@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) I saw a show with these guys up on the Flavorpill weekly email and saw they’re Muslim (check out that NC The Muslims, you bitches) and thought I would throw it a listen. This is an electronic record and it’s not gonna be a dancefloor banger if the first tune is any indication. It opens up with a dark, insistent churn and a free jazz sax not quiet wailing. I dig it, it’s hefty. In addition to the electronic bits and the sax there is some percussion going on which breaks the repetition of the electronic component. It is a bold and strong opener. Let’s see what else they have going. The second tune opens up with what I believe to be South Asian devotional singing/chanting before the dark electronics enter again. I’m only on the second tune but my feeling is this type of music is a no go for lots of folks but it hits hard with non verbal impact. I haven’t loved every bit of this record but there are some really powerful spots on this 31 minute EP
@@@ Missy Elliot: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2019) Big fan, Missy Elliot is super funky and strange and just doing her thing. That said this tune is not full on Missy to my ears and has a pretty standard arrangement with a trappist beat and some trunk shaking low end thumpin. She’s got some strange funky garnish in places but it doesn’t (imho) have the other worldly funk of her Timbaland sounds. Compare this to the classic shit of Work It where she goes off vocally and sonically. I love Missy Elliott, I guess I was hoping for a bit more weirdness.
@@@ Silent Vigils: Lost Rites (Home Normal, 2019) I can’t remember how I got to this record. I think it was from a best of ambient music on Bandcamp. This first tune opens up spaciously with some slow rollers and a cloud of static comin’ on in and some sparse piano action. Notes not runs and big ass chords. I lasted about a bit over 5 minutes and knowing that ambient music asks you to take less and enjoy it more I could have used a bit more. The second tune comes out ringing and with bell like hits and ringing metal you might say it has a classic Asian musical feel to it, but with drones and stretching and shit. This is just right for me. Harmonically ringing and manipulated guitars highlight the third track so of the three tracks I felt the second tune (the title track) the most.
YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not list worthy: 270
Not good music: 149
Honorable Mentions: 0
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