@@@ Billy Raffoul: Dark Four Door (Interscope, 2017) Super dramatical white guy breathy folk (maybe rock if the tune explodes) that I got to via music biz honcho/quasi-big mouth, anti-artist music biz prognosticator Bob Lefsetz. It’s a heartbreak tune and he’s got that gruff voice which is not an aesthetic choice but the huge reverb patch was a choice and a bad one as far as I’m concerned. There’s gonna be no big rock crescendo and personally I think he wore the vocal hook out too much. Solid B.
@@@ Sarah Jane Scouten: When the Bloom Falls From the Rose (Light Organ, 2017) Some old school heartbreak country off this week’s CFUV playlist email. This first tune is cleanly arranged with slide guitar, hand shaker, background vocals, bass and drums. The second tune is an uptempo rocker and she does as well with this as the slow burner. I like Scouten’s singing she got flavor without going over the top. I’m on the fourth tune and it’s the title track and I like it less than the opener. I tend to like the darker roots/Americana music and the upbeat stuff doesn’t work great for me. But if it works for you have at it.
@@@ Kodak Black: Project Baby 2 (Atlantic, 2017) Off the front page of Apple Music. I’ve never super loved the gangster rhymes with the orchestral arrangements. Mr. Kodak has a solid flow on the mic and I dig the beats and the bass, but I don’t feel the piano and the string melodies. Let’s peep more. I like this second tune Change My Ways much more than the opener. He’s still rocking a bit of the dramatic strings but it works better. This third tune is the best of what I heard and it sports the line you ain’t got no cheese, bitch!
@@@ American Wrecking Company: Everything and Nothing (Pavement, 2017) I got to this single via the music blog Indiepulse. Imma guessing this is gonna be some shiny ass arena hard rock but you never know. It’s opening up with a quasi-cinematic ambient intro but there it is, heavier than grunge but more mainstream than the full rank anti-social melted shit. It’s Pantera-y though the singer sounds a bit constipated and the guitars are a bit high in the mix for my taste.
YTD recordings listened to: 537
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 289
Not good music: 224
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips