@@@ Billy Strings: Turmoil & Tinfoil (Apostol, 2018) Alt-string music I got to via a music publicist email. This first tune comes busting out of the gate with elevated tempo and redneck shredding as a goal. It’s interesting to see a 9+ minute tune as the second on the record and I’m expecting some sort of extended jam. It’s a sung tune til about 3:30 and then it breaks out into a fairly monstrous string jam. I like the energy of this record — between the playing and the singer’s vibe it’s a hotter than usual string record with plenty of sweetness. Imma gonna roll back on this record when I have the the time.
@@@ Anenon: Tongue (Ghostly, 2018) I got to this record from the Twatter as well. It’s been a bit since I’ve felt a Ghostly release but I keep peeping. This first tune opens up with bird chirps, a little piano tinkling and what sounds like a wood flute. Not thinking that combo is gonna work out great for me but I will hang tight and listen. It’s a got a wee bit of a New Age vibe tucked into it as well as a cloudy feel to it. The second tune opens up with an arpeggiated organ patch — it’s a bit of a churchy patch with maybe a sax interlocking with it. Let’s try one more tune. I don’t think I like this ambient horn playing, it’s just not satisfying enough for me. Folks who dig this should check out some jazz records where people dig deeper into the instruments on this record.
@@@ Erin Pellnat: Do it for Dinero (Self-released, 2018) I got to this well sung country rag/samba tune from an email from the singer herself. Instrumentation includes accordion, guitar, bass and drums but the star here is the singer. Loose relaxed and not trying to hard. A really good tune to bring on the spring, check it out.
@@@ Holy Motors: Slow Sundown (Wharfcat, 2018) I got to this indie spaghetti western record via a twat on the twatter. This is your classic indie twang spiel — dreamy female singer, single coil guitar lines, and a leaning back drummer. I could use some flavors added to this well established formula. The single above combines ragtime and samba so things can happen. The sounds are nice and it’s well put together but for me it’s strictly for the opioid users out there.
YTD recordings listened to: 78
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 43
Not good music: 32
Honorable Mentions: 1
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