Music for 3/31/20!! Lukas Nelson, Sorry, Daniel Avery, Jacaszek, Half Waif

@@@ Lukas Nelson: Civilized Hell (Fantasy, 2020) A classic rock tinged country in the Tom Petty neighborhood.  All of today’s listens are off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Pretty fair amount of power chords, straight rock drumming.  Nelson’s voice is grizzled, a little Dylan-y but certainly not the reptilian croak of the present day Zimmerman.  The song goes out on a big guitar jam and that’s fine.

@@@ Sorry: As the Sun Sets (Domino, 2020) Brit rock off an eagerly awaited debut apparently.  It’s a thicket of guitars and maybe a spaced out organ sound that the female singer stands in front of and sings.  To my ears it’s got a bit of art school and a bit of tongue in cheek.  I’m most impressed by the arrangement and the sounds, it’s got a bit of a resigned, blase stance that weighs it down a bit.  Not a hair mussed on their poser brows, drama but no drama if you get my drift.

@@@ Daniel Avery: Illusion of Time (Phantasy/Mute, 2020) Ping pong synths and hiss right out of the gate.  Oooh, I like that bass when it comes in, it is gloriously fat and wide.  The New Age-ish piano, not so much love for that.  You could picture this as a movie soundtrack for a bunch of white guys racing around a track, striving and reaching for ever greater performance, and they’re doing it for love and something else so good and pure.  And the winner collapses across the finish line and explodes into a fiery spasm of diarrhea that he’s been holding in the whole race.  I mean a world class shitshow, shit everywhere.  It turns out he’s been racing to the toilet and he didn’t make it.  God, the sadness and the bittersweet beauty of it all.  It’s at times like these that I feel you’re all so lucky to have me.

@@@ Jacaszek: The Zone (Ghostly, 2020)  More electronic, this time out of the Ghostly side of town.  Another nice bass, more upright than dancefloor and no ping pong synth (yet!!! we can dream).  Eerie piano comes in, lays down some lonesome, a little string-esque small bow scrape (electro simulation therein).  Then a swirling drone, very slow and high frequency.  It’s got some of the bittersweet of the track above but not as much of the New Age, it focuses more on a cinematic feel than an emotional evocation.  And then it kind of ends without a big fanfare/climax/resolution and I like that lack of bigness at the end to be a real virtue.

@@@ Half Waif: Halogen 2 (Anti-, 2020) Female electro singer songwriter, a place Anti- has been rocking pretty steady for a while now.  A little dancefloor, a little pop, a world music tiny pube, and she does indeed have a half waif flow on the microphone.  It’s an updated Kate Bush thing without the same overwhelming drama.  It’s like when you go to a pizza place, they make a choice of how much cheese to put on your slice, that’s their job.  This has plenty of cheese on the slice and she puts more on as the tune builds.  Now the question as to whether this is too much cheese for a slice of pizza is entirely personal.  As far as I’m concerned she’s over the line but not by a ton but she’s just shy of some flowing dress and spinning around in a super feely way.  As always check for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 230
Good music, not list worthy: 125
Not good music: 100

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/30/20!!!! Waxahatchee, Ultraista, Yxngxr1, Hare Squead, Melt Yourself Down

@@@ Waxahatchee: Fire (Merge, 2020) Country tinged mainstream slow ballad-y business — I don’t know if I’ve heard this before.  I don’t want to be a dick but it has a generic feel to it.  Though I did see somebody (Guardian I think) saying it was record of the year.  It’s got a certain uplifting-ness to it sonically less so lyrically that seems comforting during this difficult time of the ‘rona.  There’s no tangy or angry, nor any hangry sounds on this here tune, it’s got a Disney feel to it that I don’t like.  As always listen for yourself.

@@@ Ultraista: The Tin King (Partisan, 2020)  Pumping bass and a mad active stack of female vocals on this track that I got to via the Line of Best Fit.  If Radiohead had an electro-vagina speckled with a bit of glitch and undercover dancefloor it would sound like this track.  I’m agnostic, some of it I like and I might like it more with less piano.  The piano as a signifier of meaning annoys me lately.  The delays on the voices start to cause collisions between the bits of voices as the tune crosses the finish line which I presume to mean something.

@@@ Hare Squead: Minor Gangsters (Independently Popular, 2020)  Regular readers know how much I love British hip hop.  It’s usually just so nonsensical with the accent and ill microphone flows.  However, once in a while some solid business crosses my headphones and that’s the case here.  I understand the word authentic has problems but this sounds right to my ears.  Solid microphone work without trying to be American gangsters and putting a rhythm out there that’s unique and smooth.  These dudes are from Dublin, check it out, making those London MCs look soft.

@@@ Yxngxr1: Let’s Shake (EMPIRE, 2020) White boy neck tattoo hip hop that I got via Line of Best Fit.  This is gonna be a variation on Post Malone, oh boy this actually makes me appreciate Post Malone and the face tats.  I guess we’re expanding hip hop into bubblegum territory despite better judgment.  The beats here are room temperature vanilla yogurt, there’s a 7th grade guitar strum and then there’s Yxngxr1, (pronounced Yickingakker?).  Wow, that was a pretty crap listen but I can’t get that time back.

