@@@ Various Artists: We Out Here (Brownswood, 2017). I was reading a profile of the owner of the Brownswood label in the Guardian here and this compilation he put out is mentioned in the article. After an ceremonial introductory piece the second piece gets into some fusion sounds with club rhythmic energy. Funkier than the usual fusion business for sure. The compilation is overseen by the musician whose video I’ve clipped below. I’ve checked out four of the tunes and I think there could be a better balance of jazz and club sounds. More jazz harmonies and adventurous playing but that’s just my dumbass opinion.
@@@ Kate Teague: Low Life (Goldflake Paint, 2018). A pre release single I got to via a twat from a hipster undercover PR twatter. It’s a slow burner with plenty of r&b threads — when it first came on I thought it was much like Isaac Hayes’ By the Time I get to Phoenix. I don’t like Teague’s singing — it’s languorous and sorta tiresome. Also there’s just too much reverb on her voice so when she goes big it’s just a massive cloud of female singing. I love female singing but I don’t need massive clouds of it. Kinda disappointing as a lot of indie music is.
@@@ Haley Heynderyckx: Worth It (Mama Bird, 2018). A single off this week’s tracks of the week at Line of Best Fit. I know, motherfuckers lose their shit when I hit this list. This tune is mournful with a clean electric guitar. It’s not country lonesome, it’s that mopey indie sound I just love (to hate). There’s some basic drums that come in and out — wait a minute they’ve just hit the half decaf/half caf rock vibe. This is all the Velvet Underground’s fault, this smacked out slack shit is considered to be so arty and I find it boring. Very boring. I would rather watch dogs fuck or paint dry. Or I would rather watch Donald Trump pee on hookers. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit harsh but c’mon already.
@@@ Meggie Brown: Come Back Again (Self released, 2018) Also off the Line of Best fit’s best tracks of the week. More indie music yeah jump up and down, but this time with a bass guitar and some more urgency. And weirdness. It’s got a little math rock in it as well as a dash of PJ Harvey female antisocial feeling to it.
YTD recordings listened to: 94
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 52
Not good music: 39
Honorable Mentions: 2
Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Guy One