@@@ Bing & Ruth: I Had No Dream (4AD, 2020) I’m not usually a bit 4AD listener but I like the aspirational title of the track and here we are! This is the third track on the record and it opens mad church-y. Sounds evoking both choir and organ and I’m waiting for something more. A drone enters into the track and I feel that. It’s a 6.5 minute track so things can mover slower but not glacially at a track of this length. More droning clouds but still hanging with the introductory sounds. I need a bit more, I’m going a bit daft with this arpeggiating organ, maybe turn it down? They have digital volume faders built right into the software these days. I made it just over 5 minutes which I think is pretty good. I need more action, I can’t listen to the same loop for 6.5 minutes I have shit to do.
@@@ Protomartyr: Processed by the Boys (Domino, 2020) I saw this band described on an All Music notable release email as I was cleaning up my inbox which is a very cluttered place unless I delete. I think of Domino as being the home of strange white people rockers and this fits right in with that. A bit of weirdness floats through this guitar driven rocker, but not too much and I’m more interested in the singer doing a solid Joe Cocker disgruntled vocal style. Very nice guitar sounds here and drums high in the mix. If you’re gonna do rock then that’s the kind of rock proportions I enjoy. There’s a tiny saxophone part slipped in amongst the power chords but it’s not too weird. I have no idea what’s going on lyrically and I’ve latched on to his delivery rather than the meaning of the lyrics. I’m checking out a bit of the next track as I finish up this post and the off kilter and high energy rock formula sprinkled with punk flavors/attitude continues. I like it a whole lot and might actually roll back on this record when I have more time.
@@@ Dandana: Free the System (Rebel Up, 2020) I’m on the mailing list for this European world/free music label and I was cleaning the inbox and came across it. I’m gonna do a GooglePimp search but I’m guessing there are West African people involved with this track. A collective of musicians from the Netherlands, Gambia, and Senegal, that’s what I’m seeing. It’s a wild track with different sections jumping around — my favorite section is the middle part when they hit the Free the System chant — it’s a mash of hand drums, kit drums, a couple guitars and a lot of folks chanting in English to Free the System. It goes out on a long jam that underpinned the chorus section. It’s got a bit of psychedelic flavor to it, not a lot but a bunch of delayed vocals and a messy, psych spirit to it which I think works for the track.
@@@ Channel Tres: Weedman (Art for Their Greed, 2020) I don’t know who this guy is but I saw him featured on Happy Mag out of Australia. It’s a blend of hip hop and old school George Clinton style funk and it’s a weed anthem. Pro weed, that is, just to be clear and pro weed dealing as well. The MC here is playing the role of a weed dealer in this tune itself, I don’t know if he’s slinging in real life. The sounds here are classic and catchy, I’m agnostic on the lyrics. Super fat bass and rhythm track with just a wee bit of keyboard garnish in well chosen spots.
YTD recordings listened to: 619
Good music, not list worthy: 311
Not good music: 278
Honorable Mentions: 0
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