@@@ Tim Hecker: Anoyo (Kranky, 2019) Hecker’s last record Konoyo made my best of 2018 list so he automatically gains a peep due to that. A high string sample harp sounding sits at the center of the piece with a lot of ambience floating behind it as well as some very tight bass pulsing at moments. Also occasional glitch hits which I love. This first tune is 9+ minutes long and really goes for an outer space vibe. I believe I really grooved on the darkness of his last record and the goal here is for something that is both dark and light. The second tune brings in some percussion and it sounds like it’s being played by a human which really changes the feel of the track. As the third track is titled ‘Step Away from Konoyo’ it clearly aspires to step away from the previous record in spirit. This is more a space journey than a dark thing.
@@@ Taylor Swift: You Need to Calm Down (Taylor Swift, 2019) Ah Taylor’s supposedly meaningful conquest of the pop charts continues with this second pre-release single. I thought the verse is all right but the cornucopia of Taylor background vocals is a cheesy comet streaking across the the sky. So many of Swift’s songs are about this topic, man what a snowflake. If shade never made anybody less gay, that line contradicts the first few lines of the tune. How canny and sophisticated to take a personal theme and blow it out to all these girls are hip to your tricks, blah blah blah, a wee bit tiresome. I like the arrangement, it’s solid pop and makes sense. Some of the arrangements on her last record were confused and painful.
@@@ Duncan Fellows: Cursive Tattoo (Level, 2019) Super energetic indie guitar pop punk that I got to via a music publicist email. It’s got elements of classic rock at points including a piano part and a roots rock kinda thing so it’s a mash of Strokes like business smashed into something like the Band. I like the energy of the track and the singer is comfortable behind the mic but it spills a bit all over the place without the greatest focus.
YTD recordings listened to: 302
Good music, not list worthy: 179
Not good music: 105
Honorable Mentions: 0
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