Five Songs, 5/24/2021
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Five Songs, 5/24/2021

Claude Fontaine, "Pretending He Was You"

Claude Fontaine's self-titled 2019 album is a mix of reggae and a few other musical styles, such as the bossa nova of this track. It's a charming record, helped considerably by her hiring Jamaican musicians who are deeply familiar with the music as her backing band. It's an album that could easily have come off as inauthentic, but ends up working quite well.

Czarface & Ghostface Killah, "Powers and Stuff"

Czarface is Inspectah Deck (from the Wu-Tang Clan) and Esoteric, here teaming up for an album-length collaboration with Ghostface. As with most of Wu-related records, it's very listenable, because the formula is so strong. Ghostface is great, of course, and the Czarface MCs are solid, so this ends up being a fun album.

Death Cab For Cutie, "No Sunlight"

I usually pull up a little bit of data about the records that show up here, just to make sure that I'm remembering things properly. As a result, I will sometimes see a review or two as I'm doing that. And, I saw a review that used the word "harrowing" for this record (2008's Narrow Stairs), and that has to be the first time anybody has used that word with respect to any Ben Gibbard project.

RJD2, "Clean Living"

Get a load of that bass! Goddamn! RJD2 rules, y'all.

Einstürzende Neubauten, "Perpetuum Mobile"

This is a repeat! Still great, though.

The McRackins, "Slap The Monkey"

Prolific Canadian pop-punk band The McRackins cranked out so many records that I had to give them a try, so I picked up What Came First ages ago. And it's fine? Apparently the members dress up as eggs, so that's cool.

Joshua Buergel
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