Music for 11/2/22!!! Alice Boman, Aoife Nessa Frances

@@@ Alice Boman: Where to Put the Pain (Play It Again Sam, 2022) Looks set to be a coupla sad young female musicians on tap from Line of Best Fit’s weekly email. The track opens with a funk rock beat that gets a little squashed by some piano chords then the female vocals. Now if there was a hipster funk bass going here underneath the layers of feelings I would shit my diaper but it’s not that, it’s a rock thing. It may just be a few too many feelings for me, I know that may come as a shock as Imma feelings based dude but it’s too claggy as they say in the Great British Bake Off.

@@@ Aoife Nessa Frances: Emptiness Follows (Partisan, 2022) This track opens at a lower tempo with a little Alice Coltrane harp action and sulty and slightly slinky feel. It’s got some jank to it but this was blurbed as a psychedelic folk joint so jank is expected with anything psychedelic, that’s my experience. The harp and the flute is welcome to my ears, I like the drum beat and the singer is not your classic dreamy, reverbed female, it’s more the seductress, the stereotype of the seductress. A little more background vocal action at the back end of the track, a little horn action swirled in there with the harp, I can roll with this, it’s an interesting mix of sounds.

Music for 5/24/22!!! Moon Tooth, Televeangelism

@@@ Moon Tooth: Grip on the Ridge (Pure Noise, 2022) I’ve seen this record mentioned in a coupla different places. From my extensive listening I think there’s been some action in terms of recasting rock music to get people interested in it again. This would qualify as one of those efforts as it’s rocking, but with the singer doing a very heartfelt thing over a descending riff, it’s most definitely neither Wilco or a metal band. I clicked to the second tune as I thought the guitar player was getting a bith mathy for my taste and he comes out laying down the power chords in this second track. The second and third tracks both sport some Van Halen-y boogie rock flavors which I haven’t heard in these parts in a long ass time. I don’t dislike it, but this maybe a formula that takes a bit of time to adjust to. On the surface it feels a bit contradictory with the non-rock singer — this dude could be in a Death Cab for Cutie cover band, for real.

@@@ Televangelism: Ethel Cain (Daughters of Cain, 2022) A rare miss here as I can’t remember how I got to this track. Most likely a promo email from a music publicist or an online outlet. And it matters even if you don’t care! This track opens with a heavily reverbed and slightly delayed piano intro. It’s kinda cool and annoying at the same time. It reminds me a bit of Prince’s heartbreaking track ‘Sometimes it snows in April’ — if you don’t know that track you should get on that. Now we’re getting into the more openly delayed bit and it’s officially annoying as far as I’m concerned. It’s too explicitly epic for my taste. There are some vocal washes that kind of act as an industrial smoothing agent so there’s that. It dies back down and well it’s gonna go out like this. I’m giving a quick peep to the second track, American teenager and I think somebody shoulda dialed back the reverb as it’s awash.

Music for 11/20/21!!! Cleo Sol, Jessy Lanza

@@@ Cleo Sol: Don’t Let Me Fall (Forever living originals, 2021) Piano singer songwriter off this week’s Line of Best Fit. Certainly not Adele blow the roof off the house for which I’m grateful. After a 1 minute solo piano and vox a simple band arrangement comes in — drums and bass then back to the piano. Oh boy the band comes back and while there’s nothing particularly unique going here the vibe is solid and it’s a lesson in less is more. Just over the halfway point and theres an acoustic guitar strumming and a bunch of background vocals and the less is more has been cast away. I still like it but not as much. Just after 4 minutes it kinda reappears as a jam and I like that. I like most of what’s here the beginning and the end especially.

@@@ Jessy Lanza: Wet X3 (K7, 2021) I’m guessing this is gonna be a horny white girl dancefloor banger. It opens with a couple of kick drums working off each other. It looks set to be a techno thing with the unt-sss but with some dubwise flavors, not original Jamaican roots dubwise but in that spirit. There’s a pretty wicked swirling dark synth that underpins the other synths in the mix. It’s pretty abstract when I thought we were going to get some X rated lyrics I actually like the arrangement as it sports a pretty solid dollop of funk to go with the dub and the techno. Lots of vocal processing, pitch shifting most notably. This is a remix record and the chopped up repackaging explains the delays, glitched vocals, etc. It’s pretty hot stuff so if you’re in the mood, this is not boring kraut-y techno this has some wang in it.

