@@@ Mauno: Turning (Idee Fixe, 2017) Guitar indie off this week’s CFUV playlist email. This is a classic formula — strummed clean electric guitar, slip slidey vocals. They also sport a bit of math rock action on this second tune. That was the third tune with the math. I’m not going to hang for much longer as I’ve heard this record a bunch. They do all right with it but indie is a tough sell for me.
@@@ Maraudeur: Marauder (Bruit Direct Disques, 2017) More rock, yippy! This time in the electro/Devo neighborhood. Angular non-rock rock with some synth half blasts, female singers, squiggles/video game sounds. I want to wear a flower pot as a hat! Things get a little more no wave detached in the second tune and the third tune goes for an angular ’80s half punk thing. Or a Breeders type of thing without the humor and the rock blasts. I don’t have much to say to this — it’s krauty so if you like krautrock you’ll feel this.
@@@ DRAM and Playboy Carti: Crumbs (Atlantic, 2017) I had to tip out on the white folks’ music and I saw this tune Crumbs which seems appropriate for what the upcoming tax ‘reform’ bill gives. The beats are slick and skittery with some high end Lexus synth bass that goes down smooth. DRAM is all right, I like his style and I’ve not encountered Playboy Carti before but his rhymes are all right. All I got is crumbs for you that’s the vocal hook. Which sounds very of the moment as DRAM is blowing 100k on the weekend and our fantastic Republicans are pimpin’ it pretty hard and blowing hard as well. It’s a good track, I don’t think it’s destined to be a classic but it’s got a smooth and relentless groove.
YTD recordings listened to: 744
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 396
Not good music: 310
Honorable Mentions: 7
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