@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) Today’s listens came to this blog post the All Music notable release email which comes out every Friday. The song titles here are very substantive — A Long Sad Journey Watching You Die is an example. The opening tune (clipped below) is a vocal and acoustic guitar track. Medium energy but with a slight melancholic feel to it. The second tune opens up with the same formula plus a simple hand percussion beat so this is looking like it’s gonna be a stripped down unplugged set. This second one is more beautiful than the first. There are some hipster guest appearances from Nels Cline and a member of Sleater Kinney. I will remain open minded on that concept until I hear it. There are two singers here and they blend and stand out from each other quite beautifully. I get why they’re having some gringos up in their tracks to get white folks to move towards them, but it doesn’t really add anything when I hear Nels Cline drop in a wannabe African figure. I don’t have time to check this whole record but I can’t see how this wouldn’t make my year end list.
@@@ Charles Rumback: Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey, 2019) I thought I saw somewhere that this was jazz and there are some jazz signifiers here but it’s also got a very strong folk vibe to it as it’s a duo record between a drummer and an acoustic guitar player. The focus here to my ears is on the beauty of the music whereas on a great jazz record I find the give and take between the players to be the central driving feature. It’s not for me to say that this isn’t jazz, they can call it whatever they want but I do get to say how I hear it. Some electric guitar wash makes an appearance in the third track but the basic formula remains the same. This could work for a lot of folks — a lot of folks want their music to be first and foremost beautiful. I’m not in it for that but I don’t insist on my point of view.
@@@ Mono: Before the Past (Temporary Residence, 2019) 3 songs recorded live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago. I’m expecting some combination of rock, indie, noise and maybe some metal flavors in this first 16 minute track. Gloom-ish, Tool-ey. It is as it signalled at the beginning of the tune and it sounds great. I’m not sure if I’m not in the mood for it or if I don’t like it so I will chill some more and see where it goes. The sounds are absolutely huge rocks sounds and I like the playing but it doesn’t grab me. Once again with the disclaimers, that’s just me, check it out for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 607
Good music, not list worthy: 362
Not good music: 204
Honorable Mentions: 0
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