@@@ Susanne Sundfor: Undercover (Bella Union, 2017) Piano singer/songwriter from an upcoming full length. I got to this from a Line of Best Fit email so the publicity machine is getting some ‘buzz’ ahead of the full length. This is between the slight roughness of Regina Spector and the abstraction of Fiona Apple with a pube of Beyonce oversinging. It’s not solo piano but it’s not full band. Oh she’s peaking around 3 minutes and it’s a cheesy female multilayered vocal comet shooting across the stereo field. I think I felt like I had a vagina for just a minute, that’s so great.
@@@ Rafiki Jazz: Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records, 2017) Mellow string playing and a pretty epic female African singer on the opening track of this record that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. The second track brings in the band but it’s still pretty mellow with hand drum playing and the string playing tight and all right but not rocking.
@@@ Pablo Moses: The Itinuation (Grounded Music, 2017) The full roots reggae explosion on this record I got to via WRIR. Mad conscious lyrics with a singer that sounds a lot like the singer from Burning Spear. Oy, I’m spacing on his name. Full horn section, percussion, female background singers. I think I prefer the sound and the roughness of the old school roots reggae but this is a heartfelt effort and if you prefer the more polished modern roots sound this will work great for you.
YTD recordings listened to: 540
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 291
Not good music: 225
Honorable Mentions: 6
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