@@@ Djeneba & Fousco | Kayeba Khasso (Lusafrica, 2017) I can only hear a pre-release single on the Apple Music so I can’t make much of a statement about the record but this tune is pretty sparse with a melancholy vocal melody sung by a man and a woman. It’s pretty epic with some other stringed instruments but not a drummer. Oops, I’m an idiot, here’s some hand percussion and they’re singing in a full instrumental environment. Beautiful singing and sounds, it’s not my favorite style of African music but listen for yourself. I got to this record via the WRIR weekly playlist email.
@@@ Wave Break: Plaster City (Self-released, 2018) I’ve been listening from the bottom of this post to the top so this is another female fronted rock band. This is more an emo kind of vibe to the tune with more pushing by the band and more melody from the singer. I think the lyrics are meant to be listened to but I’m not doing that. It’s aspires to be a meaningful tune which is fine but it’s not meaningful to me and check for yourself you might love it. I got to it via the blog Indiepulse
@@@ Barren Womb: Old Money/New Lows (Spartan, 2018) A Norwegian noise rock outfit that I got to via the blog Indiepulse. The first tune has a shouting singer over heavy guitar riffs and thick tom drumming. I wouldn’t put these guys in the noise rock slot, it’s more of a punk rock musical base with a over caffeinated irritated preacher on the microphone. If you’re looking for some heavy riffage without the societal disapproval of listening to a metal record these guys will hook you up.
@@@ Candy Ambulance: Spray (Candy Spray, 2018) A self-released female fronted hard rocking outfit. The singer sounds like she’s almost about to lose it and it’s done over a lot of rock guitars and a pretty straight rock drummer. The second tune takes it down a notch and they move easily between rock and more manic punk flavors. It’s a pretty tight outfit and the first tune is my favorite. The first tune is clipped below. I got to this record via a music publicist.
YTD recordings listened to: 94
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 52
Not good music: 39
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One