Music for 8/24/21!!! Boldy James, Linda Chua

@@@ Boldy James & The Alchemist: Photographic Memories (ALC/Boldy James, 2021) Hip hop off a recent Pitchfork 10 best reviewed albums of the week that I’m on the email list for. I picked this track because I’m an Earl Sweatshirt fan, not pants shitting but he’s caught my ear before. At the center of the arrangement is a romantic/lush female soul vocal sample over a chill beat. It’s a purple drank kinda feeling here, slowed down and a bit blunted. I’d like to hear some different sounds here. I do like the sample how they start to chop it up but I still want a bit more. I’m peeping the opener Double Hockey Sticks and it’s got a bit of a Helloween spooky flow that gives way to ambient drummer. The rhyming on both tunes I’ve checked is solid but a bit low energy spittin’. I think you’re supposed to be high for this record, it’s got that kind of feeling to it. Ooops, right in the middle of the track, the vibe shifts and the energy picks up. I like this. Mixed bag, grab the weed.

@@@ Lucinda Chua: Until I Fall (4AD, 2021) Opens up slowly, percolating with a bit of modulation and orchestral string action over the top of that rolling dark sound. A female singer, Chua I assume, comes in very gently but not overly annoyingly over a super chill keyboard progression that matches well with the ambient sounds that opened the track. The subtlety of the ambient sounds here is impressive and gives a pretty hip framework for her to vocalize. This is most definitely music for people who have nice brunches and keep their couches super clean, this is not cheap beer and humping behind a dumpster action. The second tune is a solo piano piece with light ambient garnish which I find a bit refreshing and humble. The absence of a singer that is. I’m not usually a fan of 4AD business but I’m open minded and dig what I’ve heard thus far on this record.

Music for 2/23/21!!! Anna B. Savage, Julien Baker

@@@ Anna B. Savage: Baby Grand (City Slang, 2020) Both of these listens today are from this week’s Line of Best Fit. Open up with some clean electric guitar before some Joni Mitchell/leprechaun blend vocalizing comes in. Yowsa you don’t hear that every day. It’s about a pair of people lying underneath a baby grand piano which strikes me as a bit boozhy. Why not just make a couch fort like a normal person? The song is meaningful, at least it aspires to be. I’m both entranced by and kinda repulused by the singing especially when they put a big ass reverb patch on everything and it gets all space folk-y. I don’t think this is a sexual kind of lying under the grand piano which I find comforting, I don’t know if I can handle the image of folks doing it under a piano. Am I weird to find that weird? Possibly. The person she lies under the piano went upstairs to his girlfriend so that’s that. It’s an emotional thing not a fornicating thing. Check it out if you crave a walk on the freakshow side. The sounds here are quite intimate and arresting.

@@@ Julien Baker: Hardline (Matador, 2020) More female business which is super. It opens with a bunch of organ blasts that I like before it gives way to a sultry and mopey singer doing her thing over clouds of sound that ebb and flow in waves. Then a drummer doing that dancey active high hat thing and she’s no longer mopey. Holy fuckstick, this is on Matador home of hipsters and this is absolutley shopping mall-y compared to what I’ve heard on that imprint. The times they are a changin’ and everybody is issuing forth cheese for the masses! The main drawback here is the overly dramatical almost mainstream singing style — lots of gasping, lots of yearning, lots of lots of. That and the epic production and we’re pretty closed to a NPR grilled cheese sandwich mixed with some Brit rock. This is a pre-release track and there will be more nuggets for you shortly. Not my thing, just too many feelings I can’t get with all of it. If you want feelings go for the first song, she’s at least freakin’ out sonically and getting her freak flag on, this is just a plain rock biscuit.

Music for 1/13/21!!! Lily Kershaw, Henry Pope, SUUNS

@@@ Lily Kershaw ft Goody Grace: Now and Then (Nettwerk, 2020) A singer songwriter track from a Guardian overlooked 2020 songs. Most notable for what I deem the excessive reverb on her voice, it’s a bit not tasteful for me. It drowns out the sparse strummed guitar. It appears that this is an age where emotions have to be so over the top defined to have impact. Is that the case? It’s not the case for me so I kinda resist that this is the case. It would be sad if all the technology flooding into music making just turned out to be a way to make music cheesier and less impactful. Since no other instruments or sounds enter the mix except for a harmonium type sound in the chorus the voice sticks out even more. Ah well.

