@@@ Dad Nap: Worn Out (Self-released, 2018) I got to this DIY record via the music blog Indiepulse. Super DIY recording — a one microphone creation with virtually no low end but tons and tons and tons of energy. Manic acoustic guitar strumming, some harmonica and speedy vocals. The vocalists are working so fast they sound more than a bit a little like Eminem. I really appreciate the spirit.
@@@ Scott Xylo: Call Us When You Get there (Black Acre, 2018) I was clipping the above record on to this here blog post when I saw this record posted on the front page of Bandcamp and thought it looked good. Btw, it’s album of the day at Bandcamp. I expect a whole lot more low end on this recording as it’s a mash of Afrobeat, jazz, and funk. Has a pretty intimate and laidback feel to it with mellow ass vocals. Bits of Maxwell and other loverboy r&b gents. The third tune, Sam’s Joloff, is the first spot where I felt connected to the sounds going on. Simple funky bass line, some washed out midnight electric organ, some sax playing and mostly African drumming. I like it without loving it.
@@@ Immersion: Irreversible Mechanism (2018) Some metal off the bandcamp. These guys are from Finland so you know it’s good! Not really but it’s a great marketing line. From reading their band camp page, they’re super into atmosphere and not putting out your standard metal bashing. Which is great for them, but not so much for me. This is a long intro on this first tune, I’m not feeling punished yet. This is operatic and slow. Not really my thing, let me skip to the next track. Oh no, there it is! I had to wait almost 4 minutes. This is an epic artsy metal stomp. It’s a lot of sustained guitar melodies, a lot of kick drum, and a lot of caveman-esque vocals. I like the dirtier business myself but this isn’t all about what I like. Check it out if it seems applicable to you.
YTD recordings listened to: 532
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 280
Not good music: 220
Honorable Mentions: 5
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