@@@ Opium Moon: Opium Moon (Be Why, 2018) Some Middle Eastern inflected world music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. I like this first track, Gravity = Love, with its slow gait, hand drumming and violin/vocal driven melody. Four of the five pieces on the record are 10+ minutes long so expect slower and modest unfolding of the tunes given those lengths. This recording sounds great and if you’re up for the sonic equivalent for watching the sun rise check this record out. It has a slow inevitability to it that is interesting.
@@@ Sidi Toure: Toubalbero (Thrill Jockey, 2018) More world music from the WRIR weekly email. I’ve heard Mr. Toure before and I like his music. If I remember correctly it is on the more contemplative side than the full West African rock show. Somebody got Toure a Red Bull as he comes out strong with a full kit drummer, background singers and multiple string players. The record sounds super compressed to my ears which makes it louder and rocking but also kinda clipped and a little scratchy. I like the second tune,
Bk, with its super solid groove and descending melody. I like the playing here but it sounds too purposely sculpted as a rock record and that detracts from the listening experience. My mixer channel lights are pretty much pinned at the same point, it’s just loud with no dynamics.
@@@ Delgres: Can’t Let You Go (PIAS, 2018) I’m gonna have to hit up the Google but I’m guessing these guys are from Cajun country. It’s a trio of mixed ethnicities and they describe their music as Caribbean blues which is pretty close to Creole/Cajun spirit. The tune is guitar driven with some pretty mean electric guitar picking and it has primarily a blues feel but has a little extra world music sauce on it. Uptempo, bluesy and rockin’ and I got to this track via the WRIR weekly email. #transparency!
YTD recordings listened to: 410
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 214
Not good music: 182
Honorable Mentions: 4
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