@@@ Lisel: Ciphers (Luminelle, 2019) I got to this pre release single from an indie hipster twat on the Twatter. She is a classical singer and a producer as well so I’m guessing it’s gonna wash out as a New Age-y kinda thing. And right on time! Big soaring female vocals, a bit of a pipe organ typa patch and a simple drum beat that sounds like a piston engine with a reverse sound popped in there for hipness. It’s well executed as an arrangement but the multi-layered thing does make me yearn for a new pair of underwear and a gin and tonic. It’s quite upper crusty in its assumptions. Upper as in angel choir. This is good music to walk through a European painting gallery.
@@@ Guitar Wolf: Love & Jett (Third Man, 2019) I got to this release via the charts at Vancouver’s CFUV. I haven’t peeped any Third Man business for a while so it’s good to see what rock star Jack has been up to. Crushed up (compression wise) garage punk. The singer has a whole barely distinguishable thing going on which is fine. The guitars are distorted both in the recording and compressed so much they hurt my ears a bit. Thus far I’m not getting a shot of excitement from the songs themselves though the energy of the mix and the music is quite high. The second track, Sex Jaguar, comes out with the same thrash punk drumming and full on band sound. I appreciate the aggressiveness of the music but the singer sounds more than a bit like the village idiot. I’m not a huge Ramones fan but I would take that over this.
@@@ Necking – Cut Your Teeth (Mint) Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email. It’s #1 in the loud section and it doesn’t look like a metal video so I’m guessing we’re in punkland. Oh my Nirvana feels right out of the gate. A sort of grinding punk riff, some bouncy bass actions. It’s a female singer and she’s on about a dishonorable gent in her bedroom and she does an above average Sleater Kinney impersonation without the full molten female meltdown that is Sleater Kinney. You got a big mouth, you know that? It is rocking while being very accessible at the same time, you can never underestimate the impact of uptempo energy. A bunch of the Breeders, some Sleater Kinney, it’s like that. I can see a lot people digging this formula. I could use just a scooch more original sound to it myself as such close copies don’t work for me.
YTD recordings listened to: 375
Good music, not list worthy: 224
Not good music: 130
Honorable Mentions: 0
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