@@@ Rae Spoon: Bodies of Water (Coax, 2018) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver. It’s a singer/songwriter record with a young female singing. The first tune starts out solo, clean electric guitar and her. It’s melancholy and sweet. A band does make a mellow appearnace behind her but it’s still very meaningful and deep. The second tune brings on the classic indie though with a piano and a small synth part added to the guitar. I like her voice without liking the lyrics very much.
@@@ Tim Hecker: Konoyo (Kranky, 2018) I tyr to check out Tim Hecker’s ambient music as he’s a professional ambient music maker with skills. This first tune, This Life, has a dark and mechanical bent to it with some screeching metallic sounds and offkilter synth playing that is not pillowy or cloudy, it’s unsettling. The second tune, In Death Valley, focuses on more bell like sounds and there are a lot of delays and a lot of bell like sounds. It’s got a dark feel to it but not as actively dark as the first tune. It’s pretty engaging music. Outside of three 3-5 minute pieces these are all long ones that require some attention. Thus far I like the pacing and the sounds of this latest Hecker effort and I will swing back on this record when I have more time.
@@@ Echo Beds – Buried Language (The Flenser) This recording is slotted as industrial music on the Apple Music and is in the loud section of the weekly CFUV playlist email. It’s opens up with a straightforward drum machine rock/industrial beat but a super needly thin guitar part. The comes the creepy voice. I like the muscularity of it but I’m not super into the singer. I really am in the mood for some dark sounds these days, but this is a bit overwrought. I guess it works for the Halloween crowd as it has a cartoonish, villain-y feel to it but I would stick with the Tim Hecker record above if you want some dark and submersive music.
YTD recordings listened to: 599
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 319
Not good music: 244
Honorable Mentions: 6
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