@@@ Century Palm: Meet You (Deranged Records, 2017) Devo-esque guitar punk off last week’s All Music notable release email. Ah, the second tune brings the synths. I dig the energy of this outfit, it’s more high octane rock than the full punk explosion. The singer is not full on nerd but this is no rock star trip for him. I like the blend of synth and guitar, I don’t usually like the way they go together, but this is good.
@@@ Greg Gaffin: Millport (Anti-, 2017) Off last week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is Richard Thompson-like — a blend of rock, folk and country music. A little less British but definitely related. Gaffin’s voice is pleasant but by no means glamorous but they are stacking those background vocals fairly high in this second tune which brings in some CSNY vibes. There are very nice guitar sounds on this record, the songs are quality, and Graffin does his job well. If you want some earnest country hippie rock with good energy check him out.
@@@ High Plains: Cinderland (Kranky, 2017) Experimental ambient music off last week’s All Music notable release email. I like this first tune opening up spaciously with a low-isa pulse, a couple of dissonant pianos and a thing string sound up high. A solemn cello carries the melody and I think I like it more before the cello does that. The second tune opens up spacious again with an abstract cloud, a wave like sound and a simple drum beat. The cello returns but more as ambient streaks than as a melodic component. I like the ambient part of this record and could groove on it in its sparse minimalist form and the cello makes it more of a movie soundtrack, but that’s just me.
YTD recordings listened to: 197
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 108
Not good music: 73
Honorable Mentions: 1
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee