@@@ Analea Brown: Lie To Me (Mensch House Records, 2019) I got to this reggae track via a music publicist email. It doesn’t matter that the singer is from Tonga, it’s just to say that this is not straight out of the Caribbean. It’s a slow, buttery reggae ballad with both old school sounds (bassline) and more modern vocal stylings and turntable scratching. I don’t think it particularly stands out but I like it. Big ups to the bass player for holding it down.
@@@ Xiu Xiu: Girl With the Basket of Fruit (Polyvinyl, 2019) We switch gears to some abrasive indie that I got to via this week’s All Music notable release email. It opens up with a fast non rocking spoken word track with a lot of rhythm and a singer losing in a nest/kluster of laser shots. While not trafficking in standard punk sounds it does have a classic in your face attitude with not many fucks given to the listener and what they want. I git that. I hear a drummer and maybe a cello player, or an upright bass player, there’s some bowing going on here in the third tune which has switched gears to a slow, innward looking, desperate kind of feeling. Though I don’t love this record, it is growing on me as it moves through its tunes. It’s an artsty noise record and believe me I hear a lot of great first songs followed by a lot of dross. This guy is on a trip and while not one for the shiny, happy people, he’s got some energy and passion going for him. I dig the upright bass and the tribal drumming and the up in yer grillness of the singer.
YTD recordings listened to: 83
Good music, not list worthy: 46
Not good music: 33
Honorable Mentions: 0
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, 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, 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, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel