@@@ Young Valley: Till I Cross Your Mind (N/A, 2018) I got to this roots rock single via a music publicist at Pavement PR. The band arrangement is pretty standard alt country guitar rock but the vocalist and the melody stand above. The playing is tight and the tempo is up and rocking so it’s got a bunch of good elements. If you like the roots rock, check it out as it’s more than solid.
@@@ Eleanor Friedberger: Everything (Frenchkiss, 2018) An ’80s influenced pop rock single I got to via a music publicist. Peppy drumbeat, some basic synth chords, a little chorused guitar and lyrics that are okay but not taking me anywhere. Supposed to be a super great artist of our time and a pop song that tackles a big idea (of wanting everything and having everything and being happy with variations on that), hmm I’m not sure I get it.
@@@ El Hijo De La Cumbia: Genero, Genero (Nacional, 2018) Modern and updated cumbia music off this week’s WRIR playlist email. By updated I mean it’s a pan-Latin genre mash with traditional and electronic elements. By the time you get to the third tune, Che Revolution, it’s mostly electronic with a blend of hand percussion, accordion and drum machine rhythms. It’s clearly a release designed to get you to dance into spring. The fourth tune, Que Te Vaya Bien, strikes the best balance of sounds of what I heard.
@@@ Janelle Monae: I Like That (Bad Boy/WEA, 2018) Another pre-release single from Janelle Monae whose record is getting a big push out there on the interwebz. I thought the first single, I forget which, was a Prince bite sandwich, but this appears to go a different direction. It’s a I am who I am anthem with a natural, non biting set of sounds and a good energy. I much prefer this to the other track I peeped, big mistake by the whoever is ordering these releases. I guess the mainstream listeners get their heads more easily around a solid bite job. This has lilting vibe with some rhymes and a little gospel and a little dancehall. For a mainstream track this has some genuine elements in it. It always pays to listen for yourself as this tune is much different than from what came before.
YTD recordings listened to: 217
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 116
Not good music: 94
Honorable Mentions: 3
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