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Going Steady: New Singles, Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, Reviewed

Dangerookipawaa Freestyle – Ab-Soul – The Black Hippy member is terrific solo, pretty good on stage as well and the proof is this first rate freestyle – B

Santa Barbara – Angelo De Augustine – remorselessly beautiful soft focussed acoustic song, like Sufjan Stevens five years ago – B+

Ideas – Au/Ra – electronic pop track – C+

Summer All Over – Blake Mills – Of course Blake dropped a new single, Fiona Apple just released an album so why wouldn’t he, it is a slow and tedious piano ballad – C-

Forced Convalescence – Bright Eyes – after the actively lousy “Persona Non Grata” (less than a million streams by the way), this begins very prettily and it leads effortlessly to the chorus where a full choir doesn’t hurt it, no, what hurts it is the as always too busy for his own good Nate Walcott with a way too busy bridge… still, a huge relief – B

I Dig Your Dog – Caleb Landry Jones – off faux chamber pop rocker from the Friday Night Lights guy – C+

Falling for You – Charlotte OC – bass driven, r&b pop song – B

Ghost Adventure Spirit Orb – chloe moriondo – a modern day Lily Allen, smart lyric about sexual love and teenagerdom that works as a poppy earworm – B+

“Farewell” Symphony – Deerhoof – about things that capitalism killed… – B-

Monk’s Robes – Deradoorian – indie folk mood music – C+

Lucky – Ganser – Simultaneously post-punk and punk with obstreperous guitar noise and sing speak vocals – B

Fake Friends (feat. Joan Jett) – L7, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – The classic track isn’t improved upon but hey, if it finds a new audience why not? Dig the snarl at the end – B+

Witchy Burn – L7 – not untypical L7 rocker from the return to burn girl rockers restructuring a song off their last album  – B

Lurchers – Western Addiction – groovy fucker punk rocker – B

On the Mend – Man Man – an old indie pop rock psychedelic track, better when quieter – B-

Harvest – Modern Nature, Itasca – indie folk artinest harvests some – B

lessons – mxmtoon – the nineteen year old kid has a taste for melody and beats and a lush sound on this one – B

CRUMPY – Nick Hakim – whimsical because that’s Mac DeMarco on guitar, but someful singer songwriter so it makes sense in its own way – B-

ANIMAL CROSSING – Shawn Wasabi, Sophia Black -where video games meets indie EDM, catchy stuff – B

Tempo – Smino – The Chicago rapper returns after a coupla years with an addictive hook and the skill of not flow but repetition – B

Lost Angeles – The Aces – alt pop all girl band are sick of the West Coast – B-

No-One – The Psychedelic Furs – best of the three singles, but still the catchy factor is gone – B-

Mother – UMI – she calls it bedroom r&b, and there is a lot of it going around, which is fine by me. Lovely low key soul, the Japanese-Black-American woman said: ““I wrote this song as a letter of gratitude to Mother Earth and to my own mother for this existence” – B+

Reason to Run – Varsity – pleasant enough pop rocker, good singer – B-

Your Hero Is Not Dead – Westerman – indie, piano singer songwriter with a laid back coil to it – B-

Lurchers – Western Addiction – excellent little rocker, bounces hard and the vocal just proves he could sdo screamo but isn’t – B+

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