@@@ Kelsea Ballerina: Unapologetically (Black River, 2017) A pre-release new country single off the Apple Music hot tracks. Unapologetically cliche lyrics over a barely country track. It’s an interesting track because Ballerina (real name?) is a gal so there’s no macho going on so by the time they tech the tune out with EDM production flourishes it’s fake apple pie filling. It’s a very sweet but somewhat homeless/genre less kinda feeling. As I’ve said many times before the worst music is the stuff that doesn’t make you feel anything making you feel kinda dead. She’s a pretty singer but I don’t feel anything about the song. It’s Oxycodone country music.
@@@ Antibalas: Gold Rush (Daptone, 2017) A single from long running Afrobeat band Antibalas. It opens up with a nice bashing drum beat and trips out with a quasi-psych guitar shred. The singer has always had a somewhat righteous tone which isn’t my favorite but that’s just me and the tune has plenty of space for solos. I dig the main horn line and the solo that comes after. It’s a big boy weighing in at almost 11 minutes so there’s plenty of time to stretch. You and the musicians.
@@@ Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts (Nonesuch, 2017) Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email. I consider Nonesuch the label of especially white people and this record sure confirms that notion. It opens up with harpsichord and an uber female singer. Not a female singer taking an Uber but a very female kinda gal. The second tune brings a male singer and they work a folk rock vibe similar to but not as virtuosic as Richard Thompson. Man, I could go for some shepherd’s pie or a kidney pudding or some such! This is well played but a little bit low energy baroque folk but if you go for that sort of thing then check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 525
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 284
Not good music: 218
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity