track is called Diary of a Rose and it’s quite fresh so if you choose to check these guys out start with this track and go from there.