Album of the month: Genesis Owusu – “Smiling With No Teeth” – F***in’ great music! – I must admit I had never heard anything about this artist before and the only reason I listened to his new record came from the excellent Paste website recommendations. The cover is not the kind that makes anyone want to dig into it neither… but that would be one’s loss so good this album is. Born in Ghana and from Australia, Genesis Owusu has been producing a few tracks in the latest two years but nothing as good as found here. If you like to stay within one style of music, this record is definitely not for you. If your idea of music though is to go from one deathcore track to a soul song while playing a hip-hop number or again a funky one a la Prince, then you will be immensely rewarded!
Runner-up: Lana Del Rey – “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” – Pop Rock – Lana Del Rey‘s new release would probably be my record of the month any other time of the year and is a very close runner-up. I must confess again that I did not get what she was when she recorded her first albums and that I thought she was not the most authentic article…and that I was entirely wrong. The more she evolves in her musical career, the better her choices are. She is a very special human being and a very singular artist. I am quite sure this complex and ambitious record will be a grower and probably end up very high at the end of the year in this blog’s annual review. The beautiful black and white album cover should also get a specific mention.
- Also recommended:
- Jane Weaver – “Flock” – Space Pop Rock – Another excellent opus from this English artist, equally influenced by 80’s pop and 70’s German repetitive music.
- Ben Howard – “Collections From The Whiteout” – Ambient Pop – His best album so far with plenty of guests and a mood pretty similar with those great Brian Eno 70’s records.
- Hedvig Mollestad Trio – “Ding Dong. You’re Dead” – Metal Jazz – The best of both worlds from this fantastic female Norwegian guitar player.
- Genghis Tron – “Dream Weapon” – Shoegaze Metal – This American band is back after thirteen years of hiatus and the wait was worth it.
- Lost Girls – “Menneskekollektivet” – Dreamy Pop – It looks this is my Norwegian month… This is Jenny Hval‘s new project, mixing drone music with an electronica attitude.
U.F.A of the month! : Noga Erez – “Kids” – Quite disappointing new effort from the usually interesting Israeli singer. She owes us something better than this unauthentic pop album.
Lest we forget: album of the previous month – Mush – “Lines Redacted”
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March 2021 releases Playlist