@@@ Kelly Moran: Autowave (Warp, 2019) I think I got to this track via the Twatter. I’ve heard Moran before she signed to Warp and I think she has bolted a larger electronic element onto her music for this run round the track as Warp specializes more in electronic music than improvised music. She does an avant prepared piano thing but this first track is about equal parts prepared piano and electronic/manipulated sound. It sounds like really well recorded high voltage line out in the middle of a field. Very buzzy and drone-y. It does shift frequencies. It is the short first tune of her new record called Ultraviolet. I think I’m going to hang for part of the second track because I like her music — plain production, interesting playing and sonics. This second track, Helix, is an almost 9 minute monster shot of improv and drone electro garnish and I’m feeling it, this is pretty awesome. Insanely beautiful headphone music, this music will fuck you up if you check it out.
@@@ Local Natives: Jaws of Love (N/A, 2019) I checked out the latest record by these guys and thought it was a high end coffee shop version of a Radiohead album but I can throw ’em another listen. I don’t know if this is a bonus track to their latest record or what, I’m just the listener here. Aargh, I’m internet confused — there is a Local Natives dude in this outfit but I’m not sure if it’s a solo track or a Local Natives track. It’s not on Apple Music so I will just give my piquant observations via this GooglePimpTube track below. It opens with meaningful piano, and when the singer comes in it’s clear there’s too much reverb on his voice. It’s too big, it’s trying too hard to be big. I know it’s odd to say this but this might be worse than the National, a band I loathe for their unjustified pretension. About 1:45 some chorused guitar comes in as well as a mixed low shuffle beat. This track is 5:25 long, the full band comes in around 3:15 and I feel like I’m suffering. What am I to connect with here? Lyrics? No. Sounds? No. Interesting production? No. Cliches? I don’t roll like that. My opinion is the tune should be chopped by at least 90 seconds and somebody should get some Red Bull or maybe try to inject some energy into it. It’s the debut solo record from the Local Natives’ singer, I ascertained that.
@@@ Kanye West: Follow God (UMG, 2019) Let’s check out new Jesus flavored Kanye! I think it will be in line with a headline that said that Kanye’s record about God is more about himself than it is about God. All about Kanye baby! He takes an old soul sample, chops it up on the Yeah syllable and we get a simple hip hop beat and Kanye. I keep hearing the phrase Christ-like. It’s a good groove, Kanye West can produce shit, but my overall feeling is not only that the tune is about Kanye but it’s a fragment of a song. He just kinda rambles on about various religious things, mostly that phrase Christ like and it doesn’t feel like a song. It’s not a tune by a crazy man but it is music created by a person that dabbles in crazy.
YTD recordings listened to: 581
Good music, not list worthy: 344
Not good music: 199
Honorable Mentions: 0
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