@@@ Kendl Winter: Stumbler’s Business (Team Love, 2018) I got to this singer songwriter recording via last week’s All Music notable release email. Plus I have heard Winter’s solo music before and liked it. The first tune is notable for its sparse sonics and Winters slightly off the beat delivery. The second tune brings in a full band and a catchier hook. The third tune returns to a place where Winter and another instrument are at the center and this is where the record is best. This third tune (clipped below) shows how a well focused, no bullshit arrangement and performance can really lift a tune. I’m going to swing back on this record but at the very least check out this tune below.
@@@ Hatchet: Dying to Exist (Combat Records, 2018) Some classic metal off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Super pumped up energy with epic guitar riffs/melodies and a singer. Not a caveman nor an opera singer. Big solos, octopus drumming and a celebration of classic metal.
@@@ The Weight Band – World Gone Mad (Curve) Roots/folk off this week’s CFUV playlist email. Switching gears from the classic metal rave up to a hippie/jam rock/string band vibe. Mandolin on this first midtempo rocker, the title track — (clipped below). This second tune is pretty much a tune by the Band. You can’t bite a band that’s not a band anymore, even one called The Band, but it’s a carbon copy. I have old Band records so I’m not sure why I would pile into this. I would like to hear something more unique going on here.
YTD recordings listened to: 452
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 230
Not good music: 190
Honorable Mentions: 5
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