@@@ Barrie: Tal Uno (Winspear, 2018) I saw somebody launching a twat on the twatter celebrating that Spotify had put this track up on some ultimate indie list. Oh boy, back to the ’80s we go with the super puffy synth (and synth bass) sounds and the intimate female vocal sound. And finger snaps! Fuck me, finger snaps! And twinkly guitars! And only happy endings!
@@@ Discount Sunset: Slippery (Self-released, 2018) I saw this self-released debut single on a promo email from an Australian online music magazine. Mopey dude on the microphone, heavily reverbed guitar and straight rock beats. The synth component of this tune is less than usual for these days. The arrangement is sinuous and kind of weaves and bobs within a wider range of normal indie pop tunes. It’s an interesting blend of upbeat and downer sounds but I can’t personally roll with dude’s voice. Check if for yourself.
@@@ Tkay Maidza: Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1 (Downtown, 2018) I saw this Australian black female MC on a promo email from the same Australian online music magazine I mentioned in the review above. I usually struggle with the non U.S. rap but Maidza is singing and rhyming and she brings a modern but pretty on fleek Caribbean sound to this first tune. The second tune brings on the straight up quick hip hop with the farty bass and a chanted chorus. That second tune is clipped below. Maidza has skills and the arrangements while not revolutionary are fresh. As far as pop music goes this is pretty solid shit, so if you’re looking for some alternative to the Ariana Grande avalanche check out Maidza. This is the best of what I heard today.
YTD recordings listened to: 550
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 294
Not good music: 227
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza