@@@ Deerhunter: Why hasn’t everything already disappeared? (4AD, 2019) It’s indie Tuesday so get your flavored coffee and tight jeans out. I have actually enjoyed Deerhunter records in the past though that may not be the case as I get them confused with Deer tick, and Deer Hoof. Oy, those indie confuzinators. I think I’m thinking of a different Deer band, I don’t think this is going to go well for me. It’s better than Taylor Swift’s last record, I’ll give them that. This first tune appears to be an uplifting rock thing with a crushed drum sound and a quasi-Beatleesque vocal melody. There’s a raucous outro with a big sounding guitar solo which I’m enjoying. The second tune continues the bright rock theme and I think we’re onto the formula for the record. It’s all right music, I’m not super in the mood for it, but I guess people like the comforting arms of something like this. I would rather go burn someone’s house down.
@@@ Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar, 2019) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. Apple Music has this blurbed as spooky maximalism which I don’t think I have a frickin’ clue about. This first tune has to be inspired by John Lennon’s first solo record. Piano, detached voice, alienation, etc. The sounds are pretty engaging but part of me is not attached to it. The second tune moves into a higher tempo and a more rocking vibe. I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed Van Etten’s voice — I can’t say anything specifically about it but I don’t connect with it. I’m getting a sense of what spooky maximalism might sound like. There are a lot of little flourishes and background melodies that give the tunes a more orchestral feel. Not overtly necessarily but it’s hyperproduced in a way. And in the middle of it sits her low energy voice, I guess that’s it.
@@@ The Killers: Land of the Free (Island/UMG, 2019) I briefly cruised a blog post about this track so peep I will. It starts out all Bruce Hornsby and shit. Piano and meaningful. Oh boy, here’s the giant choir in the back. I appreciate the sentiments here but it’s like getting a good veggie burger but the shit is just drowning in so much shitty cheese you can’t appreciate the burger. Naimsayin’? Power chords, climax, rockin’ it, choirs, blech and phooey. I am certainly no defining voice of woke, but woke folks (imho) don’t need to be pandered to in this manner. The sounds work against the sentiments.
YTD recordings listened to: 47
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 18
Honorable Mentions: 0
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