Life being the wild ride that it is, I’ve only just gotten back from a trip to open for Speedy Ortiz in Denver with my band DEERPEOPLE. I was supposed to be back yesterday night, but planning and vehicles never seem to work together when it comes to traveling with a band. That said, I’m going to fly through this LI$T so that rest will become more than a far-off, just-out-of-grasp dream. And on a personal note, this is one of my favorite playlists to compile in a hot minute, so there’s extra reason for excitement this week.
- Saxophone’s been making a comeback as of late, and I’m really happy about it- especially when it’s made to sound grungy and dirty. Listen to this track from Melt Yourself Down and tell me you don’t agree.
- Staying in the funky/noisy department, Tune-Yards just released a new single in anticipation of their forthcoming album Nikki Nack, due out May 6th.
- When you combine the singer of Mountain Man with the bassist of Megafaun, you get one of the most exciting projects I’ve heard in a while – Sylvan Esso. There are only three tracks to find on Spotify currently, and I highly recommend you check out all three.
- Made In Heights reminds me of Purity Ring at times, and that’s a huge compliment coming from me. This track’s great for thinking and/or biking.
- Staying in the pensive electronica realm, Tycho just released Awake, and it’s the first album to be recorded with a full band in studio. The results are positive. I’d also recommend thinking and/or biking for this track.
- The War on Drugs* just released their anthemic guitar-driven power album Lost in the Dream. If you like this track, you’ll like the whole album.
- You’d most likely know Kevin Drew as the singer of the legendary group Broken Social Scene. You’ll hear the correlation immediately.
- Lyla Foy* is new to me. Mirrors the Sky is her first full-length. I like where she’s headed.
- Vulfpeck is also brand new to me, and I’m blown away with them. The track I included in this LI$T, “Outro,” is now officially the song I would like to call my personal theme song, meaning I would absolutely love if this song was cued every time I first walked into a new party. They’ve also come up with one of the most brilliant, mind-boggling marketing ploys I’ve ever seen. You’d be crazy not to listen to their whole discography and join me in celebrating their existence with exuberance.
That wraps up another week from me. See you next Tuesday with another dose of songs to swallow.
*Editor’s Note: The War on Drugs plays Austin Psych Fest this year. Also we’ve contacted SubPop about interviewing Lyla Foy, so don’t be surprised when you see her name pop up again.