@@@ Romain Collin: Tiny Lights (XM, 2019) A young French musician with a record I got to via a twat on the the Twatter. He’s a Berkeley graduate trying to change jazz and he plays piano and keyboard but this first tune Overflow is a New Age indie track with some prog in it. I made it about 2/3s of the way through that track before moving to the second track. So my arguments against this record do not revolve around genre labels, it’s about the music and the presentation thereof. I think it’s cool he’s using distorted guitars but they’re pretty conservatively deployed and the New Age production is not helping me out. When they rock out it just sounds like rock and not super interesting rock. I think a standard Radiohead record is more adventurous both compositionally and sonically.
@@@ Katy Perry: Never Really Over (Capitol, 2019) Ah Katy Perry! She’s buried the hatchet with Tay Tay without putting the hatchet in either her own skull or Tay Tay’s. Unfortunately cuz I could use less. I’m also concerned Katy Perry might be turning into the Stevie Nicks of her generation. I think I totally get why this pop confection has 57mm hits on GoogleTubePimpShow but it’s also true that it’s an extremely childish high school kinda track. The chorus is very catchy and shallow. My problem continues to be that I only consider the music and I have no personal feelings towards the artist and I don’t factor in the video where Ms. Perry’s ample bosom is oft on display.
@@@ Lungbutter: Honey (Constellation, 2019) #1 out at CFUV in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is some dirty ass art school punk with a lot of guitar squall and a female spoken word out front. The second tune brings on the heavy tom tom based drumming but the same low energy front gal. She should hit the Red Bull — I want to get some blood flowing. Not violence but circulation wise. I like the guitar noise and the drummer is all right. If she was talking and singing occasionally and occasionally losing her shit I would be all over this record.
YTD recordings listened to: 310
Good music, not list worthy: 185
Not good music: 107
Honorable Mentions: 0
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