@@@ Jacaszek: Kwiaty (Ghostly Int’l, 2017) I keep checking out Ghostly releases but I haven’t come upon anything that has really caught my ear. This first tune opens up dark with low indistinct voices, bass waves and some swirl. Also a higher bell chime/drone. After an abstract intro it brings in a dreamy, heavily reverbed female voice over the darkness. It’s pretty good. The second tune brings in a harp/nylon string guitar, keeps the female voice and nudges the record towards a more New Age neighborhood which is not my favorite neighborhood. I like some of the sounds here, especially on the fifth track Love (clipped below) but I’m not super feeling the singer. It’s not her, it’s me I’m quite finicky.
@@@ Milky Chance: Blossom (Lichdicht, 2017) Dance pop off this week’s All Music weekly notable release email. It’s mainstream pop rock with ragged/slack vocals styles and danceable sections and electro garnish. This music is a couple of notches above what you would expect to hear at the gas station snack store.
@@@ Niyaz: The Best of Niyaz (Six Degrees, 2017) Imma have to search on Niyaz because I can’t place her music geographically more than North African/Middle Eastern. Iran by way of Canada. I love Iran! It’s Navroz, aw shit I have to spell that correctly. It’s Persian New Year, get hip. Niyaz is rocking a dramatic style, big polished production, a very serious package. I’m on the fifth tune and the truth is I don’t love the super refined sound, it detracts from the power of the performance. In my opinion, that is, check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 185
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 100
Not good music: 69
Honorable Mentions: 1
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