@@@ The Writhing Squares: A Whole New Jupiter (N/A, 2018) I got to this jazz/psych almost 20+ blast via an email from a musician who is playing a show with them. The bandcamp description explains that it is constructed from bass, sax, and drum machines and other bits and bobs. It slips between normal genre descriptions as it’s a wee bit fusion-y, a little jazzy, a little psych, and a little electro. It also a bit of a jam band feel as it meanders (in a good way) through its 20 minute orbit. I really dig the bass sound, I like the sax playing without loving it. It connects back to ’70s prog/jazz jams. I like the set of sounds but I could use a bit more action.
@@@ Les Gruff and the Billy Goat: Evil Dancers (N/A, 2018). I got to this alt country business via a music publicist email. It’s a down out and drunken regret tune with a slightly atypically pretty sounding male singer. He’s got no gruffness and he’s not overtly manly which I find refreshing. The band is solid with a mournful fiddle line, some twangy tremolo guitar and more than a bit of rock in the drummer. He goes from sadness to bitterness as the tune moves through its paces. I like the sounds and all the components but I think it’s a bit long for my taste. The fiddle and piano solos are my favorite elements.
@@@ Sydney Wright: Wait for the Wave (N/A, 2018) I got to this music by a recording engineer in Austin, TX from a music publicist email. It still confounds me how music publicists operate out in the open yet their influence remains unacknowledged and undenounced. At the very least bloggers and music writers should acknowledge their machinations. This is a ballad with piano and torchy vocals. There are some nice sonic goodies tucked in here — a nice swirling guitar figure foremost in my ear. It’s a bit dramatical but that could be because I’m dead inside. Lyrically it employs a metaphor of waiting for a wave to crash over her. There ya go, not much to say to that. It’s an undercover pop tune with a brief giant, arena rock climax at the end. Have at it if it sounds good to you.
YTD recordings listened to: 644
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 350
Not good music: 254
Honorable Mentions: 8
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