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Going Steady: New Singles, Thursday, May 21st, 2020 Reviewed

 

Time – Arca – Arty ambient sound manipulation that works from a sturdy hook – B

Pursuit of Liberty – Bad Cop, Bad Cop – very powerful, somewhat too proggy but, written by the bassist whose parents escaped from Saigon just to find themselves being treated like refugees – A-

I’m Not Sure What It Is – Badly Drawn Boy – never a big fan but listening to this melodic beauty with gorgeous horns Burt Bacharach coulda drawn up, maybe I was wrong – B+

No Chorus Pt. 12 – BlocBoy JB, Tay Keith – Heavy duty rap banger – B

Pomegranate – deadmau5, The Neptunes – funk meets EDM mood enhancer sounds – B

It Was Me – Deradoorian – mood music, heavy on the bass with a post punk nervousness  – B-

Scenescof – Devendra Banhart – Devendra turns to 1967 for his T Rex cover off the forthcoming Scenester In A Top Hat, Marc was trippier, Devandra folkier – B

Flood the Club – International Teachers Of Pop – UK experimental collective with plenty of bongos -their last song featured a Sleaford Mod  – C+

Temptation Reduced – James Krivchenia – Big Thief’s drummer goes ambient – C

Shadow Answers the Wall – Jason Molina – the late singer songwriter, he died from alcoholism at the age of 39, recorded a final album… this is the first single and so much for drunks being jolly (I almost didn’t write that joke) – C+

Options Open – Kathleen Edwards – does anybody mention time as much as Kathleen does? 39 years, we got it, 39 years. After breaking as an artist in the US, helped by her romantic entanglement with Justin Vernon, she killed it on record and stage back in 2012 (here) and by 2014 was out of  the biz and running a coffee shop in Ottawa. Now she is back, and she has lost nothing: this is sterling civil Kathleen still studying her emotional tea leaves and we are the better for it – B+

Thinking About You – Lee Fields & The Expressions old school soul by an old school souler – B-

Sucker – Madeline Kenney – terrific singer songwriter trope produced by Jenn Wasner of wye Oak though the vibe is downcast SoCal more than Americana goes confessional – B

Serpentine Prison – Matt Berninger – low key Matt without the National large arrangement but otherwise the same deal – B

Milk Breath – Orlando Weeks – The Maccabees lead singer sounds like the Maccabees lead singer – B-

I See You – Phoebe Bridgers – the third single and the third good one, apparently she was right to take her time – B+

Die! Die! Die – Residents Featuring Black Francis – if all you know is Meet The Residents you’ve missed two albums a year since 1974, and here it is nastiness plus plustial strength Iggy Pop scream black rock – B-

Ode to Joy 2 – Remo Drive – cool name that this classic rockism doesn’t live up to – C+

Stuck in a Summer Love – Sébastien Tellier – the French pop star with a synth tech track too slow for EDM – C+

Off My Chest (feat. Lil Pump) – Smokepurpp, Lil Pump – soundcloud still goes  mainstream with two top performers – B-

ALL MY BEST SHIT – SPICE – garage psychedelia with well fuzzed guitar attack – B-

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