@@@ Alexander Tucker: Guild of the Asbestos… (Thrill Jockey, 2019) While this review is at the top of the post it is my last listen of the day so it is natural to compare it to the Ceremony record down the bottom. Here we have more of an ambient opening tune, heavier on cloud synths and lighter on rhythms. The growling bass sound is quite nice. It’s got that large arena rock album vibe of a classic U2 without that blowhard Bono. The quasi-Brith affect of the singer lends a highbrow signifier to the track. Go Brexit! Fucking do it, slit your own throats it’s totally punk rock. Slight non-sequitur there. These are all larger tunes from 5+ minutes up to 10. The second tune unwinds more slowly as you would expect from a 9 minute monster shot so it does appear to work within popular song structures but in an engorged fashion. I really like the bass sound, the singer not so much. The bowed sounds of the third tune work for me, but I tipped!
@@@ Pusha T: Coming Home (featuring Lauryn Hill) (UMG, 2019) When I saw this single listed in the Apple Music hot tracks I thought Pusha T and Lauryn Hill was an interesting combination. And sonically she does provide contrast to Pusha T’s tough street rhymes. I’m not sure what the tune is about but it’s more uplifting and melodic than usual Pusha T business. Towards the end of the track the title ‘Coming Home’ appears – it’s a black rebirth anthem and it’s pretty interesting. There’s a line about black people being past their due date, that line caught my ear. I’m listening to the track for the second time and it’s hard to connect his rhymes to her sung lyrics. The sounds are pretty hot and atypical for what I’ve heard from Pusha T before.
@@@ Ceremony: In the Spirit World Now (Relapse, 2019) I find it fascinating that heavy music label Relapse has started trafficking in other genres. My guess is they’re feeling economically pinched and looking to get any loot they can from other genres. The first tune, Turn Away the Bad Thing, is an angular old school art school thing from the first half of the ’80s balanced pretty equally between guitars and synths. The singing duties are mostly handled by a gent with a brusque barking manner. That tune, clipped below, is picked as the main single for a reason as it is both melodic and muscular. These guys do a good job of making synths sound aggressive and rocking, an above average example of synth rock so check it out if you roll in this way.
YTD recordings listened to: 451
Good music, not list worthy: 274
Not good music: 152
Honorable Mentions: 0
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