@@@ Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World (Paradies of Bachelors, 2017) Lonesome folk off this week’s All Music notable release email. The record opens up with clean, arpeggiated electric guitar and Fussell’s voice. I think this is a cover so Imma move ahead and we got a full band on this second tune (clipped below). Nice production influenced by Daniel Lanois. I like this track, nice playing, no extra cheese, just playing and singing. Very pretty but not over the top.
@@@ Saturn: Beyond Spectra (Rise Above, 2017) Some proggy metal with some mainstream hard rock that I got to via the All Music notable release email. This is some leather pants with large cucumbers stuffed down there music (Spinal Tap reference!) The first tune is called Orbital Command but I thought he was singing Vegetables on Demand, which is fine as well. Very intricate guitar and bass work with an operatic singer. This second tune has a bit of boogie rock up in there. If you dig a big ass guitar riff with big vocal sauce slather all over it, well then come and get it.
@@@ Geotic: Abysma (Ghostly Int’l, 2017) Some chill techno off last week’s All Music notable release email. A super pleasant, dare we say uplifting boom titch that gets some comfort synths layered over the top. As a way of saying where this is at the first tune is called Sunspell and the second one is called Actually Smiling, the latter coming in with some tremolo oscillator action and a happy beat. It’s not my thing but the sounds are real nice and there’s no shame in it. Not for a rainy day, but more for the day you get a new puppy! Yeah, a new puppy!!!!
YTD recordings listened to: 236
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 128
Not good music: 88
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, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab