@@@ French Mouth: Teal (Frank Haus, 2020) I got to this noise rock track via a music publicist email. I remember from the blurb that these are Latin folks busting out with rock flavors and I’m up for that. The guitar work sounds a whole bunch like a slightly roughed up Cure riff. The singer is not nearly as mopey as Cure dude, in fact there is no mope at all. I’m thinking the track will accelerate in energy as it runs its course. It is doing so and the question that remains is whether it will blow apart at the seams. It is a 2:28 track and it does not explode which is fine though I like a whipping shitty, big fan. Lyrically I believe the track is about somebody’s mom in prison and writing her a letter so not your typical subject matter and something more substantial than whether these blue jeans make your ass look big.
@@@ Megan Washington: Bat Flowers (UMG, 2020) Off this week’s Happy Mag out of Australia. There are musicians outside of the U.S. that are a big deal and Washington is a big Australian musician. This tune opens cute rock style with a plinky beat and some straightforward rock guitar work. The vocal work is pretty melodic and popped out. So we have here something not found often in the U.S. where somebody takes rock sounds and makes a pop song. Bat flowers are these crazy ass yam flowers as in yam/sweet potato etc. The most notable addition in the second half of the tune is a string part which sweetens it more. It’s saccharine all the way through and only uses rock sounds without rocking which is fine. I’m agnostic.
@@@ Royal Green: Breaking the River (Royal Green, 2020) I got to this track by a side project of the National’s drummer via a music publicist email. If ever there was an overrated band it’s the National! Let’s not get into some sort of space where you say oh you’re just jealous of the genius of the National. Fuck off with that as this is an aesthetic debate. Here we go with bedroom rock business — strummed acoustic guitar (at least two), and super intimately framed vocals and a tossed off drum machine beat. I’m guessing this is about an indie connection, a connection I”ve not felt in a bit. The problem here as I see it is a lack of purpose — it’s not rock, it doesn’t swing, it relies on an intimate vibe in the production to establish a performance/listener connection. There’s a bunch of vocal samples in German at the end of the track which just confuses me. I don’t know breaking the river means and I won’t be GooglePimping it.
@@@ Peace Development Crew: Steady Meddi! (Boomrush, 2020) We close out today’s listening session with some roots and culture. It’s gonna be a dancehall toaster people. Toasting as in working the microphone not toasting as in bread. Very modern production but I believe we get a drummer, female background singers and a generally super upbeat track which might be vegetables. If I had to guess and I do have to guess as the GooglePimp did not turn up a Rasta phrase for steady meddi, eating your vegetables is a proper Rasta practice that helps remain in touch with Jah and be a good rasta. Steady medicine. Super positive and focused on that both lyrically and sonically.
YTD recordings listened to: 672
Good music, not list worthy: 350
Not good music: 302
Honorable Mentions: 0
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