@@@ Lawaii: Lawaii (Self-released 2018) I got to this jazz release via a twat on the Twatter by Bird is the Worm. They are from Denmark and the instrumentation is piano, bass and drums. This trio format can often lead to high end pretentious wanking, but thus far no for these guys. The emphasis here thus far is on atmospherics and tone. thus far they are also employing a less is more approach and I’m feeling it. The first lyrical playing that I’ve heard shows up on the third tune, #5 and it’s offset with some pretty tasty bass bow scratching. The tune cycles on a circular piano figure and the quick scratchy ass bowing. I’ve sample parts of the first four pieces and I really like it thus far. I will circle back at a later point when I can sit and relax to it more but right now I have to extrude the music review kibble for the hungry mass. Check it out.
@@@ Kassin: Relax (Luaka Bop, 2018) Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. I have a conflicted relationship with Brazilian music. I dig it rhythmically but often times the smoothness of it I find dissatisfying. The second tune is a Brazilian Earth Wind ‘n Fire but I don’t love it. It’s clipped below. I’ve sample parts of four tunes and while I kinda appreciate the disco excursion here I’m not super enjoying the music. It’s a large ensemble and the playing is good so it sounds like something you might like have at it.
@@@ Divide & Dissolve: Abomination (Dero Arcade, 2018) Some metal off this week’s CFuv playlist email. It opens up with a lot of tom playing and a dirty bass. I see from the Apple Music blurb that this is a duo and thus far it’s a dark affair with some distorted business but it’s not a typical metal record. It doesn’t have to be. There is a theme here with the first three song titles Abomination, Assimilation, and Cultural Extermination. I’m feeling this second tune Assimilation, it sports a haunting melody over a disgusting nasty bass sound and more heavy on the tom drumming. I like the foundation of the record, the drumming and the bass sound, ah just as I was about to say I needed more you get some spoken word. A female doing some heavy but not super focused spieling and occasional piano. This is no mosh-fest, it’s got ideas behind it and I like it. I wish the tracks that have more in them started out the record.
YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 145
Not good music: 120
Honorable Mentions: 4
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