@@@ Sea Moss & the Social Stomach: Ugh (Crash Symbols, 2018). I got to this raucous yet partyistic noise based party punk via an email from KFJC out in California. This first tune features a brisk tempo and pig squealing synths with other animal sounds but also a funky cowbell and a bouncy beat. There is a woman wailing as in an incomprhensible fashion and lots of droney, siren-y shit. The second tune, A Four Mile Parade takes a Left on Broadway, speeds up the tempo, keeps the wails, animal sounds, and siren sounds — it sounds as if the tune is imploding from the inside. Let’s check out the band from the second half of this EP, the Social Stomach. These guys are pleasantly strange as well but they sport a little prog and more rock vibes than noise. A female singer works the microphone here but she has more of a detached Frank Zappa flow rather than the barnyard animal aspirations of the first outfit. Spanish in the second tune which starts to heat up with some sci fi movie oscillating synth. Both of these bands are fully formed and freaky — one with a partyistic, noisy tilt and the other a sort of art school prog with punk swirls.
@@@ VoidCeremony: Foul Origins of Humanity (Mondo Macabre, 2017) Also off a KFJC email list of live and in studio performances. This is three tracks of stormy, threedly epic death metal/black metal. The singer is low in the mix and he explores various caveman concerns while a dual guitar attack gets nutty. The second tune picks up where the grind of the first tune ended — it’s thrashy with some classic metal and they play fast. Red Bull, meth, who knows. It’s all about the guitars here.
@@@ DRAM: Best Hugs (Atlantic, 2018) DRAM goes for song of the summer with an ’80s inspired synth r&b party bomb. He gives an inspired vocal and rhyming performance but the early ’80s disco juice is not going well over here. I feel the same way here as the Childish Gambino summer BBQ anthem — to my ears they’re trying too hard to get the title going for maximum bounce and party vibes but lacking on soul. I can’t give song of the summer to the vocal hook ‘Your girl gives the best hugs’. I like DRAM but really?
YTD recordings listened to: 427
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 224
Not good music: 189
Honorable Mentions: 4
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