@@@ Fucked Up: Dose Your Dreams (Merge, 2018) Matador mainstays drop a classic punk biscuit on the Merge imprint. They’ve added a few non punk touches like a little horn here and there as well as some synths and interestingly a female background vocal chorus. The singer sounds a whole bunch like an old school cigarettes and whiskey shredded windpipe hard living fella. It’s a concept record/song cycle but I’m listening to it as tunes because I can’t grok the singer when he’s going quickly on the mic. These guys are obviously tight as fuck and know what they can do in a studio having been around the block more than once — I like the tunes without loving them. The fifth tune, Normal People (clipped below), is the best of what I heard.
@@@ Jerusalem in My Heart: Daqa’iq Tudaiq (Constellation, 2018) Contemporary Arabic music mixed with electronic music or contemporary Arabic electronic music, I’m not really sure. I’m on the third tune and it’s more contemporary Arabic music with some electronic music garnishes. I’m not sure regular readers caught the excellent Arabic electronic record Acid Arab out on Crammed Discs last year but it’s not that. These days I’m more up for the integrated smashup of Arabic melodies and electronic music and this flirts with that more than goes fully into it. If you like Arabic music check it out, if you like electronic music check out Acid Arab.
@@@ Frontperson – Frontrunner (Oscar St) All of today’s releases I got to via the weekly CFUV playlist email. This one is more straight indie with a symphonic feel and a serious tone. This is not a beer can smashing party here at all. The second tune switches up into a more Crosby, Stills, and Nash vocal harmonies thing. I’m struggling to find the right adjectives to describe the vibe of this record. It’s not art school, it’s not proggy, it’s partially indie, not particularly folky but it’s a lot of sophisticated harmonies over a mostly straight indie band. I guess it’s an old school hippie/indie record. I like some of the singing and it’s an interesting formula they’re using.
YTD recordings listened to: 631
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 340
Not good music: 253
Honorable Mentions: 7
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