@@@ Egyptrixx: Pure, Beyond Reproach (Halocline, 2017) Experimental techno off of last week’s All Music notable release email. It opens up big and percussive. There is a low synth drone that sneaks behind these crashes but it’s a lot of metal and bashing spasms. I skipped forward as that was annoying and on this second tune We Can Be Concrete it’s another storm of percussion this time more wooden sticks than crashing cars. Outside of the tremendous energy put out rhythmically there’s not a lot going on. I’m going to move on to another record.
@@@ Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon, 2017) Some noise/punk off last week’s All Music notable release email. It’s not exceptionally dirty or manic, like say the Dead Kennedys, but there’s a wailing woman ala Sleater Kinney on the mic. The second tune kicks it off surfer style. I’m on the fifth tune and while there is a lot of energy here there is nothing going on that really catches my ear or makes this record stand apart though the singer has her moments.
@@@ Gabriel Garson Montano: Jardin (Stones Throw, 2017) Also off last week’s All Music notable release email. It’s open a little slack and a little highbrow orchestral. No beats yet. The second tune, clipped below, gets on some beats and I dig the tune somewhat. Apple Music has him blurbed as breathy and jazzy but I would blurb him as baroque and a tad fancy. And maybe a bit nerdy. He’s definitely a skilled arranger but I didn’t love a few of the synth sounds and I would have liked some more hard hitting sounds contrasting with the high end ones.
YTD recordings listened to: 108
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 57
Not good music: 35
Honorable Mentions: 0
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