@@@ Henry Pope: Ngene (Tierra Sounds, 2020) Some retro dancefloor banging off an article about overlooked songs of 2020. It’s got a brief female diva appearance and dude goin’ hmmm, mmm, mmmm and most interestingly a thumb piano which I really like. It segues out of an intro to a thick bass centered classic unt sss techno thing. I like the rhythms more than the melodies. It’s got waves and build ups and ebbs and flows through its tight sections. I like it without feeling like it’s something super special — it feels a bit sanitized to me. Tight and uptight are two different things to me.

@@@ SUUNS: Fiction (Joyful Noise Recording, 2020) If you took a Radiohead track and blenderized it with a glitch track it would come out very close to this track. Outside of the drum beat which is crunchy rock all the parts seem to be processed, glitched, gated or percussified. I like the processing it’s a weird digital filter which seems to be everywhere right now. That seems relevant. It does drain the band energy and if you took off the motion introduced by the processing would it have suitable energy? I’m guessing no. I would have ramped the shit out of the tempo to break some brains and this sounds a bit halfway/conservative.

Music for 11/9/20!!! Bree Runway, Donovan Woods, Olafur Arnalds, JW Francis

@@@ Bree Runway: ATM (UMG, 2020) I set up this blog post last week and I think a bunch of these listens from the Line of Best Fit. The sounds have a undercover Caribbean funk flavor and Missy Elliott guest stars on this track. Lyrically I’m less excited as it appears Ms. Runway is equating her vajeen with an ATM looking for a deposit. Nice! Go capitalism. I love the bass and the beats on this track, funky as shit. Push her buttons, she’s also putting that image which is a bit contradictory as it implies that she’s saying she has a vajeen that gives out money and pleasure? Yikes, that’s gonna be popular a pussy that spits out loot. It’s honest though, the track is about money and pleasure. I like the sounds here but I find the lyrics tiresome.

@@@ Donovan Woods: We Used To (Meant Well, 2020) Wow a blend of two sounds I don’t like — mainstream electro cheese and indie feels though the indie feels here are quite diminished. He retains a folky, singer/songwriter arpeggiated acoustic guitar and an friendly, engaging Ed Sheeran non-alpha male. That’s it on the indie/singer songwriter tip, I guess it’s much more singer/songwriter than indie. It’s not indie, I’ve changed my mind. It’s got a very of the moment sentiment — we just want to live the way we used to. The next tune clicks on and it’s a similar formula though I immediately jumped to the first track where primary intentions are revealed. It’s smooth and pretty dramatical and earnest and not really my cup of tea. There’s no contrast — I love contrast, a little tangy with my spice a little bitterness with sweetness. That’s just me!

@@@ Olafur Arnalds, Bonobo: Loom (Decca, 2020) We don’t get to check out too much classical crossover but it’s interesting to here the all white and uptight flavored electro sounds bounce in on the intro of this track. Organ/pipe-y patches arpeggiating, then a nice bass and nother squiggle or two! This is the first track of the record and it doesn’t aspire too much but it does bring the twinkly bits and a few high pitched monkey voices. By the time it brings itself to a close the piano part is percolating in a restrained manner and it dies down like a scented candle bringing its cloying scent to a close for the evening.

@@@ JW Francis: New York (Sunday Best, 2020) I was in New York this weekend — the weather was lovely, we were walking down the street when people started banging pots and pans and 45 minutes later we were by a farmer’s market with hundreds of people of all flavors dancing in the streets. This track is more hipster New York, Williamsburg where it’s quirkier and shit, not Tribe Called Quest Brooklyn which is funkier. Brisk tempo, clean electric guitar sounds, rock drumming and lyrics about making a film I think. Very reminiscent of the Feelies and Pavement pumped up on espresso. It’s cool, it’s hipster-y but I prefer a bit of doobie in my funk. I know you beardies are out there so have it and enjoy it!

YTD recordings listened to: 874
Good music, not list worthy: 471
Not good music: 370

Best: 4
Honorable Mentions: 5

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall, 25,000 Kittens, Anjimile, Superfonicos, Yves Jarvis, Jonsi, Ellen Jewell

Music for 8/25/20!!! Sevdaliza, Glassing, Unknown T, Phase Fatale

@@@ SEVDALIZA – HABIBI (Twisted Elegance, 2020) Via Brooklyn Vegan.  Meh, Brooklyn Vegan.  Opens with solo piano and heavily reverbed and partially auto-tuned vocals.  Also chainsaw synth (understated) and a few pretty tasteful electro garnishes.  It’s a torch song sonically and tempo wise despite the electro sounds.  I find the various waves of processed sound that spin into the mix to be the highlight of the track and I find the mixture of sounds to be fresh.  Lyrically it almost feels like a chant, lots of the lines are repeated in succession which keeps the track more like a hypnotic sound piece than a traditional song.  I guess that’s the point of it, it’s straddling the line between a song and being about sounds.  I liked the piano playing in places and think it could stand to be decreased.  The piano that is.

