Music for 10/4/19!!! Sturgill Simpson, Opeth, Project Pablo

@@@ Sturgill Simpson: Sonic Fury (Elektra, 2019)  The Guardian gave this record 5 stars which is kinda rare so I thought that earned a peep.  I like the Guardian’s music coverage without loving it.  This record not only got mad love in the Guardian it’s got a huge ass blurb in the Apple Music so you can see the folks in charge of Music are behind this effort.  I don’t believe it’s gonna be a classic country record, it’s gonna be a hybrid — some twang, some punk and some whatever.  Going against the grain this first tune is a massive guitar rock jam.  It’s good, I like the drummer.  The first two tunes were epic rockers with country feels but the third one goes more mainstream with a crushed drum sound and very little redneck action.  I can’t say I think this is a 5 star record to my ears.  It is an interesting update on a ZZ Top country/blues/redneck ’70s big guitar rock formula and I find the drummer and the guitar player to be the musicians I’m listening to most here.  You even get a dance track with the fourth tune ‘A Good Look’.  If you crave the combination of dance beats and rock I would suggest a classic Funkadelic record as nobody quite does that combo the way they do.

@@@  Opeth: In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast, 2019)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Some Scandinavian metal that opens with a church-y vocal choir before we get to the Beezlebub stomp and the baby skull crushing.  I’m not sure I’ve heard these gents before but hearing the synth and the opener Imma thinking this is not gonna be a straight and predictable run.  The second tune brings the noise, but not your dirty gutter water metal, it’s pretty high minded and aspirational.  Big guitar riffs, clean production etc, a little proggy action up in here.  There has been a paucity of vocals thus far but it sounds like a muscular Styx record — dramatical as shit.  Oh the singer comes on in for the third tune and it supports my case of this being a Styx record in disguise.  I respect the technical skills required to make a record like this, but it’s not really my cup of tea.

@@@ Project Pablo: The Solution (Ghostly, 2019) This is the pre-release single for a 4 song EP out on 11/1.  I saw this announced up on the Twatter — friggin’ love the hateful Twatter.  Not really but I enjoy typing the word Twatter and wish it would catch on with others.  It’s classic minimalist techno with some funk to it.  Very clean synth sounds with a fair amount of reverb and delay on them to stretch and deepen the percussive bleeps and clouds and bell like sounds.  It’s an 8 minute dancefloor banger so it unfolds as you would expect an 8 minute track to unfold.  More melody, a change of beats, some additional percussive elements.  This track is clean like a porn star’s freshly shaved and perfumed muffin.  It just is and I mean no disrespect to either the track of perfumed muffins.  When it rounds the bend and heads down the final 1/4 of the track it’s fully blossomed.  Big drumbeat, lots of synth pulses, burts of cloud synths, some funky bits, the whole techno shebang.  It’s a good muffin, well manicured.

YTD recordings listened to: 514
Good music, not list worthy: 310
Not good music: 171

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx

 

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Music for 10/2/19!!! Amy Shark, Golden Features, Drama

@@@ Amy Shark: Mess her Up (Wonderlick/Sony, 2019)  I saw this musician listed on an Australian music festival lineup email.  Mostly mainstream pop with fingersnaps but guitar based.  Guitars are featured in the verse but it might be synths in the chorus or a combination of synths and guitars.  The lyrics are female empowerment based and they’re not for me.  My personal advice is that folks should not look to music too much for personal guidance.  Shark’s voice is all right and though huge in some places she sounds pretty normal.  I think Shark is inspired by Tay Tay but a step to the side.

@@@ Golden Features: SECT (Warner Australia, 2018)  Off the same music festival announcement this is muscular electronic with a bit of an aggro/industrial feel.  Not a ton but some.  Mr. Features has some vocal synth working on his vocals — I don’t love it, I find it a wee bit distracting.  I don’t want to spend our time arguing over the fine differences between techno rhythms and straight club business but I find the kick-snare kick-snare to be a tad too heavy footed/handed for me and I could use some more interesting beats.  Lots of chainsaw synths so overall it’s a heavy, aggro vibe.

