Music for 3/31/20!! Lukas Nelson, Sorry, Daniel Avery, Jacaszek, Half Waif

@@@ Lukas Nelson: Civilized Hell (Fantasy, 2020) A classic rock tinged country in the Tom Petty neighborhood.  All of today’s listens are off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Pretty fair amount of power chords, straight rock drumming.  Nelson’s voice is grizzled, a little Dylan-y but certainly not the reptilian croak of the present day Zimmerman.  The song goes out on a big guitar jam and that’s fine.

@@@ Sorry: As the Sun Sets (Domino, 2020) Brit rock off an eagerly awaited debut apparently.  It’s a thicket of guitars and maybe a spaced out organ sound that the female singer stands in front of and sings.  To my ears it’s got a bit of art school and a bit of tongue in cheek.  I’m most impressed by the arrangement and the sounds, it’s got a bit of a resigned, blase stance that weighs it down a bit.  Not a hair mussed on their poser brows, drama but no drama if you get my drift.

@@@ Daniel Avery: Illusion of Time (Phantasy/Mute, 2020) Ping pong synths and hiss right out of the gate.  Oooh, I like that bass when it comes in, it is gloriously fat and wide.  The New Age-ish piano, not so much love for that.  You could picture this as a movie soundtrack for a bunch of white guys racing around a track, striving and reaching for ever greater performance, and they’re doing it for love and something else so good and pure.  And the winner collapses across the finish line and explodes into a fiery spasm of diarrhea that he’s been holding in the whole race.  I mean a world class shitshow, shit everywhere.  It turns out he’s been racing to the toilet and he didn’t make it.  God, the sadness and the bittersweet beauty of it all.  It’s at times like these that I feel you’re all so lucky to have me.

@@@ Jacaszek: The Zone (Ghostly, 2020)  More electronic, this time out of the Ghostly side of town.  Another nice bass, more upright than dancefloor and no ping pong synth (yet!!! we can dream).  Eerie piano comes in, lays down some lonesome, a little string-esque small bow scrape (electro simulation therein).  Then a swirling drone, very slow and high frequency.  It’s got some of the bittersweet of the track above but not as much of the New Age, it focuses more on a cinematic feel than an emotional evocation.  And then it kind of ends without a big fanfare/climax/resolution and I like that lack of bigness at the end to be a real virtue.

@@@ Half Waif: Halogen 2 (Anti-, 2020) Female electro singer songwriter, a place Anti- has been rocking pretty steady for a while now.  A little dancefloor, a little pop, a world music tiny pube, and she does indeed have a half waif flow on the microphone.  It’s an updated Kate Bush thing without the same overwhelming drama.  It’s like when you go to a pizza place, they make a choice of how much cheese to put on your slice, that’s their job.  This has plenty of cheese on the slice and she puts more on as the tune builds.  Now the question as to whether this is too much cheese for a slice of pizza is entirely personal.  As far as I’m concerned she’s over the line but not by a ton but she’s just shy of some flowing dress and spinning around in a super feely way.  As always check for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 230
Good music, not list worthy: 125
Not good music: 100

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/30/20!!!! Waxahatchee, Ultraista, Yxngxr1, Hare Squead, Melt Yourself Down

@@@ Waxahatchee: Fire (Merge, 2020) Country tinged mainstream slow ballad-y business — I don’t know if I’ve heard this before.  I don’t want to be a dick but it has a generic feel to it.  Though I did see somebody (Guardian I think) saying it was record of the year.  It’s got a certain uplifting-ness to it sonically less so lyrically that seems comforting during this difficult time of the ‘rona.  There’s no tangy or angry, nor any hangry sounds on this here tune, it’s got a Disney feel to it that I don’t like.  As always listen for yourself.

@@@ Ultraista: The Tin King (Partisan, 2020)  Pumping bass and a mad active stack of female vocals on this track that I got to via the Line of Best Fit.  If Radiohead had an electro-vagina speckled with a bit of glitch and undercover dancefloor it would sound like this track.  I’m agnostic, some of it I like and I might like it more with less piano.  The piano as a signifier of meaning annoys me lately.  The delays on the voices start to cause collisions between the bits of voices as the tune crosses the finish line which I presume to mean something.

@@@ Hare Squead: Minor Gangsters (Independently Popular, 2020)  Regular readers know how much I love British hip hop.  It’s usually just so nonsensical with the accent and ill microphone flows.  However, once in a while some solid business crosses my headphones and that’s the case here.  I understand the word authentic has problems but this sounds right to my ears.  Solid microphone work without trying to be American gangsters and putting a rhythm out there that’s unique and smooth.  These dudes are from Dublin, check it out, making those London MCs look soft.

@@@ Yxngxr1: Let’s Shake (EMPIRE, 2020) White boy neck tattoo hip hop that I got via Line of Best Fit.  This is gonna be a variation on Post Malone, oh boy this actually makes me appreciate Post Malone and the face tats.  I guess we’re expanding hip hop into bubblegum territory despite better judgment.  The beats here are room temperature vanilla yogurt, there’s a 7th grade guitar strum and then there’s Yxngxr1, (pronounced Yickingakker?).  Wow, that was a pretty crap listen but I can’t get that time back.

@@@ Melt Yourself Down: Crocodile (Decca, 2020)  A drunken fratt-ish party track being marketed as some sort of jazz (out of Australia where the definition may be different.)  The vocals are a strange falsetto sprinkled between the rhythmic horn line and then accented with demented background vocals.   The rhythm section runs hot on a dance rock beat.  That’s about it for components, an accelerated groove, oh wait there’s a rhyming section.  Not hip hop rhyming but rock flavored.  An all right party track for the ‘rona.

YTD recordings listened to: 225
Good music, not list worthy: 122
Not good music: 98

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen

 

Music for 3/27/20!!! Queen Herby, Dua Lipa, Run the Jewels

@@@ Queen Herby: Check (Checkbook, 2020) I got to this Missy Elliott inspired single via a music publicist email.  As you can see from the video below this tune is a mad clam bake and the lead MC is all right but the sounds do not have that Missy funk to them.  Also we must respect Missy’s sophisticated rhythmic relationship to the sounds that percolate beneath her singing.  Energy is high, rhymes pretty standard, sounds need to get to the gym but they can’t cuz ‘rona!

@@@ Dua Lipa: Break My Heart (Warner, 2020) Off today’s Apple Music hot tracks section.  What tune is she biting with that riff?  Damn you slow hard drive!!!  Ms. Lipa has a pretty impressive resting bitch face and a huge voice in this track but, fuck it’s a permutation of Another One Rides the Bus.  Whoever did these sounds (prolly not Dua Lipa) spent some time filing this big ass disco tune smooth and polished — every hair in this eyebrow is plucked.  Great production sounds, arrangement is okay but points off for biting another tune so hard, I like her voice but they make her a tad too diva-ish, and the lyrics well these lyrics wouldn’t hold together as toilet paper unless you wipe super gently.

@@@ Ooh La La: Run the Jewels (BMG, 2020) Comin’ in crooked with a demented piano sample before the beat and the fat bass enters.  I like that.  Tradin’ verses sittin post-retro they get into some high quality microphone work.  Lyrics are raw but not super pornographic, a few political references tucked in.  I like the space they made for the turntable but the hook is meh.  I’m a fan, not a hater, callin ’em as I see em.

YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not list worthy: 124
Not good music: 95

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen