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added to this rad 2023 playlist.
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1. Ice Cream (Pay Phone) by BLACK PUMAS (Austin, Texas)
The soul pumas have their brand new album Chronicles Of A Diamond
out, with this funky ripper as one of the highs off the record.
Sicilian musician/producer Gae Vinci released his top-notch debut album
Lonely Ballads last May, mixing electronica, psychedelia and electric shoegaze
To keep the momentum going, renowned British darkwave duo The KVB remixed
All The Times, one of the album’s highlights. Their atmospheric approach adds a heart-warming Depeche Mode-esque vibe.
The accompanying, eye-catching video was an idea of Gae Vinci, who
chose and edited clips, transposing into visual The KVB‘s sound.
3. ‘Swan’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Australia)
Last Friday these ridiculously productive psych-prog rockers from down under unleashed their 25th album in 13 years. Hallelujah. On The Silver Cord they swapped guitars for electronica.
Swan is a great example of it. Yes, the Aussies go disco.
4. ‘Cars’ by DARKPLACE (Stockholm, Sweden)
Darkplace is a mysterious new Swedish dark dream pop/post-punk group who
released their intriguing debut album About The End Of The World last Friday.
Watch the album saga in motion right here.
One of the 4 singles on the LP is this Cars banger.
5. ‘The Tower’ by FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore, US)
The newest single off the album is this pure synth-pop pearl.
6. ‘Ghostwriter’ by STRESS DOLLS (Buffalo, NY)
Stress Dolls is the moniker of American alt/pop/rock artist Chelsea O’Donnell.
Ghostwriter is the 2nd single off her upcoming debut album.
“There are many times where I don’t really know what a song is about until long after
I write it, and “Ghostwriter” was no exception. I came to recognize it as a metaphor about my relationship to anxiety: I want to be the narrator of my own story, but there are lots of times where I feel like my anxious feelings take the reins, even if I don’t want them to. I take the credit, or blame, for my own actions, but the metaphor of anxiety as a ‘ghostwriter’ felt fitting to me.”
Ghostwriter is a speedy, shivering and steamrollin’ indie pop tune with
some surprisingly exciting violin play embedded in an guitar-driven flair.
7. ‘It Goes On’ by WAASH
“I find myself writing about moving on and freeing yourself from bad vibes quite often. I guess it’s just the theme of my life, and these songs are my way of meditating on these relationships and finding peace with it.”
It Goes On is a jangly psych-pop dream propelled by glowing
guitars and has a galvanic chorus that sticks instantly.
8. ‘You Be Good’ by ARIH SK (Ontario, Canada)
Arih SK is an artist living and working in St. Catharines, Ontario. He’s known for writing short, slightly upbeat songs with simple melodies about loss, nostalgia, family, and relationships.
“This song is inspired by Alex The Parrot, who was part of the avian learning experiment. He could tell between different colours and shapes, could count, and he was the first non-human animal to have ever asked a question (what colour am I?). Sadly, the experiment was abruptly ended by Alex’s untimely death. The chorus of the song borrows Alex’s last words, which were the same words he said at the end of every day’s session: “You be good. I love you. See you tomorrow. My daughter Olive sings on this track with me.
‘You Be Good’ is a sweet, tender and catchy father/daughter lullaby. Lovely!
9. ‘The End Of Apathy’ by TEJON STREET CORNER THIEVES (US)
This US outlaw alt-folk group have come a long way since their humble beginnings when they used to busk for loose change, actually taking their name from a time when they were accused of stealing a corner on Tejon Street in their home city of Colorado Springs during a turf war between rival buskers.
Last week they released their brand new
full length, baptized Juxtaposition.
The End Of Apathy is one of the stand out tracks on the record.
A punky folk chant fueled with manic mandolin riffage.
10. ‘Autumn’ by THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM (New Jersey, US)
New Jersey‘s Americana rockers launched their new,
6th LP, titled History Books. It’s simply one of their best.
This melancholic power ballad is one of the notable scores
See/hear you next week