@@@ Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Self-titled (Nonesuch, 2017). I clicked through to check out this record before knowing Brad Mehldau is a co-conspirator. He’s not my favorite jazz pianist, he is this generation’s Erroll Garner and I find his playing to be pretty rote and unengaging. But hey a jazz mandolin player I can go for that. I like the second tune, Tallahassee Junction better than the opener. I’ve checked four of these tracks and prefer the instrumentals to the tracks with vocals.
@@@ Missy Elliott: I’m Better (Atlantic, 2017) Talk about bouncing back from the snoozypantz Brad Mehldau. Missy Elliott has a vast and deep flavor pack. Super fat bass, trippy sounds, skitter skitter skitter. It’s a tense track that never fully explodes but it’s tight with minimal sounds and pressured funk. Missy is almost always interesting.
@@@ Rex Domino: God’s Teeth (Moosehead, 2017) Some indie electronic I got to from a music publicist email about the single Haitian Landmass. I hear a British accent and some world music electronica influences in the beats. Think updated Peter Gabriel without the good vibes. The lyrics are pretty heavy though I can’t say I get a coherent picture. The arrangements sound a little cluttered to my ear. As always check for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 73
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 44
Not good music: 22
Honorable Mentions: 0
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