@@@ Drama: Hold On (Ear Jelly, 2019)  I got to this feel good techno bounce house via the Twatter.  Ghostly is all up in the Twatter.  I like the beat, it’s got some funk to it.  This is a tune with singers!  A rarity for the abstract electro crowd.  A nice arpeggiated synth up in here, some mmm, mmm background vocals and a generally mellow vibe.  It’s about the memory of a love affair, you were my favorite, I still hold on.  I dig it, it’s part dancefloor banger and part sweet nostalgic tune.  As always check these tunes for yourself, you might get your own feels and love them!

YTD recordings listened to: 508
Good music, not list worthy: 306
Not good music: 169

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx

Music for 9/27/19!!! Yungblud, Hailee Steinfeld, Da Baby

@@@ Yungblud: Parents (Geffen, 2019)  A pre release mainstream single I got to via a music publicist email outfit I usually ignore.  It’s a blend of bad boy rock lyrics, Imagine Dragons style music and while it may end up being huge as this sort of manufactured rebellion is quite popular to my ears it’s high end shiny trash.  Lots of lyrics about taking drugs and banging girls and how old parents have no clue.  Parents ain’t always right, that’s the best you could do, youngblood?  I get the part about the greatness of being young but with this low level IQ it can’t be that much fun.  It makes yesterday’s listen to Maroon 5 sound like a feat of artistry and taste, that’s how cheesy it is.  Boo hiss.

@@@ Hailee Steinfeld: Afterlife (UMG, 2019) We switch from a cheesy youthful rebellion track to a little less cheesy love tune.  It doesn’t have the grayness and depressing air that Arianna Grande’s music has which is nice.  I like that they took the vocal melody and parallel processed it into a vocals synth with an organ so it sounds vocoded.  That doesn’t happen through the whole tune but it’s noticeable and a creative sonic idea.  She does wear that vocal hook out, we might have used a few more sentiments in the lyric department.  The sounds are good, pretty standard for today’s electro pop.  About the best thing I can say about this tune is that it could have been much worse.

@@@ DaBaby: Intro (Interscope, 2019)  #1 on the Apple Music hot tracks.  It’s a biographical hip hop track about DaBaby’s life, the death of his father, his daughter, his rising up to #1 record track.  While I don’t really identify with the lyrics he’s got an interesting flow and his sounds are pretty fresh on this tune.  He’s got a nice chattering beat but most notably he’s got a short vocal sample that repeats and really works.  It’s much more of a song than a lot of hip hop which is a groove with MC sauce on it.  This is by far the best thing I heard today, I would check out more of DaBaby fo sho.  I think I might have heard him as a guest MC but you know the world is full of MCs and the names are confusing.

YTD recordings listened to: 499
Good music, not list worthy: 301
Not good music: 166

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective

Music for 9/11/19!!! Altin Gun, Wuta Mayi, Green Day

@@@ ALTIN GUN: Gece  (ATO, 2019)  I’m a little surprised this Turkish psych rock via Amsterdam record is out on ATO.  I didn’t think major labels released interesting non-pop music any more.  There’s plenty of hippie vibes to be had in this world music so I get that.  Nice guitar tones, a really good drummer and well done sounds.  The vocal duties are shared between at least a gent and a gal.  It does straddle the stoner rock/world/mainstream music crowd (maybe a bit less than the super huge mainstream) so I guess they could draw enough fans to attract a major label vampire.  It does a really good job of being a retro record and a fresh one at the same time.  I guess mostly the sounds and the production make it a compelling sounding record for these great and awesome times!

