@@@ Giant Swan: Giant Swan (KECK, 2019) I saw this heavy music band mentioned in an online music magazine called CRACK. The first tune (clipped below) is a industrial-hard dancefloor banger with plenty of sonic blasting and glitch tossed in to disorient the listener. Most defining are the chopped up vocals. I wish the rhythms had a bit more swing, it is a bit like getting your ass whupped by an arthritic old man. Flow! I like a lot of the aesthetics here, it’s just not quite there for me. Also I would throw in that a distorted electric guitar or two (or even more distorted synth sounds, they’re all super digital and pretty clean) could really replace one edge with something more muscular. Close but not quite a cigar for my ears, but check it for yourself!
@@@ The Murder Capital: When I have Fears (Human Season, 2019) I saw this Dublin band shouted on this week’s Line of Best Fit email. Apple Music has them blurbed as post-punk, whatevs, Nancy Whatevs, let’s see what they got. After a brief sonic intro, the tempo gets high with some almost manic needly Edge style guitar playing. The singer comes in and he’s rocking a slightly ragged, aspirational and high minded. Let’s peep more, they do whip a decent shitty though on this first tune. I like this but I wish it was messier. The guitars could be more spilly and they could generally stand to lose their shit more. Am I the only one up in this here internetz enjoying it when artists lose their shit so I can identify? Is anybody asking this question — certainly not the New York Times.
@@@ The Amazons: Future Dust (UMG, 2019) I saw this band shouted by the Australian music magazine Happy. This is a rock band on one of the world’s largest record labels so my hopes and dreams are not tied very tightly to this, Imma just throwin it a peep. Okay I had to screenshot the blurb from Apple Music and then we will discuss:
So when I read that it appears they want to reckon with the history of rock ‘n roll and it’s connection to other African American musical forms. Then the question is whether this record is going to be sonically connected to this blurb or not? Or if this record is not sonically connected to blues and jazz and early country does that mean they’ve appropriated that history or pimped it for this record? The second tune, Fuzzy Tree, is strongly connected to ’70s FM radio power rock but no black music here. How are they ‘honoring the rawness and the fire of it all.’ ??? On the other hand when I listen to a Led Zeppelin there is a distinct and clear connection to black music, no doubt about that. I’m on the third tune and these guys are full of shit. This is shopping mall rock. Thusly these guys are scheduled to be denounced as bullshit artists. Don’t say things and market your shit as something that is essentially a hustle, it’s fucked up. Fuck these dudes and the marketing department that chose this for them.
YTD recordings listened to: 592
Good music, not list worthy: 352
Not good music: 202
Honorable Mentions: 0
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