@@@ Lorna Shore: Flesh Coffin (Outerloop, 2017) Some gloom metal off the Apple Music new music section. This first tune is all guitar distortion and arena drumming. Oh, enter the agitated Neanderthal grunting and orc-ing like he ate some bad berries out in the forest!! The second tune, Denounce the Light, opens up with a brief pleasant before launching into the barkfest. I think there may be two vocalizers here, one caveman and one orc. The drummer is killing it here, double kick blamming and spraying tom fills all over.
@@@ Hanni El Katib: Savage Times (Innovative Leisure, 2017) Some upbeat mainstream guitar rock/pop. Think the Strokes but without the glam ‘tude of the Strokes. Bright guitars, lots of rock toms. The second tune, Gonna Die Alon, is less guitars (none yet) built on a drums/bass thing. Oh, there’s some guitar squall. I like the energy, the songs are pretty standard rock with a tad of funk. I’m on the fourth tune and there’s a bit of jumping around sonically. A little rock, some ’70s era Stones type vibes. The third tune is called Born Brown so it’s probably okay to say that a gent named Hanni El Katib is gonna bring some of that culture into his music.
@@@ Maggie Rogers: Now that the Light is Fading EP (Capitol, 2017) A folk-tronica record off the Apple Music new music section. The first tune is a solemn sort of acapella with crickets tune. Serious and meaningful lyrics people. The second tune features a chill electronic beat, her voice which is unadorned and varied, and some ethereal synth sounds. This is a combination of light sounds with New Age lyrics so if you don’t buy the lyrics as being heartfelt and delivered with real heart then the whole thing is gonna smell more like a marketing mash than a real expression. And I’m feeling like I don’t feel these lyrics as true. I also don’t hear any folk music type of sounds here at all so they’re milking the associations people have with folk.
YTD recordings listened to: 128
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 69
Not good music: 43
Honorable Mentions: 0
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