@@@ TR/ST: Destroyer Vol. 1 (House Arrest, 2019) Some superstar indie off this week’s All Music notable release email. Oh boy, my Apple Music is sluggish as fuck this morning and I hope it hangs in there. We open up with a indie techo beat and some other club sounds and a singer with a low voice percolating beneath the pong synth. When it gets to the chorus, it loses what energy it has and I’m not a fan yet. The second tune is a more straight ahead synth rock tune. Midtempo, big synth pillows, and I still don’t like the singer though I like him more than in the first tune. The third tune gets even more Kraut-y so it looks like they vacillate between the angular, dark dancefloor half bangers and the ’80s synth rock numbers. Not great for me but if you’re looking to get your chainsaw synth and your ping pong patch served up with some unt-sss techno well then you’re in luck!
@@@ Johnnyswim: Moonlight (BMG, 2019) I’m not sure what to think of contemporary major label folk but when I click on this first tune I’m thinking they’ve genre fucked us as this is an undercover pop biscuit. Oh, it’s true this is some pop rock that is happy to fire the corn cannon! Fake uplifting lyrics, big exploding choruses, it’s the full monty. I made it about halfway through the first tune before moving to the second. It was brutally cheesy. The second tune opens up with a faux Radiohead half electro bass and straight rock beat. But then comes the singer and I don’t enjoy that. I guess it all comes down to what role music plays in your life. If you’re in it for a melody and something to soundtrack your scene well this is highly manicured and dramatical, but if you’re looking for some sort of emotional connection from your music don’t expect it to come here.
@@@ Lil Dicky: Earth ( Dirty Burd, 2019) A Disney style feel good climate change anthem to munch your Big Mac and trip out on Instagram. It’s really not about climage change, it’s a list of animals with animated characters and ghetto descriptions of each creature. There’s nothing here that’s particularly connected to reality. I had to tip out after some sort of unrelated comparison between the male and female orgasm. It is a fact not mentioned in this song (about climate change) that if you love the earth then you need to not just chill, you have to change your behavior. Oh, right, people aren’t really up for that. Ah well, reality. It would be a cheap joke to say the lyrics here a lil dicky but it’s applicable.
YTD recordings listened to: 210
Good music, not list worthy: 126
Not good music: 75
Honorable Mentions: 0
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