@@@ Roisin Murphy: Incapable (Loaded/BMG, 2019) I have not heard of this dancefloor diva til I peeped the Guardian’s songs of summer article that came yesterday. This is some classic retro disco biscuitry with low key vocals — she’s not a 5 octave Mariah Carey kinda gal. I don’t mind her vocal style but it would be more compelling if the sounds were less canned and fresher. I’ve heard this track many many times and you have too without realizing it. 8:26 of white wedding dancing? Perhaps. Some people just want to get out their and wiggle their ass and there’s no shame in that but….c’mon there’s enough vanilla ice cream out there to fill many stadiums, naimsayin’?
@@@ Lil Nas X: Old Town Road (Sony, 2018) I’ve read tons about this song and Lil Nas X but I haven’t peeped it til now as I’m looking at the Guardian’s songs of the summer. It’s a mildly country tune over a fat jeep bass and a trap beat. It’s an unusual pairing sonically but it’s pretty simple like a popsicle and it comes and goes without making much more than noticing he black country drawled over some hip hop beats. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. This smells a bit one hit wonder-y.
@@@ (Sandy) Alex G: Gretel (Domino, 2019) A pre-release offkilter entry into the Guardian’s songs of the summer. It gets into an indie groove with some Tim Hecker screaming types of drones in the back. In come the shoegaze-y vocals and it’s the musical equivalent of an almost broke carnival. At around 90 seconds the tune morphs into a strummed acoustic sing-a-long type of thing with what sound like calliope pipes. Also gets garnished with shaker and mandolin it is both bright and dark at the same time. Me personally I’m not feeling this as a summer track but that’s just me and it seems more like a music publicist’s successful crashing of a summer song list.
YTD recordings listened to: 355
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 123
Honorable Mentions: 0
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