@@@ Otik: Wetlands (Intergraded, 2020) Crack Magazine! This is the title track off a new EP and it looks like it’s set to be a world music infused dancefloor banger with a hammered metal marimba type sound, some chopped and looped vocals and hand drums panned out wide. My favorite part here is the chopped vocal sample and my least favorite element is the tambourine which lightens the proceedings too much imho. I could use a change right about now or 30 seconds ago. You get an additional sound, bass, but the other elements remain in the mix. I say mute something and return it to the mix later naimsayin’? There are more sounds added to the mix including a nice lazy melodic bagpipe typa thing but overall the stasis in the composition and the mix detracts from my listening experience. Just more and more layers doesn’t get me where I want to go.
@@@ Jack Colwell: A Spell (Self-released, 2020) I don’t know if there’s a trend of musicians putting the title track last on the record but it’s here again, a melancholy piano and voice opening on a last album track. Oops, there’s the space with a wambly guitar (?), some whirling electro garnish, and a female singer quietly tracking the main vocalist Mr. Colwell. I don’t usually go for the self-empowerment vibes but this is very understated and not cheesed out. This is more than all right, this is quite a feat to get me to like a tune where the vocal hook is hold on, hold on. Usually it comes with a massive serving of orchestral strings and other cheese flavored sauces but Colwell keeps it restrained and thus more effective.
@@@ Ehua: Meteora (Nervous Horizon, 2020) Crack Magazine! Techno, but it appears to be a different strain. Thumpin’ but a bit more abstract and not as dancefloor. Not as yet. This track, the title track has a coiled and mechanical feel that I find pleasant. Also a string of static that will drive you insane on purpose, you gotta respect that. I feel like I’m waiting for more meds while on meds at a mental hospital this is solid business. I would check out more of this but this one track resides on a label compilation. However, I find the second track to be of similar high quality so Imma check this compilation out when I get the chance.
@@@ Midori Hirano: Invisible Island (Sonic Pieces, 2020) Same, Crack Magazine!!! A Japanese electronic musician based in Berlin. Today I’m checking out the last piece of the record which is a roomy piece with simple piano and some rhythmic piano wrangling. I like parts of the pieces, the up and down string scraping is all right, there’s another string sound which sounds like I don’t know what, and the piano playing isn’t particularly moving to me. I wish there was more here, maybe rhythmically or another idea or two. I always want to be fair to musicians so I checked out the opening track and it does indeed have her simplistic piano playing but there’s a bunch of rhythmic elements to it that work to elevate the music as a whole. So don’t be like me and start at the beginning and go from there.
YTD recordings listened to: 808
Good music, not list worthy: 442
Not good music: 341
Honorable Mentions: 5
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