The US jazz-hop musician James Craven who performs as Jameth released the LP Wacky-Fun yesterday.
A seven track album, which as it suggests on the tin doesn’t take itself too seriously, with mundane subjects being taken to an extremis parody of themselves, yet, within the eclectic mix of material lay one or two gems.
My selection of which is the antepenultimate song – Mr. Frog – an acerbic look at societal structures in which irrelevant differences are magnified into warring chasms while all quietly acquiescing to a mantra of inane platitudes.
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The alt-folk creator Kimberly Townsend based in New York (USA) released the EP The History and the Heart of It on the 18th.
The five track EP takes the journey on a wide journey of soul and folk influenced songs, though each being of different texturing, with some led by strings bowed or strummed, others keys, there is a commonality of tie which is the emotionally charged voice which immediately catches the listeners attention and holds them entranced through the roughly seventeen minutes release.
My pick of the release being the middle track Steps.
Currently based in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico) the alt-rock project of Scott Kannberg – Spiral Stairs – is set to release the LP We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized on the 22nd of March.
Working with a stretch of other musicians, on the basis of the first track to surface from the album and also the first of the ten on the LP (available on bandcamp), which appeared less than twenty hours ago, HYP-NO-TIZED, it looks set to be a release of twists and turns anchored by fulsome, warming, rock’n’roll.
The catchy HYP-NO-TIZED opens with an expectation of a freestyle jazz number prior to the rootsy-beat kicking in with the trumpet become absorbed within the infectious, winding guitar, chorused vocal and double time drum-kit which launches on the listener on to the dance floor.
Thirty five years ago the sextet of Chris D, Dave Alvin, John Doe, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin and DJ Bonebrake – the original line-up of The Flesh Eaters – from Los Angeles (USA) last recorded an album – today the line-up released the follow up alt-rock LP – I Used to Be Pretty.
The fire and brimstone of earlier material has been diffused in to a slowly striding thread of compositions which, though less forthright in structure, nonetheless still convey a frustration with societal structures that continue to let down other than a few.
The hindsight of three decades have a regretful air the what was wrong in the ’70s and ’80s is no better now and an acknowledgement that despite protest nothing is likely to change any time soon either as so few around the world genuinely care enough to actually do anything other than live in a mire of ever more evidently delusionary ‘I’m all right Jack’ while pointing fingers of irrelevant accusation – one is minded of Martin Niemöller.
Hailey Livingston is an RnB creator from Los Angeles (USA) who released the LP Clap Back on the 11th.
An eleven track album which contemplates the complexities of interpersonal relationships with friends, lovers and family.
This is an atypical recommendation to the music typically featured and although instinctively not something I would typically recommend, particularly with numerous tracks adding vocoder effects, which, as longer stay readers always finds me antagonistic, I do strongly suggest adding to the playlist of ‘essential bookmarks of life in the ’10s’.
The sheer depth of emotional connectivity makes Clap Back an album of its time with a narrative of contemporary confusions of life in a world contrasted by pixelated and physical relationships.
The three, to me, stand out tracks of the eleven on the album are the opener Meet Cute, which sets the tone for the release as a whole with its heady fires of early day relationship expectation and latter day confusion.
The sixth song – I don’t Hate Men?, a piano led composition, is a more melancholic and jaded perspective of disappointment and abusive power imbalance.
My pick of the release being the penultimate song, Elegy, which though of sad countenance recalls fondest memories of strong familial ties.