@@@ Vivien Goldman: Launderette (Staubgold, 1981) An old school punk rocker whose track I got to as I subsribe to an online art/philosophy/music/politics blog here in NYC called Triple Canopy. This is slotted as New Wave but it has a rhythmic funkiness that I don’t associate with New Wave. There appears to be a percussionist in each channel and a pretty happening bass player. Goldman is on about the basic scene in a Launderette, hence the title. It’s got a loose feel and I would put this more in the pretty cosmetic punk side of town — I like the stream of conciousness sing song vocals, I love the funky bass and almost the almost free jazz type percussion. There appears to be somebody sawing away on a fiddle and it’s all right. I mostly dig it.
@@@ Autechre: DekDre Scap B (Warp, 2020) I got to this via last week’s All Music notable release email. I’ve heard these guys before and have been on the fence. Like that they go for a rougher electro sound and sometimes don’t like where they go with it. This is the first track off their new record and it’s scrappy and a bit smashed up, not chopped up. Some splurting snare trills and a lot of here and there sounds as well as a lot of delays and morphong. Nothin’ wrong with that. If they wanted my love which they don’t they would descend into complete chaos but I’m not holding my breath, I believe they will remain in the sci fi dystopia neighborhood. It’s just under 3 minutes so it’s a bit of a table setter and I’m letting the player continue while I finish my pocket review. I like a bunch of the sounds but there’s nothing here that just grabs me and kicks me in the nuts. I want to get kicked in the nuts. Some of the processing is quite interesting — panning, step sequencers, and melting ‘alive’ type modulating synths but I want something more. Call me a bitch if you like, I don’t care.
@@@ Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: “A Wrinkle in Time…” (Nonesuch, 2020) I saw this large ensemble record from a leading Chicago jazz musician shouted out on the Twatter. It’s not a great sign that Nonesuch is involved with this record as they have become a significant music dealer to the brunch crowd. I’m more than a bit opposed to brunch music, it’s just so boring. It opens with a voice either processed by a megaphone plug or someone speaking through a megaphone into a microphone, it sits besides vibes and a plinky guitar. Then comes the rhythm section and a flute. Love the flute, the big fat bass, meh on the drums, don’t like the guitar tone and I’m not sure about the voice. I would prefer a tricked out Henry Threadgill record to this as they share a bit of DNA but Threadgill goes deeper and weirder than the ensemble here. I could use some contrast here besides the big drum sound as it is most definitely a brunch-y vibe. Some guitar distortion, more chaos, something to ground the hopefulness. The horns come in at 4 minutes and the ensemble sound completes itself. I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.
@@@ Murat Baskaya: Gunes Sabikali (Grimsi, 2020) Off this week’s WRIR world music email playlist. Opens with one piano, then two, two single note plinkers and slotted as hip hop, ah there’s the beat. Baskaya hits the mic with some gravel and breathiness to his voice. Most people who check out this track have no Turkish language skills so this is a listen to he music and the expressiveness of his rhyming. In addition to thwe two pianos plinking that I really like due to the confusion they sow, there’s a slow long tone melody that sounds a bit violin-y or cello, cello (maybe cello synth) and I like that too. He rhymes in a staccato sorta percussive manner and the beats, well the beats are pretty straight non trap sounds and they’re all right.
YTD recordings listened to: 918
Good music, not list worthy: 494
Not good music: 391
Honorable Mentions: 5
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