@@@ Tom Rogerson: Finding Shore (Dead Oceans, 2017) I’m peeping some records from an All Music notable release email from late 2017. This first one is an ambient record where piano improvisations are manipulated into ambient music. This first tune the piano has been processed and it sounds like a vibraphone. The second tune, Motion in Field (clipped below) sounds synth like in its manipulation with a little of the acoustic piano left into the effects mix. I like the starkness of just the piano/processed piano. It’s got a bit of a New Age feel to it with the large reverb patches but it’s music with some thought behind it and I respect that.
@@@ K. Michelle: Kimberly, People I Used… (Atlantic, 2017) A mash of hip hop, soul, club music etc. that I got to via the All Music notable release email. The second track, Alert, is a put down track with some extensive rhyming while this third tune, God, Love, Sex and Drugs switches to a band format with singing and bluesy guitar. Ms. Michelle has a huge, strong voice with some pleasant rock ‘n roll gravel in it but I can’t say these are particularly engaging lyrics. The third tune is a ballad with piano, electric piano and finger snaps. The record features super modern production and if you dig the strong female vibes and Ms. Michelle’s voice you might really like this record.
@@@ Anathema: The Optimist (Kscope, 2017) A proggy/rocky affair from an outfit out of Liverpool. I’m not usually one for the prog but I will peep most anything and I’m no genre bitch. My Apple Music blurb says these guys used to be a doom metal outfit so hopefully they drop some of that into this record. Thus far this record sounds a bunch like a Radiohead rock/electronic mash except this singer has a soaring rock ‘n roll voice as opposed to Thom Yorke’s mumbling reticence (which I dig). You can really hear the proggy aspirations in the track, Optimist, though it has more than a tablespoon of cheese rock swirled up in there. I’m a huge fan of the piano in jazz but in rock and prog not so much. This isn’t really my thing, but if you dig artistic piano rock well then these guys will hook you up. I could have used some doom metal up in this thing.
YTD recordings listened to: 284
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 149
Not good music: 126
Honorable Mentions: 4
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