Based on the last few weeks’ comments and a few random other albums, I’ve checked out:
- Beck’s Sea Change: I just don’t get it. Beck sings like Kanye rapped in his first big single. But Kanye had an excuse: his jaw was wired shut.
- Purity Rings’ Shrines: Digging it, I didn’t hear the similarities to Grimes based on their first single, but over the whole album I do. More varied vocally and beatwise than Grimes’ dubbed-out vox over a house beat. Would this be considered post-post-dubstep? Sounds like someone took the folk and hip-hop out of Various’s The World is Gone.
- Matthew Dear’s Black City and Beams: I think he’s figuring out what to do with his vocals. I sampled his first vocal album Asa Breed back when it was released, and the over-bassed vocodered crooner-raps bugged me, especially over more than one song at a time. So I kindof dismissed him, and the first song I heard from Black City seemed comically creepy. But this week I heard this song(SFW, but with mildly suggestive images) and I realized he pulled off what Plastikman never did before he hung up the name: House Producer adds his effected vocals and it sounds natural. The newer album, Beams is brighter, and has some decent places, but doesn’t come across as all that great.
- Cory Branan’s Mutt: The second-newest Bloodshot artist (behind Murder By Death), and I hadn’t heard anything of it. Pretty good, I think a lot of WGOMers would like him: countrier blending of Springsteen ballads and Sun Kil Moon, with just enough Tom Waits to show:
What’s on your mind or in your random 10?