@@@ Glassing: Twin Dream (Brutal Panda, 2020) Off an upcoming full length I got to via Brooklyn Vegan.  Meh, Brooklyn Vegan, hipster PR stooges.  Get ready for some rawk!  After a small intro we get into the hard rock drumming and some epic guitar, at least it wants to be epic guitar.  On top of that comes a vocal that hangs out there like a whisper, the opposite of what you expect in a rock track. After it establishes itself it could use a few changes to the formula to keep my interest.  I don’t want to speak about anyone else’s interest.  The production here is simultaneously interesting a tad stifling.  The vocal is well placed and reverbed within the track so the vocalist is very quiet but you can hear it.  At the same time the track is very manicured and could use a bit of mess to increase the energy level.  It also could use a turn down on the guitar reverb imho.  The singer morphs out into an emo screamer at the end section and I dig that contrast.  The last 45 seconds brings a pretty complete meltdown both vocally and sonically.  What a journey.

@@@ Unknown T: Deh Deh (Unknown T/UMG, 2020) I got to these last two listens via Crack Magazine.  British rap, I love British rap!  The beats here are not retro and not trap, very nice bass sound and motion in the bass, some reverbed out piano that washes over the track and there’s Mr. Uknown T.  He’s got a thick accent, I know there’s a variety of accents in the UK and I’m not sure which one he’s rocking.  He’s slapping up clowns and pressuring fools or the other way round.  He sounds like a cross between a junior high school physics teacher and a pissed off motorist stuck in a parking lot after a football match.  Very literate and precise in his delivery.  That combined with that piano loop makes for a more highbrow listening hip hop experience.

@@@ Phase Fatale: Binding by Oath (Ostgut Ton, 2020)  Electronic music I got to via that aforementioned Crack Magazine.  Aggressive, rock flavored frat boy drum machine beats right upfront with some Hollywood menacing synth accompaniment.  More of a pulsing bass that’s tied to the kick.  I could use more musical elements — if these beats were sufficiently funkafied to my liking I could deal but I need more flavor.  Maybe if the beats were turned down?  It’s quite possible that there’s something wrong with me but this feels like 5/8s of a track — it could work in a video game or in a low end Mission Impossible satire, but not much after that.  Mr. Fatale does seem quite interested in handing you a beat down with his beats and I respect that but I would like more sauce.

YTD recordings listened to: 648
Good music, not list worthy: 338
Not good music: 291

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, STORMLIGHT, Venomous Concept, Chezidek, Shy One, Muqata’a, Protomartyr

Music for 5/27/20!!! Indigo Girls, Matt Berninger, Marie Dahlstrom, Lianne La Havas

Catchin’ up on shit I forgot to hit the publish button on!

@@@ Indigo Girls: Howl at the Moon (Rounder, 2020) A single off the latest from the Indigo Girls and more bluegrassy and folk-y than the singer/songwriter coffee shop rock I remember from back in the day.  Their classic upbeat harmonizing and songwriting hasn’t ever super resonated for me, but there are folks out there who love their flavor pack.  I like the banjo and the beat they chose, but I think there are too many vocals.  I, however, am not their targeted demographic, this is more of a clam bake situation and I’m a card carrying sausage monger.  Sometimes it goes like that, it’s not that I can’t like music by women, but music by women for women, well it’s not for me.  By design.

@@@ Matt Berninger: Serpentine Prison (Concord, 2020)  I think this was on this week’s Line of Best fit email and the first related artist I think of is Leonard Cohen.  Not nearly as black but this is no Memorial Day BBQ party banger.  Lots of pretty guitars arpeggiated, a desolate organ sound, and a shuffle snare tucked in the back of the mix.  When I tune in to the lyrics I’m not super grabbed and I think the title is a bit…maybe overwrought would be accurate without being cruel.  This kind of stark, sad white folks soft rock has always been a hard sell for me.  I’m more comfortable with anger and outrage than this.  Helluva nice organ sound though.

@@@ Marie Dahlstrom: Like Sand (Self-released, 2020)  Electro singer/songwriter is my guess on this track I got to via Line of Best Fit.  Or new style r&b with slick production, some serpentine melodic bass playing and some straight jazz guitar playing.  So we’re gonna land on fusion style r&b with electro sauce.  Lyrically I’m not sure what’s like sand, but I think it’s a dude which is interesting but a tad curious.  Maybe it’s their love, I think it’s their love it’s like sand and shit, not as firm and sliding around like sand and you can’t control it.  Okay, it at least makes sense.  I like how much guitar playing there is in the tune, I don’t love the fusion-y bass tone.  It’s an interesting blend of sounds, not mind blowing but interesting.  The last 90 seconds is sorta breaking down into a lot of vocal tracks — oohs and la las, then a quick guitar shred and back into the chorus.

@@@ Lianne La Havas: Paper Thin (Warner UK, 2020) Another pre-release single and more old school than fusion.  Opens with a nice tight beat and a lonesome guitar progression that sets the stage for La Havas to sing.  I think I remember her from a few years ago, she’s got a very hip voice, soulful, a little raspy, I dig it. Man! Her performance here is quite high end and while I get why they put the band in the back to make space for her voice it would have worked better for me if there was some more interesting playing at certain points in the tune.  Less can be more but more can be awesome too.  If they switched up some of the sounds to reframe her voice.  They went for the adding more vocal tracks over the switching up the arrangement.  Man, I dig her singing.

YTD recordings listened to: 398
Good music, not list worthy: 206
Not good music: 180

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos

 

Music for 6/15/20!!! Jim O’Rourke, Experience Unlimited, e4444e, Reb Fountain

@@@ Jim O’Rourke: Shutting Down Here (GRM, 2020) Stranded Records weekly newsletter!  Oh boy, this is a bit of a shitshow.  This record isn’t on Apple Music and the vinyl is up on bandcamp but you can’t stream the 34 minute piece that constitutes this record.  I think this is quite frankly retarded.  So I will settle for some bullshit mono GooglePimp video below but I’m not happy about it.  A 34 minute banger is gonna open slowly and it does here.  I can’t tell if this is a dirty bullshit rip on GooglePimp or if there are these odd low glitchy and indistinct sounds at points in the tune.  That’s why I prefer streaming off Apple Music or bandcamp, I can be sure that I’m getting what the artist intended.  What I’ve heard thus far sounds like a blend of classical vibes, ambient music, and soundtrack type feels.  I think there are burbling, insect-y electronic sounds in this compostion so that’s been cleared up.  I admire a 34 minute piece while finding it a bit self-indulgent at the same time.  I hear the components presented here and I like them but I’m not feeling especially pulled in.

@@@ Experience Unlimited: Peace Gone Awry (Black Fire, 1977)  This is a new reissue of music from this long running Afro-funk Sun Ra type outfit that I got to via this week’s Stranded Records.  Another situation where I can’t find this on Apple Music or bandcamp and I’m stuck with GooglePimp.  Blech!  I don’t get the remastered quality and the full funk experience.  Poor me.  The track has a bit of fusion in the bass, a little Doobie Brothers in the guitar (boo hiss) and a polished Earth Wind and Fire feel to the horns.  There are two singers and while I find the lyrics a tad hippy dippy for my taste their singing is my favorite part of the track.  I think these guys recorded over a long long period of time and I would check out more of their stuff to see if it suited my taste but I can’t because it’s not available to stream.  Bummer.

@@@ e4444e: Solar (Romy Church, 2020) I got to this listen and the next one from an online Australian music magazine.  It opens glitchy then segues into a strummed hippie punk kinda thing.  I do dig the organ that comes into the tune about a third of the way in, I think that’s an interesting element to the track.  I started this post yesterday and lost part of the review for this tune so I’m checking this out for the second time and the tune upon another listen has a large space rock aspiration — it’s very ’70s faded and a wee tired and mopey.  Towards the end of the track a metal triangle comes in which begs the ongoing question — did they try to put some cowbell up in this bitch?  I’m not sure it would work but my undying faith in cowbell hopes they gave it a shot.

@@@ Reb Fountain: Don’t You Know Who I am (Flying Nun, 2020)  Another track from an Australian online music magazine.  It’s got a distinctly Nick Cave feel out of the gate.  Minimal drums, ringing piano chords, a restrained guitar figure and what I would call a cynical, introspective feel to the singing.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.  It settles down into a pretty steady groove and I think a few little bits and flavors would keep me more interested especially as there is a lot of singing and a bit of evolution in the sounds would make me pay more attention to the singer.  By the end it feels a tad long.

YTD recordings listened to: 442
Good music, not list worthy: 230
Not good music: 200

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole