@@@ Vagabon: Infinite World (7 Arts, 2017) Introspective jangle indie rock off this week’s CFUV weekly email. A female singer that sounds a bit like Sarah Bareilles and Kim Gordon at the same time. This is some bittersweet white people’s music for a rainy day. This second tune is down in tempo and energy from the opener. Okay we’re back to the busting out guitar on the third tune so it looks like it’s set to bounce back and forth, much like El Trump-o. I prefer this record to El Trump-o.
@@@ Career Suicide: Machine Response (Deranged Records, 2017) Old school no bullshit hardcore off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist mail. 23 minutes of hot punk biscuits. I dig the guitar player but all these folks is working hard to make America great again! I think they’re from Canada so that complicates matters a bit. The singer is classic in his microphonic stylings — ramped up and agitated and the band starts lurching to and fro as the album moves through its various tunes. Yes Toronto!
@@@ Meta and the Cornerstones: Hira (Metarize, 2017) A roots reggae record I got to via the WRIR weekly review email. From the review I know the singer is from Senegal and he’s got musicians from all over the world accompanying him. There are super distinct Bob Marley at his peak full band vibes going here in the first tune. Background singers, a horn section, melodica (or something similar), bubbling organ — the full reggae celebration. Meta has a rich voice and he’s super rootsy in his lyrics. It’s very polished production wise, which is a bit of a minus for me but most folks don’t listen that closely.
YTD recordings listened to: 157
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 85
Not good music: 48
Honorable Mentions: 1
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