@@@ WUTA MAYI: La Face Cachee (Sterns, 2019)  A 70 year old gent from Kinshasa in the Congo and his music goes back decades.  This first tune just oozes sweetness out the speaker.  Mayi himself sings as if he just ate a stick of butter, there is a choir of background vocalists, some nylon string guitars, hand percussion, a kit drummer and a whole bucket of smooth.  Even an accordion or the African equivalent thereof.  My guess would be the guitars are the sweetest of all, they’re really chilled out but active (and more than one).  The horns on this second track, oh my.  I don’t usually ever refer to artwork or videos in my reviews as I see them as superfluous but check the pic of Mr. Mayi and you can see where this record is at.  It’s a high end expression of African musical culture.  He’s a senior statesman and he’s doing his thing.

 

@@@ Green Day: Father of All… (Reprise, 2020)  A pre release single from Green Day.  Yikes, they’re making another lap around the ol’ corporate punk rock racetrack.  They come out more Queens of the Stone Age rather than classic spiky hairdo Green Day talking about how they’re too bored to even spank it.  It’s is a brisk punk tempo with handclaps and mucho glam feels to be had.  A crushed drum sound, small production flourishes and falsetto vocals make this Green Day track stand out as a medium move away from past efforts which focused on singalong anthems.  I check the lyrics on Genius and they kinda made sense and that’s pretty good for these days.  I’m a bit puzzled as to what Father of All…. means as a title but I’ve learned not to sweat such expectations.  It’s not gonna make a lot of sense and it feels like they’re just looking to wind the people up.

YTD recordings listened to: 467
Good music, not list worthy: 285
Not good music: 156

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 9/9/19!!! Jordan Christoff, Frank Turner, Post Malone

@@@ Jordan Christoff: Liminal (N/A, 2019)  Ambient music off of a best of Bandcamp ambient list from a few weeks ago.  Two just over 20 minute monster shots of ambient music!  Get your slow cloud on people.  I will be making a reasonable amount of tastings and moving on to graze elsewhere cuz that’s how I roll.  This first piece entitled Iron Goddess is a slow roller with metallic flavoring.  I’m listening around the halfway point and we have some slight rain like sounds, a lit over top blurp (very slight), and a wave of what sounds like a stretched metallic sound — maybe a string sound stretched a whole bunch and it’s coming in waves.  The second piece Valentine is sounds more synth and cloudy and I know these are very abstract words people, but ambient music is very abstract and the focus on texture and the combination of textures seems not crazy.  A second wave combines and pushes against the initial layer of sound and whole impressions is one of slow moving tectonic changes.

@@@ Frank Turner: No Man’s Land (Polydor, 2019)  A British dude writing 13 tunes about historically significant women.  Odds of it being cool around 20% but I’ll give him a shot.  It is punk folk and I’m a bit surprised this is a major label release as it is pretty amped up.  However, the second tune kicks in and it’s more in line with Hootie and Blowfish rather than Billy Bragg.  Ah, we have a situation where the record flattens out in energy and song styles as it unfolds.  I like Turner’s voice and a lot of his lyrics and his ambition but it doesn’t thread the needle for me personally.  As always listen for yourself.

@@@ Post Malone: Hollywood’s Bleeding (UMG, 2019)  I’m just checking this first tune and I guess if you want to trumpet this gent it’s his voice in a hip hop/r&b musical setting but I find it to be emotionally tiresome cheese.  As with a lot of these major label releases it’s the lyrics that really drive my negative feelings.  It’s just a big bucket of cliche cheese.  I will check a few more of these tracks but the overwroughtness of the opener is not a big sell for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 462
Good music, not list worthy: 282
Not good music: 154

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 9/4/19!!! Lana Del Rey, Alicai Harley, Raphael Saddiq

@@@ Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell (UMG, 2019)  One of my least favorite mainstream musicians; however this record got 4 out 5 stars in the Guardian so I thought I would throw it a listen.  My general take on Del Rey is that her music is so slack it makes me feel nappy.  If I try to see the appeal of her music it is her jaded female take on life and relationsips and shit.  I get that but the first tune feels too long and the slack tempo contributes to that feeling of length.  Oh this second one is a slow one too, get the oxy out!  I do like some of these lyrics, they cut through the fog of slow tempo, though in truth it is a time honored tradition of faded rock star business to roll in this world weary, cynical manner.  The lyrics are the star here and her singing is very good.  I’m way less annoyed by this Del Rey business but she’s not really for me.

