@@@ Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: Our Garden Needs its Flowers (N/A, 2018) A reissue of African music from the 1980’s. I got to this record as its Bandcamp’s Album of the day. This first tune is notable fore its weird ass and pretty guitars that are a little African, a little trippy, and a little hippie folk. The singing and harmonizing is very pretty and the tunes have a very laidback yet not soft feel. I don’t think this record works great for African music lovers that enjoy the burning epic guitar blazers but I could see this record working for indie hipsters as it’s similar while being much better.
@@@ The Split Seconds: Counterfeit Reality (Altercation Records, 2018) I got to this DC punk band record via a music publicist email. This first tune is more Orange County is singalong punk rather than rat in a cage hardcore. I like it all right but my first impression is that I wish it was rougher. The drummer is doing all right, but the guitars are a bit wuss and the singer is pretty polite and literate for a punk singer. He couldn’t match Joe Strummer for righteous indignation. They need a couple distortion pedals and half a can of Red Bull.
YTD recordings listened to: 460
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 236
Not good music: 192
Honorable Mentions: 5
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