@@@ Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time (Monofonus/Astral, 2018) A honkin’ big jazz recording (86 minutes!) that I got to via a twat from the twatter by the music blogger Bird is the Worm. This first tune is an 11 minute banger and thus far I’m feeling some ‘mid ’70s jam/fusion-y jazz with spooky electric organ hanging out on the side of the mix and some down, long tone sax playing. It comes out of its lengthy intro into a midtempo sax solo. The second tune, Brainville, is in a funkier more standard place with a descending bass line and a two horn head in melody. There are a bunch of covers up on this record and I like the drummer, Mr. Kirchner who is the bandleader. Regular readers know I’m more of a fire jazz/abstract jazz listener but it’s an energetic set.
@@@ Longwave: Stay With Me (Bodan Karma, 2018) I got to this indie single via a music publicist email. Opening up the tune employs a muscular 1980’s pop rock formula — a really nice fuzzy bass, a straight beat with that awful gated snare sound, minimal synth, and a singer straight out of the Reagan era. This dude could be in Simple Minds or to a lesser extent a U2 tribute band. It gets a shreddy rock solo but it’s really too familiar for me to give much respect to it.
@@@ serpentwithfeet: soil (secretly canadian, 2018) I got to this indie r&b record via Flavorpill. From the first tune it’s clear it’s gonna be a dramatic love listen. The singer has plenty of quiver to his voice and he’s forward with the vulnerability and fragility. I dig him thus far and the arrangement of this first tune is engaging. I don’t usually go for records like this but I feel the singer and more importantly the focused arrangements that make the songs work. The sounds are almost exclusively electronic and the vibe is more torchy and as previously stated the singer really sells his songs well. It’s reminiscent of the artist formerly known as Antony and the Johnsons.
YTD recordings listened to: 568
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 302
Not good music: 230
Honorable Mentions: 6
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