@@@ Seratones: Power (New West, 2019) I dug these guys’ last record without it making my list. I thought they could move away from the polished business and get into some dirty shit. They go for a strong rhythm section right out of the gate with this pre-release single but then they wussed out on the guitar and washed it out with an ’80s chorus/flange sound and a synth. The female singer (seen below) has a big ass voice but personally I don’t think this is the best way to showcase it. If they went for a White Stripes kind of vibe I think they would get a lot of love. This is a mixed bag of rock and mainstream sounds that sorta cancel each other out. She’s an old school blues belter, they should go with it. Just my dumbass opinion.
@@@ Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastagia (In Room 40, 2019) I got to this ambient artist via a shout out on the Twatter. This record was released at the end of June and it’s a big baby, weighing in at 87 minutes. I don’t think I will hang for the full show but it’s opening in a big cloudy ambient manner. Get out the good headphones the clouds is rolling in! The second tune (clipped below) is similar but it consists a bit more of shorter pulsating waves rather than long cloudy tones. It also has a skeletal melody but there is plenty of air still whooshing through. I like the balance and the tones in this tune a bit better. The third tune is better still and I’m mostly mesmerized by it. There’s some crunchy staticky bits in there and the ascending tones give it, oh my there’s more than a few crunchy bits it’s raining crunchy bits, that’s nice, nice contrast.
@@@ Carly Rae Jepsen: Want You in My Room (Interscope, 2019). One of the last tunes I’m gonna peep from the Guardian’s best songs of the room. If girly Taylor Swift had a lovebaby with early Madonna it might sound a lot like this. It’s a booty anthem covered in bubblegum and ’80s sounds. She’s pushing the boundaries of breathy singing and there are most definitely a ton of vocal tracks on this record, including a vocal synth. It’s so manicured it does make its booty anthem aspirations less hot. I guess the debate here is what is the right amount of sound to have in this tune. I would make the argument that this is a tad over the top, but others including the Apple Music blurb have it as joyous and euphoric. Nobody is ever going to win this argument so let’s not have it. If it’s supposed to be a sexy tune how sexy does she sound and does it work? I say not very sexy and it works against itself.
YTD recordings listened to: 369
Good music, not list worthy: 220
Not good music: 127
Honorable Mentions: 0
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