@@@ Alice Glass: Alice Glass EP (Loma Vista, 2017) Female fronted space pop off this week’s CFUV playlist email. The most notable feature of the first tune is how much the low end has been sliced out of the singer’s voice and she sounds about seven years old. This sort of club music requires slick production — a lot of shine to go with the booty rocking bass. The record tries to be both dance music and lyric driven songs but I don’t buy these as songs, they leave me feeling not much, if anything.
@@@ Evil Invaders: Feed Me Violence (Napalm, 2017) Some revved up classic metal/thrash that I got to from the same CFUV playlist email. The singer is really a singer, and the guitarist(s) provide quite a bit of rhythmic chord chunking as well as the occasional pig squeal. There are two pre-release tunes up and this second one As Life Slowly Fades follows the same basic premise as the opener. Fast tempo, lots of drum fills followed by thrash beats, and wicked piercing pig squeals/guitar blasts.
@@@ Dan Walsh: Verging on the Perpendicular (Roksmere Records, 2017) Some roots/folk music off the CFUV email. This second tune (clipped below) is banjo playing and singing. It’s really pleasant playing and the singing is pretty with more modern lyrics. There are two instrumentals in the three first tunes which is fine as Walsh can surely play the banjo. For old schoolers.
YTD recordings listened to: 606
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 322
Not good music: 258
Honorable Mentions: 6
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