@@@ Selena Gomez: Bad Liar (Interscope, 2017) Ripping off a classic Talking Heads bass line Selena gets classy as she rocks a hoe/saint vibe. I’m a tad surprised she name checks the battle of Troy. She’s also biting the old Guns ‘n Roses serpentine dick reference. Excellent sounds, a little too polished for my taste, and lyrics that are not only ripped but a bit above her pay grade. She might actually think she’s an artist where she’s more of a mannequin for the producers.
@@@ Noveller: A Pink Sunset for No One (Fire Records, 2017) Off a list of shared ambient records that I got to via the Twatter. I love the Twatter yo, much more than the Zuckibook which I loathe. This first tune centers itself around a tasteful bass pulse, but then the synth sauce over the top is just a tad New Age for me. Let’s peep some more. Oh boy, I don’t like this guitar sound in the second tune — I tend to not like guitars in my ambient music. One more track. Yeah this doesn’t work for me — it’s a combination of New Age and uplifting that I find kinda depressing.
@@@ Laurence English: A Cruel Optimism (Room 40, 2016) More ambient music off the Twatter list. This first tune is darker and more blustering than the record above. It’s got a nice static swirl moving through and it feels like weather. I like these tunes without loving them. It’s very cinematic and the black and white visuals in the video below are apt. The sounds here don’t come off as futuristic synth sounds, though they may be created in that fashion. Solid B.
YTD recordings listened to: 308
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 180
Not good music: 120
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, 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, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM