@@@ Lucibela: Laco Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018) These three records all came from this week’s playlist email out of WRIR in Virginia. From the first tune and just a quick surf around the interwebz you see this record is a continuation of music from the Cape Verde Islands off the western coast of Africa. Sung in Portuguese it’s super pretty. The tempos are laid-back, the rhythms are usually hand percussion and a lot of the instrumentation are strings. As I said, it’s crazy sweet and pretty. Myself, I can listen to this for a bit but I get a little stupid with so much pretty as I need other things from music.
@@@ Melissa Laveaux: Radyo Siwel (No Format, 2018). A three song EP from a Haitian music. Let me check that with the authorities — okay this is a Canadian musician of Haitian descent and that would explain why this tune could be an indie track but so far above the vast majority of indie music in quality. There’s some really nice guitar playing on this opening track and the bass line is a little reminiscent of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. I hit the play button and I say she has a very nice band working with her which takes the record to another place. I think of Haiti as an extremely musical place and Laveaux can sing. Check this out. And it looks like she now lives in Paris so there.
@@@ Karavan Sarai | Painted Sands (Electrofone, 2018) This music is described as electro-acoustic world music from a musician who lived on the Silk Road for a few years. Apparently. Not the Silk Road website where millennials bought drugs with bitcoin, the real one and shit. This has Carnatic-South Asian flavors, Persian influences and ya know I hear oud and frame drumming and do not know the geographical spread of those instruments. It doesn’t have a ton of New Age sounds in the production but it has a few epic vibes for sure. I think of New Age production as huge reverb patches and lush lush production — like Celine Dion. I listened to pieces of half of the records and the vibe is firm and laidback with high quality hand drumming and playing. Not a bad cup of tea but not exactly my cup of tea.
YTD recordings listened to: 123
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 64
Not good music: 56
Honorable Mentions: 3
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