@@@ Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, the Faster It runs (Merge, 2018) Called ‘vibrant and aurally dazzling’ by the All Music notable release email, you gotta peep that. Super upbeat synth based indie on this second tune, The Instrument. It’s a little Kate Bush, a little Annie Lennox. Both of them blendered up with some Red Bull. I moved to the third tune, the title track (clipped below) hoping for a stylistic change but I’m not hopeful. What we have here people is upbeat synthesizer arrangements (multiple arpeggiated synths), meaningful lyrics about letting go of anger (never) and other such concerns, stacked vocal harmonies. It doesn’t make me want to kill myself but it’s not really my cup of tea.
@@@ Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar, 2018) Also off the All Music notable release email from a couple of weeks ago. Indie, indie, indie you gotta get balls deep in it! A change of pace from the record above as this record is not as synth-y, has an electric bass player and a drummer and is off to a decent start. It has both a psych vibe and a lo fi vibe — dirty crunchy drums, processed vocals that are hard to make out, quirky and medium dirty sounds. They are loose in their playing which I appreciate. Let’s peep a bit more. The second song is slower and more mournful as one would expect from a tune called The Ministry of Alienation, but they’re on to a indie electronic bounce on the third tune Hunnybee (clipped below). Oh my this is almost white people’s disco, get the bologna and mayo sandwiches out to go with the Pabst Blue Ribbon.
@@@ Sarah Shook: Years (Bloodshot, 2018) Also off the All Music notable release email. Labelled as Americana by the awesome people at Apple Music — you could call it old school alt country but you don’t have to. The singer and the first song are straight forward — acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide. With song titles like New Ways to Fail and The Bottle Never Lets Me Down you know what you’re in for. The lyrics are certainly not designed to get you all shiny and happy but the tempos are firm and if you’re up for a lot of country style guitar this record will most definitely hook you up.
@@@ Future: No Shame (Sony, 2018) I’ve never quite understood the appeal of Future but he’s huge and people dig him. This is a soundtrack tune so it’s gonna have a huge feel to it as it’s designed to encapsulate a film’s theme. The vocal hook in the chorus isn’t particularly notable but the verses get into some interesting places. Funky in stop/start sort of way but points off for the cheesy guitar solo at the end of the track.
YTD recordings listened to: 247
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 129
Not good music: 109
Honorable Mentions: 4
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, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, 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, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris