I heard somewhere, “If you wait until you feel like writing, you’ll never start.” So here were are. Yes, I skipped a week (again). Yes, this has seemingly turned into exclusively a music blog (I’m sorry, that will change…but not today, it’s Friday. Duh.)
So last week was cool
and this week is kind of light so this worked out a bit. Still this post will be kind of light because I’m exhausted.
Lies. This turned into a long thing.
My expectations of Taylor are kind of gone and I’m just waiting for the full album before I care anymore. “Gorgeous”, Swift’s newest single, is totally fine. The instrumental kind of reminds me of video game music in its whimsical synths and almost 8 bit-like drums. It doesn’t suck so that’s good. At this point I’m just glad that the last two singles weren’t anywhere as bad as “Look What You Made Me Do” *barf*.
Future, Young Thug-Super Slimey
I’m like halfway through this but I don’t feel like much will change as I progress through the project. This takes me back to early 2017 with its fully trap fill beats with Future and Young Thug spitting over top. It definitely knocks but has that odd emotional touch that both rappers bring to their music along with the women, money, drug stuff. Maybe since the middle of the year when I dove into pop music I have kept up with hip hop less but this almost feels dated? It’s perfect to have on while you write (heh) or process paperwork at work. Meh.
Christian Scott and Jessie Ware
These two artists are so good. I’m combining them because I haven’t listened to their albums YET but I will. I’m sure they will both be great.
Christian Scott is a young trumpet player whose roots in jazz and makes his music soar through genres such as R&B, rock, and obviously jazz. He plays with so much heart; you can feel it when he plays. His last project was incredible and at times it felt like he deferred the melodic load to other instruments. It’s so much more than just a trumpet album, it is an full fledged project that happens to led by trumpet. I expect The Emancipation Procrastination to be no different. Oh and this dude has released three albums already this year………
Everything about Jessie Ware is beautiful. She just seems like the nicest woman ever. I listened to her first album Devotion a ton when it came out and kind of fell in love with her pure voice. Her smooth contemporary R&B/pop sound is just so delicious and warm. I knew this project was coming out but somehow completely forgot that it was today. I just listened to the first song on Glassdoor and it’s absolutely wonderful. Randomly, I had a though like “Oooh if Demi was like way more mature, this could fit at the end of her last album”. Really looking forward to this one. Just looked her up and found out she’s married so my life no long has meaning.
Stuff from last week
I did this to myself but I did want to touch on a few projects that came out last week that really deserve to be talked about.
Gucci Mane-Mr. Davis
Honestly, this is the first Gucci album I’ve listened to the whole way through. Currently, Gucci features on one of my current favorite songs and he’s also kind of just winning at life. Mr. Davis clocks in a hair over an hour and you can tell. Like I know we’ve been waiting for this full length for awhile but near the end it felt like rehashed topics and beats. The feature list on this album is great though. It was good but I can’t see myself coming back to it over and over again.
Man, I don’t know anything about Beck. My knowledge of him goes as far as “Oh he’s the dude that one Album of the Year over Beyonce that one year.” Anyway, I try not to be ignorant so when I saw that Colors had dropped last week, I figured I would give it a chance. What the fuck? It’s so good! The first song is such a well produced uptempo pop/rock masterpiece. A healthy amount of pan flute, claps, and drums set a perfect stage for Beck’s vocal performance complete with many additional vocal parts. It’s a great way to start an album. From there it doesn’t really stop in its excellent production even if some of the ideas aren’t the most interesting. The song “Wow” is a little weird but I kinda dig it. Anyway this was a surprise and now I have to go back and peep the catalog.
So…like…I love St. Vincent. It’s a big deal when my dad is like, “Justin, you gotta check this girl out.” I remember watching her perform on Austin City Limits all those years ago and falling in love with this weird, pale, guitar shredding woman. Her music is all the eccentricity and brilliance that I was pretentious about back in like 2010. So she has a great deal of great credit with me that will allow her to slip up every once in awhile and remain absolutely adored by myself. I thought MASSEDUCTION was her about to dip into that reserve when I heard some of the singles. She’d seemingly all but abandoned the indie rock, damn near orchestral turns of her early work and replaced it with sharp synths. To her credit, it was all still working and I loved it. I neeeeed artists that I love to show growth and innovation but maybe we were about to go a step too far. The result is yeah, she went there but I still liked it. It is synth heavy and programmed drums all day. She still creates interesting melodies and rhythms but the instrumentation has changed. It’s still weird and still undeniably St. Vincent. That being said it is not even close to my favorite of her work. After I got over the initial shock of the albums differentness (that is definitely not a word) I still found it quite enjoyable.
Ok that’s enough. There was a TON of good stuff that came out last week and today so go try to listen to it. I will be going back to listen to Glassdoor because the first couple songs kinda won’t let me go.