@@@ System: Plus (Moor Music, 2018) We open up today’s listening session with an ambient electronic record. Not roots dub but lots of big sounds wrapped around some simple keyboard playing. I like the span of it, it’s huge like Melania Trump’s empty cooch. How could she let the foul cretin inside her body? Yikers! You get a little glitch, a little static noise, a little ambient action tastefully ladled out. These shits are taking their time so this is some post-turkey listening action, don’t get all up in these if you’re looking to bang out a job for work or if you’re a night time long haul trucker. It’s not a crowded sonic field, it’s sounds like you’re sitting at the 50 yard line of a football field watching the sounds in the end zone. Okay that’s enough Thanksgiving flavored metaphors with a little Melania cooch thrown in for holiday spice. Yup, that’s right I did it.
@@@ Spontaneous Overthrow: All About Money (Numero Obscuro, 2018) This record looks to be some spaced out r&b/soul — not slicked out, computer neo-soul but somebody that owns a space organ and loves to put a lot of reverb on their tracks. It’s got a quaint funkiness to it but the extensive use of reverb drains the music of its energy a bit. A lot of these tunes push 6 minutes so they have a jammy feel to them.
@@@ Dispatch: Local 13 (Bomber Records, 2018) I got to this Sublime reggae/rock record via the CFUV weekly playlist email. The second tune busts out the banjos so this could be a sprawling, bit of all over the place kinda thing. You don’t often get the reggae and banjo explosion in the space of two tunes. The singer is super friendly and a tad frat boy sounding. The third tune gets into an acoustic guitar ballad so my suspicions are confirmed. Not really for me, but it may appeal others out there. As always check for yourself.
@@@ Billie Ellish: come out and play (Interscope, 2018) The #1 fully pimped track on Apple Music. It opens up small and intimate with breathy vocals, acoustic guitar, a little simple hand drumming and an organ swell tucked back in there. At about 2 minutes you get some large electronic garnish with a string section and it looks like this might explode as a cheesy song comet crossing the sky. C’mon do it, hit us with the cheese! Alas it was a fake buildup as it died back down to the opening vibe. Well, they get points for not turning it into a summer blockbuster by showing some restraint. Otherwise it’s an undercover Disney self-empowerment kinda track.
YTD recordings listened to: 653
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 354
Not good music: 257
Honorable Mentions: 8
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