@@@ Alicai Harley: Rushing (Warner, 2019)  Listed as pop on Apple Music but described as hot dancehall in the Line of Best Fit email we are here to clear the air.  What the fuck is this?  I guess it’s both as she hits the dancehall groove and toasting but with a plethora of pop sounds.  Somebody took the classic dancehall beat and snuck a few trap hats in there and some updated pop synth sounds as well.  By the end of the tune it’s a tapestry of vocal tracks which I always find a bit lazy.  I say hit the mic and dig that groove deep instead of piling the vocals on.

@@@ Raphael Saddiq: Jimmy Lee (Sony, 2019)  Off last week’s All Music notable release email.  I know this musician gets lots of love from r&b fans but I’ve never heard the track that brought the love forth from me.  This is a serious record about the death of this musician’s brother from a drug overdose back in the day.  This first tune is a blend of r&b and a little rock.  I like the album’s aspirations but I didn’t love the first track.  The second track, So Ready, evokes a Michael Jackson funk with a poppin’ fresh bassline and fingersnaps.  I’m on the third track now, This World is Drunk.  I like the sounds and Saddiq is a talented musician but I don’t really feel his tunes.  It’s not working for me though I get he’s got skills and folks love him.

YTD recordings listened to: 454
Good music, not list worthy: 276
Not good music: 153

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah

Music for 8/29/19!!! Saint Abdullah, Missy Elliott, Silent Vigils

@@@ Saint Abdullah: Mechanical Flirtations (True Aether, 2019) I saw a show with these guys up on the Flavorpill weekly email and saw they’re Muslim (check out that NC The Muslims, you bitches) and thought I would throw it a listen.  This is an electronic record and it’s not gonna be a dancefloor banger if the first tune is any indication.  It opens up with a dark, insistent churn and a free jazz sax not quiet wailing.  I dig it, it’s hefty.  In addition to the electronic bits and the sax there is some percussion going on which breaks the repetition of the electronic component.  It is a bold and strong opener.  Let’s see what else they have going.  The second tune opens up with what I believe to be South Asian devotional singing/chanting before the dark electronics enter again.  I’m only on the second tune but my feeling is this type of music is a no go for lots of folks but it hits hard with non verbal impact.  I haven’t loved every bit of this record but there are some really powerful spots on this 31 minute EP

@@@ Missy Elliot: Throw it Back (Atlantic, 2019)  Big fan, Missy Elliot is super funky and strange and just doing her thing.  That said this tune is not full on Missy to my ears and has a pretty standard arrangement with a trappist beat and some trunk shaking low end thumpin.  She’s got some strange funky garnish in places but it doesn’t (imho) have the other worldly funk of her Timbaland sounds.  Compare this to the classic shit of Work It where she goes off vocally and sonically.  I love Missy Elliott, I guess I was hoping for a bit more weirdness.

@@@ Silent Vigils: Lost Rites (Home Normal, 2019) I can’t remember how I got to this record.  I think it was from a best of ambient music on Bandcamp.  This first tune opens up spaciously with some slow rollers and a cloud of static comin’ on in and some sparse piano action.  Notes not runs and big ass chords.  I lasted about a bit over 5 minutes and knowing that ambient music asks you to take less and enjoy it more I could have used a bit more.  The second tune comes out ringing and with bell like hits and ringing metal you might say it has a classic Asian musical feel to it, but with drones and stretching and shit.  This is just right for me.  Harmonically ringing and manipulated guitars highlight the third track so of the three tracks I felt the second tune (the title track) the most.

YTD recordings listened to: 445
Good music, not list worthy: 270
Not good music: 149

Best: 0
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, 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, 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, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah