@@@ Satori: Makhtub (Crosstown Records, 2017) I got to this world/trance/New Age artist from a gig announcement from the hoity toity BK music club National Sawdust. The opening tune (clipped below) featurs some cool chopped and glitched Middle Eastern string sounds and some less cool vocal parts. It’s a slow jam but I have a feeling this next track is gonna be a dancefloor banger. Noop, wrong again. I like the third tune, Dive Into the Mystic, but if you desire a hypnotic trance-like listening experience from that part of the world I would recommend any number of Tinariwen records over this. I like parts of this but I want it to hit harder.
@@@ Quiet Earth: Desertion/Migration (N/A, 2018) This two song blast of distortion and punk/metal/rock energy is off an Invisible Oranges looking back at underrated music of 2018. It’s a duo record and they kick it out for a duo but the drummer is also listed as the bass player and if he’s playing those two instruments at the same time, well then he gets a friggin’ gold star for that. More than solid shit to harvest the crust from your eyes. I little drano for your soul. Sonically the sounds lean more punk than metal as it has a spill-y less manicured feel to it than most metal.
@@@ Luke Combs: Beer Never Broke My Heart (Sony, 2019) Some new country off the Apple Music hot tracks section. The blend of power rock guitar playing and banjo always spins my head a bit til I reconcile those two sounds, but the hook is good and could probably do better as an official anthem for the Beer Brewer’s Association of America. Combs has a suitably gruff voice and I think I would enjoy this song more if it was more straight redneck and less mainstream rock.
YTD recordings listened to: 250
Good music, not list worthy: 146
Not good music: 90
Honorable Mentions: 0
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