@@@ Melt Yourself Down: Crocodile (Decca, 2020)  A drunken fratt-ish party track being marketed as some sort of jazz (out of Australia where the definition may be different.)  The vocals are a strange falsetto sprinkled between the rhythmic horn line and then accented with demented background vocals.   The rhythm section runs hot on a dance rock beat.  That’s about it for components, an accelerated groove, oh wait there’s a rhyming section.  Not hip hop rhyming but rock flavored.  An all right party track for the ‘rona.

YTD recordings listened to: 225
Good music, not list worthy: 122
Not good music: 98

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/27/20!!! Queen Herby, Dua Lipa, Run the Jewels

@@@ Queen Herby: Check (Checkbook, 2020) I got to this Missy Elliott inspired single via a music publicist email.  As you can see from the video below this tune is a mad clam bake and the lead MC is all right but the sounds do not have that Missy funk to them.  Also we must respect Missy’s sophisticated rhythmic relationship to the sounds that percolate beneath her singing.  Energy is high, rhymes pretty standard, sounds need to get to the gym but they can’t cuz ‘rona!

@@@ Dua Lipa: Break My Heart (Warner, 2020) Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section.  What tune is she biting with that riff?  Damn you slow hard drive!!!  Ms. Lipa has a pretty impressive resting bitch face and a huge voice in this track but, fuck it’s a permutation of Another One Rides the Bus.  Whoever did these sounds (prolly not Dua Lipa) spent some time filing this big ass disco tune smooth and polished — every hair in this eyebrow is plucked.  Great production sounds, arrangement is okay but points off for biting another tune so hard, I like her voice but they make her a tad too diva-ish, and the lyrics well these lyrics wouldn’t hold together as toilet paper unless you wipe super gently.

@@@ Ooh La La: Run the Jewels (BMG, 2020) Comin’ in crooked with a demented piano sample before the beat and the fat bass enters.  I like that.  Tradin’ verses sittin post-retro they get into some high quality microphone work.  Lyrics are raw but not super pornographic, a few political references tucked in.  I like the space they made for the turntable but the hook is meh.  I’m a fan, not a hater, callin ’em as I see em.

YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not list worthy: 124
Not good music: 95

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/26/20!!! Perfume Genius, YBN Nahmir

@@@ Perfume Genius: On the Floor (Matador, 2020) I’m a Perfume Genius fan so I thought I would check out this pre-release tune from his upcoming full length. This is an electro-soul white funk old school/new school Motown-ish kinda thing. It’s a familiar chord progression wrapped in some slicked out newer sounds, particularly the pumping synth patches which drive the tune on top of the beat. I like Mr. Genius’ singing style, it works for me. He’s dramatic without collapsing into cheese. This tune highlights the power of a good sound choice/arranging.

@@@ YBN Nahmir: 2 Seater (Atlantic, 2020) We switch gears to more funky business — he’s in his 2 seater (European Whip) with his jewels out and he’s smoking indo. Trap skitter, simple bouncing bass, etc. It’s funky and simply put together while striking a solid balance between blunted-ness and funky-ness. For the last minute they double up the microphone tempo which takes it with more energy and style. #phatitude

YTD recordings listened to: 217
Good music, not list worthy: 122
Not good music: 94

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

Music for 3/25/20!!! Kut One, Eye Flys, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

@@@ Kut One: Active Shooter (Chopping Block, 2020) I’m on the email list for a bunch of independent hip hop folks and this cut is off one of those emails. It’s a retro sound, but with a nice trippy and a bit trappy guitar loop that floats across your brain pan. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a drumkit but I could be wrong on that. The bass is de-emphasized here so that leaves more room for other elements of the tune. I like the MCs and they equate their microphone skills with being active shooters. Accuracy, crazy aggressive, etc.

@@@ Eye Flys: Tub of Lard (Thrill Jockey, 2020) Alternative metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. I’m not sure what’s alternative about this. I like the energy here but it’s pretty standard business. Pissed singer, punk/metal guitar stylings, there is a disturbing snail trail of feedback at the end of the first tune before they head into a muscular grind. The start slipping in more noise as the record unfolds but it’s garnish-y and doesn’t change the fundamental formula they got going on. It’s reminiscent of Stanford Prison Experiment from a bit ago. I like this more as the record unfolds.

@@@ Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Expanding Electricity (Ghostly, 2020) I saw this female electronic artist on the Twatter. I think Ghostly does mad advertising on the Twatter. The record consists of two pieces, one ten minutes and one five minutes, both named Expanding Electricity. Well it looks like the five minute piece is an edited single. It opens with a cello and electronics and then it blossoms out into an orchestral piece with hammered marimba type sounds, string flourishes and an angel choir type of thing and an electronically processed melody snaking up and down the mix. It’s a bit New Age for me. I was with it til the vocals and then not so much. It then explodes after that into an arpeggiated cornucopia of the same sounds, all carbonated and shit like ginger ale. It’s well done just not my cup of tea.

