@@@ Carly Rae Jepsen: Cut to the Feeling (Interscope, 2017) A low IQ dance floor banger off the Apple Music hot tracks section — a little classic disco, some updated EDM sounds, but what is most interesting is the blend of Disney style happiness and sex. She wants to play where you play with the angels? Is that both filthy and clean? It doesn’t make much sense to me, and making sense is not something that’s required in today’s pop music. It’s just a bunch of random shit sentiments sloshed over dance beats. I believe I have cut to my true feelings here and the case is solid. Lyrics video, fuckin’ A!!
@@@ Grace Carter: Silence (Grace Carter, 2017) A serious slow love song with gospel sounds, some I dig some I don’t dig at all. I could use a break from the vocal choir background vocals, Jesus. I like the piano part, the overall taste of the arrangement outside of the background vocal and she has a really good voice. I wish the lyrics had more mojo.
@@@ Sigrid: Don’t Kill My Vibe EP (Island, 2017) Now this is a record title I can get with. Are you listening President PumpkinFucker? I can’t get no vibe working with your stooge ass peeing all over society. Oh shit, she bit almost the exact same piano chord progression as Grace Carter above. I’m guessing this young woman did not write these lyrics — there are a lot of classic feminist words threaded throughout this cheesy pop stew. Don’t kill my vibe, don’t break my stride! Sigrid is getting into some serious vocal wobble in this second tune. I fear these fake meaningful lyrics are somewhat toxic — she sings as if she’s really saying something real and genuine but to my ears this is not much more word salad pop wank. I could get into the finer points of music blowing versus just sucking but it’s Memorial Day and I will refrain. I’m not sure if Sigrid intended to Kill My Vibe but she did.
YTD recordings listened to: 323
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 186
Not good music: 125
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, Oumou Sangare, Fiver