Music for 3/22/21!!! CHIKA, William Doyle, Dodie

@@@ CHIKA: Cinderella Part 1 (Warner, 2021) All three of today’s listens are from this week’s Line of Best Fit email. The odds are pretty high that a hip hop track called Cinderella is gonna have an annoying shit in it. It’s a hip hop trappish/dancefloor banger about pursuing an exotic woman while they smoke weed, of course they’re smoking! I like the rhyming, it’s very quick and precise with the verse outshining the chorus in my mind. It looks like Part 1 is more active and that track segues right into Part 2 but I’m not feeling motivated to hang for Part 2.

@@@ William Doyle: And Everything Changed (Tough Love, 2021) Comin’ on with a mopey 1980’s influenced synth/guitar combo platter the voice is applied like a yellow cheese to a Philly cheesesteak. A bit goopy and syrupy but integral to the formula. I like the chorus when he goes high vocally but it’s sounding a bit like Roxy Music on Oxy and I could barely take Roxy Music without the oxy. I love energy myself. A lot of fat synth chords and a pleasantly mangled guitar solo that comes off like a bowl of sticky rice noodles in a good way. Good parts: voice in the chorus and the guitar solo, the bad parts: a boring beat, a deficit in energy and the voice in the verse. That’s the view!

@@@ dodie: Hate Myself (doddleoddle, 2021) My first thought here is don’t hate yourself dodie, I’m sure you’re awesome when you don’t wear that awful hat shown in the video below. The production enforces the idea of confessional young woman’s pop music. Intimate and catchy at the same time. More stuff shows up for the chorus and it definitely trends mainstream with a half funky beat — that’s where the vocal hook hate myself shows up. Don’t hate yourself dodie! As the tune progresses more tracks of dodie’s singing show up and that’s a big turn off for me. I’m at the end and she’s practically a choir here there’s so much dodie to be had. It’s also a bit New Age-y and while I wouldn’t want to contribute to dodie’s self hatred I kinda hate the ideas behind constructing a song in this manner.

Music for 7/3/20!!! Ego Ella May, Raleigh Ritchie, JP Saxe, Kelly Lee Owens

@@@ Ego Ella May: Give a Little (UpperRoom, 2020) These listens are from last week’s Line of Best Fit email.  It opens up super trippy and lo fi before a beat comes underneath and Ms. May starts with the vocalizing.  I like her singing and the beat much better than the guitar sounds which I find a bit disorienting, though I do like the contrast of her vocal sweetness when she builds out the tracks against the sound of the janky ass guitars.  Someboy put in a super flavorful horn melody that comes and goes but leaves an impression.  It’s an atypical track with a bunch of nice elements to it.

@@@ Raleigh Ritchie: Sadboi (Alacran Records, 2020)  Cathartic, infectious r&b — that’s how this record is blurbed on Apple Music.  I hear a musician that took bouncy early ’60s pre black power r&b and modernized the sounds, glitched it up here and there and kept the vocal stacking and sophistication of the original style.  I like the skittering drum machine with the saccharine singing and the fat fat bass.  That’s double fat for those reading closely.

@@@ JP Saxe: Hey Stupid, I Love You (Arista, 2020)  Sensitive white boy loverboy electro business.  Very tasty half puffy/half marimba-y synth parts and while many might like Saxe’s supersmooth delivery I don’t.  As I often type here I like contrast in my music the way folks like it in food.  A little crunch with the sweetness, a bit of tang to the whatever flavor.  This is all white chocolate pudding which is nice but some pistachios or some other business, naimsayin’?

@@@ Kelly Lee Owens: On (Smalltown Supersound, 2020)  A pre-release track on a label I dig.  Owen’s voice is framed as dreamy and echoed in the keyboard part with a distantly percolating beat.  I was with it til the background vocals came in and then I was not with it as much.  There’s a little panned sonic nymph like sound bouncing back and forth at the bottom of the mix which I dig but I feel like there could have been a lot fewer vocal tracks here — it just gets too New Age-y and again the concept of contrast could have worked here.  This is so pillowy it makes the track above seem mad crunched out which it wasn’t.  A rougher beat, some more distortion, something in that part of town.

YTD recordings listened to: 512
Good music, not list worthy: 256
Not good music: 227

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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