@@@ Lust For Youth: Lust For Youth (Sacred Bones, 2019) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. All Music has this slotted as post punk revival and Apple Music has it as Indie pop and Apple Music has it right. Unfortunately. Deeply rooted in ’80s synth rock it does have guitars (some) and drums (electronic but maybe not on all the tracks) and an ’80s type of singer. Oh boy, not really my cup of synths. Don’t like the sounds and not my type of singer. Probably fantastic people but I’m not up for this.
@@@ Plaid: Polymer (Warp, 2019) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. The first tune, Meds Fade, contains a straight drum machine beat and a lot of chopped and glitched side business. Some aaaahhhh vocals, it’s a bit of an odd duck overall. A little dancefloor banger, a little abstract, and even a little bit rock ‘n roll. Kids today. The second tune, Los, gets into the video game pong synths but then puts a slightly off kilter groove under that and it’s off to the arcade! The weird ass arcade where the pizza eats the Italian guy chasing it. It’s pleasantly losing its structure and becoming more chaotic. Maybe not losing its structure but sounding more crowded and chaotic. I like the ripping drum sample on the third tune, Maru, best of what I heard.
@@@ Pelican: Night Time Stories (Southern Lord, 2019) Doom metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. The record opens up with a pretty acoustic guitar and a distorted bass and no drums. Ah, there’s the crush right there but it’s a very polite crush — I want a hammerlock! I’ve been clear that I don’t like prog swirled up in my heavy metal. The second tune Midnight and Mescaline comes out rocking, more hard rock than the suffocating heavy metal we all know and love. I’ve checked these guys before and I have re-concluded that they are a heavy band for people who don’t like heavy metal.
YTD recordings listened to: 294
Good music, not list worthy: 174
Not good music: 103
Honorable Mentions: 0
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