I was going to write a post like some of my older playlist posts from last year, but I realised I’m pretty much listening to the same 4 albums on repeat at the moment.
If you like: Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey?
Top tracks: You’ll Be Mine, We Are Stars, Love You More.
My friend Chris alerted me to the existence of this southern-born, NYC-based sister duo, passed on to him by our friend Sam. The album You and I has been out over a year, but new material is due for release this year, hopefully.
From the harmonies to the many layers of instrumentation, you’d think you were listening to something out of a different era, with more of a taste of the 60s and 70s than modern times. I can’t stop listening to it.
If you like: well… Tegan and Sara! This album is a little more electronic-based/poppy than previous, but it still has their excellent songwriting/harmonies.
Top tracks: While the single Closer is pretty great, I’m a much bigger fan of Love They Say, Now I’m All Messed Up, and I’m Not Your Hero. The whole album is excellent, though.
What a great direction this takes T&S in. The album is near perfect, with every song having some emotion and heartbreak, yet being damn catchy as well. I work out to this album sometimes!
If you like: Totally hard to compare. Regina Spektor meets Sarah McLachlan meets… me?
Top tracks: Society Song, Life, The Right Words, Everything By the Gallon.
As you can probably guess from the Sarah Slean posts lately, I’m a pretty big fan. This is her most recent offering, a double album: Land being the more conventional “pop” album, Sea being a soaring triumph of lush, emotional songs backed by classical instruments. Give it a go!
If you like: Country music! The Civil Wars, Carrie Underwood, etc.
Top tracks: Wrong Song, Undermine, Love Like Mine, When The Right One Comes Along, Telescope (Lennon/Maisy Stella version).
Ha! Yes, this is from a TV show. But, like Nashville itself, it’s totally great. I’m not a fan of Connie Britton’s singing voice, and find it slightly unbelievable that she is a big time country star (being that, at her age, she would have had to find her fame and fortune in an era where the singing voice meant a lot more than it does today), but the songs are well-written and well-chosen for the characters, and the young actresses who play Connie Britton’s daughters in the show have a track on the album, and boy are they great wee singers. Their version of Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend is pretty famous, too, if you want to watch that. Talent dripping out their ears.
What are you listening to lately?
Coming soon: Changes at work, shift living, trying to cleanse my closet, thoughts on shul and many more.