@@@ Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Around (Pi, 2019) Blurbed as dense and elastic jazz music on the Apple Music this jazz record sports two horns, a pianist, bassist and drummer. I’m feeling the drummer and his energy for sure. I have reviewed this label before and have said critical things of records and have had musicians get up in my face so you know Lord knows I don’t want to stir the shit pot again. It’s well played jazz if not a tad on the conservative side. I prefer more fire and exploration but these are just personal preferences.
@@@ The Black Drumset: There’s a Shark in the Boat (N/A, 2019) A pre-release indie single that I got to via a music publicist email. I hear this as a synth rocker, coming out with a rolling and rocking tom beat, an accompanying synth line and some intimate kinda shoegaze vocals. After the initial rollout it gets kinda jammy which lends a proggy feeling to the track. Oh, I see from the video that there are two drummers, I get it. An updated hippie Grateful Dead kinda thing. It never really breaks itself out of its initial statement but it’s a cool vibe for the hipsters.
@@@ Combo Chimbita: Testigo (ANTI-, 2019) A pre-release single that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. Opening up with a hypnotic delayed guitar line, followed by a midetempo shuffle beat, this Latin rock single combines a lot of sounds. A little African, some electronic sounds, and a bit of rock as the singer sounds a bit like overrated Patty Smyth. I like this singer, she has weight. Besides the singer I’m enjoying the simple yet powerfully propulsive bassline and I give props for flying the freak flag. I like it a bunch without jumping up and down.
YTD recordings listened to: 79
Good music, not list worthy: 44
Not good music: 31
Honorable Mentions: 0
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