YTD recordings listened to: 215
Good music, not list worthy: 120
Not good music: 94

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/24/20!!! Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, Morrissey, Adam Lambert, Kelsea Bellerini

@@@ Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (World Circuit, 2020) Songs reconstructed after a session between Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela in 2010. I read that shit somewhere, GooglePimp it if you like it. Here in the Guardian. It’s a sparse mix with Tony Allen’s drumming right up front which is great for me. The sound on these mixes is just stellar — clear, funky and it sounds like you’re in the room with Tony Allen. Audio awesomeness. I love great drummers and Tony Allen is one of the best ever in my opinion. If you don’t appreciate great drummers this record might not be as compelling for your ears but these two play well together (I’m not a big trumpet guy), they put some nice sounds around it, it’s a best of year record for me.

@@@ Morrissey: I’m Not a Dog on a Chain (BMG, 2020) I really respect Morrissey’s militant vegetarianism but his recent turn towards the fascist folks politically is a bit unnerving. This has a bit of classic of Morrissey’s vintage bitchy melodic lilt but the drum beat here is odd (not bad, but oddly pop thrashy). Over the course of the 4 minute tune he does build to quite a self-important crescendo as the lyrics are all about his real life turmoil with the press and the unfairness of it all. Musically, it holds together but just barely.

@@@ Adam Lambert: Velvet (Empire, 2020) Also off this week’s All Music notable release email. He’s channeling a Michael Jackson thing here — very sweet and melodic but not quite the chops of MJ. The same guitar Jackson guitar plink, there are a lot of sonic similarities. He wants to rock something in his own special way though he is biting Rock this Way pretty hard. I guess the kids won’t call him out as they don’t remember.

@@@ Kelsea Ballerini: homecoming queen? (Black River, 2020) All Music! Starts out reasonable with acoustic guitar but be careful the cheese bomb is gonna come, I can feel it. Wait for the chorus — even the homecoming queen cries. God that hits hard, I got go get a tissue. I’m busted up between the Kung Flu and that hook. The tune goes down in the chorus, you know that emotional uppercut to the nutsack so I give it points for doing that, but it’s plastic.

@@@ Lamb of God: Memento Mori (Epic/Sony, 2020) A pre-release track from an upcoming release. I’ve always thought of these guys as Metallica wannabes and this track doesn’t discourage that idea. Not a clone but in the same neighborhood. After an overwrought intro they move into a double kick head crusher and full guitar hammer pounding. I like the singer more than the redneck cowboy that fronts Metallica but otherwise it’s pretty standard fare. It goes out better than it came in, otherwise I feel like it didn’t move the needle on my perception of this band.

YTD recordings listened to: 212
Good music, not list worthy: 118
Not good music: 93

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/23/20!!! Krallice, Dodenbezweerder, Aodon, Velnias, Katatonia

***Let’s give a shout of respect to Bandcamp which offers a great home to heavy metal/dark music artists, as well as other musicians. They’ve shown that they’re an ethical outfit, let’s support them***

@@@ Krallice: The Wheel (N/A, 2020) Today we’re listening off Invisible Oranges’ front page. The energy here is high but what’s most notable is the jumping around, it’s got a bit of technical/prog flow. I dig the unpredictability of it, I like to be kept on my toes. As the tune winds on it does get more geeky and circular in its manic shredding

@@@ Dodenbezweerder: Nachtilijke (N/A, 2019) Super ambient shitstorm heavy music also off Invisible Oranges. Big waves of spacious distortion and a bit of recognizable cymbal. It’s really quite fitting for the moment. The singer is something out of the Bible but his orc-estrations (get it, do you get it, the pun that is??) are lost to the giant reverb as well. It’s really quite beautiful in its way. Check that out, it’s give you the feels.

@@@ Aodon: Les Rayons (N/A, 2020) More traditional metal in its aggressive posture. After a big intro it gets into a straight up dome crushing thrash thing. Big guitars, immaculate production and a boatload of anguish. As always I find it a bit odd to be listen to other folks’ suffering presented in such a manicured fashion but that’s the thrill, I didn’t invent it I just peep it.

@@@ Velnias: Aurora Rune (N/A, 2020) Off their new record Scion of Aether (Extremely regal title!) and the tune opens up sludge-y and blunted. As in weed. It then moves into a loping gait with some ascending guitar melodies but not a massive distorted sound, a reasonable sounding guitar. This is a 9 minute biscuit so it’s gonna stomp out of the gate slowly and not light on its feet. When the singer comes in big and church-y you might think this tune could be on Frodo’s iPod and shit. Think epic journey and melodic at that. I like it just fine but I’m not up for the full journey.

@@@ Katatonia: City of Burials (N/A, 2020) Our last listen of the day, sad face! It’s an updated classic metal sound and wow, it’s really classic metal, forged here in 2019/2020. Big drums, big power chords, big vocal melodies and a little boogie thrown in. Massive guitar shred up in there. I don’t really buy this combination of sounds for myself but they’re working it fo sho!

YTD recordings listened to: 207
Good music, not list worthy: 116
Not good music: 91

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes