@@@ Hermit and the Recluse: Orpheus vs. the Sirens (Obol for Charon, 2018) I got to this 2018 hip hop record via a writeup at theringer.com of 2018 underrated hip hop artists. It is a concept record revolving around Greek mythology. The first tune is notable for a dramatical string melody and an elastic bassline. Thus far the rapping is more down than up and the emphasis is on the arrangements. I really like the sounds here, they’re really well put together and interesting with shouts to the producer and the bass player. I find the rhymes a bit low energy and want to hear more energy put on top of these atypical hip hop arrangements.
@@@ Hawktail: Unless (Padiddle Records, 2018) Called ‘bluegrass royalty’ by the uber pretentious club National Sawdust in the BK, NY on whose email list I’m proud to sit. Unlike yesterday’s fake folk listen this is some real ass bluegrass/folk music. Yeah, they’re different but also connected. It opens up with some fine fiddling playing. Oh my, this fiddle player kicks it and he pulls a band consisting of upright bass, acoustic guitar, and banjo I think. I don’t know if we’re gonna get a singer for this record. The second tune is a slow ballad with what I think is bowed bass and accordion. The melodies are super sweet but the playing is modest and they don’t milk it. I plan on checking out this record more deeply when I have the time so feel free to peep it. High quality playing.
YTD recordings listened to: 209
Good music, not list worthy: 127
Not good music: 72
Honorable Mentions: 0
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