@@@ Ego Ella May: Give a Little (UpperRoom, 2020) These listens are from last week’s Line of Best Fit email. It opens up super trippy and lo fi before a beat comes underneath and Ms. May starts with the vocalizing. I like her singing and the beat much better than the guitar sounds which I find a bit disorienting, though I do like the contrast of her vocal sweetness when she builds out the tracks against the sound of the janky ass guitars. Someboy put in a super flavorful horn melody that comes and goes but leaves an impression. It’s an atypical track with a bunch of nice elements to it.
@@@ Raleigh Ritchie: Sadboi (Alacran Records, 2020) Cathartic, infectious r&b — that’s how this record is blurbed on Apple Music. I hear a musician that took bouncy early ’60s pre black power r&b and modernized the sounds, glitched it up here and there and kept the vocal stacking and sophistication of the original style. I like the skittering drum machine with the saccharine singing and the fat fat bass. That’s double fat for those reading closely.
@@@ JP Saxe: Hey Stupid, I Love You (Arista, 2020) Sensitive white boy loverboy electro business. Very tasty half puffy/half marimba-y synth parts and while many might like Saxe’s supersmooth delivery I don’t. As I often type here I like contrast in my music the way folks like it in food. A little crunch with the sweetness, a bit of tang to the whatever flavor. This is all white chocolate pudding which is nice but some pistachios or some other business, naimsayin’?
@@@ Kelly Lee Owens: On (Smalltown Supersound, 2020) A pre-release track on a label I dig. Owen’s voice is framed as dreamy and echoed in the keyboard part with a distantly percolating beat. I was with it til the background vocals came in and then I was not with it as much. There’s a little panned sonic nymph like sound bouncing back and forth at the bottom of the mix which I dig but I feel like there could have been a lot fewer vocal tracks here — it just gets too New Age-y and again the concept of contrast could have worked here. This is so pillowy it makes the track above seem mad crunched out which it wasn’t. A rougher beat, some more distortion, something in that part of town.
YTD recordings listened to: 512
Good music, not list worthy: 256
Not good music: 227
Honorable Mentions: 0
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