@@@ MV Carbon: Hold On (N/A, 2017) I got to this listen and the one below via an email from the BK adventurous music club Roulette. This first tune is from a two song EP and it opens somewhere in art school Nine Inch Nails territory. After an intro it gets a bit creepy with a delayed or doubled female vocal melody. The keyboard playing sports a pleasantly bedroom type of vibe, it’s purposefully jumping around. It’s an all right dark electro quasi-vampire track. I was expecting something more freaky.
@@@ Val Jeanty: Faces (N/A, N/A) A Hatian born electronic music composer turntablist artist busting out with a stew of Nina Simone vocal samples, some organ pumping low, shaker type percussion, an occasional soprano sax burst, and maybe Ms. Jeanty singing. It’s a really nice collage of sounds. I like Jeanty’s singing (or whoever is singing) and the electronic sounds the most of what’s heer and the soprano sax is my least favorite component. I wanted more bass but it’s some really well done non-white Laurie Anderson type electronic music stew.
@@@ Yves Tumor: Gospel for a New Century (Warp, 2020) A pre-release single from a record getting a big up over at the Guardian as a work of genius. A big wide mix awaits you here — lots of electro sounds pumping and percolating and buzzing in the stereo filed. There’s a crunch to then and then Mr. Tumor comes in with some nice contrasting singing. He sounds a bit tired of the world or himself (and I get that). It’s a relationship song that goes full rock in the chorus and becomes much more standard and predictable than the verse. My favorite part here is the bass player and Tumor’s singing style, the crunchiness of the mix and the chorus are my least favorite parts.
@@@ Rebecca Foon: Dreams to Be Born (Constellation, 2020) Both of these listens (this one and the one below) are from this week’s CFUV playlist email. This opens up intimate piano and vocals style and while I don’t usually go for it it’s jarring and pulled me into the tune. I’m not listening to the lyrics but I believe they’re pretty heavy. Foon’s voice is both husky and feminine and I think that full tone is making it easier for me to accept the premise of the sounds. A few new sounds are added but the tune doesn’t really go anywhere, it’s a series of repeating chords. There is a big introduction of single string swells for the last bit of the tune which I’m agnostic about. I wish those had been electronic sounds at the end.
@@@ Frazey Ford – Azad (Arts & Crafts) Singer songwriter business off the CFUV weekly email. Brisk rock beat with a tiny funk to it, piano, and a nice rock bass sound pumping up from underneath. Great organ sound that could be louder in the mix and a female singer. A little bit country, a little bit rock, a little gospel. By the midway point the tempo hasn’t risen but the energy has with more voices, more urgent singing and little bits added to the song.
YTD recordings listened to: 245
Good music, not list worthy: 133
Not good music: 106
Honorable Mentions: 0
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