@@@ McMains: American Soul EP (Welland Intl, 2018) I got to this EP via the music blog Indiepulse. It opens straight and big sky country with a super engaging vocalist. He’s gonna hug you with his calloused hands and the drops of rain will fall off his cowboy hat, streaking your face like tears. It’s just that sensitive. The second tune has a firmer tempo — it’s about a Confederate soldier so maybe I’ll skip ahead. The pop appeal of this country record is reflected in the third tune (clipped below). It sports a strummed Travelling Wilburys/Tom Petty rock vibe to go with the country. Not really my thing.
@@@ Simian Mobile Disco: Murmurations (Wichita Recordings, 2018) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. The addition of choir vocals to the fifth Simian record is supposed to add celestial beauty. We’ll see, I’m expecting some low IQ booty shaking to be underneath but let us see. We got about 90 seconds of choir thus far and I get it and could appreciate something else. Fuck, I skipped to the next tune — oy, more choirs, Jesus what is this Ape Church? Finally another sound. I guess this artistic dance music, but it’s not very danceable, there’s too much singing and Imma peeping one more track before tipping. They have a bunch of world music drumming/sound influences in this third tune but the pace is pretty slow. I’m feeling this more until the choir comes in. Oy!
@@@ Playboy Cardi: Die Lit (Interscope, 2018) Off the precious real estate, the rotating banner at the top of the Apple Music home page. It’s for sale in some sort of way, you can count on that! After the intro song, Mr. Cardi gets right into the fat, crunchy bass and the off color lyrics. Mr Cardi appears to enjoy the ladies graphically and he might also be involved in the gun trade. That’s cool, we don’t judge. The sounds here are all right but I think you need to be twisted to enjoy this. Really twisted. Cardi sounds mad high and it has a trippy, purple drank feel to it. I prefer J.I.D. to this for sure.
@@@ Charlie Puth: Voicenotes (Warner, 2018) I’ve seen this Charlie Puth cat pushed in various places including the Apple Music and other PR/propaganda vehicles. It’s mainstream pop and it’s probably overwrought shit for housewives but it’s my job to peep it. I have nothing against housewives by the way unless they’re driving around on pills due to their horrible lives. The album, surprisingly, opens up with a Michael Jackson clean guitar riff. Puth is a breathless singer, he does a little falsetto, and you can bet he cares about your feelings. Let’s see if he continues on his quest to be the albino Michael Jackson. No Michael Jackson jokes here. I find Justin Timberlake to be a pretty annoying performer but he’s pretty hip compared to Mr. Puth. Mr. Puth has a not very distinct soapy gray dishwater voice. The productions here are super polished, shiny and shaved smooth like a porn star’s bush.
YTD recordings listened to: 267
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 141
Not good music: 117
Honorable Mentions: 4
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