@@@ Kyoko Kitamura: Protean Labyrinth (N/A, 2018) I saw this recording mentioned on the Twatter as the Bandcamp record of the day. Kitamura has worked with Anthony Braxton and she is a sax player as well as a vocalist though she does have another sax player on this record. I’m enjoying the slightly fragmented and spiky feel of the first tune that intros the proceedings. Not all the tunes are up on the Bandcamp but there are four which is enough to get a sense of the record. I will be staking my review on this second tune Tripwire. I really like the sound of the record and the tone of the instruments. I like her vocalizing more than I like the usually jazz singing. It’s abstract while being somewhat rooted in scatting though I’m not expert on jazz vocals. I’m very much enjoying the rhythm section, that is the best part of the record as far as I’m concerned. She’s doing some really nice improvising vocal work on the fifth tune, Deadbolt. Solid B+
@@@ Ashley McBryde: The Jacket (Warner Music Nashville, 2018) A country single I got to via music blogger bigmouth Bob Lefsetz. My first thought is she’s pretty close to biting Tom Petty in a plagiaristic guitar melody kinda way. It’s the story of a jacket and all the shit it has been through. If you’re not into the nostalgic core of the song it’s really not going to work for me. I get it, but I don’t think it’s a particularly special tune.
@@@ Skinless: Savagery (Relapse, 2018) Some full on death metal that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. The title track and opener (clipped below) is pretty relentless in its forward attack. The singer shifts from caveman exhortations to a more post hardcore style but it’s the guitar and drum lock and beatdown that really brings the pain. This band is as punishing as being locked in a room with President SkidMark and his fellow cartoon character Rudy Giuliani and having them scream ‘No Collusion’ at you over and over. The sounds here are better and more truthful than those two for sure.
YTD recordings listened to: 477
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 247
Not good music: 200
Honorable Mentions: 5
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, 700 Bliss