@@@ Kellarissa: Ocean Electro (Dead Oceans, 2018) Some indie electronic off last week’s All Music notable release email. It’s strange how indie electronic is a rebranded term for ’80s major label synth rock. Regular readers know of my aversion to being a genre bitch but this is decidedly not indie electronic. It’s very poppy with no lo fi sounds or off kilter song structures. The third tune (clipped below) is the best of what I heard but admittedly I did not stick around for long. The singer is all right and the synths sound good but there’s just nothing new swirled in or even hinted at here.
@@@ Messthetics: The Messthetics (Dischord, 2018) Another release off of last week’s All Music notable release email. I’ve been listening to Dischord releases for a long ass time so they’ve earned a peep. My initial feeling is that I’m surprised by the bouncy bass player and the distinctly proggy feel to the opening track. From a little interwebz searching I see this is Fugazi’s rhythm section with a different guitar player. He’s okay but sounds too much like Joe Satriani — I could use some punk fuzz or something dirty and grimy to hold on to.
@@@ Calvin Harris: One Kiss (Columbia, 2018) You know what they about Calvin Harris? If he’s good enough for Taylor Swift’s high end twat then he’s good enough for the rest of us. It looks like Mr. Harris has wisely taken a turn away from retro funk to more current dancefloor styles. Four on the floor but with some techno unt tss action. The singer is all right, she does well with the limited vocals given to her. I’m not saying this is the greatest track ever but it’s good to Calvin trying for something in this century.
YTD recordings listened to: 193
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 102
Not good music: 86
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal