@@@ Nardeydey: Speedial (Lucky Number, 2019) I got to this genre mashing single via the Line of Best Fit. A bit of indie, a little No Wave, and some old school rock. I was gonna denounce the singer as low energy when she went high and clear in an above average manner. The bass player is laying down some pretty serious low end but it kinda drags the tune down at the same time it provides nice contrast with the singer when she goes high. It’s got a Talking Heads disguised polyrhythmic feel to it, but I’m not sure I really love this tune and I’m not sure why. Seems a bit in its own head but check for yourself. Yeah, as I get to the end I feel it’s overly stuffed with all these different sounds that end up just there.
@@@ Ohtis: Runnin (Full Time Hobby, 2019) A genre consistent flat alt-country tune from an about to blow up feature in Line of Best Fit. Reminiscent of a lot of alt-country bands that have been huge in the past 15-20 years (sad whiny Wilco and such) though I’m really feeling the slide guitar here. It provides such a sweet contrast with the singer’s baritone. I guess I’m a bit fatigued with what I consider under-rhythmed indie music that is gushing into the ears of the public. Outside of the slide guitar it’s just too straight an arrangement for me to get down with. Am I wrong or a bitch to ask for a bit more? I guess so.
@@@ Squid: The Dial (Manata, 2018) Some angular, retro rock a la Devo from that same Line of Best Fit. Oops, it switches out of that into a quasi-aggro rock thing with a disgruntled singer on about quite mundane matters. It grows in energy with a guitar solo and some flavorful synth playing. I don’t usually typed the words flavorful synth playing but it’s the singer who’s putting this tune over the top with his schtick. I don’t mean schtick in negative way. Just shy of three minutes the rock falls away to a more dreamy space rock kind of thing so maybe the whole thing has been some sort of prog joke/symphony as it hasn’t stayed in one particular place for very long. He goes back to his hook/rant about the dial doesn’t change, the dial stays the same which is fine and good to see he’s committed to sounding like a mental patient for the whole tune. This is the best of what I heard today.
YTD recordings listened to: 439
Good music, not list worthy: 265
Not good music: 149
Honorable Mentions: 0
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