@@@ Willow Kayne: Two Seater (Sony Music UK , 2021) All three of today’s listens are from this week’s Line of Best Fit. I mean you can’t take a shit without running into Billie Ellish’s new track but it was namechecked on that email. Comes on with the growling bass, then a shuffle beat, and then Ms. Kayne comes with the descending melody. Occasional guitar spikes, and unfortunately it explodes out into cheesier pop territory in the chorus. Love the verse, like the attitude, could leave the chorus by the side of the road.
@@@ Squid: Paddling (Warp, 2021) A pre-release track that opens with a lot of space, a nerdy clean guitar then a beat and a drone. It’s building to something but I hear an updated version of the Doors’ L.A. woman with different instruments. Are you a lucky little lady in the, I forget the rest of it. Then we get a singer and some background vocal action and the metamorphosis into a janky Devo flavor pack is complete. I appreciate the weirdness of it though I confess to not shitting my pants over it. Nerd rock has never made me shit my pants. There’s also an art school proggy thing going here. It builds to a boil and I like it more — I can see a lot of hipsters digging this. I’ve never hipstered, way too square for that.
@@@ Billie Eilish: Your Power (Interscope, 2021) A pre-release track from Billie Eilish. There’s obviously a big push behind her, she’s a big star, so you can’t take a shit without seeing her on the interwebz. The acoustic guitar is beautifully records, but the vocal is presented with too large a reverb patch and lessen the impact. Eilish is doing a breathy delivery, it’s not over the top but it’s there. More sounds creep into the mix and it’s manicured. I like this much more than her debut where she was sporting her tongue and working a teen sex thing. These lyrics I’m guessing, are considered pretty important but as I mentioned the presentation. Now you think, hey fuckface you’re making a big deal of this but to me this is the cheesing of America. Why not go for something simpler and more direct, why does everything have to be so theatrical and over the top?