@@@ The Beths: The Future Hates Me (Carpark Records, 2018) #41 on the NPR best of 2018 list so it’s gonna be soft and intimate, right? The first tune actually comes out with uptempo energy and a little Queens of the Stone Age guitar grind but toned back for the NPR people. Oh my, she’s comforting and friendly but they’re actually rockin’ it by 2018 rock standards. Melodic and hooky it’s an updated Breeders thing with a less acidic and ironic singer and it’s all right. Reminiscent of the Weezer, of the Superdrag, of the ’90s hooky power rock.
@@@ Thou: Magus (Sacred Bones, 2018) #43 on the very same NPR list and it’s spieled as gloom folk. Good stuff. It’s not folk, I’m an idiot, it’s a metal record. Oh my somebody has been in the kitchen cooking up the guitar sludge and pouring it all over the listener and I think that special somebody is an orc. Or somebody with laryngitis. Oh my, this is quite slow and syrupy and stoned out. The second tune dabbles in a sci fi drum machine kind of thing but I think it’s just a palette cleanser before they bring out, you guessed it, another pot of high end guitar asphalt. Right on time, the monster is up and stomping around. I’m a bit too caffeinated at this point of time to get pulled down in the mud like this but they’re executing this quite well.
YTD recordings listened to: 4
Good music, not list worthy: 2
Not good music: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0
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