@@@ Japanese Breakfast: Soft Sounds from another Planet (Dead Oceans, 2017) Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. ’80s influenced synth rock with a dreamy female singer. It gets guitar noisy in a breakdown section and then goes back to its arpeggiated guitar sound. They’re back with the shiny guitar and the reverbed out vocals in the second tune and while I understand this is a trendy, comeback hip indie sound I can’t abide by it. I find it more than a bit self-indulgent and kinda boring.
@@@ Integrity: Howling for the Darkness Shall Consume (Relapse, 2017) Epic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Oh, they’re switching up gears and into a sweet tasty thrash — I love that suffocating snare sound and the grinding guitars. I’m feeling this second tune Fallen to Destroy. These guys play with a lot of energy and sort of slip in and out of sections with dexterity — thrashing into slick rocking sections into classic metal melodies. I usually decry classic metal records as cheesy and somewhat ridiculous but the way these guys do it is really happenin’. Imma swing back on this record when I have more time but if you’re into metal these guys have it going on.
YTD recordings listened to: 477
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 260
Not good music: 195
Honorable Mentions: 6
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, 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, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity