Single Take: This Song Is Awful/Awesome And You Are Stupid for Liking/Not Liking It
Single Take is a Reviler feature where multiple people give a passing glance at some new music and causally rank it somewhere between 1 (Justin Beiber) and 10 (really amazing). Fun, right? Check out the latest installment below and feel free to tell us who stupid and out of touch we are based on our opinions. Arguing on the internet: the greatest of American traditions.
I really like the fuzzy side of White Fence (esp the stuff he did with Ty Segall), but this latest venture has lost me. The song is a lackluster take on post-Floyd Syd Barrett that doesn’t capture the spirit, and the video feels as lazy as the song.
I am generally a fan of Presley’s work and this is no exception. It’s pretty restrained but beautifully put together quiet psychedelic rock.
Adam J 8/10
Familiarity, repetition, augmentation, modernity – all the malaise of the everyday disoriented to unsettling, brilliant effect. I’m more of an amphetamines guy, but this quaalude of a video hit all the right notes for me on a day off.
Adam J 5/10
Always good to hear from DOOM, and especially in the form of a full-fledged reissue. Mmm…Food! is a real modern masterwork; but the media output still only makes real sense to the author. Shout out to Trumpy (“You can do stupid things!”).
This is my favorite Doom record so it’s cool to see it getting some new attention. Somehow I never realized until now that this was actually released on Rhymesayers which I can’t believe. One Beer is a perfect example of Doom at his weird best, both on the rapping and production side.
The Rhymesayers released MM…Food, which was recently reissued, isn’t my favorite Doom record, but this is a great song and this animated video is outstanding.
Funky bass, pretty danceable, but I don’t know that this otherwise does a ton for me.
Adam J 6/10
What a fun, sweaty take on multiplicity disco. More videos like this in the world, plase.
Love the thick baseline and the deep groove, even if the video is a bit cheesy. This is one of those songs you will either love or think is totally cheesy. Sign me up for the former.
Just when I think that Sleaford Mods have basically exhausted the possibilities of their dynamic (rapping in a thick East Midlands accent over a chintzy electronic beat) they come back and surprise me. They clearly have much more to give this world. I just wish they would tour here sometime. The end of the video is a nice touch too.
Adam J 7/10
For some reason English MCs consistently make the best shit-talking hip-hop tracks. I enjoy these Single Takes exercises because I always come away with something new.
Hadn’t really gotten into this band before (not sure why…just never explored them), but this song is enough of a funky slacker jam that I think I may have to revisit that decision. Love the mix of a deep, minimalist groove and the piss-off lyrics.
This is very pretty and unapologetically romantic. My saltier side would maybe say that some of the lyrics are a bit on the maudlin/cliche side, but Bridgers for the most part pulls them off.
Adam J 6/10
Quiet, but not muted, take on relationships. A little morose for my taste, but still very lovely and effective.
This song is solid, and encapsulates all of the good (beautiful voice, sparse arrangement, haunting melodies) that make Phoebe such a compelling artist. But what this song really does is remind me of her amazing cover of Mark Kozelek’s “You Missed My Heart” that was also on this album. Honestly, if you haven’t heard her chilling take on “You Missed My Heart,” thanks for reading this but you should click HERE.
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