@@@ Ari Lennox: Whipped Cream (Interscope, 2018) You can imagine a tune called whipped cream is gonna be a booty anthem for sure. It’s a slow one with a four on the floor kick drum, a plinky guitar figure, some quiet and burbling keys and even a french horn (I think). Points for the french horn. She’s been eating whipped cream and having vivid dreams. You dig? It’s a slow jam, well put together in an old school fashion.
@@@ Ovlov: Tru (Exploding in Sound, 2018) I don’t know if shoegaze is a genre that hipsters still embrace but I call shoegaze a guitar storm with non-rock introspective voices nestled inside the aforementioned noise. The guitar sounds here are primo, high end and the band is tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time. It’s a pretty standard formula but they rock the shit out of it.
@@@ We are Muffy: The Charcoal Pool (Tapete, 2018) This is some super friendly retro hippy-ish folk I got to via All Music’s notable release email. I saw the Mr. Rogers documentary last night and Mr. Rogers’ thing was making kids feel safe and recognizing their emotions as valid. This record will not threaten your sense of safety in any manner. The second tune sets aside the happy bounce and does get a tad darker. The instrumentation consists of multiple acoustic guitars and a male and female singer. It appears the first tune is a bit of an outlier as the tempo drops and a folk sadness does make its appearance in the second and third tunes. I feel a bit deceived as the fourth tune brings in bass and drums. The vibe is both up and down with very pretty singing and a variety of moods. And make sure to check out the Mr. Rogers documentary, Fred was a heavy cat!
YTD recordings listened to: 433
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 228
Not good music: 190
Honorable Mentions: 4
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